UA's Swanson named finalist for Rimington Trophy
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - University of Arkansas senior center Travis Swanson has been named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy.
The finalists were announced Monday.
The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding center in FBS by determining the consensus All-American from the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America All-American teams. It is named after the only two-time Outland Trophy winner - Dave Rimington.
The winner will be announced on Thursday.
Dismukes, Stork among 6 finalists for Rimington
Auburn's Reese Dismukes and Florida State's Bryan Stork are among the six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's best center.
Dismukes and Stork helped lead prolific offenses for teams that will meet in the BCS championship game on Jan. 6.
The other finalists are Oregon's Hroniss Grasu, Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard, Utah State's Tyler Larsen and Arkansas' Travis Swanson.
The winner will be announced Thursday.
Wisconsin's Abbredris awarded Burlsworth Trophy
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - University of Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbredris has been awarded the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy.
Abbredris was a finalist with running back Trey Watts of the University of Tulsa and lineman Max Copeland of Missouri. The trophy was awarded Monday during a ceremony in Springdale.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on.
The trophy is named in honor of former Arkansas Razorback Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on at UA in 1994 and later became a three-year starter and was named an All-American in 1998. He was selected by Indianapolis in the 1999 NFL Draft but died in an auto accident 11 days later.
Auburn's Mason, Malzahn highlight AP All-SEC team
ATLANTA (AP) - Auburn running back Tre Mason is the offensive player of the year, while Gus Malzahn claimed the coaching award on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.
The Tigers were rewarded on the team announced Monday after going from worst to first. Mason was a unanimous choice at running back and overwhelming pick as the top offensive player for leading the SEC with 1,621 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. That includes a record 304-yard performance against Missouri in the league championship game.
Malzahn coached Auburn (12-1) to one of the great turnarounds in college football history. After going 3-9 a year ago, the Tigers will meet Florida State in the BCS championship game.
Missouri's Michael Sam is defensive player of the year. Alex Collins of Arkansas was named top freshman.
Title games, playoffs resume this week in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Three high school football championship games are set for this weekend after being postponed for a winter storm.
Top-ranked Bentonville plays second-ranked Cabot Friday night for the Class 7A championship. There's a chance of rain with temperatures expected to be in the 30s and 40s. The game was set for last Friday, but was postponed when the state had an ice storm.
Saturday's title games include No. 2 Pine Bluff and No. 3 El Dorado playing for the Class 6A championship at 6:30 p.m. In a day game, No. 3 Batesville and unranked Morrilton meet for the Class 5A title.
Smaller schools are in the semifinal stage. Their title games will be played the weekend before Christmas.
HARLON HILL FINALISTS
Quiteh, Rodgers, Vaughan Harlon Hill finalists
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Bloomsburg University running back Franklyn Quiteh, Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers and West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan have been invited to the Harlon Hill Trophy ceremony.
The award chosen by Division II sports information directors will be presented Dec. 20 to the Division II player of the year.
Quiteh, from Tobyhanna, Pa., is a three-time finalist and finished third in 2012. He leads Division II with 2,195 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns. He's the first Division II player with three 2,000-yard seasons.
Rodgers, from Rockwall, Texas, passed for 4,807 yards and 40 touchdowns and is the national leader in passing yards per game.
Vaughan, from Corpus Christi, Texas, finished fourth last year. He threw for 5,401 yards and 53 touchdowns in 14 games.
Arkansas HS quarterback signs with Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The University of Tulsa says Greenwood, Ark., high school quarterback Jabe Burgess has signed to play with the Golden Hurricane.
TU says Burgess has been admitted at TU and will attend classes for the spring semester starting in January.
Burgess led Greenwood High School to a 12-1 record as a senior with the only loss coming in the Arkansas state playoffs. Greenwood won the state championship last year with Burgess starting as a junior.
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