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Mayfield among 7 Lombardi finalists

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HOUSTON (AP) Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and fellow Heisman finalists Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Bryce Love of Stanford are among the finalists for the Lombardi Award. The award is given to the nation's top player based on performance as well as leadership, character and resiliency.

The other finalists announced Monday were Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin and Iowa State linebacker and quarterback Joel Lanning.

The award will be presented Saturday at Lone Star College in Houston. This is the second year the Lombardi finalists have included players from all positions. Previously, it went to the nation's best lineman and linebacker.

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Neck injury ends Miami CB Young's career

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami cornerback Malek Young's football career is over.

The Hurricanes announced Sunday that a neck injury Young sustained during last month's Orange Bowl against Wisconsin will require career-ending surgery to repair.

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Stanford QB Chryst plans to transfer

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst plans to transfer for his final season of eligibility.

Chryst announced Sunday that he will transfer after he graduates in June. He will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.

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Mayfield's Senior Bowl arrival delayed

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield's arrival at the Senior Bowl has been delayed.

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said Monday the quarterback went home to Austin, Texas for a "personal family matter".

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Washington State hires FAU's Chun as AD

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Patrick Chun of Florida Atlantic University is the new athletic director at Washington State.

Chun has spent the past five years leading the sports programs at FAU, a Conference USA school. He replaces Bill Moos, who left recently to become athletic director at Nebraska. Chun will be introduced at a press conference in Pullman on Tuesday.

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Treadwell rejoining Michigan State staff

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell is returning to the Spartans' staff.

The school announced Monday that Treadwell will help coach defensive backs and special teams while also serving as an offensive consultant. He'll also be the team's freshman head coach - a new role created to support the growth and development of first-year players.

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Leach: Hilinski no signs of depression

Washington State coach Mike Leach said Saturday there were no outward signs that would have alarmed coaches or teammates before Tyler Hilinski took his own life.

A day after an emotional vigil on the Washington State campus that included Hilinski's family and teammates, Leach spoke on a conference call and made his first extensive comments about Hilinski's death. Hilinski died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Shimonek's TD lifts West in Shrine game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) For J.T. Barrett, playing in the 93rd East-West Shrine game was more about showing what type of leader he is than impressing statistically.

"I think, at the end of the day, I wanted to show I could command the offense," the Big Ten's career total yardage leader said Saturday.

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Herron, Apke shine at Collegiate Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Defense ruled in a game meant to showcase potential NFL players, and LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron and Penn State linebacker Troy Apke delivered the final blows.

The 312-pound Herron returned a fumble for a late touchdown and Apke had an interception while earning MVP honors, helping the National team stifle the American team 23-0 in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

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USC promotes Ellis, Colbert under Helton

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California has promoted Bryan Ellis and Keary Colbert to full-time jobs as assistant coaches.

USC coach Clay Helton announced the moves Saturday.

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