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Vanderbilt’s Graham reportedly transferring to UCLA

Jeff Lockridge of the Nashville Tennessean (Vanderbilt beat writer) wrote on Twitter earlier today that defensive back Jamie Graham is going to transfer to UCLA for grad school and to play for the Bruins.

Graham is a talented athlete but didn’t get much playing time for Vanderbilt last season, and he could provide an immediate boost to the return game. He has one season of eligibility remaining, and he’ll help soften the blow from the loss of Courtney Viney, which I thought was a big one. Between Aaron Hester, Sheldon Price, Andrew Abbott, Anthony Jefferson and now Graham, UCLA has some decent depth at the position, but it remains a recruiting priority for next year.

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Cross enshrined in CFB HOF on Saturday night

From UCLA:

UCLA All-America offensive lineman Randy Cross was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame Saturday night during a dinner, held at the Century Center Convention Center in South Bend, Ind., that served as the culmination of the National Football Foundation’s two-day Enshrinement Festival.

Cross was one of 16 players and four coaches enshrined tonight. He was selected in May of 2010 as part of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class and this weekend’s activities served as the culmination of the induction process. The 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class was inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, 2010, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Part of a successful run for the UCLA football program, offensive lineman Randy Cross was a key contributor throughout his time in Los Angeles. Cross played on the Bruins’ 1976 Rose Bowl championship team as a guard, starting 28 of his 34 career games. Randy became the Bruins’ starting center midway through his sophomore season. The next two years he was moved to right guard where he became a first-team All-Conference and a first-team All-America as a senior. Throughout his senior season he would share time between the center and guard positions. Cross won UCLA’s George W. Dickerson Award as the team’s most outstanding lineman in 1974 and 1975.

Selected in the second round of the 1976 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Cross played 13 years and won three Super Bowls with the franchise. Randy currently co-hosts a program which airs on Sirius Radio’s NFL Network. In 2009, Cross began work as an analyst for CBS College Sports TV in its coverage of the U.S. Naval Academy’s football games. Randy also founded a charity golf tournament which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford’s Children’s Hospital. Cross and his wife Patrice reside outside Atlanta with their three children, daughters Kelly and Crystal, and son Brendan, a quarterback at Wake Forest University.

“Coaches from UCLA shaped me as a young man, taught me lessons, on and off the field, and helped in life well after I left Westwood. I owe those men — Steve Butler, Moe Freedman, Terry Donahue, Pepper Rodgers, Dick Vermeil and Bobb McKittrick — more than I can ever repay.”

Cross is the 13th member of the UCLA family enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Bruin greats such as Troy Aikman, Kenny Easley, Jerry Robinson, Gary Beban, Kenny Washington and coaches Terry Donahue, Tommy Prothro and Red Sanders.

Former Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez, former Dayton head coach Mike Kelly, former Widener University, Delaware Valley College and LaSalle University head coach Bill Manlove and former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings were the four coaches that joined the list of 16 former players who were also inducted. The players enshrined were Cross, Dennis Byrd of North Carolina State (1964-67), Ronnie Caveness of Arkansas (1962-64), Ray Childress of Texas A&M (1981-84), Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State (1993-96), Sam Cunningham of USC (1970-72), Michael Favor of North Dakota State (1985-88), Charles Haley of James Madison (1982-85), Mark Herrmann of Purdue (1977-80), Clarkston Hines of Duke (1986-89), Desmond Howard of Michigan (1989-91), Mickey Kobrosky of Trinity (1933-36), Chet Moeller of Navy (1973-75), Jerry Stovall of LSU (1960-62), Pat Tillman of Arizona State (1994-97), and Alfred Williams of Colorado (1987-90).

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John Savage on Trevor Bauer

John Savage on Trevor Bauer’s Golden Spikes Award win today:

“Trevor had one of the best years, if not the best year, that any college pitcher has ever had. This is a fantastic tribute to Trevor and his teammates. The Golden Spikes Award is equivalent to college football’s Heisman Trophy, and we are all very proud of Trevor and his accomplishments.”

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Bauer wins Golden Spikes Award

Trevor Bauer picked up one last win for UCLA on Friday afternoon, and it’s a big one.

Bauer was named the 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner in New York City, bestingVirginia’s Danny Hultzen and Texas’ Taylor Jungmann to add just another piece of hardware to the trophy room.

Bauer, who won Player of the Year honors from Collegiate Baseball and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors, went 13-2 with 203 strikeouts, which set a new Pac-10 record. Bauer also threw nine straight complete games for the Bruins, finishing with 10 on the year, and leaves UCLA as the program wins, strikeout and innings pitched leader.

“Being mentioned with the past recipients of this award is an amazing honor and privilege,” Bauer said. “On a personal note, it’s validation of all the hard work, time, sweat and tears that have gone into getting me to this point in my career. But I could never have accomplished this without the help of my teammates, coaches, friends and parents who have been with me along the ride. I can’t thank them enough, and I don’t really know how to express the jubilation I’m experiencing right now.”

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Quick reminder: Trevor Bauer up for Golden Spikes Award today at 3 p.m. (PST)

Just a head’s up folks: Former UCLA pitcher and recent No. 3 pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks Trevor Bauer is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which will be presented later today.

Bauer, who finished his illustrious career with a sizzling senior season, is squaring up against to other aces – Virginia’s Danny Hultzen and Texas’ Taylor Jungmann.

Bauer won Player of the Year honors from Collegiate Baseball and was honored as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year after setting a Pac-10 single-season record with 203 strikeouts while going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA for the Bruins. Bauer also had 10 complete games, including nine in a row, and goes down as the school’s career leader in wins (34), strikeouts (460) and innings pitched (373.1).

The presentation is being aired live for the first time and will start at 3 p.m. on the MLB Network, MLB.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

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Franklin named to Doak Walker Watch List

From UCLA:

Junior running back Johnathan Franklin has been named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Friday. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. This is the second preseason watch list honor for Franklin as he was also named to the Maxwell Award watch list last week. Franklin rushed for over 1000 yards last season and was also the team’s top scorer, tallying eight touchdowns.

The field of 51 candidates is highlighted by the 2010 Doak Walker Award recipient, LaMichael James from Oregon. James, a junior from Texarkana, TX, led the nation in rushing and scoring last season. Ten semifinalists will be announced on November 11 and the recipient will be named live on ESPN on December 8.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on November 11, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on November 21. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on November 28 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2011 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8 on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, in February 2012.
The award, in its 22nd year, is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

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