College football: LSU loses more regulars to NFL draft

Oregon's Michael Clay lifted the championship trophy alongside Coach Chip Kelly after their Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State on Thursday.
Oregon's Michael Clay lifted the championship trophy alongside Coach Chip Kelly after their Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State on Thursday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

LSU safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon, running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing formally declared their intention on Friday to leave school early and enter the NFL draft.

Those decisions mean the Tigers will lose at least three defensive regulars, with linebacker Kevin Minter also having informed the school he'd be leaving this week.

Reid and Minter both were AP second-team All-America selections. Simon was a starter who had four interceptions this season.

Reid finished with 91 tackles. He also made a pair of interceptions, seven pass breakups, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

"This was a very difficult decision because I always wanted to be a Tiger and I love LSU," said Reid. "But, after careful consideration and talking with my family, I feel like this is the right time to make this decision."

 Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh is forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. A three-time All-Big East selection, is ranked as one of the top offensive tackles entering the draft.

Penn St. coach staying

Bill O'Brien is staying at Penn State. O'Brien's agent, Joseph Linta, said Thursday night that the Nittany Lions' head coach garnered interest from several NFL teams for vacant jobs at the next level.

But Linta said the "heartstrings" of O'Brien's experience from Penn State's 8-4 season in his first year outweighed the potentially big raise he could have received as an NFL head coach.

UK's Woodson joins Morehead State staff

Former University of Kentucky quarterback and graduate assistant coach Andre Woodson has been named wide receivers coach at Morehead State, Coach Rob Tenyer announced on Twitter on Friday.

Woodson will be a full-time assistant for the Eagles, who play in the Football Championship Subdivision. He worked with UK's quarterbacks as a graduate assistant this past season.

Montana to Tulane

Tulane says it has received a national letter of intent from junior college quarterback Nick Montana, the son of Hall-of-Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana.

The younger Montana threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns this past season at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Thursday's Fiesta Bowl

No. 5 Oregon 35, No. 7 Kansas St. 17:DeAnthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the first of his two touchdowns, Marcus Mariota accounted for three scores, and No. 5 Oregon raced past No. 7 Kansas State at the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night.

Kansas State (11-2) tried to bull its way behind Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, only to get overwhelmed by the speedy Ducks, who got some help with an obscure 1-point safety on a blocked extra-point kick.