Washington starting tight end Chris Izbicki has left the program and won't be with the team in the Holiday Bowl.
A school spokesman confirmed Izbicki’s departure on Wednesday. Redshirt freshman Marlion Barnett likely will start in the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska.
Izbicki moved into the starting role last summer when Kavario Middleton was kicked out for violating team rules. Izbicki has played in 10 of 12 games this season but started just one as the Huskies used more multiple receiver sets.
Izbicki caught just two passes for 16 yards, one of those a touchdown in the Huskies’ 32-31 upset of Southern California.
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Washington appears set for the future at the spot with Michael Hartvigson redshirting and an oral commitment from blue-chip recruit Austin Seferian-Jenkins of Gig Harbor High School.
NEWTON NAMED AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was named the AP Player of the Year, adding to his collection of awards.
Newton, who had already raked in the Heisman Trophy and Davey O’Brien and Maxwell awards, received 51 votes from the 60-member AP football poll panel. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore received three, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck got two and four ballots went unreturned.
LSU MIGHT LOSE LEADING RUSHER
LSU running back Stevan Ridley may be forced to miss the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M because of an undisclosed academic violation.
Coach Les Miles said LSU is appealing to the NCAA in hopes that Ridley, who is currently ineligible, can be reinstated before LSU (10-2) meets the Aggies (9-3) in Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 7.
“This was a one-time incident,” said Miles, who declined to get into specifics. “The school has been compliant. Ridley has been compliant. We are appealing it. We are making our case.”
Ridley led LSU with 1,042 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns during the regular season. He is practicing with the team.
TEMPLE HIRES FLORIDA ASSISTANT
After losing Al Golden to Miami, Temple turned to the Sunshine State to find his replacement.
The Owls hired Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio to replace Golden, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Addazio is expected to be formally introduced at a news conference today but will remain at Florida through the Outback Bowl against Penn State on Jan. 1. The 51-year-old Addazio has been a member of Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida the past six years.
The matchup between South Carolina and Florida State has given the Chick-fil-A Bowl its 14th consecutive sellout. The game will be Dec. 31 in Atlanta. A day after his 84th birthday, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said he is looking at the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Florida as a combination of this season’s final game and the opener of the 2011 campaign, which would be his 46th season leading the Nittany Lions. Syracuse suspended defensive tackle Andrew Lewis and linebacker Brice Hawkes for the Pinstripe Bowl for violating team rules. A Columbus television station reported that Ohio State is investigating allegations that several of its football players traded autographs for tattoos.