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Michael Sam Heads Five Finalists For 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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Michael Sam Heads Five Finalists For 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

DALLAS (FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced this week by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Vying for the honor of National Defensive Player of the Year are, in alphabetical order: Michigan Ste cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Pittsburgh tackle Aaron Donald, Florida St cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri end Michael Sam.

Photo: DE Michael Sam - Missouri

The winner will be announced on Dec. 9 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Florida Coach Will Muschamp will give the keynote address.

In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will hand out the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Florida East Coast Railway. This year's winner is Georgia Tech defensive back Randy Rhino, a member of the FWAA's 1972 FWAA All-America team.
The FWAA award is named after Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. He could have been an All-American at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put him.

The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since the 1993 season. One of the schools represented by the five finalists will win the award for the first time, although this is the third straight season Alabama has had a Nagurski finalist and Florida State has one for a second straight year. Pittsburgh and Michigan State have secured their initial Bronko Nagurski finalists. Alabama has had four previous finalists, Florida State three and Missouri one. But none of those schools have had a player win the award.

The Five 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists
Selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (5-11, 197, Sr., Dry Branch, Ga.): A shutdown corner who has dominated Big Ten offenses this season for the Spartans, who rank tops in the country in total defense. He has made 38 tackles (19 unassisted) and two for losses of four yards. His 2013 resume includes three interceptions (38 return yards), seven pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Aaron Donald, T, Pittsburgh (6-0, 285, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.): Probably the most productive defensive tackle in college football. Offensive coordinators stay up at night scheming to keep him away from the ball. The agile tackle leads the country in tackles for loss (22.5 for 112 yards in losses) by a whopping 4.5 tackles. Of those tackles for loss, 10 have been sacks. He also has forced four fumbles, broken up two passes and hurried the quarterback 14 times.

Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State (5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Another top cornerback who can impress for the nation's second-ranked team. He has 51 tackles (36 unassisted), 6.5 tackles for 54 yards in losses, one interception (15 yards returned). In addition he has three forced fumbles, three passes broken up and two quarterback hurries. He played his best in Florida State's 51-14 defeat of ACC power Clemson when he made eight tackles (one sack), collected an interception and forced two fumbles.

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama (6-2, 232, Sr., Mobile, Ala.): The leader of top-ranked Alabama's defense that has held eight of 10 opponents to 10 or fewer points this season. He has 79 tackles (42 unassisted), seven of those for 15 yards in losses. In addition, he has five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Alabama ranks fifth in the country in total defense, allowing just 272.8 yards a game.

Michael Sam, E, Missouri (6-2, 255, Sr., Hitchcock, Texas): A flashy end who has the penchant for making the big play in the big game. In Missouri's upset victory at Georgia, he returned a fumble 21 yards for a score. In three games this season, against Arkansas State, at Vanderbilt, and against Florida, he has registered three sacks. Sam ranks tied for fifth nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.6) and is tied for sixth in sacks on the season.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 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 Association. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 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.

Jake Matthews and Aaron Donald Head 2013 Outland Trophy Semifinalists

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Jake Matthews Heads Six Outland Trophy Semifinalists

OMAHA (FWAA) – Six semifinalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy – five offensive linemen and one defensive tackle – were announced this week during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call of its 2013 All-America Committee, has determined the following six players as semifinalists for the 2013 award: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle; Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama offensive tackle; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M offensive tackle; Cyril Richardson, Baylor offensive guard; Bryan Stork, Florida State center; and David Yankey, Stanford offensive guard.

Photo - OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M

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The field for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense, will be reduced to three in the next week. Those finalists will be announced on Nov. 25 and featured on ESPN the following evening at 5:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Thursday, Dec. 12 on ESPN during the The Home Depot College Football Awards from the Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Pittsburgh, Alabama and Texas A&M have had previous players claim the Outland Trophy; Baylor, Florida State and Stanford have never produced a winner. Last year's winner and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, was the Aggies' first Outland winner and now is on the roster for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Alabama has had multiple winners, including the 2012 winner Barrett Jones, who played several spots on the offensive line for the Tide's recent national championship teams and is now a rookie on the St. Louis Rams' roster. Pittsburgh's winner, Mark May (in 1980), is a current ESPN analyst, College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL lineman.

The Current 2013 Outland Candidates

Donald, 6-0, 285-pound senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., has had the most productive season in college football for a defensive tackle. He leads the country in tackles for a loss per game (2.3) by a wide margin and he is tied for sixth in sacks. He also has four forced fumbles. A tackle with great agility, he's often double teamed and even at times tripled teamed.

Kouandjio, 6-6, 310-pound junior from Hyattsville, Md., is one of the mainstays on the Crimson Tide's offensive line that has produced an Outland Trophy winner or finalist the past two seasons. The unbeaten Crimson Tide, possibly headed for a third straight national title, has scored 50 touchdowns and averaged 38.8 points per game.

Matthews, a 6-5, 305-pound senior from Missouri City, Texas, actually moved over to Joeckel's left tackle spot this season and has been the main protector for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel now that Joeckel is in the NFL. Matthews is a returning FWAA All-American from a year ago.

Richardson, 6-5, 340-pound senior from Fort Worth, Texas, is described as a "dominating drive blocker" in some reviews. He's one of the major reasons Baylor has the nation's top scoring offense. He has played tackle, but moved back to guard these past two seasons. Baylor's rushing game averages just over 300 yards per game, while the Bears are averaging a remarkable 61.2 points per game to lead the nation.

Stork, 6-4, 300-pound senior from Vero Beach, Fla., has played every position on the offensive line and is the top lineman on the No. 2-ranked Seminoles' powerful offense which averages 52.7 points a game. A fifth-year player, he has made 36 career starts.

Yankey, 6-5, 311-pound senior from Roswell, Ga., anchors Stanford's strong offensive line and is a pulling guard for the Cardinal's running game. In Stanford's 26-20 victory over Oregon, it ran the ball on all 17 of its fourth-quarter offensive snaps. He has 35 career starts.

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-American lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1900s. The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.

For the 17th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha. The official 2013 Outland Trophy presentation to the winner will be at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. The Outland Trophy 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 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 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. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or 972-713-6198.

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

Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St., Baylor & Ohio St. Remain Perfect

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Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St., Baylor & Ohio St. Remain Perfect
Six Teams Remain Undefeated

Players of Week
Offense: RB Myles Jack - UCLA
Defense: DE Dee Ford - Auburn

Photo: LB C.J. Mosley - Alabama

Upcoming Game of the Week: Baylor (9-0) at Oklahoma St (9-1)
Baylor Posts Impressive Win over Texas Tech

Team of the Week -Duke

AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Record / Points

1 Alabama (55) - 10-0 - 1495
2 Florida State (5) - 10-0 - 1445
3 Baylor - 9-0 - 1351
4 Ohio State - 10-0 - 1343
5 Oregon - 9-1 - 1210
6 Auburn - 10-1 - 1205
7 Clemson - 9-1 - 1115
8 Missouri - 9-1 - 1067
9 Texas A&M - 8-2 - 956
10 Stanford - 8-2 - 899
11 Oklahoma State - 9-1 - 889
12 South Carolina - 8-2 - 870
13 Michigan State - 9-1 - 749
14 UCLA - 8-2 - 710
15 Fresno State - 9-0 - 572
16 Wisconsin - 8-2 - 559
17 UCF - 8-1 - 535
18 LSU - 7-3 - 439
19 Arizona State - 8-2 - 430
20 Northern Illinois - 10-0 - 426
21 Louisville - 9-1 - 412
22 Oklahoma - 8-2 - 318
23 Southern California - 8-3 -187
24 Ole Miss - 7-3 - 119
25 Duke - 8-2 - 94

Coaches Poll
Rank / Team / Record / Points

1 Alabama (56) - 10-0 - 1544
2 Florida State (6) - 10-0 - 1487
3 Ohio State - 10-0 - 1404
4 Baylor - 9-0 - 1386
5 Oregon - 9-1 - 1231
6 Clemson - 9-1 - 1217
7 Auburn - 10-1 - 1145
8 Missouri - 9-1 - 1129
9 Oklahoma State - 9-1 -1030
10 Texas A&M - 8-2 - 928
11 South Carolina - 8-2 - 882
12 Stanford - 8-2 - 865
13 Michigan State - 9-1 - 729
14 UCLA - 8-2 - 700
15 Louisville - 9-1 - 627
16 Fresno State - 9-0 - 622
17 Wisconsin - 8-2 - 511
18 Oklahoma - 8-2 - 502
19 LSU - 7-3 - 478
20 UCF - 8-1 - 446
21 Northern Illinois - 10-0 - 418
22 Arizona State - 8-2 - 352
23 Minnesota - 8-2 - 173
24 Duke - 8-2 - 131
25 Southern California - 8-3 - 115

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

NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Showdown With Broncos

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NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Showdown With Broncos

Photo - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos
Defensive Player - LB Demeco Ryans - Eagles

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Tavon Austin - Rams
Defensive Player - DE Datone Jones - Packers

Team of Week 10 - Panthers -
Matchup of Week 11 – 49ers at Saints –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)
The Chiefs go into Denver to face Broncos in huge AFC West matchup.

2. Denver Broncos (8-1)
Broncos hoping Peyton Manning can holdup down the stretch.

3. Seattle Seahawks (9-1)
The Seahawks drilled the Falcons last week.

4. New Orleans Saints (7-2)
Saints crushed the Cowboys in the Big Easy to claim top spot in NFC South.

5. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
Colts got ambushed by Rams in last one.

6. New England Patriots (7-2)
Patriots go into Carolina to face the hot Panthers this week.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
The Bengals have lost two in a row in overtime.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-3)
The 49ers got bashed at home by the Panthers last week.

9. Detroit Lions (6-3)
Lions claimed first place in the NFC North with win over Chicago.

10. Carolina Panthers (6-3)
Panthers get on national scene on Monday night with Patriots coming to town.

11. Green Bay Packers (5-4)
Packers lose another key game with no Aaron Rodgers and traveling to NYC for matchup with GMen.

12. Dallas Cowboys (5-5)
Cowboys were blown out by the Saints in the dome last week.

13. Chicago Bears (5-4)
The Bears will go without Jay Cutler this week with Ravens coming to town.

14. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)
The Ravens won a huge game in OT vs Bengals and are still alive in the AFC North.

15. Arizona Cardinals (5-4)
Cards won a huge game vs Texans and must continue with road contest with Jaguars.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)
Eagles host the Redskins that could determine NFC East direction.

17. New York Jets (5-4)
The Jets travel to Buffalo where they have struggled in critical games.

18. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
Chargers come up short in big game situations.

19. New York Giants (3-6)
The GMen are only a game and half out of first place in NFC East.

20. Tennessee Titans (4-5)
The Titans face a must win situation Thursday nite with Colts coming to town.

21. Cleveland Browns (4-5)
The Browns travel to Cincy in a must win situation for any playoff hopes.

22. Miami Dolphins (4-5)
The Dolphins suffered a terrible loss vs Bucs and face a must win situation vs Chargers at home.

23. Washington Redskins (4-5)
The Skins go to Philly and need a divisional win for any mathematical chances for playoffs.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)
Steelers facing must win situations weekly for any playoff hopes.

25. St. Louis Rams (4-6)
The Rams get bye week after huge win over the Colts last week.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-7)
The Bills will go without EJ Manuel this week vs Jets.

27. Oakland Raiders (3-6)
The Raiders go to Houston in a contest that will affect NFL Draft order at the top.

28. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
Falcons are a major disappointment and go to Tampa with NFC South cellar in balance.

29. Houston Texans (2-7)
Texans looks to young QB Case Keenum for stability on offense.

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7)
Vikings travel to Seattle this Sunday for their weekly beating.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-8)
Bucs get their first win over the Dolphins and are at home vs Falcons this week.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
Jags hope to grab 2nd win with Cardinals coming to town this Sunday.

DE Michael Sam Heads Hendricks Award List

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Mid-Season Watch List for 2013 Ted Hendricks Award Announced

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Tigers’ Michael Sam Heads Hendricks Award List

The Mid-Season Watch list for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award has been announced. 18 players have earned a spot with just a few weeks to go in the season. This list will remain open to additions and deletions until our selection committee completes its first vote on November 25.

Missouri’s Michael Sam is enjoying a stellar senior season, and his play has been a key reason for the Tiger’s surge to a 9-1 overall record (5-1 in SEC play) and current rankings of 8th in the Coaches’ Poll, and 9th in both the Bowl Championship Series and Associated Press polls.

Through 10 games this season, Sam finds himself leading the SEC in both quarterback sacks (10.0) and tackles for loss (16.0), and he ranks 7th and 8th nationally in those categories, respectively. Sam’s play has keyed a Tiger defense that has been one of the most disruptive in the nation in 2013, as the Tigers currently rank among the top-10 nationally in several categories, including sacks (3rd), interceptions (4th), turnovers gained (6th), and tackles for loss (9th), among others.

Sam has been recognized three times this season by the SEC, twice as the league’s defensive line player of the week (Sept. 28th, Oct. 5th) and once as its defensive player of the week (Oct. 19th).
Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former Hendricks Award winners are included on the voting committee. Finalists for the award will be named on November 25th, with the winner being announced on December 11th. For online information about the Hendricks Award, please visit www.tedhendricksaward.com.

The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first three-time first-team All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Ted used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs. He roamed the front line, read plays and blitzed on impulse, completely transforming the way the defensive end position was played. His professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks’ aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football’s premier defensive end is presented.

On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award’s winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the Award’s voting committee. Candidates may represent any class (Freshman through Senior) as well as any four-year NCAA accredited school. The candidate’s primary position must be Defensive End.

2013 HENDRICKS AWARD MID-SEASON WATCH LIST
VIC BEASLEY - CLEMSON
SCOTT CRICHTON - OREGON STATE
KASIM EDEBALI - BOSTON COLLEGE
JAYRONE ELLIOTT - TOLEDO
DEE FORD - AUBURN
RANDY GREGORY - NEBRASKA
MARTIN IFEDI - MEMPHIS
JACKSON JEFFCOAT - TEXAS
DEMARCUS LAWRENCE - BOISE ST
KAREEM MARTIN - NORTH CAROLINA
LORENZO MAULDIN - LOUISVILLE
RYAN MUELLER - KANSAS ST
CEDRIC REED - TEXAS
MICHAEL SAM - MISSOURI
MARCUS SMITH - LOUISVILLE
CHRIS SMITH - ARKANSAS
CHIDERA UZO-DIRIBE - COLORADO
TONY WASHINGTON – OREGON

Previous recipients of the Hendricks Award include:
2002 - Terrell Suggs (Arizona State), 2003-04 – David Pollack (Georgia), 2005 - Elvis Dumervil (Louisville), 2006 - LaMarr Woodley (Michigan), 2007 - Chris Long (Virginia), 2008 - Brian Orakpo (Texas), 2009 - Jerry Hughes (TCU), 2010 – Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson), 2011 – Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) and 2012 – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina).

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-Star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks in addition to many sports publications and web sites.

Jadeveon Clowney Heads Lombardi Semifinalist

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Jadeveon Clowney Named Lombardi Semifinalist
South Carolina Defensive End One of 12 for Prestigious Award

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University of South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is among 12 players named as semifinalists for the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award, it was announced today.

Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was a finalist for the award last season. He is among eight defensive and four offensive players announced as 2103 semifinalists by the Rotary Club of Houston. The SEC leads the pack with four players, followed by the Pac-12 with three, the ACC two followed by the Big Ten and the Big 12 with one each and one Independent.

Lombardi 12 Semifinalists:

Anthony Barr - Sr - LB - UCLA
Vic Beasley - Jr - DE - Clemson
Jadeveon Clowney - Jr - DE - South Carolina
Aaron Donald - Sr - DE - Pittsburgh
Taylor Lewan - Sr - OT - Michigan
Jake Matthews - Sr - OT - Texas A&M
CJ Mosley - Sr - LB - Alabama
Trent Murphy - Sr - LB - Stanford
Cyril Richardson - Sr - G - Baylor
Michael Sam - Sr - DE - Missouri
Kyle Van Noy - Sr - LB - BYU
David Yankey - Jr - G - Stanford

The 44th Lombardi Award will be held December 11, 2013, in Houston, Texas. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.

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

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-Star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks in addition to many sports publications and web sites.

NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Bye Week

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NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Bye Week

Pro Power Rankings - Week 10

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Nick Foles - Eagles
Defensive Player - CB Sean Smith - Chiefs

Rookies of the Week

Offensive Player- WR Aaron Dotson - Patriots
Defensive Player- CB David Amerson - Redskins

Team of Week 9 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 10 - Cowboys at Saints –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)
The Chiefs go into bye week prior to Broncos matchup in Denver next week.

2. Denver Broncos (7-1)
Broncos better not sleep with trip to San Diego this week.

3. Seattle Seahawks (8-1)
The Seahawks can win ugly too.

4. Indianapolis Colts (6-2)
Colts looking to establish AFC home field advantage over next month.

5. New Orleans Saints (6-2)
Saints get major vs Cowboys at the friendly confirms in the Big Easy this week.

6. New England Patriots (7-2)
Patriots get open week before second half run with mainly sub .500 teams.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)
The Bengals face major AFC North test at Baltimore this Sunday.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
The 49ers rested after London trip and host Panthers this week.

9. Detroit Lions (5-3)
Lions begin their push for NFC North title with trip to Chicago this Sunday.

10. Green Bay Packers (5-3)
Packers lost key game to Bears Monday nite and begin NFC push without Aaron Rodgers over next month.

11. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
Cowboys just got by Vikings last week and travel to New Orleans for major NFC clash with Saints.

12. Chicago Bears (5-3)
The Bears got a huge win over Packers on Monday night.

13. Baltimore Ravens (3-5)
The Ravens facing almost a must win contest with Bengals at home this week.

14. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
The Dolphins travel cross state vs Bucs to deflect ongoing “Bullying’ fiasco.

15. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
Cards get soft part of schedule and need a run here to stay alive in the NFC playoff race.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
Eagles travel to Green Bay for vital contest for both clubs’ playoff hopes.

17. New York Jets (5-4)
The Jets won a huge game vs the Saints and have bye this week before a heavy AFC second half schedule.

18. Carolina Panthers (5-3)
Panthers go to San Fran with major test to determine whether a playoff contender or pretender.

19. San Diego Chargers (4-4)
Chargers get Broncos at home in a must win situation for any playoff hopes.

20. Tennessee Titans (4-4)
The Titans have Jaguars Sunday with two games vs Colts on the upcoming schedule.

21. Cleveland Browns (4-5)
The Browns sit out this week before facing a heavy AFC schedule for their playoff hopes.

22. New York Giants (26)
The GMen well rested for second half run for any playoff aspirations.

23. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
Falcons get Seahawks at home this week with fading playoff hopes in balance.

24. Houston Texans (2-6)
Texans lost critical game vs Colts as they enter soft part of schedule.

25. Washington Redskins (3-5)
The Skins face the Vikings tonight and need win for any mathematical chances for playoffs.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-6)
The Bills need a win in Pittsburgh to stay in the playoff hunt.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)
Steelers look slow and old when the game is in the balance.

28. St. Louis Rams (3-6)
The Rams face Colts this week and face a tough task to stay in contention.

29. Oakland Raiders (3-5
The Raiders got bombed by Eagles last week with GMen on the agenda this Sunday.

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7)
Vikings are a weekly train wreck and face tough schedule over second half.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-8)
Bucs get the ‘Bullied’ Dolphins at home Monday night.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)
Jags didn’t lose last week with bye – get back into routine vs Titans this Sunday.

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