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Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Top Maxwell Semifinalists

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Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Head Maxwell Award Semifinalists

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2016 Semifinalists for the 80th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. The respective list includes a field of 18 candidates for the Maxwell Award selected by the Maxwell Football Club Selection Committee.

Photo – QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

A very strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every Power Five FBS conference as well two student-athletes each from Alabama and Oklahoma. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey are returners from last year's semifinalist list.

Last season, the Maxwell Award was presented to University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry. Henry was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft 2016.

2016 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:
Name/Position/School/Year

Jonathan Allen DE Alabama - Senior
Jalen Hurts QB Alabama - Freshman
Deshaun Watson QB Clemson - Junior
Dalvin Cook RB Florida State - Junior
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville - Sophomore
Leonard Fournette RB LSU - Junior
Jabrill Peppers ATH Michigan - Sophomore
Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina - Junior
J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State - Junior
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma - Senior
Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma - Senior
Saquon Barkley RB Penn State - Sophomore
Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State - Senior
Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford - Junior
Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M - Senior
Patrick Mahomes II QB Texas Tech - Junior
Jake Browning QB Washington - Sophomore
Luke Falk QB Washington State - Junior

Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday November 1st and will close on November 21st. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 22, 2016 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The winners of the 80th Maxwell Award Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on December 8, 2016.

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 9 - Patriots Move to #1 Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 9

Patriots Move to #1 Off Strong Tom Brady Performance

Team of the Week - Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Player of Week QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of Week CB Bradley Roby - Broncos

Rookie of Week -RB Jordan Howard - Bears

Photo - Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #10 – Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at NY Giants (4-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 - 7-1 - PATRIOTS

#2 - 6-1 - COWBOYS

#3 - 6-2 - BRONCOS

#4 - 5-2 - VIKINGS

#5 - 4-2-1 - SEAHAWKS

#6 - 5-3 - FALCONS

#7 - 6-2 - RAIDERS

#8 - 4-3 - PACKERS

#9 - 4-3 - EAGLES

#10 - 4-3-1 - REDSKINS

#11 - 4-3 - GIANTS

#12 - 5-2 -CHIEFS

#13 - 4-3 - STEELERS

#14 - 4-4 - BILLS

#15 - 4-4 - LIONS

#16 - 3-5 - CHARGERS

#17 - 5-3 - TEXANS

#18 - 3-4-1 - BENGALS

#19 - 3-4 - RAVENS

#20 - 3-4 - RAMS

#21 - 4-4 - TITANS

#22 - 3-4-1 - CARDINALS

#23 - 3-5 - COLTS

#24 - 3-4 - DOLPHINS

#25 - 3-5 - JETS

#26 - 3-4 - SAINTS

#27 - 2-5 - PANTHERS

#28 - 3-4 - BUCCANEERS

#29 - 2-5 - JAGUARS

#30 - 2-6 - BEARS

#31 - 1-6 - 49ers

#32 - 0-8 - BROWNS

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

College Football Playoff Annouces First Top 25 Rankings

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CFP Announces 1st Top 25 Rankings
Washington Omitted From Top Four Teams

Alabama is No. 1, Clemson No. 2, Michigan No. 3 and Texas A&M is No. 4.
The committee will prepare five more rankings this season, including the final set on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

Photo - TE O.J. Howard - Alabama

The Top 25 Teams voted on by the CFP Committee
1. Alabama (8-0)
2. Clemson (8-0)
3. Michigan (8-0)
4. Texas A&M (7-1)
5. Washington (8-0)
6. Ohio State (7-1)
7. Louisville (7-1)
8. Wisconsin (6-2)
9. Auburn (6-2)
10. Nebraska (7-1)
11. Florida (6-1)
12. Penn State (6-2)
13. LSU (5-2)
14. Oklahoma (6-2)
15. Colorado (6-2)
16. Utah (7-2)
17. Baylor (6-1)
18. Oklahoma State (6-2)
19. Virginia Tech (6-2)
20. West Virginia (6-1)
21. North Carolina (6-2)
22. Florida State (5-3)
23. Western Michigan (8-0)
24. Boise State (7-1)
25. Washington State (6-2)

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2016 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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 & Ohio St Place Two Backers on Butkus Semi Finalist List

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Butkus Award 2016 Collegiate Semi-Finalists
Alabama & Ohio St Place Two Backers on the Butkus Semi Finalist List

Photo – Kendall Beckwith - LSU

Ohio State linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker were today named semifinalists for the Bukus Award, presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker by the Butkus Foundation of Chicago. A total of 12 players were named semifinalists.

McMillan, one of three finalists for the Butkus Award last year as a sophomore, was the 2013 high school winner of this award. He leads the Buckeyes in tackles with 51. The quarterback of the defense also has three pass break-ups, a forced fumble, quarterback hurry and 2.5 TFLs. He is from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School. McMillan and Baker are part of an Ohio State defense that ranks 6th nationally in total defense, 6th in scoring defense and 3rd in pass def. efficiency.

Butkus Award 2016 Collegiate Semi-Finalists
Ryan Anderson - Alabama
Jerome Baker - Ohio State
Kendall Beckwith - LSU
Jack Cichy* - Wisconsin
Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt
Jarrad Davis - Florida
Reuben Foster - Alabama
Malik Jefferson - Texas
Josey Jewell - Iowa
Micah Kiser - Virginia
Raekwon McMillan - Ohio State
Azeem Victor - Washington

* Selectors noted that Jack Cichy’s performance to date qualifies him as a semi-finalist but an injury will likely will keep him off the field for the remainder of the season.

Instituted in 1985, The Butkus Award® is one of the elite individual honors in college football. In 2008, The Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, took stewardship of the award to fully realize the original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community while honoring the nation’s best high school, college, and professional linebackers. An independent Butkus Award Selection Committee comprised of 51 experts, including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists, conduct the selection process.

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 Faces LSU In SEC West Battle - Top Four Teams Remain Undefeated & Strong Contenders For First CFP Rankings

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College Football Monday - Week 10
Bama Travels to Baton Rouge to Face LSU Tigers
Top Four Teams Remain Undefeated & Strong Contenders For First CFP Rankings

Team of Week - Washington

Offensive Player of Week - RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
Defensive Player of Week - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

Upcoming Weekly Matchups
Alabama at LSU, Nebraska at Ohio St & Wisconsin at Northwestern in major Matchups

Four clubs fell from the unbeaten ranks, Nebraska, Baylor, West Virginia and Boise St on Saturday reducing the number to five perfect teams entering November. Alabama, Washington, Michigan and Clemson have a strong case to be in the first CFP final four this Tuesday night. They face the teeth of their schedule through November prior to conference title games, but this group as separated themselves from the other top 25 clubs on more impressive victories on a weekly basis. Alabama faces one of their most difficult tasks this week when they travel to Baton Rouge to face their arch rivals, the LSU Tigers. Alabama has dominated LSU winning the last four matchups with a couple of beatings including a 30-16 bashing last season on the Tide's way to another national title.

Both LSU and Alabama scheduled their bye week prior to this matchup to have plenty of time to prepare and heal minor injuries. The Tigers view this as a major test to return to SEC and national prominence after a fall from grace in recent seasons despite 8 to 10 games annually. The slide cost HC Les Miles his job earlier this season which is the nature of college football programs for elite clubs that fail to return to the final four competition.

In an upcoming week with few top matchups, the Alabama /LSU clash will get heavy national attention and probably the biggest TV viewership. The Bama defense rarely allows a top runner to control the game and have effectively loaded the box vs LSU star Leonard Fournette over his career. The Tiger’s QB play continues to be their weak point annually with a consistency that comes up short in big crutch situations. The physical Bama defense plays a disciplined style that controls the line of scrimmage and forces an offense to beat them with their second tier players.

With a win Saturday, Bama would take a strong hold on the SEC West where they already have a victory over Texas A&M. They face the revitalized Auburn (5-2) Tigers who are 4-1 in conference play on Nov. 26th to complete the regular season prior to any national title defense. Their strong point lead as the #1 team in the nation will make it hard to eliminate them from the final four unless they fall to both LSU and Auburn. They prepare for the final push to repeat as national champions with an impressive current 20 game winning streak dating back to last midseason. A LSU victory would be their biggest win in years and return them to SEC status. They could easily move back into the top ten with a good chance for a top bowl game invitation.

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

Top Four Clubs Unbeaten - Bama #1 - Football Playoff Committee 1st Rankings Tuesday

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 10 - Oct. 30

Team of Week - Washington

Offensive Player of Week - RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
Defensive Player of Week - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Photo - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington remain unbeaten and are ranked as the top four teams in the new Top 25 college football polls. Alabama had a bye last weekend to get ready for their matchup with LSU Saturday and continues to dominate the #1 voting. Nebraska, Baylor, West Virginia and Boise St. all fell from the unbeatens and rearranged the top ten rankings. The losses by Baylor and West Virginia left the Big 12 without a top-10 team for the first time in the conference history that started in 1996.

This Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff selection committee unveils its first rankings of the season. Alabama is #1, receiving all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel. Michigan received one first-place vote after beating state rival, Michigan St. on Saturday. Both #3 Clemson and #4 Washington won road games against ranked teams Saturday.

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

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

1 Alabama (60) - 8-0 - 1524
2 Michigan (1) - 8-0 - 1435
3 Clemson - 8-0 - 1401
4 Washington - 8-0 - 1369
5 Louisville - 7-1 - 1262
6 Ohio State - 7-1 - 1207
7 Texas A&M - 7-1 - 1150
8 Wisconsin - 6-2 - 1122
9 Nebraska - 7-1 - 951
10 Florida - 6-1 - 929
11 Auburn - 6-2 - 927
12 Oklahoma - 6-2 - 835
13 Baylor - 6-1 - 693
14 West Virginia - 6-1 - 620
15 LSU - 5-2 - 586
16 Utah - 7-2 - 506
17 Western Michigan - 8-0 - 481
18 North Carolina - 6-2 - 423
19 Florida State - 5-3 - 409
20 Penn State - 6-2 - 390
21 Colorado - 6-2 - 375
22 Oklahoma State - 6-2 - 355
23 Virginia Tech - 6-2 - 345
24 Boise State - 7-1 - 203
25 Washington State - 6-2 - 139

Dropped from rankings: Tennessee 18, Navy 22

Others receiving votes: Houston 65, USC 40, San Diego State 21, Troy 20, Tennessee 17, South Florida 10, Arkansas 7, Wyoming 5, Tulsa 3

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

Giant's Rookie Wideout Sterling Shepard - Draft Insiders' 2016 Yearbook Scouting and Review Reports

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Draft Insiders’ 2016 Yearbook Scouting and Review Reports - WR Sterling Shepard

Giants selected Sterling Shepard in the 2nd round and he has become a fine addition to their passing game as both a wideout and slot receiver. He has flashed playmaking ability opposite star Odell Beckham and is poised to play an even bigger role over the second half of his rookie season.

Draft Insiders’ NFL Draft Review ’16 – June
On the 2nd round, they chose wideout Sterling Shepard, a quick fast receiver with excellent hands and run after the catch abilities. He is a perfect fit here with playmakers needed opposite Odell Beckham, especially with vet Victor Cruz still unproven after missing 26 games with injuries. Shepard is highly developed playmaker who can step in immediately and provide an impact. He was an excellent addition who addressed a high pressing need with only marginal depth on the unit.

Photo – WR Sterling Shepard - Giants

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report
WR Sterling Shepard #3 - 5-10, 195 - Oklahoma - Sp. 4.35 Rating 85
Hindu Theory: Antonio Brown

Tough, talented senior was an all-around go-to receiver for the Sooners usually lining up in the slot. Second generation Sooner, as his late father, Derrick Shepard played wide receiver there in the 1980s. His father was a good player, but Sterling has a chance to be an elite pro, after being one the top wide receivers in school history. Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award, named 1st Team All-American by DraftInsiders.com and ESPN.com as well as 2nd Team All-American by CBS Sports. Also earned an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he earned Practice Player of the Week award among wide receivers. Displays outstanding initial quickness off the line at the snap. Reaches top speed in a flash. Makes crisp, sharp cuts without gearing down or needing to adjust speed. Able to run every route expected of wide receivers with fine precision. Outstanding hands. Able to pluck the ball away from the frame of his body. Fine leaping ability and is able to extend and high point the ball. Contorts his body in midair to adjust to errant passes with apparent ease. Also readily gets down low to scoop in passes at shoe top level. Fearless working across the middle in heavy traffic. Often able to make those catches and still avoid a big hit. Deceptive deep speed. Able to use subtle moves or changes of speed to separate and get over the top of a defender in a flash. Offers a significant level of experience as a punt returner, though was not overly dynamic in that role. Lateral and initial quickness makes it a risky proposition to cover him in press. More quick than he is blazing fast, and somewhat smaller than ideal.
The Numbers: As a senior, he caught 86 passes for 1288 yards for a 15 average and 11 TDs while starting 13 games and earning first team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started all 12 games and had 51 catches for 970 yards with 5 TDs with Big 12 honors. Over his career, he totaled 233 receptions for 3482 yards a 14.9 yard average and 6 TDs. Also ran the ball 17 times for 120 yards and 1 score. Returned 30 punts for his career, for 221 yards, no scores and a 7.3 average. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 194 lbs. and did 20 reps. He ran 4.43 time with a fast 1.55 ten-yard split. He had a 41” VL and 10’3” BJ with a 4.35 short shuttle and 7.0 three cone. He was quick and explosive in the positional drills.
The Skinny: Undervalued highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. He is similar to Antonio Brown in speed, quickness, body type, AA and development. Though he is pure deep threat, he can be sneaky quick and make big plays. With some development, he can start with early time in three wideout sets. Rising top 75 prospect. Could easily go as early as the late 2nd round. Solid addition with the tools to start as a rookie in the right situation. Underrated value and playmaker to be a nice steal on mid-2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

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