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Jabrill Peppers, Jonathan Allen & Zach Cunningham Head Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

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Jabrill Peppers, Jonathan Allen & Zach Cunningham Head Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2016 Semifinalists for the 22nd Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective list includes a field of 18 candidates for the Bednarik Award as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Photo – LB Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt

The defensive side of the ball is comprised of fresh contenders, most of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Four different conferences are represented, led by nine student-athletes from the SEC and three each from the Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC. Last season, the Bednarik Award went to Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich. Matakevich was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 7th round of the NFL Draft 2016.

Semifinalist voting for the Bednarik award presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday November 1st and will close on November 21st. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 22, 2016 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head football coaches, sports information directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2016 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
Name/Position/School/Year

Jonathan Allen DE - Alabama - Senior
Reuben Foster LB - Alabama - Senior
Carl Lawson DE - Auburn - Junior
Cordrea Tankersley CB - Clemson - Senior
Christian Wilkins DE - Clemson - Sophomore
Jarrad Davis LB - Florida - Senior
Desmond King CB - Iowa - Senior
Arden Key DE - LSU - Sophomore
Tre'Davious White CB - LSU - Senior
Jabrill Peppers LB - Michigan - Sophomore
Nate Gerry S - Nebraska - Senior
Ejuan Price DE - Pittsburgh - Senior
Solomon Thomas DE - Stanford - Junior
Derek Barnett DE - Tennessee - Junior
Myles Garrett DE - Texas A&M - Junior
Hunter Dimick DE - Utah - Senior
Zach Cunningham LB - Vanderbilt - Junior
Budda Baker S - Washington - Junior

The winners of the 80th Maxwell Award and the 22nd Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on December 8, 2016. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday November 1st and will close on November 21st. Three finalists for both awards will be announced on November 22, 2016 and a second round of voting will take place at that time.

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, Biletnikoff 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

Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Top Maxwell Semifinalists

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Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Head Maxwell Award Semifinalists

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2016 Semifinalists for the 80th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. The respective list includes a field of 18 candidates for the Maxwell Award selected by the Maxwell Football Club Selection Committee.

Photo – QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

A very strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every Power Five FBS conference as well two student-athletes each from Alabama and Oklahoma. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey are returners from last year's semifinalist list.

Last season, the Maxwell Award was presented to University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry. Henry was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft 2016.

2016 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:
Name/Position/School/Year

Jonathan Allen DE Alabama - Senior
Jalen Hurts QB Alabama - Freshman
Deshaun Watson QB Clemson - Junior
Dalvin Cook RB Florida State - Junior
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville - Sophomore
Leonard Fournette RB LSU - Junior
Jabrill Peppers ATH Michigan - Sophomore
Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina - Junior
J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State - Junior
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma - Senior
Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma - Senior
Saquon Barkley RB Penn State - Sophomore
Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State - Senior
Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford - Junior
Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M - Senior
Patrick Mahomes II QB Texas Tech - Junior
Jake Browning QB Washington - Sophomore
Luke Falk QB Washington State - Junior

Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday November 1st and will close on November 21st. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 22, 2016 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The winners of the 80th Maxwell Award Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on December 8, 2016.

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, Biletnikoff 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

Bama & Ohio St Place Two Backers on Butkus Semi Finalist List

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Butkus Award 2016 Collegiate Semi-Finalists
Alabama & Ohio St Place Two Backers on the Butkus Semi Finalist List

Photo – Kendall Beckwith - LSU

Ohio State linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker were today named semifinalists for the Bukus Award, presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker by the Butkus Foundation of Chicago. A total of 12 players were named semifinalists.

McMillan, one of three finalists for the Butkus Award last year as a sophomore, was the 2013 high school winner of this award. He leads the Buckeyes in tackles with 51. The quarterback of the defense also has three pass break-ups, a forced fumble, quarterback hurry and 2.5 TFLs. He is from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty County High School. McMillan and Baker are part of an Ohio State defense that ranks 6th nationally in total defense, 6th in scoring defense and 3rd in pass def. efficiency.

Butkus Award 2016 Collegiate Semi-Finalists
Ryan Anderson - Alabama
Jerome Baker - Ohio State
Kendall Beckwith - LSU
Jack Cichy* - Wisconsin
Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt
Jarrad Davis - Florida
Reuben Foster - Alabama
Malik Jefferson - Texas
Josey Jewell - Iowa
Micah Kiser - Virginia
Raekwon McMillan - Ohio State
Azeem Victor - Washington

* Selectors noted that Jack Cichy’s performance to date qualifies him as a semi-finalist but an injury will likely will keep him off the field for the remainder of the season.

Instituted in 1985, The Butkus Award® is one of the elite individual honors in college football. In 2008, The Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, took stewardship of the award to fully realize the original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community while honoring the nation’s best high school, college, and professional linebackers. An independent Butkus Award Selection Committee comprised of 51 experts, including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists, conduct the selection process.

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, Biletnikoff 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

Michigan Defenders Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis Among 16 Jim Thorpe Semi-Finalists

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Michigan Defenders Peppers and Lewis Among 16 Jim Thorpe Semi-Finalists
Desmond King of Iowa Highlights List to Repeat For Defensive Back Award

Photo – CB Desmond King - Iowa

A pair of University of Michigan defenders – Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers – have been named semifinalists for the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association of Oklahoma City. This award is given to the top defensive back in college football. Michigan is the only school with two players among the 16 semifinalists for the award. It’s the first time that the Wolverines have had at least two players named semifinalists in the same season.

Cornerback Jourdan Lewis and linebacker/defensive back Jabrill Peppers have been leaders on the Wolverines’ top-rated defense. The duo has helped Michigan lead the nation in five defensive categories and list in the top four of 10 overall categories. U-M’s pass defense is tops in the country allowing just 111 yards through the air per contest. The opposition has shied away from Lewis’ side of the field this season, only targeting the All-American cornerback 10 times. He has only allowed seven receiving yards on two catches through three games. Lewis has 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and four pass breakups in four games of action.

Peppers is all over the field for the Wolverines, lining up at 14 different positions. Defensively, he is second on the team with a career-best 40 tackles, including a team-leading 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Offensively, Peppers has carried the ball 10 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns while catching a five-yard pass against Illinois. He is third nationally in punt returns with 14 for 249 yards (17.8 avg.) and one touchdown, and returned five kickoffs for 153 yards.

Highlighted by Desmond King, last year's Thorpe Award recipient, this year's watch list includes nine seniors, four juniors, and three sophomores. King (5-foot-11, 200-pounds) has started all eight games at cornerback this season and has 46 career starts. This season he has recorded 26 solo tackles and 15 assists, leads Iowa with six pass break-ups, and had a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win at Purdue.

King, a native of Detroit, also leads Iowa’s special teams through eight games. He is averaging 32 yards per kickoff return to rank sixth in the nation. He is also averaging 9.2 yards on punt returns. King had a career-best 77-yard kickoff return last weekend against Wisconsin. In 2015, King tied the Iowa single-season record and ranked second in the country with eight interceptions, while recording 72 tackles and a team-high 13 pass breakups. He averaged 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns and 24.4 yards on 29 kickoff returns.
King was named a unanimous consensus All-American in 2015, was the recipient of the Jack Tatum Award and was named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year. King was one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and was Iowa’s Most Valuable Player on defense.

The three finalists for the Thorpe Award will be named on Monday, Nov. 21. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced live on ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8. The 2016 Thorpe Award winner will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 7, 2017.

2016 Thorpe Award Semifinalists
Jaire Alexander, Louisville, So.
Budda Baker, Washington, Jr.
Travon Blanchard, Baylor, Jr.
Justin Evans, Texas A&M, Sr.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, So.
Malik Hooker, Ohio State, So.
Adoree’ Jackson, USC, Jr.
Desmond King, Iowa, Sr.
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, Sr.
Kai Nacua, BYU, Sr.
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Jr.
Weston Steelhammer, Air Force, Sr.
Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson, Sr.
Tre’Davious White, LSU, Sr.
Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, So.
Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

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, Biletnikoff 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

Barrett, Watson, Mahomes, Dobbs & Kelly Among Finalists for Johnny Unitas Award

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Barrett Named Finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented annually to the nation’s top QB

Ohio State junior QB J.T. Barrett has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the country’s top college quarterback.

Photo - QB J.T. Barrett - Ohio St

Barrett, Ohio State’s all-time leader with 60 TD passes in just 22 career starts, has been outstanding through five games, accounting for 19 TDs (15 passing, 4 rushing) while completing 79-of-123 passes for 981 yards. He tossed a career-high six TD passes to four different receivers in the season-opening win over Bowling Green while throwing for a career-high 349 yards. He also rushed for a score to set an Ohio State record with seven TDs accounted for in that contest.

In the road win at #14 Oklahoma, he tossed four TD passes – all to Noah Brown – and added 74 yards on the ground. Against Rutgers, he tossed another four TD passes and now ranks ninth in the FBS with his 15. Two weeks ago, he rushed for a season-high 137 yards and a score and added 93 yards and a TD through the air in the win over the Hoosiers.

The Wichita Falls, Texas native is responsible for 86 career TDs (rushing and passing) and needs three more to break Braxton Miller’s school record of 88. Barrett’s 86 scores also are the second-most among active FBS players.

Barrett, who is 21-2 in his career as a starter, helped the #2-ranked Buckeyes to come back at Madison, Wis., and beat the #8 Wisconsin Badgers last Saturday.

Remaining candidates for the prestigious annual award are:
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
Luke Falk, Washington State
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
Seth Russell, Baylor
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan
Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
Greg Ward, Jr., Houston
Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Davis Webb, California

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. These strong leaders have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and worked hard for themselves and their teams during the season and beyond.

“The Golden Arm Award considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor – characteristics that were displayed by my father – to be every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” says John C. Unitas, Jr., President of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. “Despite my Dad’s outstanding accomplishments, he never forgot his humble beginnings and that won him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone who ever knew him,”

In 2016, The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, December 9, in Baltimore, MD. Proceeds from the event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

Past standout winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) Last year’s winner Connor Cook, Michigan State.

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.

Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

The Tallahassee QB Club Foundation Announces updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, has released the 2016 Biletnikoff Award updated Watch List. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver, not merely outstanding wide receiver. The award recipient is selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, and former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted. Receivers are periodically added to the watch list as their season performances dictate. Actual, not potential, performance is the basis for inclusion on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Photo – WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Southern Cal

The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 8, 2016, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast 7:00 – 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN. College Football Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will present the 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner on the show. Howard is one of only 5 ends or receivers who has won the Heisman Trophy, joining Larry Kelley, Leon Hart, Johnny Rodgers, and Tim Brown.

The correlation between Biletnikoff Award winners and stardom in the National Football League is uncannily predictable. Past Biletnikoff Award winners include Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald.

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, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season.

The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented his trophy at the Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The banquet has featured distinguished keynoters of profound character and accomplishments including Bart Starr, Dick Vermeil, Larry Csonka, Steve Largent, Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Dan Reeves, Archie Manning, Ron Jaworski, Gene Stallings, Bill Curry, Jim Kelly, Jerry Kramer, Joe Theismann, and Dan Fouts. The banquet also recognizes the Foundation’s scholarship recipients who will be offered by the Foundation over $800,000 in college and vocational scholarships and related benefits in 2017 alone, as in 2015 and 2016. The Foundation’s charitable mission is the provision of college and vocational scholarships to North Florida high school seniors who have overcome significant barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extra-curricular levels.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce the ten Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 14, 2016, following the vote by the members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November 22, 2016. For complete details and updates of interest, together with weekly statistics and timely, important news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, as well as a fan vote and discussion board, please consult the Foundation’s highly informative website at www.biletnikoffaward.com

The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (TQC), Inc., created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994.

Updated 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
♦ Players added September 20, 2016
♣Players added September 27, 2016
♠Players added October 11, 2016
+Players removed from consideration due to season-ending injury

Player / School/ Position
Rodney Adams - University of South Florida WR
Chance Allen - University of Houston WR
Marcell Ateman - + Oklahoma State University WR
Josh Atkinson - University of Tulsa WR
Linell Bonner- ♠ University of Houston WR
Devonte Boyd - University of Nevada, Las Vegas WR
KD Cannon - Baylor University WR
Austin Carr - ♣ Northwestern University WR
Jehu Chesson - University of Michigan WR
Simmie Cobbs Jr. - + Indiana University WR
Corey Davis - Western Michigan University WR
Robert Davis - Georgia State University WR
Gehrig Dieter - University of Alabama WR
Malachi Dupre - Louisiana State University WR
Evan Engram - ♣ University of Mississippi TE
Amba Etta-Tawo - ♦ Syracuse University WR
Isaiah Ford - Virginia Tech WR
Tanner Gentry- ♣ University of Wyoming WR
Shelton Gibson - West Virginia University WR
Jonathan Giles - ♠ Texas Tech University WR
Chris Godwin - Pennsylvania State University WR
Kenny Golladay - Northern Illinois University WR
Chad Hansen - ♦ University of California, Berkeley WR
Penny Hart - + Georgia State University WR
Carlos Henderson - Louisiana Tech University WR
Hasaan Henderson - University of Nevada WR
Mack Hollins - University of North Carolina WR
Richie James - Middle Tennessee State University WR
Isaiah “Zay” Jones - East Carolina University WR
Ricky Jones - Indiana University WR
Marcus Kemp - ♠ University of Hawaii WR
Christian Kirk - Texas A&M University WR
Jesse Kroll - + Central Michigan University WR
Jerome Lane - University of Akron WR
Allen Lazard - Iowa State University WR
Keevan Lucas - ♣ University of Tulsa WR
KeVonn Mabon - Ball State University WR
Gabe Marks - Washington State University WR
Taquan Mizzell - University of Virginia RB
J’Mon Moore - ♣ University of Missouri WR
Ronnie Moore - Bowling Green State University WR
Drew Morgan - University of Arkansas WR
Nicholas Norris - Western Kentucky University WR
Zach Pascal - Old Dominion University WR
Tim Patrick - ♣ University of Utah WR
Brandon Reilly - University of Nebraska WR
Josh Reynolds - Texas A&M University WR
Jerico Richardson - University of Nevada WR
Calvin Ridley - University of Alabama WR
Fred Ross - Mississippi State University WR
Travis Rudolph - Florida State University WR
Artavis Scott - Clemson University WR
Sebastian Smith - Ohio University WR
JuJu Smith-Schuster - University of Southern California WR
Thomas Sperbeck - Boise State University WR
Equanimeous St. Brown - ♠ University of Notre Dame WR
Allenzae Staggers - ♠ University of Southern Mississippi WR
Courtland Sutton - Southern Methodist University WR
Ryan Switzer - ♣ University of North Carolina WR

Garrett, King & McDowell Head 2016 Bronko Nagurski Watch List

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Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List announced
88 Players On Defensive Player of the Year List

Photo - DE Myles Garrett - Texas A&M

Myles Garrett of Texas A&M, Desmond King of Iowa and Malik McDowell of Michigan State headline the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List that includes 88 defensive standouts from all 10 Division I FBS conferences. King, Lurry and Garrett are the returning first-team Football Writers Association of America All-Americans.

The watch list also includes a pair of returning second-team FWAA All-Americans, Eddie Jackson from Alabama and Jourdan Lewis from Michigan.

The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 27 players, followed by the Big Ten (13), Pac-12 (13), ACC (11), Big 12 (10), Mid-American (4), Mountain West (3), American Athletic (2), Conference USA (2), Sun Belt (1) and Independents (2). Alabama and LSU each had five players on the list, which included 31 backs, 29 linebackers, 21 ends and seven tackles.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week from early September through mid November. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thurs., Nov. 17.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2016 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in college football.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 5 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. In addition to the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway. Navy’s Chet Moeller, a member of the FWAA’s 1975 All-America Team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy 2016 Season Watch List (88)
Montravius Adams, Auburn, DT
Jamal Adams, LSU, DB
Jonathan Allen, Alabama, DE
Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado, DB
Budda Baker, Washington, DB
Dante Barnett, Kansas State, DB
Derek Barnett, Tennessee, DE
Kendell Beckwith, LSU, LB
Vince Biegel, Wisconsin, LB
Quin Blanding, Virginia, DB
Ben Boulware, Clemson, LB
Richie Brown, Mississippi State, LB
Riley Bullough, Michigan State, LB
Josh Carraway, TCU, DE
Lorenzo Carter, Georgia, LB
Tony Conner, Ole Miss, DB
Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, LB
Jarrad Davis, Florida, LB
Hunter Dimick, Utah, DE
Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech, DE
Devonte Fields, Louisville, DE
Salamo Fiso, Arizona State, LB
Kylie Fitts, Utah, DE
Reuben Foster, Alabama, LB
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE
Davon Godchaux, LSU, DT
Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M, DE
Charles Harris, Missouri, DE
Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville, DB
Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss, DE
Treyvon Hester, Toledo, DT
Travin Howard, TCU, LB
Shane Huber, Massachusetts, LB
Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, DB
Adoreé Jackson, USC, DB
Eddie Jackson, Alabama
Derwin James, Florida State, DB
Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB
Josey Jewell, Iowa, LB
Sidney Jones, Washington, DB
Andrew King, Army, LB
Desmond King, Iowa, DB
Micah Kiser, Virginia, LB
Carl Lawson, Auburn, DE
Elijah Lee, Kansas State, LB
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, DB
Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State, DE
William Likely, Maryland, DB
Lowell Lotulelei, Utah, DT
Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois, DB
Jamal Marcus, Akron, DE
Marcus Maye, Florida, DB
Malik McDowell, Michigan State, DT
Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

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