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Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2017 - QB Kelly Heads Young Group, RBs Fournette and McCaffrey Top a Strong Class of Tailbacks

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Pro Prospects 2017
Offensive Skilled Positions

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Chad Kelly of Ole Miss Heads Young QB Class
Quarterbacks

1. Chad Kelly, 6-2, 215, Mississippi
2. * Brad Kaaya, 6-3, 210, Miami
3. * DeShaun Watson, 6-2, 210, Clemson
4. * DeShone Kizer, 6-4, 240, Notre Dame
5. * Luke Falk, 6-3, 210, Washington St
6. Mitch Leidner, 6-3, 240, Minnesota
7. Seth Russell, 6-2, 200, Baylor
8. Josh Dobbs, 6-3, 215, Tennessee
9. * Mason Rudolph, 6-3, 220, Oklahoma St
10. Gunner Kiel, 6-4, 220, Cincinnati
11. CJ Beathard, 6-2, 210, Iowa
12. * Pat Mahomes, 6-2, 220, Texas Tech
13. * Baker Mayfield, 6-0, 210, Oklahoma
14. * JT Barrett, 6-1, 225, Ohio St
15. Davis Webb, 6-5, 195, California
16. Brady Gustafson, 6-5, 235, Montana
17. Cooper Rush, 6-3, 225, Central Michigan
18. Trevor Knight, 6-0, 215, Texas A&M
19. Sefo Liufau, 6-4, 240, Colorado
20. Tyrone Swoopes, 6-4, 255, Texas

Fournette and McCaffrey Top Talented Group of Running Backs
Running Backs

1. * Leonard Fournette, 6-0, 230, LSU
2. * Christian McCaffery, 6-0, 205, Stanford
3. * Dalvin Cook, 5-10, 210, Florida St
4. * Nick Chubb, 5-10, 220, Georgia
5. * Elijah Hood, 5-11, 220, North Carolina
6. * Samaje Perine, 5-10, 230, Oklahoma
7. * Jalen Hurd, 6-1, 230, Tennessee
8. * James Conner, 6-1, 250, Pittsburgh
9. * Royce Freeman, 5-10, 230, Oregon
10. Corey Clement, 5-10, 220, Wisconsin
11. * Wayne Gallman, 6-0, 215, Clemson
12. * Sony Michel, 5-10, 215, Georgia
13. De’Veon Smith, 5-11, 230, Michigan
14. Donnel Pumphrey, 5-9, 180, San Diego St
15. * Joe Mixon, 6-0, 220, Oklahoma
16. * Joe Yearby, 5-9, 205, Miami
17. * Alvin Kamara, 5-10, 215, Tennessee
18. * Nick Wilson, 5-10, 215, Arizona
19. * D’Onta Foreman, 6-0, 240, Texas
20. Shock Linwood, 5-8, 200, Baylor

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He 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, 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

Senior Bowl 2017 Watch List - Defensive Players - Michigan Heads Team List With 15 Invitees - SEC Leads in Total Prospects

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Michigan leads Senior Bowl with 15 Invitees on 2017 Watch List

Four-hundred players make up the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List. That may sound like a lot of players, but there are more than 1,200 players who are eligible to play in the 2017 game, not counting potential fourth-year junior graduates.

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

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Among the standouts in this year's group: Michigan DL Chris Wormley and tight end Jake Butt, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, USC tackle Zach Banner, Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks, Iowa QB C.J. Beathard and CB Desmond King and standouts from Alabama: defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, tight end OJ Howard and LBers Reuben Foster and Tim Williams.

"If a player is not on this list, it doesn't mean they can't play in our game,'" said Reese's Senior Bowl Scouting Coordinator Patrick Woo, who worked hand-in-hand with Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl regional scouts and countless NFL scouts to form the list. "The players on our radar are not strictly limited to this list. This provides a starting point for us and NFL clubs. We look forward to finding the very best and bringing them to Mobile."
Last year, 17 players who made the North/South rosters were not on the initial watch list released in the summer. This year's group includes 209 defensive players and 191 offensive players. Specialists were not included in this year's watch list and will form their own list later this season.

The Southeastern Conference leads the way with 69 players on this year's list, making up about 17% of the 400. The SEC is followed closely by the Big Ten's 60 players, 15 of those coming from the University of Michigan. The Wolverines have more 'watch listers' than any other school, by a wide margin. Utah has the second-most with nine, while Alabama, Houston and Louisville each have eight players on the list.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (56), Pac-12 (43), Big 12 (28) and FCS/D2 (41) are also well represented on the watch list. By position, safeties (49), wide receivers (49) and cornerbacks (44) lead the way.

This year's group also includes some players with some outstanding athletic bloodlines. USC's Banner is the son of former NFL standout Lincoln Kennedy. Arizona wide receiver Trey Griffey is the son of baseball great Ken Griffey Jr., Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders, Jr., is the son of Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and Ole Miss' Kelly is the nephew of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

The 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl week officially begins on Tuesday, January 24 and concludes with the 68th game on January 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Ala. The practices are televised live by ESPN and the game is broadcast live on NFL Network at 2:30pm ET.

Go to www.SeniorBowl.com for year round coverage of the Senior Bowl
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Senior Bowl 2017 Watch List – Defense

Defensive Ends
Name/ Position / Conference

Jonathan Allen - Alabama
DE 6-3 291 SEC
Tarell Basham - Ohio
DE 6-4 260 MAC
Fadol Brown - Ole Miss
DE 6-4 273 SEC
Johnathan Calvin - Mississippi State
DE 6-3 272 SEC
Josh Carraway - TCU
DE 6-4 250 Big 12
Taco Charlton - Michigan
DE 6-6 272 Big Ten
Bryan Cox, Jr. - Florida
DE 6-3 269 SEC
Keionta Davis - UT-Chattanooga
DE 6-4 270 FCS
Hunter Dimick - Utah
DE 6-3 272 Pac-12
Ken Ekanem - Virginia Tech
DE 6-3 260 ACC
Kylie Fitts - Utah
DE 6-4 265 Pac-12
Daeshon Hall - Texas A&M
DE 6-6 260 SEC
Trey Hendrickson - Florida Atlantic
DE 6-4 270 C-USA
A.J. Jefferson - Mississippi State
DE 6-3 280 SEC
Tanoh Kpassagnon - Villanova
DE 6-7 290 FCS
Cameron Malveaux - Houston
DE 6-6 270 AAC
James McFarland - TCU
DE 6-2 250 Big 12
Takkarist McKinley - UCLA
DE 6-2 265 Pac-12
Lewis Neal - LSU
DE 6-2 272 SEC
Noble Nwachuku - West Virginia
DE 6-2 275 Big 12
Pat O'Connor - Eastern Michigan
DE 6-4 270 MAC
Evan Panfil - Purdue
DE 6-5 270 Big Ten
Derek Rivers - Youngstown State
DE 6-5 255 FCS
Isaac Rochell - Notre Dame
DE 6-4 290 IND
Joby Saint Fleur - Northwestern Oklahoma
DE 6-5 245 Division II
Gabe Sherrod - Michigan State
DE 6-3 250 Big Ten
Dawuane Smoot - Illinois
DE 6-3 255 Big Ten
Gary Thompson - Marshall
DE 6-2 260 C-USA
Corey Vereen - Tennessee
DE 6-2 249 SEC
DeMarcus Walker - Florida State
DE 6-4 280 ACC
Jordan Willis - Kansas State
DE 6-5 258 Big 12
Deatrich Wise, Jr. - Arkansas
DE 6-5 272 SEC
Chris Wormley - Michigan

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Garrett, King & McDowell Head 2016 Bronko Nagurski Watch List

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Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List announced
88 Players On Defensive Player of the Year List

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Myles Garrett of Texas A&M, Desmond King of Iowa and Malik McDowell of Michigan State headline the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List that includes 88 defensive standouts from all 10 Division I FBS conferences. King, Lurry and Garrett are the returning first-team Football Writers Association of America All-Americans.

The watch list also includes a pair of returning second-team FWAA All-Americans, Eddie Jackson from Alabama and Jourdan Lewis from Michigan.

The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 27 players, followed by the Big Ten (13), Pac-12 (13), ACC (11), Big 12 (10), Mid-American (4), Mountain West (3), American Athletic (2), Conference USA (2), Sun Belt (1) and Independents (2). Alabama and LSU each had five players on the list, which included 31 backs, 29 linebackers, 21 ends and seven tackles.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week from early September through mid November. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thurs., Nov. 17.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2016 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in college football.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 5 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. In addition to the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway. Navy’s Chet Moeller, a member of the FWAA’s 1975 All-America Team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy 2016 Season Watch List (88)
Montravius Adams, Auburn, DT
Jamal Adams, LSU, DB
Jonathan Allen, Alabama, DE
Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado, DB
Budda Baker, Washington, DB
Dante Barnett, Kansas State, DB
Derek Barnett, Tennessee, DE
Kendell Beckwith, LSU, LB
Vince Biegel, Wisconsin, LB
Quin Blanding, Virginia, DB
Ben Boulware, Clemson, LB
Richie Brown, Mississippi State, LB
Riley Bullough, Michigan State, LB
Josh Carraway, TCU, DE
Lorenzo Carter, Georgia, LB
Tony Conner, Ole Miss, DB
Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, LB
Jarrad Davis, Florida, LB
Hunter Dimick, Utah, DE
Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech, DE
Devonte Fields, Louisville, DE
Salamo Fiso, Arizona State, LB
Kylie Fitts, Utah, DE
Reuben Foster, Alabama, LB
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE
Davon Godchaux, LSU, DT
Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M, DE
Charles Harris, Missouri, DE
Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville, DB
Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss, DE
Treyvon Hester, Toledo, DT
Travin Howard, TCU, LB
Shane Huber, Massachusetts, LB
Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, DB
Adoreé Jackson, USC, DB
Eddie Jackson, Alabama
Derwin James, Florida State, DB
Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB
Josey Jewell, Iowa, LB
Sidney Jones, Washington, DB
Andrew King, Army, LB
Desmond King, Iowa, DB
Micah Kiser, Virginia, LB
Carl Lawson, Auburn, DE
Elijah Lee, Kansas State, LB
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, DB
Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State, DE
William Likely, Maryland, DB
Lowell Lotulelei, Utah, DT
Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois, DB
Jamal Marcus, Akron, DE
Marcus Maye, Florida, DB
Malik McDowell, Michigan State, DT
Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

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McCaffrey and Peppers Head 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

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2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List
Watch list players (43) accounted for 46,000 all-purpose yards, 552 tackles and 216 TDs in 2015

The Louisville Sports Commission today named 43 multi-talented college football players to the 2016 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

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The Paul Hornung Award, now in its seventh season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in February 2017. The Paul Hornung Award recently was named an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association.

The 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List contains three of the four 2015 Paul Hornung Award finalists: Adoree' Jackson from Southern California, Jabrill Peppers from Michigan and Christian McCaffrey from Stanford. McCaffrey won the Paul Hornung Award in 2015 after amassing 3,496 all-purpose yards, breaking Barry Sanders' record of 3,520 set in 1988. The Watch List also includes 16 of the top-100 all-purpose players from 2015 according to yards-per-game average from ncaa.com.

This year's Watch List is comprised of 21 seniors, 13 juniors and nine sophomores who start at a total of seven different positions, and represent 42 universities and all 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Pac-12 leads the conferences with eight players followed by the ACC and SEC with seven players and the Big Ten with six players.

Players on the Watch List accounted for 9,257 rushing yards, 15,787 receiving yards, 17,332 kickoff return yards, 3,676 punt return yards and 552 total tackles in 2015. Reminiscent of Hornung during his playing days, members of the Watch List demonstrated a knack for scoring numerous ways. Last season the Watch List players combined for 216 total touchdowns in seven different ways - passing, rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return, interception and fumble recovery/fumble return.

"I'm ecstatic that the Paul Hornung Award has gained national prominence in such a short time," said Paul Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner who played every position in the offensive backfield during his Notre Dame career and was a triple threat halfback for the title town Green Bay Packers of the early 1960s. "During the past six years the quality of our winners, finalists and weekly honorees has been impressive, and I'm pleased that we are able to acknowledge outstanding players who contribute any way possible to help their teams win the way I did."

"I enjoy following the players on our Watch List and watching many of our winners and finalists from the first six years as they make their marks in the NFL," continued Hornung who maintains an office in downtown Louisville. Hornung won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback and earned NFL MVP honors for the Green Bay Packers in 1961, setting a single-season NFL scoring record rushing, receiving, passing and kicking that stood 46 years. He is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and Vince Lombardi once called him, "The most versatile man ever to play the game."

The 2016 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2015 statistics, career performance, SID recommendations and expectations heading into the 2016 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found here. Players will be added to the Watch List during the 2016 regular season based on performance.

2016 Watch List Selections
Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State
Antonio Callaway, Florida
Seth Collins, Oregon State
Jared Cornelius, Arkansas
Tim Crawley, San Jose State
DeVon Edwards, Duke
Brisly Estime, Syracuse
Johnathan Ford, Auburn
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Nyheim Hines, NC State
Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State
Adoree' Jackson, USC
D'Ernest Johnson, South Florida
Quay Johnson, East Carolina
Xavier Johnson, South Alabama
Corey Jones, Toledo
Desmond King, Iowa
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Donovan Lee, Colorado
William Likely, Maryland
Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Charles Nelson, Oregon
Zach Pascal, Old Dominion
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
Trevor Ryen, Iowa State
Artavis Scott, Clemson
R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Jahad Thomas, Temple
Aregeros Turner, Northern Illinois
KaVontae Turpin, TCU
Tim White, Arizona State
Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
Brandon Wilson, Houston
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State
Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia

A panel of college football experts selects players for the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll based on performance each week during the season. A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award finalists and the winner, with fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse comprising the 17th vote. Regional accounting firm Dean Dorton independently tabulates all votes. The winner is honored at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health in late February in downtown Louisville.

The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son, and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players who often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010; Brandon Boykin of Georgia won the award in 2011 after excelling on defense, offense and special teams; Tavon Austin of West Virginia won the award in 2012 as one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns); Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU won the award in 2013 after finishing the season ranked second in the nation and first in the SEC with 2,222 all-purpose yards and 185.2 average yards per game; Shaq Thompson of Washington won the award in 2014 as a two-way player, earning first team All-America honors at linebacker and finishing as the Husky's second-leading rusher at tailback; and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford won in 2015 after amassing 3,496 all-purpose yards with 1,847 rushing, 540 receiving and 1,109 return, breaking Barry Sanders record of 3,250 set in 1988.

North Dakota St. Beats #13 Iowa - Ranked #1 in FCS Polls

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Football Championship Subdivision - Top 25 Rankings

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#1 pick Philadelphia Eagles

Team of Week - North Dakota St

North Dakota State’s 23-21 scored another huge win over a division one opponent when they beat #13 Iowa on Saturday in Iowa City. Bison fans are familiar with beating D1 programs. North Dakota State, a Football Championship Subdivision (used to be Division I-AA) power, has won six consecutive games against top-level opponents since 2010.

And the Bisons received a check for $500,000 for beating the ranked Hawkeyes on their home field.
North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles and is top ranked again this season. They hope to match the FCS record for six consecutive titles held by Georgia Southern. They keep reloading every season despite losing top talent like QB Carson Wentz who lead the Bison for their most recent two titles. Wentz is currently a rookie starting QB for the 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bison’s last five wins over Football Bowl Subdivision teams weren’t exactly powerhouses. Those opponents finished with combined records of 20-41. North Dakota State’s first two wins this season came in overtime, vs Charleston Southern and Eastern Washington. They continued their dramatics against Iowa. The Bison won on a 37-yard field goal by Cam Pedersen as time expired. North Dakota State beat Iowa at its own smash-mouth game, rushing for 239 yards and holding the Hawkeyes to just 34 yards in 25 carries.

In the meantime, QB Easton Stick, who guided the Bison to eight wins last season when Wentz was injured, ran his college career record to 11-0 by completing 11 of 19 passes for 124 yards and 1 TD and running for 35 yards.

FCS Coaches Poll - Sept. 19, 2016
Team (First-Place Votes), Points, Record

1. North Dakota State (26), 650 - 3-0
2. Sam Houston State, 605 - 2-0
3. Chattanooga, 583 - 3-0
4. Jacksonville State, 558 - 2-1
5. Eastern Washington, 556 - 2-1
6. Montana, 509 - 2-0
7. James Madison, 429 - 2-1
8. William & Mary, 426 - 2-1
9. Richmond, 419 - 2-1
10. The Citadel, 372 - 3-0
11. Charleston Southern, 368 - 1-2
12. Illinois State, 363 - 2-1
13. Western Illinois, 326 - 2-0
14. Northern Iowa, 310 - 1-2
15. Villanova, 250 - 2-1
16. Eastern Illinois 206 - 2-1
17. Youngstown State, 187 - 2-1
18. South Dakota State, 184 - 1-2
19. Harvard, 127 - 1-0
20. McNeese State, 123 - 1-2
21. Colgate, 119 - 1-1
22. North Carolina A&T, 118 - 2-1
23. Albany, 110 - 3-0
24. Stony Brook, 109 - 2-1
25. Portland State, 93 - 1-2
25. Northern Arizona, 93 - 1-2

Others receiving votes: Southern Utah 62, Cal Poly 37, North Dakota 25, Samford 24, Liberty 22, Stephen F. Austin 14, Grambling State 12, Jackson State 11, Fordham 10, Wofford 9, Southeast Missouri State 8, Eastern Kentucky 6, Dartmouth 4, Monmouth 3, Tennessee Tech 3, Towson 2, Montana State 2, New Hampshire 1, Delaware 1, Southeastern Louisiana 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He 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, 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

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