Dec. 11, 2010
Andrew Luck finished second in the Heisman Trophy award voting behind Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.Newton, who was plagued by a mid-season NCAA investigation into his eligibility after allegations surfaced of his father accepting money on his behalf, finished with 2,263 points to Luck's 1079.Luck broke John Elway's single-season record with 28 touchdown passes and threw for 3,051 yards. He also rushed for 438 yards and three scores.With both Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart named Heisman finalists in the last two years, Stanford joins USC, Oklahoma, Miami, Ohio State, Florida State and Notre Dame as the only programs to have different players finish in the top four in successive seasons in the last 25 years.With Luck finishing second in the voting, Stanford becomes the first school since Purdue in 1968 and 1969 to have two different players finish second in the voting in successive years.
Veteran free-agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is scheduled to travel to the Bay Area on Tuesday evening and spend most of Wednesday with 49ers officials and coaches.
The 49ers will be Mitchell’s second visit on a four-city free-agent tour, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Mitchell is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday before traveling to the Bay Area. After meeting with the 49ers, Mitchell is set to fly to Denver, where he will meet with the Broncos on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Then, he will travel to Atlanta to visit with Falcons officials and coaches Thursday evening and Friday.
Mitchell became a free agent last week when the Miami Dolphins cut him to avoid paying his scheduled $4.5 million salary for the 2017 season. The move saved Miami $4 million in cap space.
Mitchell (6 foot 3, 310 pounds) is a seven-year veteran who could fit into the 49ers’ new 4-3 defense under new coordinator Robert Saleh. Mitchell played the first four seasons of his NFL career in Houston, where Saleh was a defensive quality control coach during Mitchell’s rookie season.
Mitchell appeared in just nine games last season for the Dolphins after serving a stint on injured reserve early in the season with a calf injury. He has appeared in 100 games in his career with 38 starts.
The Kings traded Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the forward to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.
I want to thank the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to play basketball in front of the great fans of Sacramento. My wife and I felt in Sacramento like being home and this is something we both will cherish for ever. This definitely isn't easy for me and my family to leave, and you all know how much I love our city, organization and fans but the time has come. I want to wish nothing but success to my Kings. I will definitely will follow and cheer from afar.
Always a big part of my heart,
Casspi, 28, averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 18 minutes per game for the Kings this year.