Washington is awarded Rice Trophy

January 04, 1992

The Football Writers Association of America yesterday chose Washington as its national champ.

Washington (12-0) edged Miami (12-0) for the Grantland Rice Trophy in balloting by the five members of a nationwide committee. The Huskies received three first-place votes and the Hurricanes two.

* FRESNO STATE: Guard Melvin Johnson, an All-Big West Conference selection, was slain Thursday.

Police said they had made no arrests in the shooting deaths of Johnson, 21, and his girlfriend, Lisa Kelly, 19. Johnson was killed in Fresno, Calif., by a shotgun blast to the chest, Sgt. Mike Guthrie said.

* FLORIDA STATE: Police said no charges were filed against six players, including All-America sophomore linebacker Marvin Jones, who were prevented from taking a flight from Tallahassee, Fla., to Miami after they became verbally abusive to airline employees.

"They were so loud and profane, the pilot wouldn't allow them on the flight," said police spokeswoman Annette Garrett. "When that happened, they became even louder and more abusive."

The players, all of whom were black, became racially abusive with white airlines employees, officials said. Seven police officers "were able to convince them that it was in their best interest to calm down," Garrett said.

The players, who were not available for comment, were allowed on a later flight. Florida State spokesman Rob Wilson said school officials were unaware of the matter until reporters called.

* NOTRE DAME: With quarterback Rick Mirer weighing a decision about whether to skip his senior year to enter the NFL draft, coach Lou Holtz has made it clear he wants and expects his quarterback to return.

"You make a commitment to a school, particularly a quarterback, you ought to honor that commitment," Holtz said. "You go to college, sometimes you need the year's maturity."

Mirer completed 14 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Notre Dame's 39-28 Sugar Bowl victory over Florida. In the Irish's 9-3 regular season, Mirer passed for 2,113 yards and 18 touchdowns.

1991 champions

$Associated Press -- Miami

N.Y. Times Computer -- Miami

The Sporting News -- Washington

USA Today-CNN -- Washington

UPI -- Washington

Football Writers -- Washington

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