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CFB notebook: Florida to induct Tebow into Ring of Honor

Former quarterback Tim Tebow will be inducted into Florida’s Ring of Honor, the school announced on Wednesday.

The two-time national champion and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will be recognized during the Gators’ game against LSU on Oct. 6. Tebow’s name will be unveiled and displayed in the north end zone of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

“I am so humbled and thankful to be able to receive this blessing, being inducted into the Ring of Honor,” the 30-year-old Tebow said in a statement. “I know in my heart that I truly couldn’t have done it without amazing coaches and teammates who loved and sacrificed for each other so that we could accomplish our goals.

“Loving Florida wasn’t just something I did for four years, but it has been a lifelong passion. I want to thank the University of Florida and all the fans for making Gator Nation so special. I was born a Gator, I played as a Gator, and I’ll always be a Gator!”

Tebow is the sixth player to receive the honor. He will join linebacker Wilber Marshall, running back Emmitt Smith, 1966 Heisman winner and coach Steve Spurrier, 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel and defensive end Jack Youngblood.

A three-time Heisman Trophy finalist, Tebow posted a 35-6 mark during his four seasons (2006-09) at Florida.

–Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun told reporters that he is under no obligation to name the team’s defensive coordinator.

The team hasn’t named a replacement for Steve Russ, who became the Carolina Panthers’ linebackers coach in January. Russ had spent the previous four seasons as Air Force’s defensive coordinator and defensive backfield coach.

Calhoun told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the experience of the defensive staff and its ability to collaborate on play calls and scheme creates little urgency for a designated coordinator.

Potential in-house candidates for the position are Tim Cross (assistant head coach, defensive line coach), Ron Vanderlinden (inside linebackers), Brian Knorr (edge defenders), John Rudzinski or Chip Vaughn (secondary) and Matt Weikert (outside linebackers).

–Rutgers defensive back K.J. Gray and linebacker Brendan DeVera have been dismissed from the program for violating team rules, multiple media outlets reported.

Gray, a junior, and DeVera, a sophomore, were expected to play key roles on defense and special teams this season.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Gray recorded a secondary-best 58 tackles last season to go along with two interceptions.

DeVera, who is listed at 6-1 and 242 pounds, notched two tackles while playing in 11 games as a true freshman last fall.

–Defensive end Mark Brown has left San Diego State and transferred to Texas Tech, the Red Raiders confirmed after several weeks of rumors that he would make the move.

Brown, who played at Arlington Heights High in Fort Worth, Texas, was a three-star recruit for the Aztecs in 2017 and took a redshirt year as a freshman last season.

Although he did not play in a game, Brown made an impression at San Diego State, being named as the program’s Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year.

Brown will sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining.

–Georgia wide receiver Michael Chigbu, who during the spring indicated he might give up football because of injuries, is not listed in the Bulldogs’ 2018 media guide.

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Chigbu, once a highly rated prospect who would be a senior this season, has battled shoulder and knee injuries the last two years.

Head coach Kirby Smart acknowledged in April that Chigbu “may be thinking about hanging it up.”

As a sophomore at Georgia, Chigbu enjoyed his best season by starting seven of the nine games in which he played and making nine receptions for 88 yards. Chigbu did not catch a pass last season and has 13 receptions and 116 receiving yards for his career.