Virginia Tech junior RB J.C. Coleman rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries on Saturday versus Cincinnati.
The Bearcats simply had no answer for Coleman, who ran past, around, and over them. The 5-foot-7, 194-pounder ran for only 55 yards total in VTU's first nine games, but he took over starting duties in mid-November and excelled, rushing for 468 yards in four contests.
Virginia Tech sophomore CB Kendall Fuller intercepted a pass in a bowl triumph over Cincinnati on Saturday.
It was his first pick since returning an interception 47 yards for a touchdown in an October victory over North Carolina. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller earned freshman All-American and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last season, and he remained outstanding in his sophomore campaign, despite finishing with four fewer interceptions. The 6-foot, 190-pound Kendall is the brother of Kyle, a Chicago Bear drafted in the first round last year. "He doesn't sink well enough in his backpedals, and it hinders his ability to transition forward," Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl recently wrote. "However, he's an effective hand fighter with the instincts, strength and balance to make life difficult for receivers."
Cincinnati junior WR Shaq Washington had five receptions for 100 yards in Saturday's Military Bowl setback versus Virginia Tech.
It was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. Washington snatched 78 catches for 784 yards and a touchdown in 2013, and followed that up by posting 66 receptions for 761 yards and four scores this season. The diminutive Washington should put up monster numbers in 2015 as one of Gunner Kiel's favorite targets.
Virginia Tech true freshman WR Isaiah Ford caught three balls for 44 yards in Saturday's 33-17 victory versus Cincinnati in the Military Bowl.
Ford also had a nifty 30-yard completion on a trick pass. He ends an impressive first year with 56 receptions for 699 yards and six touchdowns. A bright future is ahead. Hokies' coach Frank Beamer compares the 6-foot-1, 174-pound Ford to Antonio Freeman, a former Hokies' receiver. Ford wants to walk onto VT's basketball team, but his future is on the gridiron.
Notre Dame junior G Nick Martin will return to school for the 2015 season.
"I’m coming back to Notre Dame, there’s no doubt about that," Martin said, adding it was a "simple decision." Martin, Zack's younger brother, asked for an evaluation from the draft advisory board.
Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder caught seven passes for 102 yards and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in the school's 36-31 loss to Arizona State.
Crowder makes plays from multiple alignments: out wide, in the slot and as a returner thanks to agility and body control. He could put on a show in Mobile at the Senior Bowl thanks to precise route running. Still, the earliest we expect him to be drafted is the second day.
Jason Cole cites two 49ers staff members and one other NFL source who say Jim Harbaugh will accept a six-year, $48 million contract to become Michigan's next HC.
Pardon us for going ahead and placing Harbaugh's name in a Michigan shell, but we thought it was better than using Brady Hoke's. "That's what everybody on staff believes is going to happen this week," one of Cole's sources said. "Jim has figured out that his style is best-suited for the college game. His shtick works better with young guys who are gone after three or four years." It had previously been reported that Harbaugh's management will meet with Michigan and Raiders officials as soon as the season is over, which is Sunday. Harbaugh has collegiate coaching experience at Stanford and San Diego.
Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught seven passes for 103 yards in the school's 36-31 win over Duke.
It was Strong's final collegiate performance, and some believe he is due for a top 50 selection. Strong's name is apt, as one of his bets traits is winning in contested situations. The Combine will also be a meaningful event for Strong's evaluation.