College football notes: Warford gets Senior Bowl invite

December 13, 2012 

University of Kentucky offensive lineman Larry Warford has been chosen to play in the Senior Bowl.

The game will be played Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. in Mobile, Ala. It will be televised by the NFL Network.

Warford is the first UK player to be selected for the Senior Bowl since Derrick Locke in 2010.

State players make FCS All-America team

Three players from Kentucky schools were named to the Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team on Wednesday.

Junior all-purpose player Walter Powell of Murray State was a first-team selection. His Racers teammate, senior quarterback Casey Brockman, was named to the second team.

Eastern Kentucky senior offensive lineman Aaron Adams received third-team honors.

EKU sets 2013 schedule

Eastern Kentucky University announced a 2013 schedule Wednesday that includes 12 regular-season games for the first time in 10 years.

EKU has six home and six away games. Times for all games will be announced at a later date.

The Colonels open Aug. 29 — a Thursday night — against Robert Morris at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Following that is a Sept. 7 game at Big East champion Louisville.

The Colonels take on another in-state rival on Sept. 21 when they visit Morehead State. The following week brings a visit to Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois in EKU's league opener.

On Oct. 19, EKU welcomes Tennessee Tech to Roy Kidd Stadium for Homecoming.

The Colonels close the season with a trip to Murray State on Nov. 23.

Around the nation

Texas Tech: Texas Tech has hired Texas A&M offensive coordinator and former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury to become the Red Raiders' head coach.

Kingsbury was offered the job Wednesday and Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the news with a Twitter not long after.

Kingsbury coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel this year and was the first in a string of record-setting quarterbacks for the Red Raiders under former coach Mike Leach.

He has never been a head coach and at 33, he'll be one of the youngest in major college football.

Washington State: An internal investigation into a former player's allegations of abuse by football coaches didn't turn up any evidence of such abuse by head coach Mike Leach or his assistants, athletic director Bill Moos said Wednesday.

Star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team during a practice late in the season and later contended that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches. WSU President Elson Floyd asked for the internal review of those allegations, and also asked the Pacific-12 Conference to do its own review. The conference review is still being conducted.

Alabama: Quarterback AJ McCarron says he will return for his senior season with the Crimson Tide next year..

McCarron leads the nation in passing efficiency headed into the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, and he helped Alabama win the national championship last season. McCarron's 26 touchdown passes this year is a single-season record for the Tide. He threw for 2,669 yards with just three interceptions.

Arkansas: Running back Knile Davis says he will enter the NFL draft and skip his senior year with the Razorbacks.

Davis announced his decision Tuesday. He led all Southeastern Conference running backs in rushing in 2010 with 1,322 yards. He averaged 147 yards rushing over his final seven games that season, capping off the breakout performance with a 139-yard rushing effort in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State.

Mississippi State: Running back Nick Griffin will miss the Gator Bowl after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Arkansas State: Former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin has been hired as Arkansas State's new coach.

The former Boise State offensive coordinator spent the last two seasons with the Longhorns, during which time Texas was 16-9..

Tennessee Tech: Wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers will bypass his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

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