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Heisman Trophy Finalists - Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper & and Melvin Gordon

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Cooper, Gordon & Mariota Named 2014 Heisman Finalists
The 2014 Heisman Winner will be announced this Saturday on ESPN

NEW YORK, NY (December, 2014) - Another exciting Heisman race is coming to a close as voters from around the country have settled on the finalists for the 2014 edition of college football's most prestigious award.

Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel ('96) announced the finalists for the 80th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN/ESPN2's 6:00 PM telecast of SportsCenter.
The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on December 13, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America.

Frank Coyle is a longtime voter in the Heisman Trophy award and cast his ballot for Oregon's Marcus Mariota #1, Amari Cooper #2 and Melvin Gordon #3.

Photo – WR Amari Cooper - Alabama

Amari Cooperwould be the first wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991. The junior from Miami set the SEC single-season record with 113 catches this fall, 14 of them for touchdowns. That reception total, along with his 1,656 receiving yards, led the nation. The 6-1, 210-pound Cooper owns every major Alabama receiving record, including career receptions (218), season receptions (115), catches in one game (13), career receiving yards (3,391) and career touchdowns catches (29). He would be the second Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama (and second in six seasons) and the second coached by Nick Saban.

Melvin Gordon would be the third Wisconsin Badger to win the Heisman. The junior running back from Kenosha, Wisc., set a Big Ten record with a nation-leading 2,336 rushing yards. He also scored 29 touchdowns and averaged 7.56 yards per carry. He is the 17th player in FBS history to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing barrier and he did it faster than anyone previously, eclipsing the mark on his 241st carry of the season. His 408 rushing yards against Nebraska in mid-November broke the single-game rushing mark of 406 set by TCU's LaDainan Tomlinson in 1999 (Gordon's mark has since been broken). The 6-1, 213-pounder has 4,664 career yards, fourth on the all-time Wisconsin list.

Marcus Mariota would be the first Oregon Duck and first player born in Hawaii to win the Heisman Trophy. The junior quarterback from Honolulu passed for 3,773 yards and 38 touchdowns this season while throwing just two interceptions. He led the nation in passing efficiency with a mark of 186.10 and also rushed for 669 yards and 14 scores (with one touchdown reception). His 4,442 yards of total offense and 53 total touchdowns also topped the FBS rankings. For his career, Mariota has 10,115 passing yards with 101 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. His 12,251 yards of total offense is a school record.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which determines the finalists and the winner, is comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America. The electorate is tasked with selecting the outstanding college football player in the United States.

"We're pleased to welcome these three outstanding juniors to New York for the Heisman ceremony," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to celebrating their record-breaking seasons and naming one of them the winner of the 2014 Heisman Memorial Trophy."

Tickets are still available for the 80th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: John Huarte (Notre Dame, 1964) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Andre Ware (Houston, 1989) on the 25th Anniversary of his award, and Matt Leinart (USC, 2004) on the 10th Anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize legendary baseball player and manager Joe Torre as the 2014 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his work helping and supporting victims of domestic violence and their families.

About the Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has a charitable mission to support amateur athletics and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these charitable endeavors is for the Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted.

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, 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.

Arizona's Wright Wins 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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Arizona's Phillip 'Scooby' Wright Wins 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Linebacker is just second sophomore to win the award

(FWAA) – Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III claimed the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night, winning the Football Writers Association of America's annual award for the top defensive player in the country.

Wright, a 6-1, 246-pound sophomore, accepted the award at the event that has been sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club for 20 consecutive years. He becomes the second Arizona player to win the award after the inaugural winner Rob Waldrop in 1993 and the first Pac-12 player to claim it since Terrell Suggs of Arizona State in 2002. Wright is just the second sophomore to win the award, joining Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, the 2006 winner.

Wright has gone from a player recruited by only a few schools – a two-star recruit on the West Coast – to a tackling machine at Arizona (10-3), ranked 10th in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
"I say thank you all to my teammates and coaches," Wright said. "Football is a team game. I accept this on behalf of the Arizona football program."

The modest Wright, whose real name is Phillip, was also recruited by Boise State, California, Washington and USC, but never was offered a scholarship by any of those schools. Only Arizona did.

"I am just excited for Scooby," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "Mainly because he epitomizes what are program is about. He has a chip on his shoulder. He loves the game and is a good teammate."

The four other Nagurski finalists in attendance were Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama safety Landon Collins, Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman. Alabama head coach Nick Saban gave the evening's keynote address.

Lineman Randy White, accepted the the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by Florida East Coast Railway. Each year, the FWAA honors a past winner from one its All-America teams. White, a defensive star at Maryland before becoming an All-Pro for the Dallas Cowboys, was a member of the 1974 FWAA All-America Team.

The 2014 Nagurski winner, Wright, ranks in the top five among FBS players for total tackles (153), tackles for loss (28.0), sacks (14.0) and forced fumbles (six). He's the only FBS player to rank in the top 25 of each of those categories this season.

"One of the reasons his numbers are so high for tackles, assists or turnovers is because of his effort," Rodriguez said. "He strains until the nth degree. You want everybody to do that. But it comes to Scooby naturally. He plays with a sense of urgency on every snap."

Wright is trying to become the first player since 1999 to be ranked in the top five for tackles, tackles for loss and sacks at the end of a season. When current Arizona coach Rodriguez was offensive coordinator at Clemson in 1999, linebacker Keith Adams achieved the feat for the Tigers, according to research provided by STATS. Adams finished second in total tackles (186), first in tackles for loss (35.0), and tied for third in sacks (16.0).

Wright, who hails from Windsor, Calif., anchored an Arizona defense that helped capture the school's first Pac-12 South Division title. For the Wildcats, who are headed to the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl to play Boise State and have posted 10 victories in a season for the first time since 1998, Wright led the Pac-12 in five defensive statistical categories: Total tackles (153), tackles per game (11.77), tackles for loss (28), tackles for loss per game (2.15) and forced fumbles (6).

The FWAA's national defensive player of the year award, given out since 1993, is named after the legendary Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927 through 1929. He could have been an All-American at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put him.

Nagurski led Minnesota to the Big Ten title in 1927 and a three-year record of 18-4-2. He went on to lead the fabled Chicago Bears to three NFL titles. During one game at Wrigley Field, he once broke a defensive player's shoulder, knocked another out and ran into a brick wall and actually cracked it during a game-winning touchdown run.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Assocation. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

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, 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.

Eight Coaches Selected Finalists For Eddie Robinson Award

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Eight Coaches Selected Finalists For Eddie Robinson Award
* Winner to be announced on Dec. 15

The Football Writers Association of America, in conjunction with the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has announced eight finalists for the 2014 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, whose winner will be revealed on Mon., Dec. 15.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are: Baylor's Art Briles, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Memphis' Justin Fuente, Boise State's Bryan Harsin, Oregon's Mark Helfrich, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, TCU's Gary Patterson and Alabama's Nick Saban.

Frank Coyle is a voter in the Eddie Robinson award and cast his ballot for Oregon's Mark Helfrich.

The finalists were placed on a ballot sent out to the entire FWAA membership today. Ballots will be accepted from the membership through 5 p.m. CT on Friday. FWAA members were asked to vote for their top choices in the order they believe the coaches are deserving of the award.

The official presentation reception will be Jan. 10, 2015, in Dallas, where the winning coach will be handed the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year bust during a reception at the media hotel in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

The FWAA has presented a coaching award since the 1957 season when Ohio State's Woody Hayes was named the first recipient.

The FWAA's national coach of the year award is named after the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University for 55 seasons. He has more Division I victories (408) than any other coach in the history of college football.

Robinson, who passed away in 2007, won 70.7 percent of his games during his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won or tied for 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining the league in 1959. His Tigers claimed nine black college football championships during his career, all spent at the same school.

The 2014 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalists:
Art Briles, Baylor:
The Bears' share of the Big 12 Conference title with TCU means Baylor (11-1) has a least a piece of the league crown for a second straight season. The Bears handed TCU its only loss, 61-58, in Waco and will face Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Briles was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist last season.

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: The Seminoles (13-0) claimed the national championship in 2013, and are on a 29-game winning streak. Florida State is one of the four teams selected for the College Football Playoff, with a chance to win back-to-back national titles. Fisher was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist last season, but no Florida State coach has won the FWAA's coach of the year honor.

Justin Fuente, Memphis: The Tigers (9-3) claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference title. Their nine victories are the most by the Tigers since 1963, and the conference championship is the first for Memphis since winning the Missouri Valley in 1971. Fuente, a former Oklahoma quarterback, is in his third season at Memphis.

Bryan Harsin, Boise State: The Broncos rose to the top of the Group of Five in Harsin's first season at Boise State, after he spent one season as the head coach at Arkansas State. Boise State (11-2), as the Mountain West Conference champion, will play in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl against Arizona.

Mark Helfrich, Oregon: In his second season as the Oregon head coach, Helfrich is attempting to get the Ducks (12-1) back in the national title game as his predecessor Chip Kelly did in 2010 when he won the Eddie Robinson Award. Oregon won the Pac-12 title game to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals against Florida State in the Rose Bowl Game.

Urban Meyer, Ohio State: The Buckeyes (12-1) battled past a shocking early home loss to Virginia Tech, quarterback injuries and tragedy. They won the Big Ten Conference title, thumping Wisconsin, 59-0 in the championshhip game, with their third starting quarterback of the season. Meyer, like Patterson, has won the Eddie Robinson Award before, in 2004 at Utah.

Gary Patterson, TCU: The Horned Frogs were 4-8 a year ago in only their second season in the Big 12 Conference, but Patterson revamped his offense and TCU (11-1) gained a share of the school's first Big 12 title. Patterson is also a former Eddie Robinson Award winner, in 2009 when the Horned Frogs were in the Mountain West Conference.

Nick Saban, Alabama: The Crimson Tide (12-1) will be going for their fourth national title in six years under Saban, who already added a third SEC title at Alabama this past weekend. Saban has won the Eddie Robinson Award twice before (2003 at LSU and 2008 at Alabama). The Crimson Tide meets Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 80-year history. The 81st Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 1, 2015, will be an integral part of a new era in college football as it will be one of the first playoff semifinal games in the College Football Playoff which begins with the 2014 season. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics.

The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast nearly 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

Mariota & Gordon Top 2014 Heisman Trophy Candidates

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Mariota & Gordon Top Heisman Trophy Candidates

Photo - QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

1. Marcus Mariota - QB Oregon, Junior
Season stats: 229-334, 3,470 yards, 36 TDs, 2 ints; 107 carries, 636 yards, 11 TDs
Mariota showed no signs of slowing down in Saturday’s Civil War against Oregon State. The junior completed 19 of 25 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns while also running for 39 yards and two scores on 10 carries in No. 3 Oregon’s 47-19 rout of the Beavers.
The Ducks play Arizona in the Pac-12 championship tonight that could seal the award. Arizona has beaten the Ducks the past two regular seasons.

2. Melvin Gordon - RB Wisconsin - Junior
Season stats: 283 carries, 2,260 yards, 26 TDs; 17 catches, 151 yards, 3 TDs
Gordon ran for 151 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and caught a four-yard touchdown pass as No. 14 Wisconsin beat No. 22 Minnesota, 34-24, Saturday in their annual rivalry game.
He plays this Saturday in the Big Ten championship game against No. 7 Ohio State, one of the nation’s top defenses. He needs another strong performance to win the award.

3. Amari Cooper - WR Alabama - Junior
Season stats: 103 catches, 1,573 yards, 14 TDs
Cooper exploded in Alabama’s 55-44 win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The junior caught 13 passes for 224 yards and three TDs to help the Crimson Tide rally for the victory.
Alabama faces Missouri in the SEC Championship on Saturday and another chance to be a difference maker in a big game situation.

4. Dak Prescott - QB, Mississippi St - Junior
Season stats: 211-345, 2,996 yards, 24 TDs, 10 ints; 195 carries, 939 yards, 13 TDs
Prescott completed 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown and ran for 48 yards and a score on 24 carries, but No. 4 Mississippi State fell to No. 18 Ole Miss, 31-17, in the Egg Bowl.
The Bulldogs lost both games in November that will hurt Dak’s closing impression, though he had a great season and instrumental in the MSU rise to the top ten rankings.

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, 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.

NFL Power Poll - Broncos & Packers Rank as Conference Leaders

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Broncos & Packers Rank as Conference Leaders

NFL Power Rankings Week 14 –
Patriots Top NFL Rankings

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - RB Tre Mason - Rams

Defensive Player - LB C.J. Mosley - Ravens

Photo - DT Nda Suh - Lions

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Texans

Defensive Player - DT Nda Suh - Lions

Team of Week 13 – Green Bay
Matchup of Week 14 – Patriots at Chargers

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (9-3)
Broncos’ took care of Chiefs and have division title in view.

2. Green Bay Packers (9-3)
Packers beat the Patriots for a key victory with Falcons coming to town.

3. New England Patriots (9-3)
Patriots lick their wounds from Packers loss with trip to San Diego in key AFC contest.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (9-3)
Eagles won critical game in with Seahawks and Cowboys coming in next two weeks.

5. Seattle Seahawks (8-4)
Seahawks are building momentum with the Eagles and 49ers up next.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (8-3-1)
The Bengals atop the AFC North with rivals Steelers and Browns games on schedule.

7. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
Colts can shape AFC playoff race with Browns and Texans next up on schedule.

8. Arizona Cardinals (9-3)
Cards lost second straight vs Falcons with Chiefs coming in Sunday for key matchup.

9. San Diego Chargers (8-4)
Chargers won a critical game in Baltimore with major home matchups with Patriots and Broncos next two weeks.

10. Dallas Cowboys (8-4)
Cowboys travel to Chicago for Thursday night game that is a must win situation.

11. Detroit Lions (8-4)
Lions won key Thanksgiving game and can ride momentum with Bucs and Vikings at home next two weeks.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (7-5)
The Chiefs have lost two in a row and need victory at Arizona to stay in AFC West race.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)
Steelers’ lost a tough game last week and face with huge road matchup with the Bengals.

14. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)
The Ravens’ lost a key game to Chargers and now face must win situation at Miami.

15. San Francisco 49ers (7-5)
The 49ers lost key game vs Seahawks and need win on trip across the bay to face the Raiders.

16. Cleveland Browns (7-5)
The Browns face major home games with Colts and Bengals that probably determines their fate in AFC.

17. Buffalo Bills (7-5)
The Bills’ face the acid test with Bronco matchup this week and Packers following contest.

18. Miami Dolphins (7-5)
The Dolphins won ugly vs Jets with critical games against AFC opponents, the Ravens and Patriots next up.

19. St. Louis Rams (5-7)
The Rams bombed the Raiders and need to sustain the mo this week vs Washington.

20. New Orleans Saints (5-7)
Saints won a tough one vs Steelers and have get Panthers at home this week.

21. Houston Texans (6-6)
Texans are a gritty bunch and travel in the division the next two weeks.

22. Atlanta Falcons (5-7)
Falcons are actually in first place in the weak NFC South with trip to Title town Green Bay this week.

23. Chicago Bears (5-7)
The Bears got busted by Lions on Turkey day and host Cowboys this week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
Vikings host the Jets this week as they chase the .500 mark.

25. Carolina Panthers (3-8-1)
The Panthers continue to struggle and travel to the Saints this Sunday.

26. New York Giants (3-9)
The GMen blew another lead and this time to the pathetic Jaguars.

27. Washington Redskins (3-9)
Washington were bashed by the Colts and face the tough Rams this week.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-10)
The Titans were wacked by the Texans and host the Gmen Sunday.

29. New York Jets (2-10)
The Jets find a way to loss every week and will have wholesale changes this offseason.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-10)
Bucs are this bad and are probably schedule.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10)
The Jaguars beat the Gmen with a surprisingly strong second half rally.

32. Oakland Raiders (1-11)
The Raiders were smashed by the Rams 52-0, one week after their initial victory vs the Chiefs.

College 2014 Award Finalist Lists

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Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper & Melvin Gordon Top Award Lists

Finalists for 10 major college football awards have been announced, with favorites like Marcus Mariota (Davey O'Brien), Amari Cooper (Biletnikoff), Melvin Gordon (Doak Walker), Brandon Scherff, (Outland)
and Roberto Aguayo (Groza) all among those nominated.

Photo: RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

Finalists for the Major Awards
* winners of which will be announced Dec. 11

Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)
Marcus Mariota, Oregon (Jr.)
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (Jr.)
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (Jr.)

Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year)
Joey Bosa, Ohio State (Soph.)
Vic Beasley, Clemson (Sr.)
Scooby Wright III, Arizona (Soph.)

Doak Walker Award (Running back)
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (Jr.)
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (Sr.)
Tevin Coleman, Indiana (Jr.)

Mackey Award (Tight end)
Nick O'Leary, Florida State (Sr.)
Maxx Williams, Minnesota (So.)
Clive Walford, Miami (Sr.)

Biletnikoff Award (Wide Receiver)
Amari Cooper, Alabama (Jr.)
Kevin White, West Virginia (Sr.)
Rashard Higgins, Colorado State (Soph.)

Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback)
Marcus Mariota, Oregon (Jr.)
Trevone Boykin, TCU (Jr.)
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (Jr.)

Outland Trophy (Interior lineman)
Reese Dismukes, Auburn (Sr.)
Brandon Scherff, Iowa (Sr.)
Malcom Brown, Texas (Jr.)

Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists
DT Malcom Brown - Texas
S Landon Collins - Alabama
CB Senquez Golson - Ole Miss
S Gerod Holliman - Louisville
LB Scooby Wright - Arizona

Lombardi Award Finalists
DE Vic Beasley - Clemson
DE Joey Bosa - Ohio St
DE/LB Hau’oli Kikaha - Washington
LB Scooby Wright III - Arizona.

Paul Hornung Award Finalists
Nebraska - RB and return specialist Ameer Abdullah
TCU - RB and kick return specialist B.J. Catalon
Stanford - WR and return specialist Ty Montgomery
Missouri - RB and punt/kickoff return specialist Marcus Murphy
Washington - LB / running back Shaq Thompson

Butkus Award Finalists
Eric Kendricks - California
Hau'oli Kikaha - Washington
Denzel Perryman - Miami (Fla.)
Jake Ryan - Michigan
Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame

Thorpe Award (Defensive back)
S Landon Collins - Alabama (Jr.)
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - Oregon (Sr.)
S Gerod Holliman - Louisville (So.)

Lou Groza Award (Placekicker)
Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (Soph.)
Brad Craddock, Maryland (Jr.)
Josh Lambert, West Virginia (Soph.)

Ray Guy Award (Punter)
Tom Hackett, Utah (Jr.)
Austin Rekhow, Idaho (Soph.)
J.K. Scott, Alabama (Fr.)

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 has been a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game among other postseason events. He is a players agent consultant related to pro prospect training programs for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Oregon Heads Draft Insiders' Top 25 Poll - Alabama Ranks #1 in AP & Coaches

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Alabama and Florida St. Rank #1 & #2 After Comeback Wins

Team of the Week: Alabama

Players Of Week
Offense: QB Brandon Doughty - W. Kentucky
Defense: DE Shane Ray - Missouri

Photo: QB Brandon Doughty – W. Kentucky

Upcoming Game of the Week: #3 Oregon (11-1) vs #8 Arizona (10-2) - Pac 12 Championship

Pac 12, Big Ten and SEC Championship Weekend Up Next

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Teams - Dec. 2
1. Oregon - 11-1
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Florida State - 12-0
4. Ohio State - 11-1
5. Baylor - 10-1
6. TCU - 10-1
7. Michigan State - 10-2
8. Arizona - 10-2
9. Mississippi State - 10-2
10. Missouri - 10-2
11. Wisconsin - 10-2
12. Kansas State - 9-2
13. Georgia Tech -10-2
14. Ole Miss - 9-3
15. Georgia - 9-3
16. UCLA - 9-3
17. Oklahoma - 8-3
18. Auburn - 8-4
19. Arizona State - 9-3
20. Clemson - 9-3
21. Louisville - 9-3
22. Boise State - 10-2
23. LSU - 8-4, 145
24. Utah - 8-4
25. Nebraska - 9-3

AP Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Alabama (25), 11-1, 1426
2. Florida State (29), 12-0, 1423
3. Oregon (5), 11-1, 1391
4. TCU, 10-1, 1274
5. Baylor, 10-1, 1243
6. Ohio State, 11-1, 1192
7. Michigan State, 10-2, 1048
8. Arizona, 10-2, 1027
9. Kansas State, 9-2, 995
10. Mississippi State, 10-2, 944
11. Wisconsin, 10-2, 910
12. Georgia Tech, 10-2, 823
13. Ole Miss, 9-3, 753
14. Missouri, 10-2, 740
15. Georgia, 9-3, 606
16. UCLA, 9-3, 512
17. Arizona State, 9-3, 495
18. Oklahoma, 8-3, 485
19. Clemson, 9-3, 418
20. Auburn, 8-4, 358
21. Louisville, 9-3, 346
22. Boise State, 10-2, 265
23. LSU, 8-4, 145
24. Utah, 8-4, 79
25. Nebraska, 9-3, 64

Coaches Poll
Rank. Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points

1. Alabama (28), 11-1, 1507
2. Florida State (28), 12-0, 1489
3. Oregon (6), 11-1, 1458
4. TCU, 10-1, 1339
5. Baylor, 10-1, 1300
6. Ohio State, 11-1, 1269
7. Michigan State, 10-2, 1136
8. Arizona, 10-2, 1050
9. Kansas State, 9-2, 1037
10. Mississippi State, 10-2, 979
11. Wisconsin, 10-2, 955
12. Georgia Tech, 10-2, 867
13. Missouri, 10-2, 820
14. Ole Miss, 9-3, 709
15. Georgia, 9-3, 590
16. Oklahoma, 8-3, 582
17. UCLA, 9-3, 517
18. Arizona State, 9-3, 486
19. Clemson, 9-3, 439
20. Louisville, 9-3, 395
21. Auburn, 8-4, 361
22. Boise State, 10-2, 253
23. Nebraska, 9-3, 166
24. LSU, 8-4, 87
25. Minnesota, 8-4, 86

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, 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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