The Mercury News Weekend
Stanford QB Mills gives up final year to enter NFL draft
Stanford senior quarterback Davis Mills announced on Thursday that he will enter the 2021 NFL draft.
In 13 games (11 starts) over the past two seasons, Mills completed 287 of 436 (65.8%) passes for 3,468 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2019 after finishing with 1,508 passing yards and 10 total touchdowns. His 301.6 yards per game were the second most in the Pac-12.
Mills had a school-record 504 passing yards at Washington State in 2019. He also led a dramatic, comefrom- behind, two- overtime win at UCLA in his final game as the Cardinal quarterback. After falling behind 34-20 with 5:39 to play, Mills went 15-of-22 for 169 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cardinal to the win.
A Cardinal captain in 2020, Mills will graduate with his degree in science, technology and society in March.
— BANG sports staff
FLORIDA RECORD-SETTING QB TRASK DECLARES FOR DRAFT >> Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Kyle Trask announced that he is entering the NFL draft.
Trask made his announcement in a video posted to various social media sites.
“I feel that it’s best to chase my dreams of playing in the NFL,” Trask said. “I’ve had dreams of playing in the NFL ever since I was a kid. Just to have this opportunity to play at the next level, it’s crazy and I’m going to try and go and make the most of it.”
Trask enjoyed a stellar 2020 season in which he set school records of 4,283 passing yards and 43 touchdowns passes. He topped 400 yards five times and twice threw six scoring passes.
MISSISSIPPI STATE EDGES NO. 24 TULSA >> True freshman Will Rogers scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and had a 13yard TD pass to lead Mississippi State past No. 22 Tulsa 28-26 in a cold and rainy Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jo’quavious Marks scored a rushing touchdown on the game’s first possession and Emmanuel Forbes returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown for the Bulldogs (4-7), who finished the season with a second straight win.
Deneric Prince and Corey Taylor II scored rushing touchdowns, Zach Smith had a 15-yard TD pass to Keylon Stokes, and Zack Long kicked field goals of 27 and 33 yards for No. 24 Tulsa (6-3).
• An ugly postgame brawl erupted after the game and at least one player was injured. Tulsa safety Kendarin Ray was helped off the field after reportedly being hit in the head by a helmet. Golden Hurricane coach Philip Montgomery said Ray is being treated for a concussion.
Video of the brawl show players from both sides throwing punches and even a few are seen delivering kicks. Coaching staffs of both teams were powerless to stop it and Fort Worth security and law enforcement personnel were on the field trying to calm the situation. WEST VIRGINIA RALLIES TO BEAT ARMY >> Reserve quarterback Austin Kendall threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to T. J. Simmons with 5:10 left, and West Virginia held off Army 24-21 in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee.
Army (9-3) had a chance to tie it with 1:50 left, but Quinn Maretzki’s 39-yard field goal was wide left. Josh Chandler ended Army’s final possession with an interception, and led the Mountaineers (9-3) with 13 tackles.
Men’s college basketball
USF 70, SANDIEGO 62 >> Jamaree Bouyea tied his career high with 24 points as the Dons won the West Coast Conference opener for both teams at home.
Josh Kunen and Dzmitry Ryuny combined for 17 points and 16 rebounds for USF (7- 4).
Bouyea scored 18 of his points as the Dons broke open a tight contest after halftime.
UCLA 72, UTAH 70 >> Chris Smith scored 16 points despite a sore knee and four fouls, and the host Bruins shook off coronavirus-induced rust. UCLA (6-2, 2-0 Pac-12) hadn’t played since losing to Ohio State on Dec. 19.
Alfonso Plummer led the Utes (4-2, 1-1) with a seasonhigh 22 points.
NO. 6 WISCONSIN 71, NO. 21 MINNESOTA 59 >> Micah Potter had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Badgers at home. The Gophers (9-2, 2-2 Big Ten) scored a season-low 22 points in the first half with a brutal shooting performance before the Badgers (9-2, 3-1) opened the second half on a 16-5 run.
BLUE JACKETS LOCK UP DUBOIS >> Just days before players are due to report to training camp, the Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to terms with their last and most important restricted free agent.
The Blue Jackets signed 22-year- old center PierreLuc Dubois to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $5 million. Dubois led the Blue Jackets in points (49) and assists (31), and was third in goals (18) in 70 games last season.
Training camp is scheduled to open Sunday. CANADA APPROVES CAMPS, BUT PROVINCES MUST RULE ON GAMES >> The Canadian government, citing “national interest grounds,” gave its approval Thursday for the start of NHL training camps. It issued an exemption to the mandatory 14- day quarantine period for NHL players and team staff to return to the country.
The five provinces with NHL franchises, however, must give their approval for games between Canadian teams during the regular season, which is scheduled to start Jan. 13. The seven
Canadian teams will play in a new North Division.
Alberta became the first province to say the NHL can play games in its arenas. The provincial government told The Canadian Press on Thursday it approved Edmonton and Calgary for competition following a review of protocols outlined in the league’s return-toplay plan, along with additional enhancements.
MAN UNI TE D’ S CAVA N I BANNED FOR 3 GAMES FOR OFFENSIVE POST >>
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani was banned for three games by the English Football Association after using a Spanish term for Black people which he said was intended as an affectionate greeting.
Cavani has also been fined $136,500 and ordered to complete face-to-face education after admitting to breaching the FA’s rules.
WHITE SOX, MARSHALL AVOID ARBITRATION >> The Chicago White Sox and reliever Evan Marshall agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
The 30-year- old righthander was 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 23 appearances last season — his second with the White Sox. He is 10-10 with a 3.96 ERA over seven years with Arizona, Seattle, Cleveland and Chicago.