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DraftInsiders.com 2012 All-American Team

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DraftInsiders.com All-American Team

Photo – Linemen - Luke Joechel - Texas A&M, Barrett Jones - Alabama, Jonathan Cooper - North Carolina

Offensive Player of the Year
QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M University

Defensive Player of the Year
LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame

Coach of the Year
Brian Kelly – Notre Dame (3rd season)

DraftInsiders.com All- American Team

Offensive Team
QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M University
RB Montee Ball - North Carolina
RB Kenjon Barner – Oregon
WR Marqise Lee - Southern Cal
WR Tavin Austin - West Virginia
TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame

Linemen:
OT Luke Joechel - Texas A&M
OG Chance Warmack – Alabama
OC Barrett Jones - Alabama
OG Jonathan Cooper - North Carolina
OT Ricky Wagner – Wisconsin

Heisman Trophy Vote - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame
Jim Thorpe Vote - CB Johnthan Banks – Mississippi St
Nagurski Vote - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame
Outland Vote - OT Luke Joechel - Texas A&M

Defensive Team
DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina
DT Star Lotulelei - Utah
DT Kawann Short - Purdue
DE Damontre Moore – Texas A&M
LB Jarvis Jones - Georgia
LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame
LB Chase Thomas - Stanford
CB Johnthan Banks – Mississippi St
CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
S Eric Reid - LSU
S T.J. McDonald - Southern Cal

Specialists:
P Ryan Allen – Louisiana Tech
PK Quinn Sharp - Oklahoma St.
RS De'Anthony Thomas - Oregon

Notre Dame Battles Alabama In National BCS Title Game

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2012-13 College Football Bowl Schedule

Undefeated #1 Notre Dame will meet defending national and SEC Champion #2 Alabama in the BCS title game on Monday, January 7th. The Crimson Tide has won two of the past three national titles and will look to continue the SEC dominance on the national scene. It will be the 7th consecutive BCS title game for the SEC Champion with the past six clubs winning the national championship. This will be the first national title game for Notre Dame since the late 1980’s. In only head coach, Brian Kelly’s third season, the Irish earned the title clash off an undefeated season behind a very tough defense and an efficient balanced offense. We will have a national title game matchup breakdown posted the first week of January.

Photo – CE Dee Milliner – Alabama

Complete Bowl Schedule

Date/time (all ET) / Bowl / Site / Matchup

National BCS Championship Mon., Jan. 7
8:30 p.m.

BCS title game Miami Gardens, Fla. Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Sat., Dec. 15
1 p.m. New Mexico Albuquerque Nevada vs. Arizona

Sat., Dec. 15
4:30 p.m. Idaho Potato Boise, Idaho Utah State vs. Toledo

Thu., Dec. 20
8 p.m. Poinsettia San Diego San Diego State vs. BYU

Fri., Dec. 21
7:30 p.m. Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg, Fla. Central Florida vs. Ball State

Sat., Dec. 22
noon New Orleans New Orleans Louisiana-Lafayette vs. East Carolina

Sat., Dec. 22
3:30 p.m. Las Vegas Las Vegas Boise State vs. Washington

Mon., Dec. 24
8 p.m. Hawaii Honolulu SMU vs. Fresno State

Wed., Dec. 26
7:30 p.m. Little Caesars Detroit Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Thu., Dec. 27
3 p.m. Military Washington, D.C. San Jose State vs. Bowling Green

Thu., Dec. 27
6:30 p.m. Belk Charlotte, N.C. Duke vs. Cincinnati

Thu., Dec. 27
9:45 p.m. Holiday San Diego Baylor vs. UCLA

Fri., Dec. 28
2 p.m. Independence Shreveport, La. Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio

Fri., Dec. 28
5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers

Fri., Dec. 28
9 p.m. Meinke Car Care Houston Minnesota vs. Texas Tech

Sat., Dec. 29
11:45 a.m. Armed Forces Fort Worth, Texas Air Force vs. Rice

Sat., Dec. 29
3:15 p.m. Kraft Fight Hunger San Francisco Navy vs. Arizona State

Sat., Dec. 29
3:15 p.m. Pinstripe Bronx, N.Y. Syracuse vs. West Virginia

Sat., Dec. 29
6:45 p.m. Alamo San Antonio, Texas Texas vs. Oregon State

Sat., Dec. 29
10:15 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State vs. TCU

Mon., Dec. 31
noon Music City Nashville, Tenn. N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt

Mon, Dec. 31
2 p.m. Sun El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech vs. USC

Mon, Dec. 31
3:30 p.m. Liberty Memphis, Tenn. Tulsa vs. Iowa State

Mon, Dec. 31
7:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Atlanta Clemson vs. LSU

Tue., Jan. 1
noon Heart of Dallas Dallas Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

Tue., Jan. 1
noon Gator Jacksonville, Fla. Northwestern vs. Mississippi State

Tue., Jan. 1
1 p.m. Outback Tampa, Fla. Michigan vs. South Carolina

Tue., Jan. 1
1 p.m. Capital One Orlando, Fla. Georgia vs. Nebraska

Tue., Jan. 1
5 p.m. Rose Pasadena, Calif. Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Tue., Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. Orange Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida State vs. Northern Illinois

Wed., Jan. 2
8:30 p.m. Sugar New Orleans Florida vs. Louisville

Thu., Jan. 3
8:30 p.m. Fiesta Glendale, Ariz. Kansas State vs. Oregon

Fri., Jan. 4
8 p.m. Cotton Arlington, Texas Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Sat., Jan. 5
1 p.m. BBVA Compass Birmingham, Ala. Mississippi vs. Pittsburgh

Sun., Jan. 6
8 p.m. Go Daddy Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State vs. Kent State

Mon., Jan. 7
8:30 p.m. BCS title game Miami Gardens, Fla. Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Notre Dame Claims #1 BCS Ranking With Unbeaten Season

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Notre Dame Earns BCS Championship Game vs SEC Title Game Winner - Alabama vs Georgia - Saturday Dec. 1st

Top 25 Team Polls – Coaches & AP

Photo - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame

Team of the Week – Notre Dame

Coaches Poll - Top 25
Rank/ Team / Record / Votes

1 Notre Dame 12-0 – (56)
2 Alabama 11-1 – (2)
3 Georgia 11-1 – (1)
4 Oregon 11-1
5 Florida 11-1
6 LSU 9-2
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 Texas A&M 10-2
9 Stanford 10-2
10 South Carolina 10-2
11 Oklahoma 9-2
12 Florida St. 10-2
13 Nebraska 10-2
14 Clemson 10-2
15 Boise St 9-2
16 UCLA 9-3
17 Oregon St. 8-3
18 Northern Illinois11-1
19 Kent St 11-1
20 Northwestern 8-3
21 Texas 8-3
22 Utah St 10-2
23 Louisville 9-2
24 Michigan 8-4
25 Rutgers 9-2

Schools Dropped Out
No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-4), No. 24 Mississippi State (8-4)

Others Receiving Votes
Oklahoma State (7-4) 129; San Jose State (10-2) 105; Vanderbilt (8-4) 94; Fresno State (9-3) 39; TCU (7-4) 34; San Diego State (9-3) 28; Cincinnati (8-3) 17; Arizona State (7-5) 13; Arkansas State (8-3) 13; Mississippi State (8-4) 11; Middle Tennessee (8-3) 7; Central Florida (9-3) 5; Louisiana Tech (9-3) 5; Arizona (7-5) 3; Toledo (9-3) 2; Baylor (6-5) 1; Southern California (7-5) 1.

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank/ Team / Record / 1st Place Votes

1 Notre Dame 12-0 – (60)
2 Alabama 11-1
3 Georgia 11-1
4 Ohio St 12-0
5 Florida 11-1
6 Oregon 11-1
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 Stanford 10-2
9 LSU 10-2
10 Texas A&M 10-2
11 South Carolina 10-2
12 Oklahoma 9-2
13 Florida St. 10-2
14 Nebraska 10-2
15 Clemson 10-2
16 Oregon St. 8-3
17 UCLA 9-3
18 Kent St 11-1
19 Northern Illinois 11-1
20 Utah St 10-2
21 Michigan 8-4
22 Northwestern 9-3
23 Texas 8-3
24 Oklahoma St. 7-4
25 Boise St 9-2

LB Manti Te'O Heads Maxwell and Bednarik Semifinalists

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Irish’s Manti Te'O Heads Maxwell and Bednarik Lists

Photo - LB Manti Te’O - Notre Dame

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2012 Semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award presented for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Notre Dame's LB Manti Te'o is coming off a terrific performance in the Irish huge win over Oklahoma. They effort between two top ten clubs earned Te’O the Defensive Player of the Week by Draft Insiders’. He heads the list for both the Maxwell and Bednarik semi-finalist lists and entered the Heisman Trophy race with another outstanding all around defensive performance.

Kansas State QB Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise Lee and running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon head a strong field of offensive semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Lee's Trojan teammate Matt Barkley is the only player who repeats as a semifinalist from 2011.

On the defensive side of the ball, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Georgia's Jarvis Jones head the nominees for the Bednarik Award and are both also semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner and linebacker C.J. Mosley are two of eight Bednarik nominees from the Southeastern Conference. Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o are repeat semifinalists from 2011.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Andrew Luck from Stanford University while the Bednarik went to Tyrann Mathieu of LSU. Luck is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

The winners of the 76th Maxwell Award and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 19, 2012 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Gala which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 18th. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2012 Maxwell Award Semifinalists
Player / Class / Position / College

Montee Ball - Sr/ RB / University of Wisconsin
Matt Barkley - Sr / QB / University of Southern California
Kenjon Barner - Sr / RB / University of Oregon
Giovani Bernard - Soph / RB / University of North Carolina
Johnathan Franklin - Sr / RB / UCLA
Mike Gillislee - Sr / RB / University of Florida
Jarvis Jones - Jr / LB / University of Georgia
Collin Klein - Sr / QB / Kansas State University
Marqise Lee - Soph / WR / University of Southern California
EJ Manuel - Sr / QB / Florida State University
Johnny Manziel - Fr / QB / Texas A&M University
AJ McCarron - Jr / QB / University of Alabama
Braxton Miller - Soph / QB / Ohio State University
Geno Smith - Sr / QB / West Virginia University
Manti Te'o - Sr / LB / University of Notre Dame
De'Anthony Thomas - So / RB / University of Oregon

2012 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists
Player / Class / Position / College

Johnthan Banks - Sr / CB / Mississippi State University
Arthur Brown - Sr / LB / Kansas State University
Jadeveon Clowney - Soph / DE / University of South Carolina
Matt Elam - Jr / S / University of Florida
Khaseem Greene - Sr / LB / Rutgers University
Johnathan Hankins - Jr / DT / Ohio State University
Jarvis Jones - Jr / LB / University of Georgia
Star Lotulelei - Sr / DT / University of Utah
Dee Milliner - Jr / CB / University of Alabama
Sam Montgomery - Jr / LB / Louisiana State University
Damontre Moore - Jr / DL - Texas A&M University
C.J. Mosley - Jr / LB / University of Alabama
Jordan Poyer - Sr / CB / Oregon State University
Will Sutton - Jr / DE / Arizona State University
Manti Te'o - Sr / LB / University of Notre Dame
Bjoern Werner - Jr / DE / Florida State University

College Bowl Postseason Schedule 2012-2013

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2012-13 College Bowl Schedule

Photo - BCS logo

Date / Bowl / Location / Time / Network / Combined Payouts
Dec. 15 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Albuquerque, N.M. 1 p.m. ESPN $912,500
Dec. 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
MAC vs. WAC Boise, Idaho 4:30 p.m. ESPN $650,000

Dec. 20 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Mountain West vs. TBA (BYU) San Diego, Calif. 8 p.m. ESPN $1 million

Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg
Big East vs. Conference USA St. Petersburg, Fla. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $1.075 million

Dec. 22 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt New Orleans, La. 12 p.m. ESPN $1 million
Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Las Vegas, Nev. 3:30 p.m. ESPN $2.2 million
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Conference USA vs. Mountain West Honolulu, Hawaii 8 p.m. ESPN $1.3 million
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Big Ten vs. MAC Detroit, Mich. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $1.5 million

Dec. 27 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
ACC vs. TBA (Army) Washington, D.C. 3 p.m. ESPN $2 million
Dec. 27 Belk Bowl
ACC vs. Big East Charlotte, N.C. 6:30 p.m. ESPN $3.4 million
Dec. 27 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Big 12 vs. Pac-12 San Diego, Calif. 9:45 p.m. ESPN $4.15 million

Dec. 28 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
ACC vs. SEC Shreveport, La. 2 p.m. ESPN $2.3 million
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl
ACC vs. Big East Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. ESPN $4.55 million
Dec. 28 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Big Ten vs. Big 12 Houston, Texas 9 p.m. ESPN $3.4 million

Dec. 29 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Conference USA vs. Mountain West Dallas, Texas 11:45 a.m. ESPN $1.2 million
Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Pac-12 vs. TBA (Navy) San Francisco, Calif. 3:15 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 $1.675 million
Dec. 29 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Big East vs. Big 12 Bronx, N.Y. 3:15 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 $3.6 million
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl
Big 12 vs. Pac-12 San Antonio, Texas 6:45 p.m. ESPN $6.35 million
Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Big Ten vs. Big 12 Tempe, Ariz. 10:15 p.m. ESPN $6.65 million

Dec. 31 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
SEC vs. ACC Nashville, Tenn. 12 p.m. ESPN $3.725 million
Dec. 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl
ACC vs. Pac-12 El Paso, Texas 2 p.m. CBS $4 million
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
SEC/Big East/Conference USA Memphis, Tenn. 3:30 p.m. ABC $2.875 million
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl
ACC vs. SEC Atlanta, Ga. 7:30 p.m. ESPN $6.9 million

Jan. 1 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Jacksonville, Fla. 12 p.m. ESPN2 $5.45 million
Jan. 1 TicketCity Bowl
Big Ten vs. Conference USA Dallas, Texas 12 p.m. ESPNU $2.2 million
Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Orlando, Fla. 1 p.m. ESPN $8.5 million
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten Tampa, Fla. 1 p.m. ABC $7 million

Jan. 1 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio
BCS vs. BCS Pasadena, Calif. 5 p.m. ESPN $36 million
Jan. 1 Discover Orange Bowl
BCS vs. BCS Miami, Fla. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA

Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl
BCS vs. BCS New Orleans, La. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA
Jan. 3 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
BCS vs. BCS Glendale, Ariz. 8:30 p.m. ESPN TBA

Jan. 4 AT&T Cotton Bowl
SEC vs. Big 12 Arlington, Texas 8 p.m. FOX $7.25 million
Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl
Big East vs. SEC Birmingham, Ala. 1 p.m. ESPN $1.925 million
Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl
MAC vs. Sun Belt Mobile, Ala. 9 p.m. ESPN $1.5 million
Jan. 7 Discover BCS National

Championship Game
BCS #1 vs. BCS #2 Miami, Fla. 8:30 p.m. ESPN $44-48 million

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

'College Football Mondays' - LSU Clashes With Alabama in National Title Game Rematch

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LSU-Alabama Rematch Guarantees Another National Title for SEC Team

Photo - CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

The much anticipated rematch of #1 LSU and #2 Alabama is finally here after a long bowl season. The BCS national title game has built to a fever pitch over the past month with two teams that guarantees the 6th consecutive SEC national title winner. This classic title game has all the makings of another tough slugfest that features two standout defenses. The regular season’s Game of the Century was a classic old time battle where both clubs displayed a strong physical presence and dominant defenses that attack the line of scrimmage. LSU prevailed 9-6 in overtime as Alabama as the Tide missed four FGs. No team scored a TD in the SEC clash in Tuscaloosa. That’s quite a contrast to the wild weekly shootouts in college football recently.

Each title game club likes to run the ball and play field position while relying on efficient QB play. The defensive play of both teams is worth the price of admission. Each club is battle tested after surviving the tough SEC West Division that features both LSU and Alabama, in addition to Arkansas. They could all finish in the top five nationally after tonight. The winner tonight has the claim to undisputed #1 national ranking. Winning the SEC has translated into 5 consecutive national titles. Tonight’s matchup guarantees another SEC national title winner.

One of the keys to this game will Bama star tailback Trent Richardson who had an impressive performance in the first matchup. Richardson ran for 169 yards in the November loss. He has been the catalyst for many Tide victories over recent years that warranted high Heisman Trophy award consideration. He rushed for 20 TDs with almost 1000 rushing over the second half of the 2011 season. Another big effort tonight could spell the difference in the title contest. The LSU front seven will be fully tested by Richardson and may be the critical deciding factor in the outcome.

Both LSU and Alabama have incredible secondaries that already rank with NFL defenses. This game features potentially five #1 defensive back picks from both clubs over just the next two draft classes. Tiger corners sophomore Tyrann Mathieu and junior Morris Claiborne have been huge impact defenders over the 2011 season. He has been a difference maker in virtually every game especially key matchups. Both teams have had weeks to prepare that has contributed to the hype of this classic late season matchup.

Prediction - LSU 16 - Alabama 13

Game Within the Game Matchup
LSU Receiver Rueben Randle vs Alabama Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
Great matchup of two future high #1 NFL Draft picks, maybe this April. This game features countless high draft selections especially on the defensive side of the ball. There could be as many as 8 defensive backs in this game that starting eventually in the NFL.

Wideout Rueben Randle is a former five-star recruit entering LSU who struggled over his first two seasons. He had a major breakout season despite QB changes for the Tigers in a rotation of starters. He has benefitted from more consistent play at QB that has allowed him to start to realize his enormous athletic potential.

Randle has put up new career receptions total and ranked among the SEC leaders in receiving TDs despite double coverage. He has a big lean 6’4’’, 205 lb frame with a great skill set for the position. He has the vertical speed to get deep consistently and the agility, hands and run after the catch ability to take the underneath passes and make a big play.

Bama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has rare physical skills for the position. He has great size at 6’3” and plays a physical brand of fotoball that HC Nick Saban plays and demands. He has an NFL safety body with cornerback athleticism and skills. His combination of size, hands and speed ranks him the top cornerback currently with the development to be one of the blue chip prospects for the NFL Draft 2012. Defenders Mark Barron and Robert Lester may be the best two safetie in the nation. Linebackers Don’t’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw are NFL ready after being battle tested in the Nick Saban scheme and tough SEC.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

College Football 2011 Awards Finalist - Nagurski, Lombardi, Maxwell, Thorpe

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Home Depot College Football Awards Finalist
(listed alphabetically)

*2010 award winner

Photo - Safety Mark Barron - Alabama

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year

Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Tyrann Mathieu. LSU
Devon Still, Penn State

Biletnikoff Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Receiver

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State*
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Robert Woods, USC

Butkus Award Finalists – Best Linebacker
• Lavonte David, Nebraska
• Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
• Jarvis Jones, Georgia
• Luke Kuechly, Boston College
• Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
• Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Placekicker

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Ray Guy Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Punter

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Steven Clark, Auburn
Jackson Rice, Oregon

John Mackey Award - Outstanding Tight End
Dwayne Allen of Clemson
Orson Charles of Georgia
Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame
Announced as finalists during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special.

Maxwell Award - College Player of the Year
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Trent Richardson, Alabama

Bronko Nagurski Trophy - Defensive Player of the Year Award
announced by the Football Writers Association of America

Alabama safety Mark Barron
LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly
Illinois end Whitney Mercilus
Penn State tackle Devon Still

Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation's Best Quarterback

Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford

Outland Trophy Nation's Most Outstanding
Interior Lineman

David DeCastro, Stanford
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Devon Still, Penn State

Jim Thorpe Award - Nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Back
David Amerson, NC State
Mark Barron, Alabama
Morris Claiborne, LSU

Doak Walker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Running Back

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
LaMichael James, Oregon*
Trent Richardson, Alabama

*2010 award winner

Additionally, the Rimington Award (most outstanding center) will be presented during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.

The University of Alabama football team was announced as this year's recipient of the Disney Sports Spirit
Award, given annually to the most inspirational figure or team in college football. Alabama was selected for its extraordinary efforts to help aid and rebuild the western Alabama region following last spring's devastating tornado. Long snapper Carson Tinker, who lost his girlfriend Ashley Harrison in the storm, will accept the award on behalf of the team at the award show.

2011 The Home Depot College Football Awards Highlights

* The Home Depot College Football Awards Roundtable Special, a discussion about the Heisman finalists and the year in college football, will begin at 5 p.m. on ESPNU on Thursday, Dec. 8
* The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show - hosted by Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and Dari Nowkhah - will air at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and again after the show at 11 p.m.
* The Home Depot College Football Awards will feature the live presentation of the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; the Disney Spirit Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

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