Ferrum offensive lineman and Staunton River High School graduate Jordan Patti was named a first-team Division III All-American by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.

The senior center becomes the third Panther in as many years to be honored by the AFCA. Montel Lee made the first team in 2017 and Brian Mann made the second team last year.

Patti was joined on the first team by Bridgewater linebacker Re’Shaun Myers.

Shenandoah offensive lineman Daniel Small made the second team.

Etienne voted ACC’s top player

Clemson running back Travis Etienne is once again the ACC’s player of the year, while North Carolina’s Sam Howell was voted the league’s top rookie.

The ACC on Wednesday announced the winners of its individual awards as determined by a panel of 46 media members and 14 head coaches.

Etienne was also picked as the offensive player of the year, while teammate Isaiah Simmons is the defensive player of the year.

Howell is also the top offensive rookie, while Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau was selected as the defensive rookie of the year.

Etienne rushed for 1,386 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is the second player in four years to repeat as player of the year, joining Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in 2016-17.

Howell threw for an ACC-best 3,347 yards with 35 touchdowns while leading UNC to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016.

Coach Helton avoids dismissal at USC

LOS ANGELES — Southern California has decided to retain Clay Helton, extending the head coach’s 4 ½-year tenure atop the West Coast’s winningest college football program.

New athletic director Mike Bohn announced the decision four days after the No. 24 Trojans (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12) missed out on a trip to the conference title game when they finished one game behind No. 5 Utah in the Pac-12 South.

Helton’s current Trojans beat the Utes and won five of their final six games, but his 13-11 record over the past two seasons has instilled widespread dissatisfaction in many fans and alumni .

Colorado State’s Bobo stepping down

Mike Bobo has agreed to step down as football coach at Colorado State after a second straight losing season.

The move was announced Wednesday by athletic director Joe Parker.

Bobo went 28-35 during his five seasons in Fort Collins. As part of his separation agreement, Bobo will receive $1.8 million to be doled out in three payments.

Tennessee’s Jennings suspended for a half

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference has suspended Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings for the first half of the Volunteers’ bowl game for what the league said was a flagrant personal foul late in a 28-10 victory over Vanderbilt.

Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the suspension Wednesday.

Vanderbilt punt returner Justice Shelton-Mosley was heading out of bounds with just over three minutes left when Jennings hit him. Shelton-Mosley’s helmet appeared to come off as he slid toward Tennessee’s bench. Video showed that as Jennings was getting up after the play, his right cleat hit Shelton-Mosley’s head.

Gibson named DC for N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State has moved Tony Gibson to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

The school announced the move Wednesday, two days after the firing of Dave Huxtable as defensive coordinator. Gibson had joined the Wolfpack in January to coach safeties while carrying the title of co-defensive coordinator.

Hubbard, Lynch top players in Big 12

IRVING, Texas — NCAA rushing leader Chuba Hubbard from Oklahoma State has been named the Big 12 offensive player of the year, and conference sacks leader James Lynch from Baylor the top defensive player.

The awards, as determined by a vote of the league’s 10 coaches, was released Wednesday.

Baylor coach Matt Rhule was chosen as the league’s top coach by his peers.

Oklahoma graduate transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts was picked as the Big 12’s offensive newcomer of the year.

Schiano takes over at Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Greg Schiano gave a clear indication why he might be the man to make Rutgers competitive in the Big Ten Conference.

Schiano, whose eight-year, $32 million contract was approved by the university’s board of governors on Tuesday, would not put a timetable on transforming a program that has struggled since joining the Big Ten in 2014.

“Again, we’re chasing some big dudes,” Schiano said. “No, we’re passing, that’s what we’ve got to do. We ain’t chasing. We’re passing and that’s got to happen, and it’s going to take every single one of us to do it. But the real beauty of this thing, people in New Jersey know how to work. They are not afraid of work. Not afraid to get after it. But we collectively showed what can happen. That’s got to be our leaping-off point. We can’t do this because it’s just starting. Here we go.”

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