Tackling quarterbacks and running backs on the field is hard enough. Prying the Heisman from their grasp is nearly impossible. But is this the year a defensive player gets to strike the pose?
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Notre Dame took the sting off a subpar season by winning big on national signing day, but the Irish weren't the only team from outside of the Power 5 conferences to score on the recruiting trail.
More top local recruits are leaving the state of Texas in the 2017 class than in recent memory. Is it an anomaly or the start of a trend?
Time -- and wins and losses -- will ultimately tell if the hires during this coaching cycle made the dean's list, but it's not too early to review how the new 21 head coaches are doing so far.
Soon after Texas A&M left for the SEC, recruits in the nation's most fertile state have turned their backs on Big 12 schools. Here are the numbers.
Mike Martz, the former Rams head coach, had a message ready for his team when they met to prepare for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Ed Oliver is just getting started
Oliver was the only freshman to earn AP first-team All-American honors in 2016. He finished third nationally with 23 tackles for loss, including five sacks. Top 25 returning players (Insider)
Forgettable bowl season for American
South Florida and Tulsa were the only AAC teams to win bowl games this season. The conference finishes with a 2-5 record, fourth among Group of 5 conferences.
A growing number of Group of 5 officials are in favor of adding a playoff specifically for the Group of 5 schools because it's been 32 years since a non-Power 5 team won a national championship.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
I just spoke with Brian Johnson, who confirmed he's headed to Houston as offensive coordinator. Johnson, a Baytown, Texas native who had been Mississippi State's quarterbacks coach, will be Houston's offensive play-caller on Major Applewhite's staff. Sports Illustrated first reported the hire.
Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer
Texas has officially hired four more staffers from Houston: DC Todd Orlando, assistant Craig Naivar, strength coach Yancy McKnight and DFO Tory Tekyl. Herman now has two vacancies left on his coaching staff, one of them being the offensive coordinator role.
Donnel Pumphrey shook loose, and San Diego State picked off Greg Ward Jr. four times to waltz to victory in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is leaving Houston for the same job at Texas, where he'll be reunited with head coach Tom Herman.
Donnel Pumphrey broke the NCAA career rushing record Saturday in his college finale, running for 115 yards and a touchdown in San Diego State's 34-10 victory over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer
San Diego State beats Houston 34-10 in the Las Vegas Bowl. The ViewFromVegas is the Aztecs did it after closing as 5-point underdogs and +170 on the money line. The game also stayed under the betting total of 51 points.
David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer
San Diego State is closing in on another 11-win season behind a perfect execution of its tried-and-true formula: Defense and running. Donnel Pumphrey is dazzling with 115 yards, while the secondary that leads the nation in picks has three more today. The Aztecs' latest TD came on a play-action pass during which Houston was hopelessly overcommitted to the run.
Aztecs piling on to fourth-quarter lead
San Diego State QB Christian Chapman finds a wide-open Curtis Anderson III over the middle for a 28-yard TD. The Aztecs lead Houston 27-10 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Pumphrey breaks career rushing record
San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey passes Ron Dayne for the FBS career rushing yards record. He now has 6,402 after the fourth-quarter carry in the Las Vegas Bowl.
David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer
San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey has broken Ron Dayne's FBS career rushing record in an emotional moment with friends and family in attendance at the Las Vegas Bowl. The Aztecs' team paused to briefly mob Pumphrey. In fairness to Dayne, it should be noted that the NCAA didn't count bowl game production toward the record book until 2002.