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The Final 4-Round Mock Draft: Round 4

With the NFL Draft beginning this Thursday night, Nat L. Faybian’s Senior Writer Douglas Love compiles a final four-round mock draft.

Round 4

103. Arizona Cardinals: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

McLaurin used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. His 4.35 is certainly a bonus.

104. San Francisco 49ers: Ty Summers, ILB, TCU

Summers has sideline-to-sideline range and is effective playing in space.
Photo: TCU Athletics

Summers wrapped up his college career with the second-most tackles (318) in the Patterson era. He had a frustrating senior season with an injury, but finished the season with 46 tackles, including 5 1/2 for loss and four sacks.

105. New York Jets: Ryan Pope, OT, San Diego State

Like his teammate Roemer, Pope is a big mauler type that can help clear lanes inthe run game.

106. Oakland Raiders: Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

True, Gruden prefers veterans, however, for a fourth round pick – Finley does possess the intelligence Gruden appreciates in a QB.

107. Tampa Buccaneers: Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma

Samia is a passionate, fiery, player. He’ll push Alex Cappa for playing time.

108. New York Giants: Jimmy Moreland, DB, James Madison

Small school prospects who held his own in the East-West Shrine game.

109. Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Carney, OLB, North Carolina

North Carolina Tar Heels defensive end Malik Carney (53) is best coming off the edge.
Photo: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carney could be a blitzing linebacker, but can also play with his hand in the dirt; twenty-four TFL and 11.5 sacks in the last two years.

110. Cincinnati Bengals: Yosh Nijman, OT, Virginia Tech

Cincinnati adds depth, as Nijman has experience playing left and right tackle.

111. Detroit Lions: Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas

Omenihu had a good Senior Bowl week. He’s big and strong end that will help stop the run.

112. Buffalo Bills: Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State

Ferguson gives Allen a big target (6′ 5″/227) with 4.4 speed.

113. Baltimore Ravens (via Den): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

Sanders has worked diligently over the past year to become stronger, quicker, faster, and just overall better. His workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, prove he can do what he sets his mind to accomplish. North-South runner that spring it from between the tackles. Has experience as a return man. Has good upside. Needs to be a better blocker.

114. Green Bay Packers: Will Harris, S, Boston College

Boston College’s Will Harris has played in 47 games during his career.
Photo: Jeremy Brevard|USA TODAY Sports

Hard hitting safety from Boston College, Harris was a four-year starter. Harris can blitz, cover receivers, and put the screws to a running back. Also adds special teams experience.

115. Carolina Panthers: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

Carolina picks up a athletic back-up to Newton. Thorson has the size and arm strength every scout is looking for. He won 27 games over his career and took Northwestern to the Big-10 Championship game last year. Had shoulder surgery prior to the 2018 season.

116. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State

Performed well at the Combine, Senior Bowl and on his Pro Day.

117. Atlanta Falcons: Nate Davis, OG, Charlotte

Davis has started close to 40 games at tackle for Charlotte, but will most likely move inside at the next level. His footwork, technique and mobility are his strengths.

118. Green Bay Packers (via Was): David Long, Jr., LB, West Virgina

Long is a big play waiting to happen. He loves physical contact and tries to separate ball carriers from the ball. Generally, trusts what he sees, but can be overly aggressive at times.

119. Cleveland Browns: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan

Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting has loose hips and quick feet.
Photo: Central Michigan University Athletics.

In three-years, Bunting had 104 tackles with 9 ints and 4 fourced fumbles.

120. Minnesota Vikings: Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State

Hanks is a guy the Vikings have had an eye on. He was a standout at the Senior bowl. His speed really stood out.

121. Tennessee Titans: Blake Cashman, OLB, Minnesota

Cashman turned heads by declaring early for the draft. Known for his football IQ more than his athleticism, his Combine number were very solid. Was a tone-setter for the Gopher’s defense. Has the fame to get bigger.

122. Pittsburgh Steelers: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Montgomery breaks a lot of tackles and makes yards after contact.

123. Baltimore Ravens: Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest

Haynes is one of the strong-powerful inside guys that will help your running game. Four year starter that has only gotten bigger and stronger each year. Team captain. Athletic and durable mauler.

124. Seattle Seahawks: Hjalte Froholdt, OG, Arkansas

From Svendborg, Denmark, Froholdt is still learning the nuances of the game. Plays penalty free football. Has played a little center, but mostly right guard. Has good combination of strength and short area quickness.

125. Denver Broncos (via Hou): Kingley Keke, DT, Texas A&M

Keke is one of those players who stood out over Senior Bowl week. He gets his power from his lower body and likes to pin his ears back and go forward. He’s another guy who can play up and down the line. Good coaching will add more tools to his belt as he goes along.

126. Chicago Bears: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas

Boyd has 35 passes defended in his career at Texas.
Photo: burnt orange nation

Experienced corner with over 50 games played. Plays the physical style Chicago loves.

127. Philadelphia Eagles: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

Has good burst off the line. Uses his long arms to punch and has a variety of hand techniques. Shows good bend and understands leverage. Played with a talented group and didn’t need to be the star – but understood his role in the scheme.

128. Dallas Cowboys: Kano Dillon, TE, Oregon

Dillon arrived in Oregon as a grad-transfer from South Flordia. He is certainly one of the more physically intriguing tight end prospects in the 2019 draft class. If a team decides to invest in his measurables, he could become a better pro than college player.

129. Indianapolis Colts: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami

Redwine had a good Senior Bowl showing and a good Combine too. He’s a well-built safety will good field awareness. Can cover well enough to stay on the field and fill the slot. His versatility will be an asset.

130. Los Angeles Chargers: Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo

Under appreciated wide out from Toledo, Johnson gets out of his breaks smoothly and catches the ball fluidly. He can double as a return specialist.

131. Buffalo Bills (via KC): Sheriff Miller, DE, Penn State

Miller is quick off the snap. He’s had a lot of looks in the off-season.

132. New York Giants (via NO): Olisaemaka “Oli” Udoh, OT, Elon

Udoh was a first team FCS All-American.
Photo: The Athletic

Udoh looked good at the East-West Shrine game week, holding his own against FBS competition. Very long and rangy, looks like a right tackle.

133. Los Angeles Rams: Marvel Tell, S, USC

Tell hasn’t received the press some of the other safeties have, but he’s got good quickness. Tall and lanky, yet muscular. Can go sideline-to-sideline and would make a good high (or free) safety at the next level.

134. New England Patriots: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

Very good in pass protection which will help him get on the field. Can catch out of the backfield. Anderson doesn’t waste any motion, he goes straight to the hole. Has vision to see crease, gets skinny, and slide out the other side. Good feet in space.Tends to fall forward.

**Compensatory selections begin**

135. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Connelly, ILB, Wisconsin

Connelly has been recovering from a core muscle injury, but still showed well at the NFL Combine. He did everything but the bench press. Connelly is assignment sound. He is athletic enough to stay on the field for all three downs. He plays disciplined football. Lunch bucket kind of player.

136. Dallas Cowboys: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

There’s always one or two players who slip through the cracks. Johnson is tall, lanky, corner that had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s a former wide receiver turned CB. He is at his best when mirroring his man one-on-one.

137. Atlanta Falcons: Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock

Fleet-footed Wes Hills of Slippery Rock showcased his patience, physicality, and vision at the NFLPA game.

138. Philadelphia Eagles: Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan

For his career, Higdon totaled 2,616 yards and 27 touchdowns.

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MORE: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Outside Linebackers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked OLBs

There are no “can’t miss” first round players in this year’s outside linebacker class. Joseph, who is the best run defender of the group, might be on the board when the third round begins. It’s just not talent heavy on the top. However, by the time the third, and fourth round rolls around, expect to see the first wave of 8-10 outside linebackers come off the board. After that, teams will be looking for guys who can excel at special teams and guys with speed.

Vosean Joseph is lightning quick going downhill.
Photo: Jerome Miran/USATODAYSports

1. Vosean Joseph, Florida, 6-1/230

With Josh Allen being listed with DE’s, Joseph now sits atop the OLB rankings. Joseph shows plenty of downhill speed and lateral quickness. Has good instincts and trusts his eyes. He’s a powerful and physical ‘backer that makes splash plays. Athletic enough to cover any back.

2. Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame, 6-2/234

Tranquill is one of the good guys. A team player that will do anything asked of him. Can cover tight ends and backs out of the backfield which might get him on the field sooner than later. Will most like be a special teams standout.

3. David Long, Jr., West Virginia, 5-11/227

Much like Joseph, Long is a big play waiting to happen. He loves physical contact and tries to separate ball carriers from the ball. Generally, trusts what he sees, but can be overly aggressive at times.

4. Ben Burr-Kirvan, Washington, 6-0/230

Burr-Kirvan is a tackling machine. Played in the middle at Washington but projects either at weakside linebacker or a hybrid-safety at the next level. He ran a 4.56 at the combine. Will most likely earn his bread-and-butter on special teams to begin with.

5. Blake Cashman, Minnesota, 6-1/237

Cashman turned heads by declaring early for the draft. Known for his football IQ more than his athleticism, his Combine number were very solid. Was a tone-setter for the Gopher’s defense. Has the frame to get bigger.

6. Dakota Allen, Texas Tech, 6-1/232

Dakota Allen became a household name after his stint on season two of Netflix’s Last Chance U, but he also backed it up on the field. During the last two seasons, Allen racked up 162 total tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss in 23 games played. 

7. Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M, 6-0/237

Dodson is a leader on and off the field: won the team’s community service award. The junior linebacker has 201 career tackles with 18.5 tackles-for-loss and 11 passes defended.

8. Gary Johnson, Texas, 6-0/225

Speed is the name of Johnson’s game. Above average range and athleticism. Can get skinny and shoot gaps. He’s at his best when playing in pursuit.

9. Cody Barton, Utah, 6-2/237

Was new to the linebacker position when he arrived in Utah back in 2016 and has been steadily growing into the position. Has played in 50 games with 23 starts in his four year career. He played inside at Utah, but has enough athleticism to move outside at the next level.

10. Chase Hansen, Utah, 6-3/222

Hansen was unable to workout for Scouts at Utah’s Pro Day, telling scouts that he had played the second half of the 2018 season with a herniated disc in his lower back. How teams view his currently medical situation will have a lot to do with how they evaluate his draft status.
Hansen’s has some of the best pass defense skills in his position group. He had 16 passed defended in his career at Utah. And in today’s pass happy NFL, his skill set would certainly be welcomed.

11. Terez Hall, Missouri, 6-1/230

Team Captain bursting with high motor energy. Loves film study and is assignment sound. Has improved his coverage skills and hands while at Mizzou. Two -year starter with 36 games played.

12. Sione Takitaki, BYU, 6-1/238

Takitaki really upped his game last year, accounting for 119 tackles, 75 of which were solo. Takitaki closes on the ball in a flash and wraps up well. He had a very solid week at the East-West Shrine game. Should make an immediate impact on special teams.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin, 6-0/230
  2. Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas, 5-11/237
  3. B.J. Blunt, McNeese State, 6-1/220
  4. Joe-Giles Harris, Duke, 6-2/234
  5. Luke Gifford, Nebraska, 6-3/243
  6. Quinton Bell, Prairie View A&M, 6-3/238
  7. Koa Farmer, Penn State, 6-1/228
  8. Jordan Jones, Kentucky, 6-2/234
  9. Curtis Bolton, Oklahoma, 6-1/220
  10. Kaden Elliss, Idaho, 6-3/222
  11. Oluwaseun Idowu, Pittsburgh, 6-0/225
  12. Nate Harvey, East Carolina, 6-1/225
  13. Troy Reeder, Delaware, 6-1/235
  14. Deonte Roberts, Rutgers, 6-1/230
  15. Tre Crawford, Alabama-Birmingham, 6-1/228
  16. Khalil Hodge, Buffalo, 6-0/235
  17. Denzil Ware, Jacksonville State, 6-2/240
  18. Charles Wright, Vanderbilt, 6-3/240
  19. Ben Humphreys, Duke, 6-2/225
  20. Nate Hall, Northwestern, 6-2/225
  21. Gunner Scholato, Austin Peay, 6-1/233
  22. E.J. Speed, Tarleton State, 6-3/227

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Top Five ‘Tweeners: These players were college defensive ends who will be asked to move to linebacker at the next level. They’ll need to prove they have enough athleticism to cover tight ends and running backs at the next level – something they either didn’t do in college, or did in a limited capacity. Individual and private workouts will primarily determine where they are drafted.

  1. Christian Miller, Alabama, 6-3/247
  2. Ben Banogu, Texas Christian, 6-3/250
  3. Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois, 6-0/233
  4. Jamal Davis II, Akron, 6-3/243
  5. Anree Saint-Amour, Georgia Tech, 6-3/247

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2018 Big 12 Awards

POWER 5

BIG 12 CONFERENCE

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DAVID LONG, JR., WEST VIRGINIA

Long, Jr., is projected to be a second-third round draft pick.
Photo: WVFootball

West Virginia redshirt junior linebacker David Long made history Wednesday, becoming the first player in program history to be named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He led the league with 18.5 tackles for loss and ranked fourth with 8.8 tackles per game.

Just to be clear, there are TWO players named David Long in the upcoming NFL draft. David Long, Jr. is a linebacker from West Virginia (seen here), and the other is a DB from Michigan.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KYLER MURRAY, OKLAHOMA

Murray (center) was named Big 12 OPOY & won the Heisman Trophy.
Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Murray is one of the most talked about players in this draft. Not only did he win the Big 12 Offensive POY, he took home the Heisman Trophy, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, and was a finalist for the Maxwell Award.

Murray’s draft stock is all over the board, although, most giving him a mid-first round grade. There are questions about his height (listed at 5-11, but looks 5-8 or 5-9), and more questions about his weight (is he really 185 lbs.? and how many hits can he take?). But there are few questions about his 4.3 speed or his accuracy when given time to throw.

Murray is the fourth Oklahoma QB in recent memory to win the award, joining Jason White, Sam Bradford, and Baker Mayfield.

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DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: CHARLES OMENIHU, TEXAS

Omenihu has the measurable NFL teams desire, including an 85″ wingspan.
Photo: Texas Athletics

Omenihu secured a Senior Bowl invite after registering 45 tackles, 18 for loss and 9.5 sacks en route to Big 12 defensive lineman of the year honors. Through 50 games and 32 starts in four years, Omenihu claimed 116 tackles, 30.5 for loss and 17 sacks. His numbers improved steadily each year. At the Senior Bowl, he measured in at just shy of 6’6” and 274 pounds with 36.5″ arms and an 85″ inch wingspan. More than likely, whatever team drafts Omenihu will ask him to line up inside and out.

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OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR: (3-way tie) DALTON RISNER, KANSAS STATE; DRU SAMIA, OKLAHOMA; and YODNEY CAJUSTE, WEST VIRGINIA

All three players should be picked in the first two days of the draft.

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OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: JALEN HURD, BAYLOR

Jalen Hurd played RB at Tennessee before transferring to Baylor to play WR.
Photo: UT Athletics

Hurd is one of the more unique storylines in the NFL draft. A valuable three-year running back who leaves Tenneesse to become the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a wide receiver. In 2018, Hurd led the Bears with 69 receptions for 946 yards. He also rushed 48 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns. 

Hurd’s college career includes 2,844 rushing yards and 1,438 receiving yards. He currently sits sixth in Tennessee history in rushing yards.

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DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: GREG EISWORTH, IOWA STATE

In 2017, Eisworth was playing at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
Photo: Scout.com

Matt Campbell has pushed for Eisworth, at JUCO transfer, to join Iowa State’s 2018 recruiting class with that hope that he can contribute immediately and provide both experience and leadership. His commitment proved to be a valuable one for the Cyclones, who had just lost all three of their starting safeties, including all-Big 12 talent Kamari Cotton-Moya.

Eisworth stepped in and earned Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-Big 12 honors this season. He led Iowa State in tackles with 84, including 54 solos. He forced two fumbles, had three pass break-ups, one interception and a sack in the pass game. Eisworth was able to impact the run game, as well, recording four tackles for a loss.

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OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: POOKA WILLIAMS, JR,. KANSAS

One of the most explosive players in the league with 15 carries of 20+ yards, Williams rushed for a total of 1,125 yards on 161 carries, good for 102.3 yards per game, 7.0 yards per carry and seven rushing touchdowns. He added 289 yards and two scores on 33 receptions and 246 yards on 11 kick returns to lead the Big 12 and rank sixth in the FBS in all-purpose yards at 150.9 per game. 

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DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: CADEN STERNS, TEXAS

Sterns, a freshman safety from Cibolo, Texas, has started all 12 games to date, the most by a true freshman defensive back at Texas since Blake Gideon started all 13 in 2008. He has 59 tackles, tied for fourth on the team and has added three tackles for loss and a sack. He has four interceptions, tied with Diggs and Chris Carter (1993) for the most ever by a Longhorn true freshman.

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SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: AUSTIN SEIBERT, OKLAHOMA

Photo: Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert is the all-time NCAA scoring leader among kickers. He broke the record of 494 points set by former Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez. With his 26-yard field goal in the third quarter against Alabama, Seibert scored his 496th career point. He finished his career tied for third (with Montee Ball of Wiconsin) on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list with 498 points.

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Chuck Neinas COACH OF THE YEAR: (tie) MATT CAMPBELL, IOWA STATE & LINCOLN RILEY, OKLAHOMA

For the second straight season Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.

This season, he split the award with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.

No. 23 Iowa State (7-4, 6-3 Big 12) was picked to finish seventh in the conference but ended the season in a tie for third with West Virginia. The six conference wins are the most ever by an Iowa State team.

Riley led the Sooners to an 11-1 record this season and an 8-1 Big 12 record. In his second season as head coach, Riley has a 23-2 career record.

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Latest updates have begun for Player Position Rankings: QB, RB, FB, WR

FBS 2018 A.P. All-American teams

FIRST TEAM

2018 Heisman Winner and AP first team All-American Kyler Murray.
Photo: Tulsa World.

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis
Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson
Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky
Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State
Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M
Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma
All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue
Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois
Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson
Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington
Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame
Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama
Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

Maxwell and Walter Camp POY winner Tua Tagovailoa.
Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama
Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M
Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia
Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin
Center — Ross Piersbacher, senior, Alabama
Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa
Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts
All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest
Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida
Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami
Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas
Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington
Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

Haskins was awarded the 2018 Chicago Tribune Silver FootballThe award is presented to the Big Ten’s best football player each year, and is voted on by the coaches. 
Photo: Cleveland.com

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State
Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State
Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma
Guards — Terronne Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College
Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State
Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa
Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia
All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona
Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech
Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston
Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame
Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan
Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Johnathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State
Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

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Camping World Bowl – Dec 28

Syracuse Orange (7-5) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3)

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SYRACUSE | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Dino Babers

Syracuse Players to watch:

***Freshman K Andre Szmyt (6-1/195)

All-American K Andre Szmyt of Syracuse won this year’s Lou Groza Award.
Photo: Syracuse University

Szmyt leads the FBS in field goals made (28), field goals attempted (32), field goals per game (2.33), and points per game (11.8). He is second the nation in scoring (141 points) and tied for eighth in the FBS in field-goal percentage (.875). His 141 points are a Syracuse record and rank third on the ACC single-season scoring list.

Senior WR Jamal Custis (6-5/228)

Custis is Syracuse’s leading receiver with 826 yards and six touchdown catches. He’s posted two 100-yard games this season, including a career-best 168 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. In 39 career games for the Orange, Custis has 59 receptions for 968 yards and eight scores.

***Freshman DB Andre Cisco (6-0/186)

The ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, Cisco is tied atop the national leader board with seven interceptions. Cisco also has 11 pass breakups, giving him 18 passes defended, tied for the most in the country among freshmen. His 51 tackles (41 solo) rank fifth on the team. He also has a forced fumble.

*Junior DE Alton Robinson  (6-3/256)

Robinson is second in the ACC with 17 tackles for loss. The defensive end leads Syracuse with 10 sacks — tied for the second-best mark in the conference.

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WEST VIRGINIA | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Dana Holgorsen

West Virginia Players to watch:

Senior WR David Sills V (6-4/201)

Sills was named to the All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the second consecutive year.
Photo: WVU Athletics

Sills led the Mountaineers with 61 catches and 15 touchdowns and was second on the team with 896 receiving yards. He is the only player at West Virginia to finish two different seasons with at least 15 receiving touchdowns.

Senior OT Yodny Cajuste (6-5/318)

Cajuste is considered, by most, to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He helped block for an offense that ranks first in the Big 12 in passing yards and second in total yards and scoring. He saw action on 708 snaps this year.  (Update: Cajuste will not be playing in the bowl game.)

*Junior LB David Long, Jr. (6-11/221)

WVU DC Tony Gibson called junior linebacker David Long Jr. the “most impactful” defensive player he’s ever coached.  Long, Jr. had 97 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks this year. He was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Associated Press second-teams.

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Camping World Bowl
Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18