A Washington think tank, New America, has ranked college football’s top 25 teams based on graduation rates of football players and the male student body. Time magazine publishes the full rankings. TCU is No. 1 and UCLA No. 2.
Freshman guard Elijah Stewart was named Pac-12 player of the week after going 10 for 10 against Boston College. Stewart tied the record of forward Taj Gibson who also was 10 for 10 vs. Boston College in an NCAA Tournament game on March 20, 2009.
Maybe the best thing about postseason awards is they stir debate. For example, UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks won the Butkus Award but was only second-team all-Pac-12. The conference also selected USC wide receiver Juju Smith as a second-team special teams player. But at USC’s football banquet, linebacker Quinton Powell was named special teams player of the year.
Freshman guard Elijah Stewart went 10 for 10 from the field and scored 22 points to lead USC past Boston College, 75-71. Stewart tied Taj Gibson’s record. Gibson went 10 for 10, also against Boston College, in 2009.
Tight end Tyler Petite, who switched his commitment from Duke to USC last week, caught seven passes for 102 yards yesterday as Campolindo defeated El Capitan, 35-28, in the California Division III state title game in Carson.
USC plays Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl and it might be worth remembering Nebraska’s faculty athletics representative is Josephine Potuto, who was a key member of the Committee on Infractions that handed down severe sanctions against USC in 2010.