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Senior Bowl Highlights Postseason All-Star Game Schedule

All-Star Games 2011-2012 Postseason

The postseason 2011-2012 All-star game schedule begins on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia as the HBCU Senior Bowl game for small college prospects gets a chance to showcase their pro potential first in front of NFL scouts. Draft Insiders.com will have complete reports from every All-star game in our monthly Newsletters and exclusive emails to subscribers. Our December Newsletter 2011 will be out next week with new Top 150 Senior Pro Prospects, Mock Draft, Underclassmen Report and NFL Draft 2012 Buzz.

Photo - WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame

All-Star Games 2011-2012 Postseason

* Dec. 18 - HBCU Senior Bowl - Atlanta, Ga

January Schedule - 2012
* Jan. 7 - Cactus Bowl - Division II - Kingsville, Tx
* Jan 16 - Casino del Sol All-star game – Tucson, Arizona
* Jan. 21 - East-West Shrine Classic – St. Petersburg, Florida
* Jan 21 - AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl - Los Angeles, Ca.
* Jan. 23 - Eastham Energy All-Star - Tempe, Arizona
* Jan. 28 - Senior Bowl - Mobile, Alabama
* Feb. 5 - Dixie Gridiron Classic - St. George, Utah

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ 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 - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

Oklahoma St's Mike Gundy Named 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has been named the winner of the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Photo - Coach Eddie Robinson - Grambling

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has been named the winner of the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The award, presented by the Fiesta Bowl, is selected by the members of the 1,200-member strong Football Writers Association of America. Gundy, a finalist for the award a year ago, is the first Oklahoma State coach to win the FWAA's coach of the year award and was selected in an association-wide vote from five finalists, including Michigan's Brady Hoke, LSU's Les Miles, Kansas St's Bill Snyder and Clemson's Dabo Swinney. Gundy is the third coach from the Big 12 Conference to win the award in the last 12 years. The official presentation of the Eddie Robinson bust to Gundy will be at a reception on Jan. 8, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at Cochon in the New Orleans Warehouse District. ESPN's Mark May will host the event. Eddie Robinson Jr., officials from the Fiesta Bowl, the FWAA and the Eddie Robinson Museum will be in attendance.

"What an honor to be recognized with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," Gundy said. "We've had a tremendous year at Oklahoma State, winning the Big 12 and earning our first-ever trip to a BCS bowl. It's a testament to our players and our coaching staff that we are in the position that we are in. I want to thank the Football Writers Association of America for recognizing our team in this way."

Gundy led the Cowboys to their first outright conference title since 1948, when the school was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Cowboys (11-1) won their first 10 games before they suffered an upset loss in overtime at Iowa State. But they rebounded with a decisive 44-10 season-ending victory over arch-rival Oklahoma to win the undisputed Big 12 title and earn the school's first berth in a BCS bowl game.

"Mike Gundy has earned this honor by inspiring excellence in his players. He led Oklahoma State to an 11-1 record in one of the nation's toughest conferences, and he did it with an entertaining style of play that captured the nation's attention," said Robert Shelton, the Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. "The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is thrilled to match the Cowboys against the Stanford Cardinal in the highest-rated non-championship BCS bowl this year."

The Cowboys are one of the most explosive teams in college football this year, ranking second in the country in points per game (49.3), second in the country in passing offense (386.2 yards) and third in the country in total offense (557.0 yards).

"Coach Gundy is a very worthy winner of the Eddie Robinson Award this season," said Tommy Hicks, 2011 FWAA president. "The Cowboys were one of college football's most exciting offensive teams and came within an overtime loss of making the national title game. Oklahoma State has risen to national prominence under Coach Gundy."

Gundy, 44, become Oklahoma State's head football coach in 2005, when he succeeded Les Miles. He has compiled a 58-30 overall record in seven seasons. The third-ranked Cowboys are in their sixth straight bowl game under Gundy - the longest postseason streak in school history. Gundy played quarterback at Oklahoma State from 1986-89 under coach Pat Jones and starred on teams that included Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and standout running back Thurman Thomas. Gundy has been a part of four of Oklahoma State's five 10-victory seasons in its history as either a player or coach.

"The Robinson Family is very pleased to honor another outstanding coach," said Eddie Robinson Jr., the late coach's son. "Over the years, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award has gone to the 'Who's Who' of the coaching profession. My father would be very proud to welcome coach Mike Gundy into that fraternity of coaches."

The FWAA has honored a major-college coach with its Coach of the Year Award since 1957. In 1997, the FWAA coaching award was named after Eddie Robinson, the coaching legend at Grambling State University for 55 years. The late "Coach Rob" is the second winningest coach in Division I history (408 games).

Robinson, who passed away on April 3, 2007, won 70.7 percent of his games during his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won or tied for 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining the league in 1959. His Tigers claimed nine Black College Football Championships during his career spent all at the same school.

Robinson was named by the FWAA in 1966 as "The Coach Who Made the Biggest Contribution to College Football in the Past 25 Years." He often took his show on the road to places such as the Louisiana Superdome, the Cotton Bowl, the Astrodome, Tiger Stadium and Yankee Stadium. And, with his star-studded array of players, Robinson helped integrate professional football. In 1975, with one of his greatest teams quarterbacked by eventual All-Pro Doug Williams, Robinson's Grambling team and Alcorn State became the first college teams to play a game in the Louisiana Superdome. The next season, Robinson's Tigers, along with Morgan State, became the first American college football teams to play in Japan.

In 1949, Grambling standout Tank Younger was the first player from a Historically Black College to sign with an NFL team (Los Angeles Rams). By 1963, Buck Buchanan became the first player from a Historically Black College to be selected first overall in the professional draft (American Football League by the Kansas City Chiefs). Over the years, Robinson produced more than 200 players who wound up on professional rosters.

A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Robinson has the keys to cities all over the planet, has been awarded in every form and fashion and has honorary degrees from many schools. In 2010, the Eddie Robinson Museum was opened in his honor in Grambling, La., where numerous memorabilia now reside, including a bust of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ 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 - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

QB Robert Griffin III Wins 2011 Heisman Trophy

Robert Griffin Becomes First Baylor Player to Win Heisman Award

Photo - QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Robert Griffin III took home the 2011 Heisman Trophy, completing an impressive year at Baylor. Griffin came on strong to end the season with several impressive performances. He beat out Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson in a close voting race. Andrew Luck finished second for the second straight year.

Griffin III picked up 1,678 points to take college football's top individual honor. Griffin carried five of the six regions, with Luck taking the Far West. Luck finished second in the voting with 1,407 points. Trent Richardson finished a distant third, and Montee Ball and Tyrann Mathieu finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Griffin had a surprisingly strong showing in the southeast that elevated him in the voting significantly.

Heisman Voting Breakdown
Robert Griffin III - 1,678 points, 405 first-place votes
Andrew Luck - 1,407 points, 247 first-place votes
Trent Richardson - 978 points, 138 first-place votes
Montee Ball - 348 points, 22 first-place votes
Tyrann Mathieu - 327 points, 34 first-place votes

Matt Barkley finished sixth, Case Keenum was seventh, Kellen Moore was eighth, Russell Wilson was ninth and Lamichael James was 10th.

Heisman Trophy All-time Winners
2011—Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2010—Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
2009—Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB
2008—Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB
2007—Tim Tebow, Florida, QB
2006—Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB
2005—Vacated (Reggie Bush, Southern Cal, RB )
2004—Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB
2003—Jason White, Oklahoma, QB
2002—Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB
2001—Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB
2000—Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB
1999—Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB
1998—Ricky Williams, Texas, RB
1997—Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB
1996—Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB
1995—Eddie George, Ohio State, TB
1994—Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB
1993—Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB
1992—Gino Torretta, Miami, QB
1991—Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR
1990—Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB
1989—Andre Ware, Houston, QB
1988—Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB
1987—Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR
1986—Vinny Testaverde, Miami, QB
1985—Bo Jackson, Auburn, TB
1984—Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB
1983—Mike Rozier, Nebraska, TB
1982—Herschel Walker, Georgia, HB
1981—Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, TB
1980—George Rogers, South Carolina, HB
1979—Charles White, Southern Cal, TB
1978—Billy Sims, Oklahoma, HB
1977—Earl Campbell, Texas, FB
1976—Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, HB
1975—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1974—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1973—John Cappelletti, Penn State, HB
1972—Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, FL
1971—Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB
1970—Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB
1969—Steve Owens, Oklahoma, HB
1968—O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal, TB
1967—Gary Beban, UCLA, QB
1966—Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB
1965—Mike Garrett, Southern Cal, TB
1964—John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB
1963—Roger Staubach, Navy, QB
1962—Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB
1961—Ernie Davis, Syracuse, HB
1960—Joe Bellino, Navy, HB
1959—Billy Cannon, LSU, HB
1958—Pete Dawkins, Army, HB
1957—John David Crow, Texas A&M, HB
1956—Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, QB
1955—Howard Cassady, Ohio State, HB
1954—Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB
1953—John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
1952—Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, HB
1951—Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, HB
1950—Vic Janowicz, Ohio State, HB
1949—Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E
1948—Doak Walker, SMU, HB
1947—John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB
1946—Glenn Davis, Army, HB
1945—Doc Blanchard, Army, HB
1944—Les Horvath, Ohio State, QB
1943—Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB
1942—Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, HB
1941—Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB
1940—Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB
1939—Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB
1938—Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian, QB
1937—Clint Frank, Yale, HB
1936—Larry Kelley, Yale, E
1935—Jay Berwanger, Chicago, HB

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ 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 - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

Griffin, Luck & Richardson Win Major 2011 College Awards

Griffin, Luck and Richardson among Award Recipients at The Home Depot College Football Awards

Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III of Baylor and Andrew Luck of Stanford, along with Alabama running back Trent Richardson each claimed top awards during the 21st annual The Home Depot College Football Awards hosted by Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews on ESPN Thursday night live from the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Photo – QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Heisman finalists Luck won the Maxwell Award for the college player of the year; Griffin earned the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's most outstanding quarterback; and Richardson won the Doak Walker Award for the nation's most outstanding running back. LSU's cornerback, Tyrann Mathieu, a sophomore from New Orleans, LA, also a Heisman finalist, won the Chuck Bednarik Award for the college defensive player of the year.

Other notable awards included the presentation of LSU coach Les Miles with The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award and Northwestern State University senior linebacker Yaser Elqutub as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain- a community service award determined by college football fan voters for the work players conduct off the field.

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

Award / Presented By
Finalists and Winner

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year
ESPN Analyst Matt Millen

Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Tyrann Mathieu. LSU - WINNER
Devon Still, Penn State

Biletnikoff Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Receiver
Fred Biletnikoff*

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (2010 award winner) - WINNER
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Robert Woods, USC

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Placekicker
Judd Groza (son of Lou Groza)

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M - WINNER
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Ray Guy Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Punter
Ray Guy*

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech - WINNER
Steven Clark, Auburn
Jackson Rice, Oregon

Maxwell Award
College Player of the Year
Herschel Walker* (1982 winner)

Andrew Luck, Stanford - WINNER
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Trent Richardson, Alabama

Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation's Best Quarterback
Jim McMahon* (1981 winner)

Robert Griffin III, Baylor - WINNER
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford

Outland Trophy
Nation's Most Outstanding Interior Lineman
ESPN Analyst Mark May* (1980 winner)

David DeCastro, Stanford
Barrett Jones, Alabama - WINNER
Devon Still, Penn State

Jim Thorpe Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Back
Governor Bill Anoatubby

David Amerson, NC State
Mark Barron, Alabama
Morris Claiborne, LSU - WINNER

Doak Walker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Running Back
Calvin Hill

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
LaMichael James, Oregon (2010 award winner)
Trent Richardson, Alabama - WINNER

The Walter Camp All-America Team Player of the Year
Andrew Luck, Stanford

*College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

The following players were also announced for the Walter Camp All-America Team, including the Walter Camp All-America Team Player of the Year, Andrew Luck:

Player / Team
Player of the Year

Presented by Lincoln Kennedy (1992 All-America Team)

QB Andrew Luck - Stanford

Offensive Team
Andrew Luck - Stanford

Running Backs
LaMichael James - Oregon
Trent Richardson - Alabama

Wide Receivers
Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma St
Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma

Tight End
Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame

Offensive Linemen
OG David DeCastro - Stanford
OG Barrett Jones - Alabama
OT Matt Kalil - USC
OT Jonathan Martin - Stanford
OC David Molk - Michigan

Defensive Team
Defensive Linemen
Melvin Ingram - South Carolina
Whitney Mercilus - Illinois
Devon Still - Penn State
Jerel Worth - Michigan State

Dont'a Hightower - Alabama
Jarvis Jones - Georgia
Luke Kuechly- Boston College

Defensive Backs
David Amerson - N.C. State
Mark Barron - Alabama
Morris Claiborne - LSU
Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

Special Team
Placekicker - Randy Bullock - Texas A&M
Punter - Shawn Powell - Florida State
Punt Returner - Tyler Lockett - Kansas State

Several other awards were recognized during this year's show, several of which were announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show hosted by Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and Dari Nowkhah on ESPNU:

* Rimington Trophy (nation's most outstanding center) David Molk - Michigan

* John Mackey Award (nation's most outstanding tight end): Dwayne Alle - Clemson

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

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.

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