Georgia junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is listed along with Southern California’s Matt Barkley, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and three others by ESPN.com’s Gene Wojciechowski as players who could be “seated in the front row at Best Buy Theater” for the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York.
“That’ll be big,” Jones said. “I never thought about that one. That would be big. I’m doing everything I can in a team form and everything I’ve got in preparation. …Just to be in New York, man, it would be a great accomplishment. It’s hard for defensive players to get that award. Just to be up among some of the Heisman finalists that would be a great accomplishment for me.”
Jones certainly is raking in the awards after his dominant showing last Saturday against Missouri.
The latest on Tuesday were the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski players of the week.
He already was selected as the Walter Camp player of the week and the SEC defensive player of the week.
MISSISSIPPI: The Southeastern Conference has suspended freshman defensive back Trae Elston for the Rebels’ upcoming home game against No. 14 Texas because of a hit in last weekend’s win over UTEP.
PENN STATE: Coach Bill O’Brien says that the Penn State kicking job is an open competition from week to week and that Sam Ficken has emerged as the winner every time.
That won’t satisfy the critics who have knocked Ficken, some with vicious comments on social media, since he missed four field-goal attempts, including the potential game-winning 42-yard try on the last play, in Saturday’s 17-16 loss at Virginia.
But O’Brien will stick with his routine in preparing for Saturday’s game against Navy. He noted that Ficken, a sophomore who took over after Anthony Fera transferred to Texas, has a stronger leg than the backups Matt Marcincin and Kevin DiSanto and that he is working hard to improve his technique and consistency.
PURDUE: Quarterback Robert Marve has re-torn the ACL in his left knee and will be out at least a few weeks.
It’s the third torn ACL of Marve’s injury-riddled college career.
“It’s significant enough to hold him out for a while,” Purdue coach Danny Hope said Tuesday.