Football

Marecic beats Cobb for Hornung award

LOUISVILLE — Stanford fullback-linebacker Owen Marecic won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award.

The award given out by the Louisville Sports Commission honors the most versatile player in college football.

Marecic won over Kentucky wide receiver-kick returner Randall Cobb and TCU wide receiver-kick returner Jeremy Kerley.

Marecic carried 23 times for 46 yards and five touchdowns and was the fifth leading tackler with 51 stops for the Cardinal (12-1).

Around the nation

■ In the wake of a tragic injury to Eric LeGrand of Rutgers, a group of football and business leaders have established a fund to support players who have sustained serious injuries through college football. The College Football Assistance Fund will provide help to ease the burden of medical costs associated with injuries.

The group was moved to act after LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury making a tackle against Army on Oct. 16.

■ After a decade at Boise State, new Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin promises one thing: He won't try to change the color of the field. Harsin was introduced as co-offensive coordinator.

■ Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney found the coach to direct his offense in Tulsa's Chad Morris. Swinney said Morris had accepted the job as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

■ North Carolina has hired Brian Baker as its new defensive line coach. Baker had spent the past two seasons in the same position with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

■ Mississippi hired David Lee as its offensive coordinator. Lee has spent the past three seasons as quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins.

Draft news

■ Illinois middle linebacker Martez Wilson will enter the NFL Draft. Mikel Leshoure, a junior running back, said Monday he'll announce Tuesday morning whether he'll stick around for his senior season.

■ Sophomore tailback Ryan Williams is leaving Virginia Tech with two years of eligibility remaining to make himself available for April's NFL Draft.

■ Oregon State tailback Jacquizz Rodgers said he'll enter the NFL Draft. Rodgers finished his college career with 3,877 rushing yards, second in school history behind Ken Simonton.

■ Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis, wide receiver Jon Baldwin and fullback Henry Hynoski declared for the NFL Draft.

■ Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry plans to return for his senior season. Curry had requested an NFL Draft evaluation that came back favorable, but he said he has the chance to become the second person in his family to earn a college degree.

■ Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins decided to return for his senior season. Jenkins is a three-year starter projected to be a first-round pick.

Sunday's Fight Hunger Bowl

No. 13 Nevada 20, Boston College 13: Rishard Matthews caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for another score, and No. 13 Nevada used a strong defensive effort to cap its most successful season ever at college football's highest level by beating Boston College.

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