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DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-American Team - Player Awards Voting

DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-American Team

Offensive Player of the Year
QB Andrew Luck – Stanford - Jr

Defensive Player of the Year
CB Tyrann Mathieu – LSU – Soph

Photo - WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame

Offensive Freshman of the Year
WR Sammy Watkins – Clemson

Defensive Freshman of the Year
DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina

Coach of the Year
Brady Hoke – Michigan (1st season)

DraftInsiders.com All- American Team

Offensive Team
QB Andrew Luck - Jr. - Stanford
RB Trent Richardson - Jr. - Alabama
RB Montee Ball - Jr. - Wisconsin
WR Justin Blackmon - Jr. - Oklahoma St
WR Michael Floyd - Sr. - Notre Dame
WR Robert Woods - Soph. - Southern Cal
TE Coby Fleener - Sr. - Stanford
OT Matt Kalil - Jr. - USC
OT Jonathan Martin - Jr. - Stanford
OG David DeCastro - Jr. - Stanford
OG Barrett Jones - Jr. - Alabama
OC Peter Konz - Jr. - Wisconsin
PK - Carson Wiggs - Sr. - Purdue
KOR - T.Y. Hilton - Sr. - Florida International

Frank Coyle's Individual Player Voting 2011 Season
Heisman Trophy Vote - QB Andrew Luck - Stanford
Jim Thorpe Vote - CB Morris Claiborne - LSU
Nagurski Vote - CB Morris Claiborne - LSU
Lombardi Vote - OT Matt Kalil - Southern Cal
Outland Vote - OT Jonathan Martin - Stanford

Defensive Team
DE Melvin Ingram - Sr. - South Carolina
DT Brandon Thompson - Sr. - Clemson
DT Fletcher Cox - Jr. - Mississippi St.
DE Whitney Mercilus - Jr. - Illinois
LB Brandon Lindsey - Sr. - Pittsburgh
LB Jarvis Jones - Soph. - Georgia
LB Luke Kuechly - Jr. - Boston College
LB Courtney Upshaw - Sr. - Alabama
CB Tyrann Mathieu - Soph. - LSU
CB Morris Claiborne - Jr. - LSU
CB Brandon Boykin - Jr. - Georgia
S Mark Barron - Sr. - Alabama
S T.J. McDonald - Jr. - Southern Cal
P Drew Butler - Sr. - Georgia
PR Joe Adams - Sr. Arkansas

LSU Wins SEC Title Game – Faces Alabama for #1 in BCS Championship Game

LSU Wins SEC Title Game – Faces Alabama in BCS Championship Game
Polls - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. This is the final weekly regular season poll. We will have a final postseason poll after BCS title game.
Dec. 6

Team of the Week – LSU

Offensive Player of the Week - RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin

Defensive Player of the Week - CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

Photo – Tyrann Mathieus - LSU

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (13-0)
2. Alabama (11-1)
3. Stanford (11-1)
4. Oklahoma St (11-1)
5. Southern Cal (10-2)
6. Oregon (11-2)
7. Arkansas (10-2)
8. Boise St (11-1)
9. South Carolina (10-2)
10. Wisconsin (11-2)
11. Michigan (10-2)
12. Kansas St (10-2)
13. Clemson (10-3)
14. Michigan St (10-3)
15. Texas Christian (10-2)
16. Virginia Tech (11-2)
17. Georgia (10-3)
18. Baylor (9-3)
19. Oklahoma (9-3)
20. Southern Miss (11-2)
21. Houston (12-1)
22. Nebraska (9-3)
23. West Virginia (9-3)
24. Cincinnati (9-3)
25. Penn St (9-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W - L / Previous

1. LSU - 13 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 11 - 1 / 2
3. Oklahoma St - 11 - 1 / 3
4. Stanford - 11 - 1 / 4
5. Southern Cal - 10-2 / 9
6. Oregon - 11 - 2 / 8
7. Arkansas - 10 - 2 / 6
8. Boise St. - 11 - 1 / 9
9. Wisconsin - 11-2 / 15
10. South Carolina - 10 - 2 / 14
11. Kansas St. - 10 -2 / 16
12. Michigan St - 10-2 / 11
13 Michigan - 10 - 3 / 17
14. Clemson - 10 - 3 / 21
15. Baylor - 9-3 / 19
16. Texas Christian - 10-2 / 18
17. Virginia Tech - 11 - 2 / 5
18. Georgia - 10-3 / 12
19. Oklahoma - 9 - 3 / 13
20. Houston - 12 - 1 / 7
21. Nebraska - 9 -3 / 20
22. Southern Miss - 11-2 / 24
23. West Virginia - 9-3 / 22
24. Penn St - 9-3 / 23
25. Florida St - 8-4 / 25

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank / Team (first-place votes) / Record

1. LSU (59) - 13-0
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Oklahoma St - 11-1
4. Stanford - 11-1
5. Oregon - 11-2
6. Boise St - 11-1
7. Arkansas - 10-2
8. Wisconsin - 11-2
9. South Carolina - 10-2
10. Kansas St - 10-2
11. Virginia Tech - 11-1
12. Michigan - 10-2
13. Michigan St. - 10-3
14. Clemson - 10-3
15. Texas Christian - 10-2
16. Baylor - 9-3
17. Houston - 12-1
18. Georgia - 10-3
19. Oklahoma - 9-3
20. Nebraska - 9-3
21. Southern Miss - 11-2
22. West Virginia - 9-3
23. Penn St - 9-3
24. Cincinnati (9-3)
25. Florida St - 8-4

Heisman Trophy Committee Names Five Finalists

Heisman Trophy Finalists

Photo – RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin

On behalf of the Heisman Trophy Trust, 1995 Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George announced the finalists for the 77th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy on ESPN's SportsCenter.

The five finalists for this year's award are University of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Baylor University QB Robert Griffin III, Stanford University QB Andrew Luck, Louisiana St University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, and University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Frank Coyle is a long time voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years, He will publish this year's voting record this week to Email subscribers.

All five finalists will be invited to New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement this Saturday, December 10, which will air on ESPN at 8pm EST presented by Nissan North America. For the fourth straight year, two Heisman finalists will face each other in the BCS National Championship Game as Tyrann Mathieu will go up against Trent Richardson on January 9, 2012.

Montee Ball is leading the nation with 1,759 rushing yards as well as 32 rushing touchdowns for Wisconsin. He holds second place all-time at UW with 60 career touchdowns and 54 career rushing touchdowns. He has the opportunity to join two other Badgers in this elite fraternity: Ron Dayne (1999) and Alan Ameche (1954).

Robert Griffin III has the opportunity to be the first player from Baylor to receive The Heisman Memorial Trophy. The junior quarterback is ranked second in the nation in total offense with 387 yards per game. This season he threw 36 touchdowns and passed for 3,998 yards. Griffin and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow are two of four players in major college history with at least 9,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing in a career.

Andrew Luck is looking to be the second Cardinal to take home The Heisman Trophy after Jim Plunkett won in 1970. The red-shirt junior passed for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. Luck leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency with 167.5 and broke Stanford's records for career touchdown passes and single-season touchdown passes. While leading the Cardinals to an 11-1 record, he rushed for 153 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

Tyrann Mathieu is looking to be the second LSU Tiger to win The Heisman Memorial Trophy after Billy Cannon won in 1959. The sophomore had 71 tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions this year. He also gained 420 yards and 2 touchdowns in punt returns during LSU's 13-0 season. If Mathieu wins, he will be the second cornerback to be inducted into this group of outstanding college football players joining Charles
Woodson (1997).

Trent Richardson rushed for 1,583 yards and had 20 touchdowns this season for Alabama. In nine of his twelve games, the running back rushed for over 100 yards for the 11-1 Crimson Tide. If awarded the Heisman, Richardson will only be the second player from Alabama to receive the trophy after 2009 winner, Mark Ingram, Jr.

"Prevailing out of one of the deepest and most highly contested fields in recent history, we would like to congratulate this year's Heisman finalists for their outstanding season," said Robert Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to December 10, when the winner is announced."

The Heisman Trophy is given to the most outstanding college football player in the United States. The voters include 870 media representatives from six regions across the country, every living Heisman winner, and one overall fan vote through a partnership with Nissan North America.

77th Annual Heisman Trophy Dinner Gala
A limited number of tickets are still available to the general public for the 2011 Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 12. The winner of the 77th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy will be formally presented with his award at this event. ESPN broadcaster, Rece Davis, will host the dinner. This year, three previous Heisman winners will be recognized: Ernie Davis (posthumously) (Syracuse, 1961) on the fiftieth anniversary of his award, Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986) on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his award and Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001) on his tenth
anniversary. In addition, former University of Alabama and New York Jets defensive tackle Marty Lyons, will be honored as the recipient of the sixth annual Heisman Humanitarian Award for his work with The Marty Lyons Foundation.

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

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 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.

LSU / Alabama / Oklahoma St Top Rankings in BCS Final Season Poll

LSU vs Alabama in BCS Championhip Gamel

Photo - QB Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St

Rank / Team / Harris Poll / USA Today / Computer rank / BCS Average

1 LSU 1 1.0000 / 1 1.0000 / 1 1.0000 / 1.0000

2 Alabama 2 .9471 / 2 .9485 / 3 .9300 / .9419

3 Oklahoma State 3 .9231 / 3 .9268 / 2 .9500 / .9333

4 Stanford 4 .8710 / 4 .8719 / 5 (tie) .8000 / .8476

5 Oregon 5 .8250 / 5 .8353 / 8 .7100 / .7901

6 Arkansas 7 .7523 / 7 .7539 / 5 (tie) .8000 / .7687

7 Boise State 6 .7777 / 6 .7647 / 9 .6800 / .7408

8 Kansas State 10 .6028 / 10 .5953 / 4 .8500 / .6827

9 South Carolina 9 .6376 / 9 .6583 / 10 .6700 / .6553

10 Wisconsin 8 .7165 8 / .7356 / 14 .4600 / .6374

11 Virginia Tech 11 .5210 / 11 .5661 / 13 .4700 / .5190

12 Baylor 16 .4271 / 16 .4061 / 11 .6600 / .4977

13 Michigan 12 .5033 / 12 .5349 / 15 .4000 / .4794

14 Oklahoma 19 .3245 / 19 .2963 / 7 .7600 / .4603

15 Clemson 14 .4699 / 14 .4454 / 16 .3500 / .4218

16 Georgia 18 .3809 / 18 .3647 / 12 .4900 / .4119

17 Michigan State 13 .4967 / 13 .4983 / 21 .1700 / .3883

18 TCU 15 .4330 / 15 .4278 / 17 .3000 / .3869

19 Houston 17 .3937 / 17 .3675 / 18 .2900 / .3504

20 Nebraska 20 .2494 / 20 .2725 / 19 .2600 / .2606

21 Southern Mississippi 21 .2473 / 21 .2481 / 25 .0800 / .1918

22 Penn State 23 .1332 / 23 .1281 / 24 .1300 / .1305

23 West Virginia 22 .1816 / 22 .1885 / -- .0000 / .1233

24 Texas -- .0021 / -- .0007 / 19 .2600 / .0876

25 Auburn -- .0052 / -- .0000 / 21 .1700 / .0584

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.

Top 50 Senior Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2012

Top 50 Senior Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2012

Photo - Safety Mark Barron - Alabama

Top 50 Senior Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2012
early December 2011

Pro Prospect / Position / School
1. Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
2. Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
3. Mark Barron - S - Alabama
4. Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
5. Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
6. Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
7. Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
8. Melvin Ingram - DE - South Carolina
9. Billy Winn - DT - Boise St
10. Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
11. Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
12. Devon Still - DT - Penn St
13. Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia
14. Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
15. Jared Crick - DT - Nebraska
16. Dwight Jones - WR - North Carolina
17. Marvin McNutt - WR - Iowa
18. Cyrus Gray - RB - Texas A&M
19. Kelechi Osemele - OL - Iowa St
20. Juron Criner - WR - Arizona
21. Chase Minnifield - CB - Virginia
22. Nigel Bradham - LB - Florida St
23. Markelle Martin - S - Oklahoma St
24. Brandon Lindsey - LB - Pittsburgh
25. Alameda Ta'Amu - DT - Washington
26. Andrew Datko - OT - Florida St
27. Jeff Fuller - WR - Texas A&M
28. Keenan Robinson - LB - Texas
29. Ryan Broyles - WR - Oklahoma
30. Shaun Prater - CB - Iowa
31. Zebrie Sanders - OT - Florida St
32. Leonard Johnson - CB - Iowa St
33. Nick Toon - WR - Wisconsin
34. Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame
35. Logan Harrell - DT - Fresno St
36. Lavonte David - LB - Nebraska
37. Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
38. Donnie Fletcher - CB - Boston College
39. Vinny Curry - DE - Marshall
40. Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
41. Joe Adams - WR - Arkansas
42. Sean Spence - LB - Miami (Fl.)
43. Andre Branch - DE - Clemson
44. Jarius Wright - WR - Arkansas
45. B.J. Cunningham - WR - Michigan St
46. Mike Brewster - OC - Ohio St
47. Michael Egnew - TE - Missouri
48. Travis Lewis - LB - Oklahoma
49. Mike Martin - DT - Michigan
50. Kirk Cousins - QB - Michigan St

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.

Luck & Richardson Head Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Finalists

Finalists Named For 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award

Photo – QB Andrew Luck - Stanford

Three QBs – Robert Griffin III(Baylor), Case Keenum (Houston) and Andrew Luck (Stanford)– lead the list of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2011 College Player of the Year award. Two players from the Southeastern Conference - Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu round out the list.

The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented live on Thursday, December 8 during the 6 p.m. edition of _ESPN SportsCenter. Former Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton, now playing in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, won the award last year. The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team. The Walter Camp Football Foundation 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 top 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. Visit www.ncfaa.org

THE FINALISTS FOR THE 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD:

Robert Griffin III – BAYLOR – Jr – QB
Griffin III ranks second nationally in total offense (390.0 yards per game) and points responsible for (22.5)….. He has passed for 3,678 yards and 34 touchdowns… Griffin III has eight 300-yard passing efforts, including four with 400 or more…. He has thrown for three or more touchdowns in a game eight times… He has earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors twice, most recently after a 479-yard and four-touchdown effort in a win over Oklahoma on November 19.

Case Keenum – HOUSTON – Sr – QB
Keenum has led the Cougars to a 12-0 record and a berth in Saturday’s Conference USA title game… He leads the nation in total offense (397.4 yards per game) and passing yards per game (393.8)… Keenum has passed for 4,726 yards and 43 touchdowns, completing 342-of-467 passes… He has thrown for 300 or more yards in all 12 games, including six 400-yard efforts… His best game came in a win over Rice on October 27 when he threw for a season-high 534 yards and nine touchdowns and earned him Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Andrew Luck – STANFORD – Jr – QB
Luck has led the Cardinal to an 11-1 record and #4 ranking in the latest BCS standings… Has passed for 3,170 yards (261-of-373) and 35 touchdowns… Luck leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (167.5)… Has also rushed for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns… He has thrown for two or more touchdowns in all 12 games and has four 300-yard passing efforts, including a season-high 370 in a win over Colorado on October 8.

Tyrann Mathieu – LSU – Soph – CB
Mathieu leads the top-ranked and undefeated LSU defensive unit with 66 tackles and six forced fumbles…. He has recovered four fumbles and intercepted two passes for a Tiger defensive that ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (10.58 points allowed per game)… Mathieu also averages 13.7 yards a punt return and has one returned for a touchdown… Mathieu has earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season (Sept. 25 and Nov. 27).

Trent Richardson – ALABAMA – Jr
RB Richardson has led the second-ranked Crimson Tide to an 11-1 record… Has rushed for 1,263 yards and 20 touchdowns… Richardson has nine 100-yard rushing efforts, including a season-high 203 in a win over Auburn on November 26 which earned him Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors… He has scored at least two rushing touchdowns in seven games this season, including a season-high four in a victory over Ole Miss on October 15.

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.

LSU Heads Polls and Conference Championship Weekend Games

LSU Heads Conference Championship Weekend - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Nov. 29

Team of the Week – LSU

Photo – WR Rueben Randle - LSU

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (12-0)
2. Alabama (11-1)
3. Stanford (11-1)
4. Oklahoma St (10-1)
5. Arkansas (10-2)
6. Virginia Tech (11-1)
7. Houston (12-0)
8. Oregon (10-2)
9. Boise St (10-1)
10. Oklahoma (9-2)
11. Michigan St (10-2)
12. South Carolina (10-2)
13. Georgia (10-2)
14. Southern Cal (10-2)
15. Michigan (10-2)
16. Wisconsin (10-2)
17. Kansas St (9-2)
18. Texas Christian (9-2)
19. Clemson (9-3)
20. Baylor (8-3)
21. Nebraska (9-3)
22. Southern Miss (10-2)
23. West Virginia (8-3)
24. Penn St (9-3)
25. Cincinnati (8-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W L / Previous

1. LSU - 12 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 11 - 1 / 2
3. Oklahoma St - 10 - 1 / 5
4. Stanford - 11 - 1 / 4
5. Virginia Tech - 11 - 1 / 6
6. Arkansas - 10 - 2 / 3
7. Houston - 12 - 0 / 8
8. Oregon - 9 - 2 / 9
9. Boise St. - 10 - 1 / 7
10. Southern Cal - 10-2 / 10
11. Michigan St - 10-2 / 11
12. Georgia - 10-2 / 13
13. Oklahoma - 9 - 2 / 12
14. South Carolina - 10 - 2 / 14
15. Wisconsin - 10-2 / 15
16. Kansas St. - 10 -2 / 16
17 Michigan - 10 - 2 / 20
18. Texas Christian - 9-2 / 19
19. Baylor - 9-3 / 21
20. Nebraska - 9 -3 / 22
21. Clemson - 9 - 3 / 18
22. West Virginia - 8-3 / NR
23. Penn St - 9-3 / 20
24. Southern Miss - 10-2 / NR
25. Florida St - 8-4 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record

1. LSU (59) - 12-0
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Virginia Tech - 11-1
4. Stanford - 11-1
5. Oklahoma St - 10-1
6. Houston - 12-0
7. Oregon - 10-2
8. Boise St - 10-1
9. Michigan St. - 10-2
10. Arkansas - 10-2
11. Oklahoma - 9-2
12. Wisconsin - 10-2
13. South Carolina - 10-2
14. Georgia - 10-2
15. Kansas St - 10-2
16. Michigan - 10-2
17. Texas Christian - 9-2
18. Baylor - 9-3
19. Nebraska - 9-3
20. West Virginia - 8-3
21. Clemson - 9-3
22. Penn St - 9-3
23. Southern Miss - 10-2
24. Florida St - 8-4
25. Cincinnati (8-3)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

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