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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook on quarterback Baker Mayfield: "I call Baker LeBron James. He makes everybody around him better."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Mr. Versatility Jabrill Peppers first met Heisman winner Charles Woodson on his recruiting visit to the Big House for the spring game. "It was everything I thought it would be," he said. Has it sunk in their names are now linked as defensive players who became Heisman finalists? "It hasn't," Peppers said. "Right now I'm on cloud 9 trying to soak it all in."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson talks about making his first trip to New York City.

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ESPN @espn

A month ago, the winner of tomorrow night's Heisman ceremony was all but a foregone conclusion. Is it still? es.pn/2gtj21f

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

If I'm Woody Johnson, I'd quietly see if I could land lucky KO punch (Nick Saban, Urban Meyer) & then stick w/ Bowles if I cant

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The line for Alabama against Washington in the College Football Playoff continues to rise. It's now Alabama -15.5 at Westgate, with some 16s out there in Vegas.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

New Houston head coach Major Applewhite has worked for: Mack Brown, Greg Robinson, Todd Graham, Nick Saban and Tom Herman.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

One big plus for Houston in promoting offensive coordinator Major Applewhite: his in-state recruiting ties. He spent 11 of his 13 seasons in the state of Texas. As a Baton Rouge native, he also is familiar with the Louisiana landscape. Both states are fertile with talent.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

New Houston coach Major Applewhite will receive a five-year contract, a source told ESPN.com. No word yet on salary or other parameters.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

New Houston coach Major Applewhite assumes his position immediately, meaning he'll lead the Cougars in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. San Diego State. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who was the interim head coach during the search, will assume his usual duties.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek on the hiring of Major Applewhite as coach: "We wanted a coach with great integrity who believed in our mission and truly believed in our student-athlete experience. We had our sights set on a focused competitor who has demonstrated success and possesses a deep connection to college and high school football in the great state of Texas. As this process was completed, it was clearly evident the only individual to offer our position to was Major Applewhite and he was indeed the right man to lead our program."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Next up for the top two quarterbacks in the ACC: the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday. Each comes in with awards already. Deshaun Watson has the Davey O'Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards; Lamar Jackson has the Maxwell, Walter Camp and ACC player of the year.