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College Football Final Rankings - Clemson & Alabama Hold Top Two

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College Football Final Rankings

Clemson & Alabama Hold Top Two Spots
Oklahoma & Michigan St. Complete Top Four

Team of Week - Michigan St.

Players of Week
Offense - RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford
Defense – LB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

Photo – RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Frank Coyle - scout

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Clemson - 13-0
2. Alabama - 12-1
3. Oklahoma - 12-1
4. Michigan St. - 12-1
5. Iowa - 12-1
6. Ohio St. - 11-1
7. Stanford - 11-2
8. Notre Dame - 10-2
9. Florida St - 10-2
10. North Carolina - 11-2
11. TCU - 10-2
12. Oklahoma St. - 10-2
13. Ole Miss - 9-3
14. Northwestern - 10-2
15. Michigan - 9-3
16. Oregon - 9-3
17. Baylor - 9-3
18. Florida - 10-3
19. Houston - 12-1
20. Navy - 9-2
21. Wisconsin - 9-3
22. Utah - 9-3
23. Temple -10-3
24. LSU - 8-3
25. USC - 8-5

The CFP Committee's Final Top 25 Ranking of 2015:
1 Clemson 13-0
2 Alabama 12-1
3 Michigan State 12-1
4 Oklahoma 11-1
5 Iowa 12-1
6 Stanford 11-2
7 Ohio State 11-1
8 Notre Dame 10-2
9 Florida State 10-2
10 North Carolina 11-2
11 TCU 10-2
12 Ole Miss 9-3
13 Northwestern 10-2
14 Michigan 9-3
15 Oregon 9-3
16 Oklahoma State 10-2
17 Baylor 9-3
18 Houston 12-1
19 Florida 10-3
20 LSU 8-3
21 Navy 9-2
22 Utah 9-3
23 Tennessee 8-4
24 Temple 10-3
25 USC 8-5

AP Top 25 Ranking
1 Clemson(51) 13-0 1510
2 Alabama(9) 12-1 1465
3 Michigan State(1) 12-1 1382
4 Oklahoma 11-1 1376
5 Stanford 11-2 1221
6 Iowa 12-1 1214
7 Ohio State 11-1 1208
8 Notre Dame 10-2 1070
9 Florida State 10-2 972
10 North Carolina 11-2 949
11 TCU 10-2 936
12 Northwestern 10-2 776
13 Oklahoma State 10-2 767
14 Houston 12-1 710
15 Oregon 9-3 685
16 Ole Miss 9-3 656
17 Michigan 9-3 578
18 Baylor 9-3 426
19 Florida 10-3 420
20 Utah 9-3 323
21 Navy 9-2 271
22 LSU 8-3 270
23 Wisconsin 9-3 197
24 Temple 10-3 94
25 Western Kentucky 11-2 70

Dropped from rankings: USC 24

Others receiving votes: Georgia 67, USC 57, BYU 28, Tennessee 23, San Diego State 22, Arkansas 20, Washington State 20, Memphis 10, Bowling Green 8, South Florida 8, Mississippi State 6, Toledo 4, UCLA 4, Arkansas State 2

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.

Top 25 Poll - Michigan St. & Oklahoma Score Key Conference Victories

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #13 Rankings
Clemson & Iowa Remain Undefeated
Michigan St. & Oklahoma Score Key Conference Victories

Team of Week - Oklahoma

Players of Week
Offense - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio St.
Defense - DE Joey Bosa - Ohio St.
Special Teams - RB/RS Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

Photo - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio St.

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Frank Coyle - scout

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Clemson - 12-0
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Oklahoma - 11-1
4. Iowa - 12-0
5. Michigan St. - 11-1
6. Ohio St. - 11-1
7. North Carolina - 11-1
8. Stanford – 10-2
9. Notre Dame - 10-2
10. Florida St - 10-2
11. Baylor - 9-2
12. Florida - 10-2
13. TCU - 10-2
14. Oklahoma St. - 10-2
15. Ole Miss - 9-3
16. Oregon - 9-3
17. Houston - 11-1
18. Northwestern - 10-2
19. Michigan - 9-3
20. Navy - 9-2
21. Wisconsin - 9-3
22. Utah - 9-3
23. Temple -10-2
24. LSU - 8-3
25. USC - 8-4

AP Top 25
Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Clemson(53) 12-0 1511
2 Alabama(8) 11-1 1469
3 Oklahoma 11-1 1367
4 Iowa 12-0 1345
5 Michigan State 11-1 1318
6 Ohio State 11-1 1197
7 Stanford 10-2 1137
8 North Carolina 11-1 1085
9 Notre Dame 10-2 1022
10 Florida State 10-2 951
11 TCU 10-2 927
12 Baylor 9-2 842
13 Northwestern 10-2 711
14 Oklahoma State 10-2 699
15 Oregon 9-3 616
16 Ole Miss 9-3 584
17 Houston 11-1 571
18 Florida 10-2 566
19 Michigan 9-3 518
20 Temple 10-2 269
21 Utah 9-3 244
22 Navy 9-2 206
23 LSU 8-3 199
24 USC 8-4 189
25 Wisconsin 9-3 124

Dropped from rankings: Washington State 20, UCLA 22, Mississippi State 23, Toledo 24

Others receiving votes: Georgia 47, Western Kentucky 24, BYU 20, Arkansas 17, South Florida 9, Memphis 9, Tennessee 9, Washington State 8, UCLA 4, Mississippi State 4, San Diego State 3, Arkansas State 2, Toledo 1, West Virginia 1

Coaches Poll
Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Clemson(52) 12-0 1558
2 Alabama(8) 11-1 1508
3 Iowa(1) 12-0 1412
4 Oklahoma(2) 11-1 1408
5 Michigan State 11-1 1350
6 Ohio State 11-1 1252
7 Stanford 10-2 1155
8 North Carolina 11-1 1107
9 Florida State 10-2 1054
10 Notre Dame 10-2 994
11 TCU 10-2 931
12 Baylor 9-2 836
13 Northwestern 10-2 768
14 Oklahoma State 10-2 688
15 Florida 10-2 655
16 Oregon 9-3 634
17 Ole Miss 9-3 595
18 Houston 11-1 526
19 Michigan 9-3 515
20 Utah 9-3 287
21 Temple 10-2 276
22 Navy 9-2 223
23 LSU 8-3 207
24 USC 8-4 164
25 Wisconsin 9-3 148

Dropped from rankings: Washington State 20, Mississippi State 22, UCLA 23

Others receiving votes: Georgia 82, Western Kentucky 22, UCLA 20, San Diego State 14, Memphis 14, BYU 13, Washington State 13, Mississippi State 9, Tennessee 8, West Virginia 8, Arkansas State 7, Toledo 6, Appalachian State 5, Texas A&M 2, Bowling Green 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.

Patriots Face Broncos in AFC Showdown - NFL Power Poll - Week 12

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 12 –
Patriots Face Broncos in AFC Showdown

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Jameis Winston - Bucs

Defensive Player - CB Kevin Johnson - Texans

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - RB Doug Martin - Bucs

Defensive Player - DE J.J. Watt - Texans
Special Teams Player - PK Adam Vinatieri - Colts

Photo - DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Team of Week 11 - Packers
Matchup of Week 12 – New England (10-0) at Denver (8-2)

Rank / Team / Record

1. New England Patriots (10-0)
Patriots set for road contest with Broncos but no Brady vs Manning showdown this time.

2. Carolina Panthers (10-0)
The Panthers behind Cam Newton hope to rise thru the critical gamess.

3. Arizona Cardinals (8-2)
QB Carson Palmer got it done vs Bengals and Seahawks over recent weeks.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)
The Bengals’ fell for the second week in a row vs playoff caliber clubs.

5. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
Packers ended their three game losing streak with big win over the Vikings.

6. Denver Broncos (8-2)
Broncos’ etched out a win without an injured Peyton Manning and prepare for unbeaten Patriots.

7. Minnesota Vikings (7-3)
Vikings get bounced by the balanced Packers to tie for the NFL North entering the stretch run.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)
Steelers’ travel to Seattle in a critical matchup for their chances for an AFC playoff berth.

9. New York Giants (5-5)
GMen come off their bye week with key East matchup with Redskins for division leadership.

10. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Falcons’ lost their 4th in 5 games vs the Colts and host the Vikings in a key NFC battle with playoff ramifications.

11. Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
The Seahawks host the Steelers in a matchup with a major effect on both conference playoff races.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (5-5)
Chiefs won their 4th game in a row after a five game losing streak and look to press for Wild card berth if they continue vs the Bill this week.

13. Buffalo Bills (5-5)
The Bills lost a tough game vs the Patriots and face a must win type situation in Kansas City.

14. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
The Colts are staying alive behind QB Matt Hasselbeck with key contest with Bucs this Sunday.

15. Houston Texans (5-5)
Texans find to gut out wins behind a dominant JJ Watt.

16. Tampa Bay Bucs (5-5)
Bucs are one of this year’s surprise clubs behind rookie QB Jameis Winston with key game in Indy this Sunday.

17. New York Jets (5-5)
The Jets have suffered two losses in a row and face a must win situation with Dolphins coming to town.

18. Washington Redskins (4-6)
The Skins have quietly stay in the playoff hunt behind QB Kirk Cousins and prepare for critical East battle with GMen coming to the capital.

19. Oakland Raiders (4-6)
The Raiders have lost two in a row and need a victory in Tennessee to stay in the playoff hunt.

20. St. Louis Rams (4-6)
The Rams’ continue to fade with a terrible loss to the Ravens that creates must win situation vs Bengals this week.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
Eagles got bombed by the Bucs that leave key questions about HC Chip Kelly’s future here.

22. Miami Dolphins (4-6)
The inconsistent Dolphins need to show vs the Jets if they expect to extent their season.

23. New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Saints had two weeks to prepare for the Texans with a new DC after recent blowups.

24. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
Cowboys ended their seven game losing streak with Tony Romo back, but face a key must win situation with Panthers coming in on Turkey day.

25. Chicago Bears (4-6)
The Bears are competitive weekly, but must show they can win a few key matchups like the Thanksgiving contest in Green Bay tonight.

26. Baltimore Ravens (3-7)
The Ravens lost QB Joe Flacco for the season with a knee injury and most likely playing out the string the rest of the way.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)
The Jaguars host the Chargers with 10 days rest and could press the .500 mark by seasons’ end.

28. San Diego Chargers (2-8)
Chargers have caved in this season and will probably undergo major offseason changes.

29. Detroit Lions (3-7)
Lions are showing some life after a horrible first half of the season.

30. San Francisco 49ers (3-7)
The 49ers lack the firepower to compete for the playoffs currently in the tough NFC West.

31. Cleveland Browns (2-8)
Browns will have to go back to the drawing board at QB after Johnny Manziel takes a disappointing step back.

32. Tennessee Titans (2-8)
The Titans are just a lousy football team currently.

College Football Playoff Rankings - Week 4 - Oklahoma & Iowa Join Top 4

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College Football Playoff Rankings - Week 4

Clemson & Alabama Hold Top Two Rankings
Iowa & Oklahoma Jump Into Top Four
Notre Dame & Ohio St. Fall From Top Four

Team of Week - Michigan St.

Players of Week
Offense - QB Vernon Adams - Oregon
Defense – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.
Special Teams - PK Michael Geiger - Michigan St.

Photo – RB Samaje Perine - Oklahoma

College Football Playoff – Week 4
Clemson and Alabama remain the top two ranked teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25. They were joined in the top four by Oklahoma and Iowa, two teams that continue to rise up the charts with key victories.

Oklahoma has won six games in a row since its lone loss Oct. 10 to Texas. The Sooners have beaten then #18 TCU and then #6 and unbeaten Baylor in the past two weeks with the Baylor victory coming in Waco, Texas. The back to back Big 12 wins moves the Sooners from #7 to #3.

Selection committee chairman Jeff Long said of the Sooners' jump from No. 7, "They've done that over the last two weeks, so we think adding that to their body of work really propelled them to that top three spot."

Clemson and Alabama have been ranked 1 and 2, respectively, for three consecutive weeks. Other than Clemson, which Long termed as "solidly in the No. 1 spot," Iowa is the lone unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Michigan State moved to up into the Playoff field following its 17-14 win at Ohio St, the Buckeyes' first loss in 23 games. Michigan State was ninth last week.

Last week's top four were Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Ohio State fell five places this week to No. 8, just behind Baylor and just ahead of two-loss Stanford. Notre Dame has a chance to improve its Playoff case this Saturday night when it faces Stanford in Palo Alto. Oklahoma can reinforce its position at the same time Saturday when it faces Oklahoma St, the Playoff committee's No. 11 team, in Stillwater. The Bedlam Bowl game, Oklahoma vs Oklahoma St takes on significant impact that will have major ramifications in the final Top four rankings.

The CFP Committee's 4th Top 25 Ranking of 2015:
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Iowa
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
7. Baylor
8. Ohio State
9. Stanford
10. Michigan
11. Oklahoma State
12. Florida
13. Florida State
14. North Carolina
15. Navy
16. Northwestern
17. Oregon
18. Mississippi
19. TCU
20. Washington State
21. Mississippi State
22. UCLA
23. Utah
24. Toledo
25. Temple

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.

Clemson & Iowa Stand Alone Undefeated - Top 25 Poll

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #12 Rankings
Clemson & Iowa Stand Alone Undefeated
Michigan St. & Oklahoma Continue to Rise Up Ranks

Team of Week - Michigan St.

Players of Week
Offense - QB Vernon Adams - Oregon
Defense – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.
Special Teams - PK Michael Geiger - Michigan St.

Photo – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Frank Coyle - scout

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Clemson - 11-0
2. Alabama - 10-1
3. Notre Dame - 10-1
4. Iowa - 11-0
5. Michigan St. - 10-1
6. Oklahoma - 10-1
7. Florida - 10-1
8. Ohio St. - 10-1
9. Baylor - 9-1
10. Oklahoma St. - 10-1
11. North Carolina - 10-1
12. Stanford - 9-2
13. Michigan - 9-2
14. Florida St - 9-2
15. TCU - 9-2
16. Navy - 9-1
17. Wisconsin - 8-2
18. Northwestern - 9-2
19. Ole Miss - 8-3
20. Houston - 10-1
21. Oregon - 8-3
22. UCLA - 7-3
23. Washington St. - 8-3
24. Utah - 8-3
25. Miss St. - 8-3

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Clemson(55) 11-0 1518
2 Alabama(6) 10-1 1469
3 Iowa 11-0 1325
4 Notre Dame 10-1 1317
5 Oklahoma 10-1 1295
6 Michigan State 10-1 1286
7 Baylor 9-1 1161
8 Ohio State 10-1 1051
9 Oklahoma State 10-1 995
10 Florida 10-1 926
11 North Carolina 10-1 900
12 Michigan 9-2 855
13 Stanford 9-2 816
14 Florida State 9-2 680
15 TCU 9-2 652
16 Navy 9-1 647
17 Northwestern 9-2 593
18 Oregon 8-3 470
19 Ole Miss 8-3 358
20 Washington State 8-3 354
21 Houston 10-1 275
22 UCLA 8-3 230
23 Mississippi State 8-3 132
24 Toledo 9-1 123
25 Temple 9-2 107

Dropped from rankings: LSU 17, Utah 18, Wisconsin 21, USC 22

Others receiving votes: Utah 100, Pittsburgh 60, LSU 33, Texas A&M 27, Wisconsin 21, Air Force 15, USC 8, Arkansas 7, Western Kentucky 6, Georgia 5, BYU 3, Tennessee 2, Arkansas State 1, West Virginia 1, South Florida 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Clemson(58) 11-0 1590
2 Alabama(5) 10-1 1531
3 Iowa(1) 11-0 1419
4 Notre Dame 10-1 1373
5 Oklahoma 10-1 1364
6 Michigan State 10-1 1302
7 Baylor 9-1 1201
8 Ohio State 10-1 1138
9 Florida 10-1 1047
10 Oklahoma State 10-1 956
11 North Carolina 10-1 929
12 Stanford 9-2 881
Michigan 9-2 881
14 Florida State 9-2 783
15 Navy 9-1 674
16 TCU 9-2 626
17 Northwestern 9-2 569
18 Oregon 8-3 482
19 Ole Miss 8-3 383
20 Washington State 8-3 327
21 Houston 10-1 256
22 Mississippi State 8-3 230
23 UCLA 8-3 224
24 Temple 9-2 116
25 Utah 8-3 101

Dropped from rankings: LSU 17, Wisconsin 20, USC 24

Others receiving votes: LSU 82, Toledo 69, Wisconsin 58, Texas A&M 54, Pittsburgh 46, Georgia 34, USC 27, Western Kentucky 12, Arkansas 7, West Virginia 6, Air Force 6, BYU 5, Bowling Green 5, San Diego State 3, Appalachian State 2, Arkansas State 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.

2015 Outland Trophy Semifinalists Named

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Outland Trophy Semifinalists Named
Six Standout Linemen Lauded by FWAA

OMAHA (FWAA) – Six semifinalists for the 2015 Outland Trophy – five offensive linemen and one defensive tackle – were announced on Thursday night during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call of its 2015 All-America Committee, has determined the following six players as semifinalists for the award, in alphabetical order: Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Stanford offensive guard Joshua Garnett, Alabama center Ryan Kelly, Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs and Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.

Photo – DT A’Shawn Robinson - Alabama

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 players early next week. Those finalists will be announced the evening of Nov. 24 on ESPNU at 5 p.m. ET during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special. The winner of the 70th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Dec. 10 from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards, for the first time live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Outland Trophy Semifinalists:

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor (6-6, 320, Sr., Cedar Park, Texas):
An Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2014, Drango has 44 career starts for the powerful Bears offense. He is also a William V. Campbell Trophy finalist (top academic player). The veteran Baylor offensive lineman has allowed just 11 sacks in nine games. He is in his fourth season as a starting left tackle for an offense that is currently on pace to break FBS records for scoring in a season and total yards gained per game. The Baylor offense is No. 1 in scoring and fifth in rushing this season in the FBS and Drango is the unquestioned leader on the line.

Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford (6-5, 321, Sr., Puyallup, Wash.):
A veteran guard who has been a dominant run blocker for the Cardinal, which has scored 30 points in each of its past nine games. He has started 25 straight games for Stanford, which has rushed for at least 100 yards in 44 of its last 47 games. A team captain, Garnett is a great finisher of blocks and through eight games had 64 “pancakes.” He has helped Stanford win the time of possession battle in 15 of the last 16 games with consistent line play. Stanford is 16th in the FBS in rushing offense and 22nd in scoring.

Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama (6-5, 297, Sr., West Chester, Ohio):
A William V. Campbell Trophy (top academic player) semifinalist, Kelly is the leader of Alabama's offensive line, which paves the way for Heisman Trophy candidate running back Derrick Henry. Kelly, a third-year starter at center and captain, was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week after Alabama's 30-16 victory over LSU in which the Tide gained 250 yards rushing. In that game, Kelly graded out at 92 percent. He also was one of the Alabama coaches' offensive players of the game against Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU.

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (6-4, 312, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas):
A talented defender on the Crimson Tide's line who has been one of the Alabama coaches' defensive players of the game five times this season. He set the tone in the Crimson Tide's 31-6 victory at Mississippi State last week with 2.5 sacks. He leads the team with eight quarterback hurries and has made a career-high 34 tackles this season, including seven tackles for 23 yards in losses. In addition, he has broken up two passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick.

Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (6-7, 305, Sr., Elkhart, Ind.):
In his senior season for the Hoosiers, he has allowed just two sacks in 365 called pass plays. He has started in 44 of 45 career games and has 56 pancakes in 805 snaps this season. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in total offense, are second in passing offense, third in rushing offense and fourth in scoring offense.

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (6-5, 315, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.):
Considered a top NFL prospect for a team that is 23rd in the nation in rushing offense and 30th in scoring. Stanley has started every game this season at left tackle and has started 36 straight games overall for the Fighting Irish, whose only loss this season came at now top-ranked Clemson, 24-22.

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America 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 19th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha. The official 2015 Outland Trophy presentation to the winner will be on Jan. 14, 2016, at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, former Maryland defensive lineman Randy White will receive an Outland Trophy. He was the 1974 winner of the award, before trophies were handed out by the FWAA. The former Dallas Cowboys star is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

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 22 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

Celebrating its 75th season, the Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization, 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 game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

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.

2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists Announced

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2015 Bronko Nagurski Finalists announced
Winner announced Dec. 7 in Charlotte, N.C.

DALLAS (FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced on Thursday 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: Duke safety Jeremy Cash, Clemson end Shaq Lawson, Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich, Penn State end Carl Nassib and Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland.

Photo - LB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

The winner will be announced Dec. 7 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet sponsored by ACN at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will give the keynote address. This year's banquet marks the 21st anniversary of the event being held in Charlotte.

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 recipient is Ohio State linebacker Randy Gradishar, a member of the 1973 FWAA All-America team and a College Football Hall of Famer and former All-Pro for the Denver Broncos.

The award is named after the legendary Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at the University of 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.

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 after a game-winning touchdown run.

The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since the 1993 season. Of the five schools represented among the finalists, only Clemson has had a previous winner, Da'Quan Bowers in 2010. While Alabama and Penn State have had finalists for the award before, these are first-time Bronko Nagurski finalists for both Duke and Temple. Alabama has a finalist for a fifth straight year.

Five 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists - selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:
Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (6-2, 210, Sr., Miami, Fla.):
A second-team FWAA All-America selection last season, Cash has come back strong in 2015 and is tied for third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles per game at 8.8. He also is the only defensive back in the Top 100 in FBS in tackles for loss per game and is second in the country behind Penn State end Carl Nassib with 17.5 (79 yards in losses). In addition, Cash has broken up three passes, recovered one fumble, registered eight quarterback hurries and forced three fumbles. His coach David Cutcliffe says: "I don't know if there is a better defensive player from a production standpoint in the country."

Shaq Lawson, E, Clemson (6-3, 270, Jr., Central, S.C.):
The big-play tackler for the nation's top-ranked team in the CFP poll, Lawson is one of the strongest players in college football and is a standout against the run. He has 16.5 tackles for loss, which is among the Top 10 in the country. He has also broken up a pass and made 12 quarterback hurries. In the victory over Notre Dame he had 3.5 tackles for loss when he was matched up against Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, a clear victory for Lawson.

Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple (6-1, 232, Sr., Stratford, Conn.):
The current career leader in tackles in the FBS is on target to record more than 100 total tackles in each of his four seasons at Temple. He is the first first-team defensive All-American in school history and is the only player in the FBS to lead his team (8-2 overall) in tackles every game this season. He leads all FBS linebackers with five interceptions (47 return yards) and he has 11.5 tackles for 56 yards in losses, including four sacks for 25 yards in losses.

Carl Nassib, E, Penn State (6-7, 272, Sr., West Chester, Pa.):
A former preferred walk-on at Penn State, Nassib has added weight and strength to become one of college football's best defenders. His coach James Franklin describes him as "big, long, explosive, athletic." Nassib leads the FBS in sacks (15.5), tackles for loss (19.5) and forced fumbles (6). He has recorded at least one sack in each game this season and has five multi-sack games in 2015. He is one forced fumble away from tying the school record.

Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama (6-2, 252, Sr., Madison, Ala.):
Very active off the field in community service, Ragland, a team captain, has a team-leading 82 tackles. He has 5.5 tackles for 20 yards in losses, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. He has led the team in tackles in six of the Crimson Tide's 10 games. Alabama's defense, after giving up 43 points in a loss to Ole Miss, has been stellar as opponents have averaged just 11.8 points a game in the last seven contests, all Alabama victories.

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

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