DE Chubb takes home Nagurski Award
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Playing four seasons at North Carolina State has paid off for Bradley Chubb.
The Wolfpack’s senior defensive end won the Bronko Nagurski Award on Monday night given to the nation’s top defensive player. The award was presented at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb leads the FBS in tackles for loss with 23 1/2 this season. He has 25 sacks during his career, including 10 in 2017. He has 72 total tackles in all along with nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two passes broken up and a blocked kick.
Chubb becomes the first North Carolina State to win the award. Wolfpack linebacker Levar Fisher was a finalist in 2000.
“It’s a little surreal moment just knowing the people who won this award in the past, but it’s definitely an honor,” Chubb said.
Some of the previous Nagurski Award recipients are defensive linemen Aaron Donald, Warren Sapp and Ndamukong Suh, linebackers Luke Kuechly, Derrick Johnson and Terrell Suggs, and defensive backs Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson and Roy Williams.
Chubb beat out four other finalists: Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Iowa middle linebacker Josey Jewell, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver and Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith.
When asked if there was trash talking between the five finalists beforehand, Chubb joked “It’s all goodwill. It’s a little size-up stuff with a lot of guys asking, ‘What were your stats like this year?’ Just to feel each other out, but it’s all in good fun.”
Falk tops Mayfield
SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Washington State quarterback Luke Falk has topped Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to win the Burlsworth Award, given annually to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on.
Falk had finished behind two-time winner Mayfield in each of the last two years, but he won during his third time as a finalist — coming off a season in which the senior threw for 3,593 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Cougars (9-3).
The 6-foot-4, 223-pound Falk walked on at Washington State after high school rather than accepting a financial aid package to Cornell. He became the all-time Pac-12 Conference leader in touchdown passes this season and is among the top 10 in NCAA history in passing yards, touchdowns and total offense.
The award is named for former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who died in a car accident shortly after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.
Army to honor division
PHILADELPHIA — Army will be wearing a new uniform honoring one of its famed divisions when it plays Navy this weekend in its big rivalry game.
The uniforms are made by Nike, whose co-founder Bill Bowerman managed supplies for the 10th Mountain Division. The unit is noted for its ability to fight in harsh mountainous terrain.
A shoulder patch on the uniform features a blue background with crossed bayonets to denote the infantry and represents the Roman numeral 10 for the unit’s number. The patch is shaped like a powder keg and the word “mountain” is featured in white on a blue tab.
The white uniforms are made from material that minimizes weight, even when soaked with sweat. The uniforms allow for greater range of motion and are cut in a way to better deal with heat.
The original 10th Mountain Division was formed in 1943 at Camp Hale, Colorado, as an alpine unit. It was dubbed the 10th Light Division and re-designated the 10th Mountain Division a year later. Soldiers trained at high altitudes on skis and snowshoes and learned cold-weather survival tactics, sleeping outside without tents in the Rocky Mountains.
Yurachek gets job
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has hired Houston’s Hunter Yurachek as its new athletic director, a person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press.
Yurachek replaces Jeff Long, who was fired on Nov. 15 for losing the faith of school’s leadership following a six-year downturn in the football program. The person spoke Monday on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been made public yet.
One of his first priorities with the Razorbacks will be to find a new football coach following the firing of Bret Bielema after the season. Julie Cromer Peoples had been serving as the interim athletic director following Long’s firing.
Order filed against RB
NORMAN, Okla. — A woman has filed a protective order against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson in Cleveland County Court.
Court documents say a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18. An Oklahoma spokesman said the school is aware and gathering information.
Anderson has been one of Oklahoma’s breakout stars this year. He had season-ending injuries the past two years, then started slowly this season before becoming one of the nation’s most productive backs the second half of the season. He leads the Sooners with 960 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns and has 283 yards and five touchdowns receiving. Oklahoma plays Georgia in a national semifinal on Jan. 1.