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College Football Monday – Week 5

Team of the Week: Georgia

Players of the Week
Offense: QB Aaron Murray - Georgia
Defense: DE Shayon Green - Miami

Upcoming Game of the Week: Ohio St (5-0) at Northwestern (4-0)

Southern Cal Fires HC Lane Kiffin
Southern Cal Athletic Director Pat Haden fired HC Lane Kiffin after an embarrassing 62-41 loss to Arizona St. The loss left the Trojans at 3-2 in the early action and only 4-7 over the last 11 games. That includes so-so wins over Hawaii and Utah St. His 10-8 record the past two seasons was done with basically his recruits while his marginal early success were players recruited by prior HC Pete Carroll.
Kiffin has been one of the youngest head coaches at his recent stops with the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee University prior to Southern Cal. All three tenures were a disaster especially with the Raiders where he proved he was over his head especially with people skills. He battled with legendary Raider owner Al Davis that led to an abrupt firing. His short tenure at Tennessee was a disgrace where he openly lied to UT officials and left abruptly in year two for the Southern Cal position.

His immaturity and arrogant attitude alienated many USC officials and alumni, not to mention the media in general and many at prior coaching stops. He is the perfect example of nepotism at high levels. He has been a self-promoted job hoppin coach whose success was marginal at best. His past three positions leave some serious questions about his ability to coach and motivate athletes. His lies at Tennessee did serious damage to one of the premier college programs in the nation.

His poor performance and maturity with the Raiders left a lingering negative image with NFL personnel men, though in a sport mired in nepotism, he will probably surface as an offensive coordinator or QB coach with some pro club.

2013 Season Insight:
Alabama drilled a young Ole Miss squad with a 25-0 shutout that keeps them as the #1 club in all the polls. Ole Miss is an up and coming program but was not able to handle the physical Bama team that can beat a club on all levels. The Tide might cruise into the LSU game on Nov. 9th undefeated with marginal challenges on their schedule. They could be headed to a showdown with Georgia in the SEC title game if both clubs continue their strong performances.

Georgia won a dramatic 44-41 shootout with LSU with QB Aaron Murray putting his signature on a major win for the program in a critical SEC matchup. Murray lead a game winning drills with 1:47 to play to defeat the unbeaten Tigers in a classic contest. Both QB Murray and LSU QB Zach Mettenberger put on a clinic matchup drive after drive until the former passer closed it out for the Bulldogs’ victory.

Georgia has the roster to beat the champion Bama team especially if they meet later in the season after their young defense can gain valuable experience. The Bulldog’s opening game loss to Clemson will hang over their head, though they are capable of running the table into the SEC title game. That can put them in a major bowl matchup and possible rematch with Clemson for national honors.

Wisconsin lost a tough game at Ohio St at 31-24 with a last second first half TD pass that was the ultimate difference. The Badgers young defense failed in critical spots that enabled the Buckeyes to get over a major hurdle in the Big Ten. They face an undefeated Northwestern club that enters the toughest part of their Big Ten schedule. This may be the biggest game in Evanston, Il in over a decade. The Wildcats have had good seasons recently, but continually fail in key Big Ten matchups.

Stanford faces a major test vs Washington at home this week in a contest of unbeaten before they face their toughest run vs Pac 12 opponents. Their young offense has gained valuable experience entering the strong midseason schedule. They look like a club building with each game and still have a month before battling Oregon at home in early November. The Stanford-Washington clash is one of three games this weekend of undefeated teams with Northwestern vs Ohio St and Florida St vs Maryland the others.

Upset of the Week – Utah knocks UCLA from the unbeaten ranks this Saturday.

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 20 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, CBS Sports, 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 - Undefeated Teams Move Into Conference Games

College Football Monday – Week 4
Team of the Week: Fresno St.

Players of the Week
Offense: QB Tom Savage - Pittsburgh
Defense: LB C.J. Mosley - Alabama

Photo: LB Shayne Skov - Stanford

Upcoming Game of the Week: LSU (4-0) at Georgia (2-1)
With the first month of the college football season in the books, there are still 20 clubs undefeated with the top eight teams in the rankings showing perfect records. Coming off a soft overall weekend schedule, Alabama continues to hold their #1 ranking in every poll with the top five unchanged.

Though Bama holds the top spot in the national rankings, many feel that Oregon and Clemson will rise in the point totals over the next month. Both are legitimate national threats to upset the Bama club. Within the SEC, the Tide will face a huge test from LSU in November, though little else with a soft overall schedule with no Georgia, Florida or South Carolina on their regular season agenda.

The Tide faces a rejuvenated Ole Miss (3-0) club this week that comes off a bye week. Ole Miss is a very young club that had a great recruiting class and a potential force going forward in the SEC. This week’s matchup is interesting to see how mature they are at this point of their development. Oregon faces Cal at home and Clemson hosts Wake Forest in two expected mismatches.

The Game of the Week is LSU at Georgia in a battle of two Top Ten clubs. The winner could vault themselves into the top five if any of the higher rank clubs struggle. LSU is a powerhouse, though another very young club after losing a record 11 underclassmen to the pro ranks after last season. Georgia is also a SEC power that reloads the cannon annually after sustaining huge losses to the NFL especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Both clubs have senior QBs in Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and strong ground games built around power backs Todd Gurley and Jeremy Hill. The two young defenses will be fully tested in this contest that can carry huge national impact through the year. The two clubs have not met in the regular season since 2009 in a SEC quirk in the schedule. The Tigers did pound the Bulldogs 42-10 in the SEC Championship after the 2011 season.

2013 Season Insight:
Pittsburgh senior QB Tom Savage had an impressive performance that earned him Offensive Player of the Week honors. Savage threw for a Pitt record 6 TDs for 424 yards on 23 of 33 passes with no interceptions. The TD passes tied an ACC record and the yardage was the 4th best in Pitt history. That is very impressive considering HOF QB Dan Marino played for the Panthers. Savage is a much travelled senior who began his career at Rutgers. He has NFL talent that may finally be maturing entering his critical final season. Ohio St. has not missed QB Braxton Miller much with backup QB Kenny Gulton setting a new Buckeye record with 6 TD passes vs Florida A&M.

Maryland is undefeated and off to their best start (4-0) since 2001. They were impressive Saturday when their shutout West Virginia 37-0. HC Randy Edsall was 4-8 last season and 6-18 over his short two year tenure. The Terps were highly criticized last season after going only 2-6 in the ACC and no postseason. They are winning with only a handful of seniors starting. Edsall’s first recruiting class are only true juniors this season and it looks like blue skies ahead in the tough Atlantic division that features Florida St and Clemson.
UCLA is a hot club going into their bye weekend. They begin their Pac 12 schedule Oct 3rd at Utah. They face key midseason road games at Stanford and Oregon that could move them into the top ten rankings. They are a young club is gaining confidence under HC Jim Mora and emerging star QB Brett Hundley that made fast progress over his second starting season.

Rutgers won a big game at a home sellout vs Arkansas, coming back with 21 second half points for a 28-24 victory. Rutger’s QB Gary Nova threw for 346 yards and 3 TDs. They go on the road to SMU and Louisville that will fully test a young club especially on defense. Their defense will be fully tested by QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Garrett Gilbert. If they survive those games they will be home for 4 of their final 6 contests with a strong chance for the postseason.

One of the remarkable coaching jobs over the past two seasons is by HC Bill O’Brien. After losing the first two games on the 2012 season, the Nittany Lions went 8-2 the rest of the season prior to their fast 3-1 start this fall. That is amazing considering the pressure the PSU program was under after the Jerry Sandusky tragedy/ scandal. Hopefully the institution continues to heal and rectify their mistakes within the community. They begin their Big Ten schedule at Indiana after a bye week this Saturday with tough conference opponents Michigan and Ohio St. to follow.

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 20 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, CBS Sports, 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 – Tide Continues to Roll

College Football Mondays – Week 3
Team of the Week: Alabama

Photo - QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama

Players of the Week
Offense: QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama
Defense: DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.

After three weeks of the 2013 college football season, Alabama maintains their #1 ranking in all polls. The Tide looks to three-peat for the national championship behind a revamped club that has struggled defensively in the early action. They did avenge their only loss to Texas A&M from last season, though the recent Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel toasted them again for 464 yards passing and 5 TDs, in addition to 98 yards rushing. It was a great effort in a losing cause in a wild Texas shootout with Alabama prevailing 49-42. The Tides vaulted defense was humbled once again by Manziel with another big turnover of personnel. HC Nick Saban may be the best in the game but his dominant defense has lost impact defenders annually the past three years and retooling to past standards may take most of the 2013 season. The Bama offense carried the day with QB A.J. McCarron throwing for 334 yards and 4 TDs with no turnovers. It was another strong low key performance by the Bama passer who continues to look like a first round selection in April. He earned the Offensive Player of the week honors off a huge performance on the road.

Early 2013 Season Observations:
Ohio St. can run the table despite several suspensions and the key short term injury to QB Braxton Miller. There biggest test may come at Northwestern on October 5th. HC Pat Fitzgerald has the Wildcats playing well again at 3-0 currently. They have pointed to the Ohio St game this preseason, looking for a victory to push them into the top ten in the polls. The Buckeyes’ young defense will benefit most from a soft schedule that provides only a few challenges after Northwestern in Penn St and Michigan, both marginal top 25 teams. The sleeper in the Big Ten may be Michigan St. who is off to a 3-0 start after a mediocre 7-6 record last season. They face a key matuhup vs Notre Dame this week that could push them into the top 15 with a win. Their defense ranks with any Big Ten, spearheaded by DE Shilique Calhoun, LB Max Bullough and corner Darqeze Dennard.

UCLA is a hot club who face key midseason road games at Utah, Stanford and Oregon that will determine if they can push themselves into the top ten rankings. They are a young club who has made fast development under HC Jim Mora especially star QB Brett Hundley. They will have to impress on the road if they want to rank with the elite teams in the Pac 12.

Notre Dame will struggle to win more than 7 games. Losing starting QB Everett Golson for the full season costs them 2-3 games at least. Their ordinary offense will probably come up short in several key games. The only thing that can save Nebraska’s season is a soft schedule through the rest of the season. They do not face Ohio St. and the Big Ten may be only the third or fourth best conference in the nation this year.
Clemson returns to the action this Thursday night vs N.C. St. after a bye week. They have a favorable schedule with only Florida St. and South Carolina ranked among top 25 teams remaining. They lost to both of those clubs last season by ten points each. They may be the best club in the nation from a talent perspective, though they find ways to underachieve and lose to marginal teams.

Florida St will probably cruise into the Oct 19th Clemson game undefeated in a matchup that will probably determine the ACC Atlantic Division. Young Seminole QB Jameis Winston has been impressive in the early action replacing NFL rookie top pick starter E.J. Manuel. Winston has shown strong decision making and mobility in the early games. He benefits from a strong ground game and a tough fast defense that probably keeps them in the top ten into midseason when they face key ACC matchups vs Clemson and Miami.

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.

DraftInsiders.com 2012 All-American Team

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

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

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

Notre Dame Battles Alabama In National BCS Title Game

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

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

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

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