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Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report - RB Ezekiel Elliott

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Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report and Review of RB Ezekiel Elliott Chosen #4th overall by the Dallas Cowboys

NFL Draft Review 2016 - June 2016
The Cowboys drafted running back Ezekiel Elliott in the first round after both top QBs went off the board with the first two selections. Elliott is a terrific fit here and capable of being the biggest impact rookie in the entire class. He is a complete back and highly developed to step in immediately. With starting veteran Darren McFadden out with a dislocated elbow, Elliott gets a chance this preseason to claim the job and never look back. He gives this offense an impact runner that can lengthen Tony Romo’s career with a more balanced attack. He has the makings of an instant star in Dallas and a great selection. - Frank Coyle

Draft Insiders' Yearbook 2016 - March 2016
1. * Ezekiel Elliott #15 - 6-0, 225 - Ohio St - Sp. 4.45 Rating 92
Hindu Theory:Jamal Lewis

Explosive powerful junior is one of the most gifted backs over the past decade. His short career included several major performances on a big stage including the national title game as a freshman. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame with the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line. Shows the burst to make the corner consistently and go the distance. Cutting skills of a smaller back with the power to break and bounces off tacklers. Shows natural vision and balance as a runner with the power and toughness to consistently get the most of each attempt. Reads his initial blocks very well and shows a feel for finding daylight and the speed to hit the opening and break plays. Powers through creases with authority and the speed to stick-and-go with an extreme burst out of his cuts. Shows the ability to juke and shift his weight very well, especially for a 225 lb. back. Able to string multiple moves together, including jump cuts that can leave tacklers flatfooted. Natural soft hands as a receiver out of the backfield and capable of a big play once he catches the ball. Needs route running work and is still raw in that area. Physical and willing blocker in pass protection. Rare combination of speed and power with early impact as a pro feature runner. Very strong lower body with good straight arm move and can maintain balance well after contact. Appears to effortlessly run through attempted arm tackles. His speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field and he did over his career. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine bend and forward lean and effectively slips through small holes and explode out. Shows quick, tight footwork for a big back and gets to the second level effortlessly. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or burst through an opening, causing safeties to hesitate when coming downhill. Able to turn speed into power between tackles or when turning the corner. Seldom looks to go out of bounds and works to finish. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Highly developed as a receiver to be an immediate three down feature back, combining excellent hands and explosive big play ability after the catch. As a blocker, he will face up with linebackers, but needs hand technique development to be a finished complete feature back.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started the 13 games and rushed for 1821 yards on 289 carries for a 6.3 average and 23 TDs. He added 27 receptions for 206 yards that earned 1st team Big Ten honors including Offensive Player of the Year. For the 2014 season, he rushed for 1878 yards on 273 attempts for 6.9 yard average and 18 TDs. He added 28 receptions for 220 yards. As a freshman in 2013, he backed up future #2 pick Carlos Hyde. He rushed for 262 yards on just 30 carries for an 8.7 average and 2 TDs and added 3 receptions for 23 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3961 yards on 592 attempts for a fine 6.7 average and 43 TDs plus totaled 58 receptions for 449 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 225 lbs. and ran a 4.45 time with a 1.58 ten yard split. He did not lift. He did a 32.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ. He was impressive in the positional drills.
The Skinny: Fast physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. He can be his own blocker and runs both equally well. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. Natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to former feature back Jamal Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Very well rounded back and excellent early round addition with the skill set to be a rookie impact player and core weapon. Top 10 prospect with talent to be among the leagues’ best backs within a short time.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top Ten

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, Biletnikoff 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 Week 7 - Vikings Face Eagles in NFC Clash

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NFL Power Poll - Week 7

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Team of the Week – New York Giants

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Odell Beckham - Giants
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Dont’a Hightower - Patriots

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Game of Week #7 - Minnesota Vikings (5-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 VIKINGS

Vikings well rested for their trip to Philly for key NFC battle.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady had outstanding game in return to Foxborough that made Bengals look inept.

#3 - 4-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks pulled out a wild win over Falcons and face NFC West rival, the Cardinals in desert Sunday night.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ get their bye week after another big win over the Packers up next. Rookies, runner Ezekiel Elliott and QB Daz Prescott have been difference makers.

#5 - 3-2 PACKERS
Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers struggled vs Cowboys and face NFC North rival, the Bears Thursday night in a key matchup.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles have dropped two in a row and host the undefeated Vikings this Sunday.

#7 - 4-2 BRONCOS
Broncos will have 12 days after their loss to the Chargers to get ready for the Texans Monday night.

#8 - 4-2 STEELERS
The Steelers were shocked by the Dolphins last week and lose QB Ben Roethlisberger for at least a month.

#9 - 4-2 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan had the Falcons poised to beat the Seahawks but key mistakes late in the game gave Seattle an important victory.

#10 - 4-2 REDSKINS
Washington has won four straight games and travel to Motor city to face the tough Lions who are playing well.

#11 - 4-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders were carved up by Chiefs Alex Smith and runner Spencer Ware. The Raiders face the Jaguars on the road in a key AFC contest.

#12 - 3-3 GIANTS
Odell is a special playmaker and a difference maker for the GMen. They travel to London to face the Rams in a critical NFC matchup before their bye week.

#13 - 3-3 RAVENS
The Ravens need to get healthy to make a playoff run. Get struggling Jets this week.

#14 - 4-2 TEXANS
The Texans beat AFC rivals, the Colts last week. They travel to Denver for key Monday night clash with Broncos with playoff implications.

#15 - 4-2 BILLS
Bills' face the Dolphins in hopes of their 5th win in a row prior to key AFC East matchup with the Patriots the following week.

#16 - 3-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Raiders behind a strong performance by QB Alex Smith. They get the Saints at home this week.

#17 - 3-3 RAMS
Rams were beat by Detroit with late FG in last game. GMen in London will be tough matchup this week.

#18 - 3-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals feasted on the Jets to prep for their crucial NFC West clash with the Seahawks Sunday night. They have given the Seahawks trouble in recent seasons and need to challenge divisional leadership.

#19 - 3-3 LIONS
The Lions’ QB Matt Stafford had a hot hand again vs the highly rated Rams defense for a 31-28 victory. . They host NFC contender, the Redskins to complete a three game homestand.

#20 - 2-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers had 10 days to celebrate their win over the Broncos. They face two huge road games that takes them to Atlanta and Denver that may define their playoff hopes.

#21 - 2-4 BENGALS
Bengals were toasted by Patriots QB Tom Brady in last one. They have back to back critical home games vs the Browns and Redskins prior to their bye week to right this ship.

#22 - 2-4 COLTS
The Colts’ lost a tough one vs the Texans last week. They face South rival, the Titans who they have surprised in the early action.

#23 - 2-3 SAINTS
The Saints won off another strong performance by Drew Brees vs the Panthers. The Saints need to continue their winning ways with the Chiefs and Seahawks up next.

#24 - 2-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs rested after a win over the Panthers. They travel to San Fran in hopes of a two game winning streak.

#25 - 3-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota continues to progress and directed another win this time vs the Browns. They host the Colts and Jaguars over next two weeks.

#26 - 2-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' are coming off a one-point win over the Bears in a battle of last place clubs. Their talented young defense continues to improve that keeps them in games.

#27 - 2-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins shocked the Steelers to get into the win column. They host the Bills this week that may determine any postseason hopes for the 2016 season.

#28 - 1-5 PANTHERS
How the mighty have fallen. Carolina lost to another NFC South opponent, the Saints. They get a bye this week to regroup for a necessary second half turnaround to challenge for the postseason.

#29 - 1-5 JETS
Jets were trashed again, this time by the Cardinals. HC Todd Bowles goes to QB Geno Smith at home vs the Ravens in a desperate move to stop the slide.

#30 - 1-5 49ers
The 49ers were awful in blowout to the Bills with QB Colin Kaepernick lousy at the helm. They host the Bucs this Sunday prior to their bye week.

#31 - 1-5 BEARS
The Bears lost to the lowly Jaguars in last one. They face their arch rival, the Packers on Thursday night before hosting the Vikings on Monday in two defining NFC North matchups.

#32 - 0-6 BROWNS
The Browns lost a close one to the Titans to remain the only winless club in the league. They travel to Cinny this week before hosting the struggling Jets in two weeks.

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, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

Barrett, Watson, Mahomes, Dobbs & Kelly Among Finalists for Johnny Unitas Award

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Barrett Named Finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented annually to the nation’s top QB

Ohio State junior QB J.T. Barrett has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the country’s top college quarterback.

Photo - QB J.T. Barrett - Ohio St

Barrett, Ohio State’s all-time leader with 60 TD passes in just 22 career starts, has been outstanding through five games, accounting for 19 TDs (15 passing, 4 rushing) while completing 79-of-123 passes for 981 yards. He tossed a career-high six TD passes to four different receivers in the season-opening win over Bowling Green while throwing for a career-high 349 yards. He also rushed for a score to set an Ohio State record with seven TDs accounted for in that contest.

In the road win at #14 Oklahoma, he tossed four TD passes – all to Noah Brown – and added 74 yards on the ground. Against Rutgers, he tossed another four TD passes and now ranks ninth in the FBS with his 15. Two weeks ago, he rushed for a season-high 137 yards and a score and added 93 yards and a TD through the air in the win over the Hoosiers.

The Wichita Falls, Texas native is responsible for 86 career TDs (rushing and passing) and needs three more to break Braxton Miller’s school record of 88. Barrett’s 86 scores also are the second-most among active FBS players.

Barrett, who is 21-2 in his career as a starter, helped the #2-ranked Buckeyes to come back at Madison, Wis., and beat the #8 Wisconsin Badgers last Saturday.

Remaining candidates for the prestigious annual award are:
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
Luke Falk, Washington State
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
Seth Russell, Baylor
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan
Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
Greg Ward, Jr., Houston
Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Davis Webb, California

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. These strong leaders have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and worked hard for themselves and their teams during the season and beyond.

“The Golden Arm Award considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor – characteristics that were displayed by my father – to be every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” says John C. Unitas, Jr., President of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. “Despite my Dad’s outstanding accomplishments, he never forgot his humble beginnings and that won him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone who ever knew him,”

In 2016, The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, December 9, in Baltimore, MD. Proceeds from the event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

Past standout winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) Last year’s winner Connor Cook, Michigan State.

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.

Bama Crushes Tennessee - College Football Monday - Week 8

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College Football Monday - Week 8

Bama Crushes Tennessee in SEC Top Ten Matchup
Ohio St and Clemson Remain Unbeaten with Overtime Wins

Team of Week - Alabama

Offensive Player of Week - QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma
Defensive Player of Week - LB Reuben Foster - Alabama

Photo - QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma

Upcoming Weekly Matchups
Alabama at Texas A&M, TCU at West Virginia, North Carolina St. at Louisville in major conference matchups

Alabama continues to hold the #1 ranking with a dominant victory over top ten opponent Tennessee this past Saturday 49-10. The Crimson Tide has mauled clubs recently with a typical physical style directed by QB Jalen Hurts and a sledgehammer big play defense. Hurst directed the Bama 10th consecutive victory over Tennessee with 132 yards rushing and 3 TDs. The Tide’s defense has been dominant all season with an incredible 8 TDs. They have improved through the 2016 season and maybe face their toughest test this week with a trip to College Station to meet the Texas A&M Aggies. A&M is going off their bye week after an important win over Tennessee the prior weekend. Aggie QB Trevor Knight is currently hot and directing this potent balanced big play attack. The Aggies defense will have to step up after surrendering a huge lead to the Vols in their last win. This week’s Bama-A&M top ten matchup will be critical for SEC West division leadership and title possibly in the balance.

Both Ohio St and Clemson were pushed to the limit Saturday and held on win in overtime. The Buckeyes’ faced the physical Wisconsin club that held leads through the second half.
OSU junior QB J.T. Barrett drove the Buckeyes to overcome two 10 point deficient He produced 318 yards of total offense and three TDs in the overtime victory over No. 8 Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday. He was named the Big Ten Conference’s co-offensive player of the week. He scored two rushing TDs and hit Noah Brown on a 7-yard TD pass in overtime for the deciding points. His touchdown pass to Brown was the 89th touchdown Barrett is responsible for, a total that breaks the Ohio State career record of 88 TDs responsible for previously held by Braxton Miller. Barrett's 318 yards of total offense marked the 21st time he's gained at least 200 yards of offense and 13th time he's had at least 300 yards. He is now one 200-yard game away from tying the career record of 200 yard games of total offense set by Braxton Miller (22). He extended his own record of 300-plus yard games (13). The Badgers’ LB Wisconsin junior inside LB Jack Cichy was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance. Cichy was a dominant force for the Badgers’ defense, finishing with a career-high 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops. He recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. It was part of an effort that saw Wisconsin hold a Buckeyes offense that entered the game averaging 52.3 points per game to just 23 in regulation.

Clemson and NC St were tied three times but the Tigers held on at the end of regulation when the Tar Heels missed a 33 yard FG at the end of play to cause the overtime session. The Tigers responded like ACC champions in overtime as QB Deshaun Watson drove them for a game winning TD. Watson completed 39 of 52 passes for 358 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. Big play Tiger wideout Mike Williams caught 12 passes for 146 yards and 1 TD. Clemson gets their bye week this Saturday to get ready for the showdown, traveling to Florida St on Oct 29th. The Tigers remain undefeated and hold a two game lead over FSU and a one game cushion over Louisville in the tough Atlantic Division.

Unbeaten, Nebraska, Baylor, West Virginia, Boise St and Western Michigan get little love with the top six powerhouses still undefeated. Some matchups over the next few weeks, Bama-Texas A&M this Saturday and Clemson-FSU the following reducing the undefeated within the top five. Michigan and Ohio St appear on a collision course for their Nov. 26th matchup. The back five undefeated teams have conquered soft schedules and will have to prove they are more than paper tigers to move up within the top ten rankings. The core of conference schedules take place over the next month that will shape the big five conference titles and eventually the final four playoff in January 2017.

The Heisman Trophy race has changed dramatically since September with highly regarded players Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette falling out of the top five candidates due to minor injuries and some lost playing time. Sophomore QBs, Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Jake Browning of Washington are the current leaders here. Jackson has been a highlight film weekly including the Cardinals only loss to Clemson. He outshined Tiger QB Deshaun Watson in that matchup and has not had an average performance this fall. Browning has been a difference maker in the Pac 12 and has helped the Huskies to first place. Washington bombed Oregon 70-21 in Eugene two weeks ago that elevated him to national attention. He returns this week at home vs Oregon St. with key Pac 12 matchups against Utah and Southern Cal within the month.

The Huskies have won impressively all season and Browning has been the main catalyst in their emergence. Two QBs, Deshaun Watson and JT Barrett continue to direct perfect clubs, but have had periods of erratic play that tarnished their ranking. Michigan’s DB Jabrill Peppers comes off his bye week for his final six matchups, all Big Ten contests. Peppers has pushed himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion with a rare display of defensive, offensive and special teams big play abilities. He is expected to get more touches in the return game and as a situational offensive player over the final half of the season. Michigan is promoting him as the return of former Wolverine DB Charles Woodson who was the only defensive player to ever win the Heisman Trophy award.

Game of the Week - Alabama (7-0) at Texas A&M (6-0)

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, Biletnikoff 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

Bama Rolls with Blowout of Tennessee in Top Ten Matchup

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 8 - Oct, 15

Team of Week - Alabama

Offensive Player of Week - QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma
Defensive Player of Week - LB Reuben Foster - Alabama

Photo - LB Reuben Foster - Alabama

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 7-0
2 Ohio St - 6-0
3 Clemson - 6-0
4 Michigan - 6-0
5 Washington - 6-0
6 Texas A&M - 6-0
7 Louisville - 5-1
8 Houston - 5-1
9 Nebraska - 6-0
10 Baylor - 6-0
11 Boise State - 6-0
12 West Virginia - 5-0
13 Florida - 5-1
14 Tennessee - 5-2
15 Wisconsin - 4-2
16 Florida St - 5-2
17 Oklahoma - 4-2
18 Utah - 6-1
19 North Carolina - 5-2
20 Arkansas - 5-2
21 Western Michigan - 7-0
22 Auburn - 4-2
23 Ole Miss - 3-3
24 LSU - 4-2
25 Navy - 4-1

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts / 1st Place Votes

1 Alabama (60) 7-0 - 1524
2 Ohio State 6-0 - 1457
3 Michigan (1) 6-0 - 1368
4 Clemson 7-0 - 1337
5 Washington 6-0 - 1304
6 Texas A&M 6-0 - 1218
7 Louisville 5-1 - 1168
8 Nebraska 6-0 - 1037
9 Baylor 6-0 - 1021
10 Wisconsin 4-2 - 935
11 Houston 6-1 - 766
12 West Virginia 5-0 - 744
13 Florida State 5-2 - 733
14 Boise State 6-0 - 694
15 Florida 5-1 - 626
16 Oklahoma 4-2 - 612
17 Arkansas 5-2 - 584
18 Tennessee 5-2 - 550
19 Utah 6-1 - 479
20 Western Michigan 7-0 - 285
21 Auburn 4-2 - 277
22 North Carolina 5-2 - 254
23 Ole Miss 3-3 - 188
24 Navy 4-1 - 163
25 LSU 4-2 - 123

Dropped from rankings: Miami 16, Virginia Tech 17

Others receiving votes: Colorado 110, Miami 69, Oklahoma State 47, Washington State 39, Virginia Tech 38, South Florida 31, Stanford 15, Iowa 7, Arizona State 6, USC 5, NC State 4, San Diego State 3, Pittsburgh 2, TCU 1, Troy 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

NFL Power Poll - Week 6 - Vikings Stand Alone #1 Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 6

Photo - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Team of the Week - Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers
Defensive Player of the Week - CB Nickell Robey-Coleman - Bills

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Game of Week #6 - Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at Green Bay Packers (3-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 VIKINGS

Vikings only team still undefeated with bye week here.

#2 - 4-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots shined in veteran QB Tom Brady return to action. They face the Bengals in a possible AFC postseason warmup.

#3 - 3-1 PACKERS
Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers is hot and looking to face the Cowboys at home in a key NFC showdown.

#4 - 4-1 EAGLES
Eagles were ambushed in Detroit that brings them back to reality. Eagles travel to Capital this week before hosting the Vikings the following game.

#5 - 4-2 BRONCOS
Broncos face a hungry Charger team Thursday night that exploited their vanilla offense. Look rest to Monday night game vs Texans.

#6 - 3-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks get back to back tough NFC tests with Falcons coming to town, and trip to the desert vs the Cardinals.

#7 - 4-1 STEELERS
The Steelers are a hot club and travel to Miami where the Dolphins are in their usual state of confusion. Steelers host the Patriots in two weeks.

#8 - 4-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders held on and beat the mistake prone Chargers. The Raiders won their three straight for the first time in five years.

#9 - 4-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan and Falcons face the acid test this week with trip to Seattle. The Falcons are the highest scoring club and will test one of the league’s best defenses.

#10 - 4-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ face a tough two game stretch with the Bengals and Packers up next. Rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott is a dominant runner and a difference maker here.

#11 - 2-3 BENGALS
Bengals have struggled too often in the early action and get a big test at home in New England. They failed to stop the run vs the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott and must prove they can win the line of scrimmage.

#12 - 3-2 RAVENS
The Ravens fired another OC and will spent the next two weeks at Met Life vs the GMen and Jets.

#13 - 3-2 RAMS
Rams were shocked by the Bills at home and travel to Detroit this week in a harder game than most expect.

#14 - 3-2 REDSKINS
Washington has won three straight games and hosts the Eagles this week. QB Kirk Cousins has produced enough and the struggling defense improved in win over the Ravens.

#15 - 2-3 GIANTS
The Giants has lost three in a row and face a tough two game stretch vs the Ravens and Rams that are critical for competing in the balanced NFC East.

#16 - 3-2 TEXANS
The Texans hold on to AFC South lead, but must prove they can beat AFC rivals, the Colts and Broncos over next two weeks. The defense without star DE JJ Watt looks average at best.

#17 - 3-2 BILLS
Bills' travelled to LA and jumped the Rams for their third win in a row. They face the 49ers and Dolphins the next two weeks and could emerge as a surprise AFC contender with victories.

#18 - 2-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals are the biggest disappointment of the young season. They host the Jets and Seahawks the next two weeks with a healthy QB Carson Palmer.

#19 - 2-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs regrouped during their bye week and look to get veteran runner Jamaal Charles back and provide an impact for balanced attack. They had two weeks to prepare for the hated Raiders.

#20 - 2-3 COLTS
The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck stepped up in crunch time in win over the Bears. Colts face South rival, the Texans who they have owned in recent seasons.

#21 - 2-3 LIONS
The Lions’ QB Matt Stafford had a hot hand vs the highly rated Eagles defense and edged out a 24-23 victory. Their defense held on in crunch time. They host NFC contenders, the Rams and Redskins over the next two weeks that may define their season.

#22 - 1-4 PANTHERS
Carolina lost to NFC South doormat, the Bucs in Monday night game. They travel to the Big East and face the equally desperate Saints up next. They get QB Cam Newton after a one week absence.

#23 - 1-3 SAINTS
The Saints come off their bye week to face the struggling Panthers. This one could be a shootout between Brees and Newton vs two of the league’s worst defense in the early season.

#24 - 2-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers jumped on the Super Bowl champion, Broncos to reverse their disappointing early start. They found ways to lose weekly in big situations that has them digging out of West basement.

#25 - 1-4 JETS
Jets were torched by QB Ben Roethlisberger in last one and continue to struggle with tough early schedule. They travel to Arizona who get QB Carson Palmer back this week.

#26 - 2-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs won a key home game vs the Panthers that helped this young club and QB Jameis Winston. The Bucs get their bye week this Sunday before traveling to San Fran.

#27 - 2-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota threw 3 TDs vs the struggling Dolphins for a strong performance after struggling in recent weeks. They face a weak home schedule this month with the Browns, Colts and Jaguars coming to Music town.

#28 - 1-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' are coming off their bye week for trip to Chi town. Their talented young defense is coming off a good effort vs QB Andrew Luck with six sacks. They get an average stretch of games.

#29 - 1-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins were terrible vs the lowly Titans in last one. They host the Steelers and Bills the next two weeks that may define their 2016 season.

#30 - 1-4 49ers
The 49ers are falling quickly that forced the change to QB Colin Kaepernick. He faces the Bills in Buffalo after losing the job after a few years of lousy inconsistent play.

#31 - 1-4 BEARS
The Bears were toasted by Colts’ Andrew Luck in last game. They face the Jaguars this week before back to back NFC North matchups with the Packers and Vikings.

#32 - 0-5 BROWNS
The Browns defense caved in vs the Patriots, Tom Brady who made a strong return to the NFL. They travel to Nashville this week in one of the few soft spots remaining on the schedule. They are paying for a decade of disastrous personnel decisions.

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, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

The Tallahassee QB Club Foundation Announces updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, has released the 2016 Biletnikoff Award updated Watch List. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver, not merely outstanding wide receiver. The award recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, and former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted. Receivers are periodically added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Photo – WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Southern Cal

The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 8, 2016, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast 7:00 – 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN. College Football Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will present the 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner on the show. Howard is one of only 5 ends or receivers who has won the Heisman Trophy, joining Larry Kelley, Leon Hart, Johnny Rodgers, and Tim Brown.

The correlation between Biletnikoff Award winners and stardom in the National Football League is uncannily predictable. Past Biletnikoff Award winners include Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald.

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, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season.

The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented his trophy at the Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The banquet has featured distinguished keynoters of profound character and accomplishments including Bart Starr, Dick Vermeil, Larry Csonka, Steve Largent, Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Dan Reeves, Archie Manning, Ron Jaworski, Gene Stallings, Bill Curry, Jim Kelly, Jerry Kramer, Joe Theismann, and Dan Fouts. The banquet also recognizes the Foundation’s scholarship recipients who will be offered by the Foundation over $800,000 in college and vocational scholarships and related benefits in 2017 alone, as in 2015 and 2016. The Foundation’s charitable mission is the provision of college and vocational scholarships to North Florida high school seniors who have overcome significant barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extra-curricular levels.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 14, 2016, following the vote by the members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 22, 2016. For complete details and updates of interest, together with weekly statistics and timely, important news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, as well as a fan vote and discussion board, please consult the Foundation’s highly informative website at www.biletnikoffaward.com

The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (TQC), Inc., created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994.

Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
♦ Players added September 20, 2016
♣Players added September 27, 2016
♠Players added October 11, 2016
+Players removed from consideration due to season-ending injury

Player / School/ Position
Rodney Adams - University of South Florida WR
Chance Allen - University of Houston WR
Marcell Ateman - + Oklahoma State University WR
Josh Atkinson - University of Tulsa WR
Linell Bonner- ♠ University of Houston WR
Devonte Boyd - University of Nevada, Las Vegas WR
KD Cannon - Baylor University WR
Austin Carr - ♣ Northwestern University WR
Jehu Chesson - University of Michigan WR
Simmie Cobbs Jr. - + Indiana University WR
Corey Davis - Western Michigan University WR
Robert Davis - Georgia State University WR
Gehrig Dieter - University of Alabama WR
Malachi Dupre - Louisiana State University WR
Evan Engram - ♣ University of Mississippi TE
Amba Etta-Tawo - ♦ Syracuse University WR
Isaiah Ford - Virginia Tech WR
Tanner Gentry- ♣ University of Wyoming WR
Shelton Gibson - West Virginia University WR
Jonathan Giles - ♠ Texas Tech University WR
Chris Godwin - Pennsylvania State University WR
Kenny Golladay - Northern Illinois University WR
Chad Hansen - ♦ University of California, Berkeley WR
Penny Hart - + Georgia State University WR
Carlos Henderson - Louisiana Tech University WR
Hasaan Henderson - University of Nevada WR
Mack Hollins - University of North Carolina WR
Richie James - Middle Tennessee State University WR
Isaiah “Zay” Jones - East Carolina University WR
Ricky Jones - Indiana University WR
Marcus Kemp - ♠ University of Hawaii WR
Christian Kirk - Texas A&M University WR
Jesse Kroll - + Central Michigan University WR
Jerome Lane - University of Akron WR
Allen Lazard - Iowa State University WR
Keevan Lucas - ♣ University of Tulsa WR
KeVonn Mabon - Ball State University WR
Gabe Marks - Washington State University WR
Taquan Mizzell - University of Virginia RB
J’Mon Moore - ♣ University of Missouri WR
Ronnie Moore - Bowling Green State University WR
Drew Morgan - University of Arkansas WR
Nicholas Norris - Western Kentucky University WR
Zach Pascal - Old Dominion University WR
Tim Patrick - ♣ University of Utah WR
Brandon Reilly - University of Nebraska WR
Josh Reynolds - Texas A&M University WR
Jerico Richardson - University of Nevada WR
Calvin Ridley - University of Alabama WR
Fred Ross - Mississippi State University WR
Travis Rudolph - Florida State University WR
Artavis Scott - Clemson University WR
Sebastian Smith - Ohio University WR
JuJu Smith-Schuster - University of Southern California WR
Thomas Sperbeck - Boise State University WR
Equanimeous St. Brown - ♠ University of Notre Dame WR
Allenzae Staggers - ♠ University of Southern Mississippi WR
Courtland Sutton - Southern Methodist University WR
Ryan Switzer - ♣ University of North Carolina WR

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