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Senior Bowl Classic Highlights All-Star Postseason

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Senior Bowl Highlights All-Star Postseason

All-Star Game Schedule – Dec thru January 2014

Date Site Time (ET) TV Rosters Reviews

DIII Senior Classic - Dec 13, Salem, Virginia 7 pm

DII vs NAIA Star game - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 1 pm
FSC Senior Scout Bowl - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 5 pm

HBCU Bowl - Dec 21, Atlanta 4 pm - Fox College Sports
GIU All American Game - Dec 28, St. George, Utah 7:45 pm

Auburn Shocks #1 Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down

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Auburn Shocks Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down
Florida St.& Ohio St. Rank #1 and #2 - Remain Perfect along with Northern Illinois

Players of Week
Offense: QB Marcus Mariota - Oregan
Defense: CB Chris Davis - Auburn

Photo: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin

Upcoming Game of the Week: Auburn (11-1) vs Missouri (11-1)

Auburn Posts Classic Win over #1 Alabama At Gun

Team of the Week - Auburn

AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Points

1 Florida State (58) -12-0 - 1498
2 Ohio State - 12-0 - 1418
3 Auburn (2) - 11-1 - 1387
4 Alabama - 11-1 - 1294
5 Missouri - 11-1 - 1281
6 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 1197
7 Stanford - 10-2 - 1067
8 South Carolina - 10-2 - 1066
9 Baylor - 10-1 - 1020
10 Michigan State - 11-1 - 1002
11 Arizona State - 10-2 - 843
12 Oregon - 10-2 - 815
13 Clemson - 10-2 - 813
14 LSU - 9-3 - 690
15 UCF - 10-1 - 621
16 Northern Illinois - 12-0 - 596
17 UCLA - 9-3 - 510
18 Oklahoma - 9-2 - 503
19 Louisville - 10-1 - 482
20 Duke - 10-2 - 348
21 Wisconsin - 9-3 - 299
22 Texas A&M - 8-4 - 186
23 Texas - 8-3 - 156
24 Fresno State - 10-1 - 124
25 Georgia - 8-4 - 111

2013 Award Finalists - Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Maxwell & Chuck Bednarik Awards

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2013 Award Finalists - Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Maxwell & Chuck Bednarik Awards
Three finalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy were announced on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson.

Photo – Outland Finalists - Matthews, Richardson & Donald

These finalists will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special on ESPNU on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m. ET at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Both Pittsburgh and Texas A&M have had previous players claim the Outland Trophy; Baylor has not. 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 of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

#1 Alabama Heads Top 25 Teams with Auburn Up Next

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Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St.& Ohio Remain Perfect
Five Teams Remain Undefeated

Players of Week
Offense: QB Derek Carr – Fresno St
Defense: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin

Photo: QB Derek Carr – Fresno St.

Upcoming Game of the Week: Alabama (11-0) at Auburn (10-1)

LSU Posts Impressive Win over Texas A&M

Team of the Week - Arizona St.

AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Previous Rank

1 Alabama (56) - 11-0 - 1
2 Florida State (4) - 11-0 - 2
3 Ohio State - 11-0 - 4
4 Auburn - 10-1 - 6
5 Missouri - 10-1 - 8
6 Clemson - 10-1 - 7
7 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 11
8 Stanford - 9-2 - 10
9 Baylor - 9-1 -6
10 South Carolina - 9-2 - 12
11 Michigan State - 10-1 - 13
12 Oregon - 9-2 - 5
13 Arizona State - 9-2 - 19
14 Wisconsin - 9-2 - 16
15 LSU - 8-3 - 18
16 Fresno State - 10-0 - 15
17 UCF - 9-1 - 17
18 Northern Illinois - 11-0 - 20
19 Texas A&M - 8-3 - 9
20 Oklahoma - 9-2 -22
21 Louisville -10-1 -21
22 UCLA - 8-3 - 14
23 USC - 9-3 - 23
24 Duke - 9-2 - 25
25 Notre Dame - 8-3 - NR

Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 24

Others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Ole Miss 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Vanderbilt 1

Coaches Poll
Rank / Team / Record

1 Alabama (56) - 11-0
2 Florida State (6) - 11-0
3 Ohio State - 11-0
4 Clemson - 10-1
5 Auburn - 10-1
6 Missouri - 10-1
7 Oklahoma State - 10-1
8 Baylor - 9-1
9 South Carolina - 9-2
10 Stanford - 9-2
11 Michigan State - 10-1
12 Oregon - 9-2
13 Fresno State - 10-0
14 Wisconsin - 9-2
15 LSU - 8-3
16 Louisville - 10-1
17 Oklahoma - 9-2
18 Arizona State - 9-2
19 UCF - 9-1
20 Northern Illinois - 11-0
21 Texas A&M - 8-3
22 UCLA - 8-3
23 Southern California - 9-3
24 Duke - 9-2
25 Cincinnati - 9-2

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.

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.

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