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Oklahoma's Mayfield takes Manning Award as nation's top QB

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character.

"People will have their guesses and their opinions on my character, but anyone that's actually sat down and talked to me knows that I don't have any character issues, any off-the-field issues," Mayfield said Thursday night during a conference call after being selected the 2017 Manning Award winner.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Jan 9
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)13-11,5214
2Georgia13-21,4543
3Oklahoma12-21,3742
4Clemson12-21,2921
5Ohio State12-21,2865
6UCF (4)13-01,24810
7Wisconsin13-11,1946
8Penn State11-21,1209
9TCU11-397413
10Auburn10-49177
11Notre Dame10-385714
12USC11-38398
13Miami (FL)10-376911
14Oklahoma State10-375817
15Michigan State10-370518
16Washington10-366812
17Northwestern10-352820
18LSU9-436816
19Mississippi State9-435924
20Stanford9-533615
21South Florida10-226723
22Boise State11-325125
23North Carolina State9-4232-
24Virginia Tech9-412622
25Memphis10-311919

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Alabama hires Jeff Banks as Tide special teams coordinator

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has hired Jeff Banks as its special teams coordinator.

Banks, whose hiring was announced Thursday, spent the past five seasons as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M. The Aggies ranked third nationally in net punting and second in punt return average last season.

Before coming to Texas A&M in 2013, Banks spent one season as Virginia's running backs coach and special teams coordinator and nine years in the same roles at UTEP.