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2012 Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Poll

2012 AP Preseason Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

DraftInsiders.com will post our 2012 Preseason Top 25 Teams in late August.

Photo – QB Matt Barkley - Southern Cal

Southern California is No. 1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings -- with a boost from LSU's problems.
USC earned the top spot in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll for the seventh time in school history and the first time in five seasons, edging out No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 LSU.

The Trojans, who were banned from postseason play the past two seasons, received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes from a media panel in a close vote. USC received 1,445 points. Defending national champion Alabama had 17 first-place votes and 1,411 points while LSU, the Crimson Tide's SEC rival, got 16 first-place votes and 1,402 points. Oklahoma and Michigan each received 1 first place vote to complete the 60 overall first place votes.

Associated Press Top 25 Teams
Rank / Team / Record / Points

1 USC (25) - 0-0 1445
2 Alabama (17) - 0-0 1411
3 LSU (16) - 0-0 1402
4 Oklahoma (1) - 0-0 1286
5 Oregon - 0-0 1274
6 Georgia - 0-0 1107
7 Florida State - 0-0 1093
8 Michigan (1) - 0-0 1000
9 South Carolina - 0-0 994
10 Arkansas - 0-0 963
11 West Virginia - 0-0 856
12 Wisconsin - 0-0 838
13 Michigan State - 0-0 742
14 Clemson - 0-0 615
15 Texas - 0-0 569
16 Virginia Tech - 0-0 548
17 Nebraska - 0-0 485
18 Ohio State - 0-0 474
19 Oklahoma State - 0-0 430
20 TCU - 0-0 397
21 Stanford - 0-0 383
22 Kansas State - 0-0 300
23 Florida - 0-0 214
24 Boise State - 0-0 212
25 Louisville - 0-0 105

Others receiving votes:
Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, Brigham Young 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Missouri 3, North Carolina State 3, Cincinnati 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi State 1, Northern Illinois 1

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, CBS, 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.

Sam Houston St Places First in FCS Preseason Top-25 Poll

Sam Houston Heads FCS Preseason Top-25 College Football Poll
Missouri Valley Conference Places Five Teams in First Voting

Led by a No. 2 national ranking by defending national champion North Dakota State, a total five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams rank in the Sports Network pre-season Top 25 rankings. The Bison are joined by MVFC members UNI (9), Youngstown State (13), Illinois State (19) and Indiana State (23) in the rankings. All 10 MVFC members received at least one vote in this year's pre-season Sports Network poll.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the top-25 each season. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
During the regular season, the Top 25 will be released every Monday afternoon, except for the final weekend of the regular season, when it will be released Sunday morning, Nov. 18, prior to the selection of the FCS playoff field.

The Sports Network will release a final Top 25 following the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 5 in Frisco.

The Sports Network FCS Preseason Top-25 College Football Poll
Team (first-place votes) 2011 Record

1. Sam Houston State (79) 14-1
2. North Dakota State (59) 14-1
3. Georgia Southern (6) 11-3
4. Montana State (3) 10-3
5. James Madison (3) 8-5
6. Appalachian State (1) 8-4
7. Towson 9-3
8. Old Dominion 10-3
9. Northern Iowa 10-3
10. Wofford 8-4
11. Montana 11-3
12. Eastern Washington 6-5
13. Youngstown State 6-5
14. New Hampshire 8-4
15. Delaware 7-4
16. Lehigh 11-2
17. Stony Brook 9-4
18. Eastern Kentucky 7-5
19. Illinois State 7-4
20. Stephen F. Austin 6-5
21. Maine 9-4
22. Jacksonville State 7-4
23. Indiana State 6-5
24. Central Arkansas 9-4
25. Harvard 9-1

Others receiving votes: Murray State 292, Northern Arizona 259, Norfolk State 222, Chattanooga 191, Liberty 150, South Carolina State 137, Bethune-Cookman 134, McNeese State 127, Grambling State 87, Tennessee Tech 77, Portland State 73, North Dakota 68, Alabama State 66, Jackson State 63, Southern Illinois 63, William & Mary 59, Southern Utah 54, Georgia State 49, Furman 43, Albany 39, Richmond 31, Villanova 30, Penn 16, Duquesne 14, South Dakota State 10, San Diego 9, Elon 9, Drake 8, Holy Cross 7, Prairie View A&M 6, South Dakota 6, Alabama A&M 4, Southeast Missouri 4, Georgetown 3, Idaho State 3, Sacramento State 3, Cornell 2, Bryant 1, Eastern Illinois 1, Jacksonville 1, Missouri State 1, Samford 1, UT Martin 1, The Citadel 1, Western Illinois 1

LSU Tops 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll

2012 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

DraftInsiders.com will post our 2012 Preseason Top 25 Teams in late August.

Photo – QB Matt Barkley - Southern Cal

1. LSU (18) - 1,403
2. Alabama (20) - 1,399
3. USC (19) - 1,388
4. Oklahoma (1) - 1,276
5. Oregon - 1,258
6. Georgia - 1,061
7. Florida State (1) - 1,055
8. Michigan - 1,023
9. South Carolina - 981
10. Arkansas - 948
11. West Virginia - 833
12. Wisconsin - 743
13. Michigan State - 717
14. Clemson - 598
15. Texas - 549
16. Nebraska - 501
17. TCU - 499
18. Stanford - 497
19. Oklahoma State - 476
20. Virginia Tech - 461
21. Kansas State - 398
22. Boise State - 271
23. Florida - 250
24. Notre Dame - 166
25. Auburn - 66

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, CBS, 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 Preseason Schedule - 2012

NFL Preseason Schedule - 2012

Hall of Fame Weekend

SUN, AUG 5
Arizona at New Orleans
8:00 PM

Week 1
THU, AUG 9

Washington at Buffalo
7:00 PM

Baltimore at Atlanta
7:30 PM

New Orleans at New England
7:30 PM

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
7:30 PM

Green Bay at San Diego
8:00 PM

Denver at Chicago
8:30 PM

FRI, AUG 10
NY Jets at Cincinnati
7:30 PM

Cleveland at Detroit
7:30 PM

Tampa Bay at Miami
7:30 PM

NY Giants at Jacksonville
7:30 PM

Arizona at Kansas City
8:00 PM

Minnesota at San Francisco
9:00 PM

SAT, AUG 11
Houston at Carolina
7:00 PM

Tennessee at Seattle
10:00 PM

SUN, AUG 12
St. Louis at Indianapolis
1:30 PM

MON, AUG 13
Dallas at Oakland
8:00 PM

Week 2
THU, AUG 16

Cincinnati at Atlanta
8:00 PM

Cleveland at Green Bay
8:00 PM

FRI, AUG 17
Tennessee at Tampa Bay
7:30 PM

Miami at Carolina
8:00 PM

Detroit at Baltimore
8:00 PM

Buffalo at Minnesota
8:00 PM

Jacksonville at New Orleans
8:00 PM

Oakland at Arizona
10:00 PM

SAT, AUG 18
NY Giants at NY Jets
7:00 PM

San Francisco at Houston
8:00 PM

Washington at Chicago
8:00 PM

Kansas City at St. Louis
8:00 PM

Seattle at Denver
9:00 PM

Dallas at San Diego
9:00 PM

SUN, AUG 19
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
8:00 PM

MON, AUG 20
Philadelphia at New England
8:00 PM

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2012 National College Football Award Schedule

2012 National College Football
Awards Association Master Calendar

Award..............Watch List/ Semifinalists/ Finalists/ Winner/ Banquet/Presentation
Bednarik Award...........July 9 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 March 1, 2013 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Biletnikoff Award.........July 17 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 19, 2013 (Tallahassee, Fl.)
Broyles Award............ Nov. 27 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 (Little Rock, Ark.)
Butkus Award.............July 16 Oct. 22 Nov. 20 Dec. 1-4 Dec. 1-4 (Campus of winner)
Walter Camp Award......July 20 Nov. 13 Nov. 28 Dec. 6 Jan. 12, 2013 (New Haven, Conn.)
William V. Campbell Trophy...... Sept. 27 Oct. 25 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 (New York, N.Y.)
Lou Groza Award..................July 11 Nov. 5 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Dec. 4 (Palm Beach, Fla.)
Ray Guy Award....................July 11 Nov. 9 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Jan. 2013 (Augusta, Ga.)
Heisman Trophy.............. ... Dec. 3 Dec. 8 Dec. 10 (New York, N.Y.)
Rotary Lombardi Trophy.. ....July 16 Oct. 6 Nov. 17 Dec. 5 Dec. 5 (Houston, Texas)
Mackey Award.....................July 10 Nov. 12 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 May 2013 (Long Island, N.Y.)
Maxwell Award..................July 9 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 March 1, 2013 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
MFC Coach of the Year....... Oct. 17 Dec. 5 Dec. 19 March 1, 2013 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy.....July 12 Nov. 15 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 (Charlotte, N.C.)
Davey O’Brien Award.........July 18 Oct. 22 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 18, 2013 (Fort Worth, Tx)
Outland Trophy.................July 12 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Jan. 10, 2013 (Omaha, Neb.)
Rimington Trophy.............July 10 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Jan. 12, 2013 (Lincoln, Neb.)
Eddie Robinson Award.......Dec. 3 Dec. 13 Jan. 5/6, 2013 (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Disney Sports Spirit Award .... Oct. 15 Dec. 6 (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.)
Jim Thorpe Award...........July 13 Oct. 29 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 5, 2013 (Oklahoma City, Ok.)
Doak Walker Award...... July 19 Nov. 9 Nov. 19 Dec. 6 Feb. 15, 2013 (Dallas, Texas)i

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, CBS, 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.

Browns Select Josh Gordon in NFL Supplemental Draft 2012

Browns Select Josh Gordon in NFL Supplemental Draft 2012

The Cleveland Browns drafted Baylor/Utah wide receiver Josh Gordon in the 2nd round of the NFL 2012 Supplemental Draft this week. It was a shocking early selection for the Browns who forfeit next year’s #2 selection as a result of the addition of Gordon. He is a major reach this early and a prospect who I rated a 3rd day selection in a seven round April draft class. His grade was a marginal Top 100-125 ranking with some serious developmental and off the field issues.

Gordon was the only one of the eight players eligible for the Supplemental Draft that was selected. Carson Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin signed with the Colts shortly afterwards while TCU running back Ed Wesley will likely signed with an NFL team as an undrafted free agent if his shoulder passes a club’s medical exam. The others players that were eligible were Boise State defensive back Quaylon Ewing, Syracuse fullback Adam Harris, Iowa State offensive lineman Adrian Haughton, Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson and McMurray wide receiver Houston Tuminello. They are free to sign with any NFL team, though rosters are basically filled after mini-camps and most clubs would have to release a player to add a new rookie.

The Browns were overly aggressive adding Gordon. They "won" the second pick of each round in the 2012 Supplemental Draft and the only team drafting ahead of them in each round was the Buffalo Bills. The NFL uses a "lottery system" for determining the Supplemental draft order each July.

Gordon certainly shows good size (6’3” 224 lb.) and athleticism to warrant a mid round selection, though many NFL teams are generally conservative in giving up such high picks in the Supplemental draft especially with camp only weeks away. The last time a player was selected as high as the 2nd round in the Supplemental draft came in July 2003 when the Houston Texans selected former Georgia Tech running back Tony Hollings. No one player has been selected in the first round since former Duke quarterback Dave Brown in 1992. Last year, the Raiders used a #3 pick for QB Terrelle Pryor in the mid summer player draft.

Cleveland was very interested in Gordon in this draft class and they would have taken former Baylor receiver Kendall Wright with the #22 overall pick this past April if he was available. They chose former Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden at No. 22 and did not address the receiver position until the 4th round with the selection of wideout Travis Benjamin with the #100 overall pick. The Browns have committed to improving their passing game and needed playmakers and look to Gordon to press veterans, second-year pro Greg Little and veterans Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi for playing time.

It will be very interesting to see what impact Gordon after only one full season of college football under his belt, will have in the Browns passing game in 2012. Additionally, the talent of recent receiving classes has improved significantly with the emergence of potent NFL passing games and the prospects available with the Browns 2nd round for the NFL Draft 2013 could be far superior to Gordon as a NFL receiver. The Browns pick could be a top 40-50 overall selection next April.

The selection of Gordon could be a huge impact on the current regime with Browns President Mike Holmgren entering his third season with a 9-23 record and two last place finished in the AFC North in the books. Their NFL 2012 Draft class in April was their best group of rookies selected in years, though the overall strength of this group will depend on the impact development of rookies, runner Trent Richardson and QB Brandon Weeden in addition to several risky early picks included the selection of Josh Gordon this week.

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 Team 2012 Mini-camp Dates

2012 NFL Team Minicamp Dates

Team Mini-camp Dates
(camps include rookies and veterans groups)

Photo – DE Justin Tuck - N.Y. Giants

Arizona Cardinals
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Atlanta Falcons
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

Baltimore Ravens
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Buffalo Bills
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

Carolina Panthers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Chicago Bears
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Cincinnati Bengals
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Cleveland Browns
May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

Dallas Cowboys
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Denver Broncos
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Detroit Lions
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Green Bay Packers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Houston Texans
June 12-14

Indianapolis Colts
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Jacksonville Jaguars
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Kansas City Chiefs
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Miami Dolphins
May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

Minnesota Vikings
May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

New England Patriots
May 10-12 (rookies), June 12-14

New Orleans Saints
May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

New York Giants
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

New York Jets
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Oakland Raiders
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Philadelphia Eagles
May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14

Pittsburgh Steelers
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

St. Louis Rams
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

San Diego Chargers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

San Francisco 49ers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Seattle Seahawks
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Tennessee Titans
May 11-12 (rookies), June 19-21

Washington Redskins
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

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