Virginia Tech Safety Kam Chancellor Exploring NFL Draft Potential
Virginia Tech junior safety Kam Chancellor submitted his name to the NFL draft advisory board, according to John Ballein, the Hokies' associate athletics director for football operations.
The advisory board provides underclassmen with an assessment of their NFL draft stock. Chancellor's decision does not prevent him from returning for his senior year. Upon receiving the evaluation, Chancellor has until Jan. 15 to decide whether to submit his name into the draft or return next season.
At 6 feet 4 and 224 pounds, Chancellor presents superior size at safety. He has 51 tackles and one interception this season. . . .
Georgia Tech first-year coach Paul Johnson was given a new seven-year, $17.7 million contract.
Johnson, who led the No. 15 Yellow Jackets to a 9-3 record and its first win in eight years over rival Georgia, will receive $2.3 million for 2009, plus incentives.
Johnson was voted ACC Coach of the Year. Georgia Tech will meet LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
Johnson has a 116-42 record during six seasons at Georgia Tech, Navy and Georgia Southern. . . .
James Madison Coach Mickey Matthews received the Eddie Robinson Award as the top coach in division I-AA, becoming the first coach to receive the honor twice. The Dukes finished 10-1 in the regular season, their best finish in history.
Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in I-AA. . . .
Miami quarterback Robert Marve will not play in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 27 against California because of a violation of team academic rules.
· HOCKEY: Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, 37, ended months of speculation by announcing that he has signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
· WNBA: The 2009 season will open on June 6 with a full slate of games, including the Washington Mystics at the Connecticut Sun. One Mystics game is scheduled to appear on national television. Their July 23 against Chicago will air on ESPN2.
· HIGH SCHOOLS: Jacquelyn Blake-Hedges (St. Mary's Ryken), Bailey Bodell (St. John's), Cheyenne Braga (Good Counsel), Jessica Cooke (Leonardtown) and Melissa Orgera (Broadneck) were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Scholar All-America team.
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