Tigers' Harper up for top QB award

Clemson's Cullen Harper is a preseason candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Harper is one of 26 players vying for the annual honor, named for the former Baltimore Colts quarterback. The award given each year since 1987 to college football's top senior quarterback will be presented Dec. 5 in Baltimore.

Harper set 21 Clemson records in 2007 to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 mark and a No. 21 ranking in the final AP Top 25 poll.

He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing efficiency, throwing for 2,991 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Harper is one of two ACC quarterbacks on the preseason list, along with Sean Glennon , of Virginia Tech.

MISSISSIPPI: Is dangerously thin at quarterback after incoming recruit Chris Wilkes signed with the San Diego Padres.

The Padres took the Orlando, Fla., pitcher in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has Jevan Snead listed as the starter. But Snead has little experience after sitting out following his transfer from Texas.

NOTRE DAME: Starting nose tackle Pat Kuntz is back at school after missing the spring semester for personal reasons.

OBITUARY: Ambrose "Bud" Dudley , who founded the Liberty Bowl football game in 1959 and oversaw the game for decades, has died. He was 88.

Dudley died Tuesday at a nursing home in Memphis after a long illness.

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