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Georgia star LB Smith declares for draft

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (3) during warm ups before the start Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Pasadena, Calif. A case can be made that Smith has been the best defensive player in the country this season. He is an instinctive linebacker and Georgia will move him around in the tackle box to free him to run to the ball. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Linebacker Roquan Smith, the leader of a defense that led Georgia to the national championship game, is entering the NFL draft.

The decision by Smith, the Butkus Award winner, was expected. He enjoyed a strong junior season, which boosted his draft status.

Smith led Georgia with 137 tackles, 6+ sacks and 17 quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Smith was a game-changer with his speed and instincts and is seen as a possible first-round draft pick.

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Clemson DT Wilkins returning for 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson's heart, soul and power on defense is intact next season with defensive tackle Christian Wilkins' choice to hold off on the NFL and return to the Tigers.

Wilkins was the last holdout among three draft-eligible underclassmen along the defensive front - all who were projected first-round picks in some mock NFL drafts - to decide to come back to school. On Saturday, defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant announced their intentions to play at Clemson next year.

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Vols QB Dormady says he's transferring

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury.

"After weeks of reflection, I've decided to complete my degree from Tennessee and transfer for my final year of eligibility," Dormady said Monday on his Twitter account .

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NC State backup QB McClendon to transfer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State redshirt senior quarterback Jalan McClendon will play elsewhere next season as a graduate transfer.

The school announced McClendon's decision Monday. He is scheduled to graduate in May and has a year of eligibility remaining.

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Arizona hires ex-Texas A&M coach Sumlin

Arizona has tabbed former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its football coach.

Sumlin is expected to sign a five-year contract, pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents. An introductory news conference is scheduled for Tuesday.

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RB Gaskin returning to Washington

SEATTLE (AP) Washington star running back Myles Gaskin will return to school for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft.

Gaskin announced his decision in a brief statement on Twitter on Sunday night, the day before the NFL deadline for eligible underclassmen to declare for the draft. Gaskin was expected to be a mid-to-late round selection in what's expected to be a strong running back class.

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Legendary broadcaster Jackson dies at 89

Keith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature "Whoa, Nelly!" From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment before retiring 12 years ago was one of the greatest college football games ever.

Jackson died Friday. He was 89.

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DL Green 4th USC player to leave early

LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California defensive lineman Rasheem Green will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Green announced his decision Saturday night.

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Georgia DT Thompson to enter draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia junior defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is entering the NFL draft despite a decline in production in 2017.

Thompson had three sacks and was named MVP in Georgia's Liberty Bowl win over Texas Christian following the 2016 season. He had no sacks in 2017.

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Gamecocks give Muschamp 6 years, $28.2M

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has received a new, six-year, $28.2 million contract after leading the Gamecocks to a nine-win season.

Muschamp's contract was approved by the school's board of trustees Friday.

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