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2012 Hendricks Award Finalists Announced

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina

The Ted Hendricks Foundation announced the finalists for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Twenty players received votes in the preliminary round this season. Six have advanced to the final ballot.

This year’s finalists are as follows:

MORGAN BRESLIN – USC 6’2” 250 lbs JR
Breslin stepped into the gaping hole left by the departure of last year’s Hendricks award finalist Nick Perry. The results speak for themselves. He is tied UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the conference lead in sacks with 12 and is tied for second in the PAC-12 with 18 tackles for loss. Breslin came to USC this past spring after leading all California Junior College players in sacks and tackles for loss for two straight seasons. He was named a JC first team All-American after his second season at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hills, CA.

CORNELIUS CARRADINE – FLORIDA STATE 6’5” 265 lbs SR
Carradine recorded 80 tackles, 11 sacks and 9 QB pressures this season – this after being called upon to replace Seminole star Brandon Jenkins, who was lost for the season with a foot injury in week 1. Carradine has also now been lost for the ACC Championship and subsequent bowl game after suffering a torn ACL vs Florida this past week. But his effect on the Seminoles season cannot be forgotten. Carradine teamed with Bjoern Werner to form the most dominant defensive end duo in the nation (combining for 24 sacks, 31 tackles for loss and 14 QB hurries).

JADEVEON CLOWNEY – SOUTH CAROLINA 6’8” 256 lbs SO
Clowney was named to the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team this week. He leads the nation in tackles for loss with 21.5, and is tied for the NCAA lead with 13 sacks. He has also set new school standards for sacks in a single game (4.5 vs Clemson) and sacks in a single season. Clowney was named the 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches after recording eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He was named SEC Defensive lineman of the week three times in 2012. He is also a finalist for the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award.

SAM MONTGOMERY – LSU 6’5” 260 lbs JR
Montgomery has been regarded as one of the most dominant ends in the SEC for the past two seasons. He is now a two-time Hendricks Award finalist, after making the list in 2011. The junior from Greenwood, SC nearly chose to play basketball and football at North Carolina, after being a teenage club teammate of Washington Wizards guard John Wall. Montgomery was twice selected the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week this season. His 2012 totals include 32 tackles, 7 sacks, 12 tackles-for-loss and one safety. Has played in all 24 games since a season-ending injury in 2010.

DAMONTRE MOORE – TEXAS A&M 6’4” 250 lbs JR
Moore made the switch from linebacker this season and is has paid off in a big way. He leads the Aggies in tackles (80), sacks (12.5), tackles for loss (20), QB hurries (8) and blocked kicks (2). The last Aggie lineman to lead his team in tackles was NFL Pro Bowl end/tackle Sam Adams in 1993. Moore’s performance this season has earned him a spot on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America team and two selections as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.

BJOERN WERNER – FLORIDA STATE 6’4” 255 lbs JR
Werner is the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He is tied for first in the nation with 13 sacks and is second in the ACC in tackles for loss (18). A native of Berlin, Germany, Werner came to the United States as a high school exchange student and attended Salisbury High in Connecticut. He has played in all 39 games since arriving at Florida State and has recorded 23.5 career sacks. Werner has also been recognized as one of the top student-athletes in his class. He joins Jadeveon Clowney as a finalist for the 2012 Nagurski Trophy.

The final vote for 2012 Hendricks Award will be concluded on December 4th , and the winner will be announced December 5th. This year’s winner will be honored at the Hendricks Award Dinner in the spring of 2013 in Miami, FL. Time and place are to be determined.

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.

Voting For Lombardi and Nagurski Awards

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Voting For Lombardi and Nagurski Awards

Photo - LB Manti Te’O - Notre Dame

Notre Dame LB Manti Te’O is the favorite to earn the Lombardi Award along with other national honors including a possible Heisman Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik and Maxwell Awards.

Frank Coyle voted for Manti Te’O for both the Lombardi and Bronko Nagurski awards. He will post his Heisman Trophy voting ballot later this week.

X – Frank Coyle's vote for two major awards

FINALISTS FOR LOMBARDI AWARD
Jadeveon Clowney - University of South Carolina Defensive End
Barrett Jones - University of Alabama Offensive Lineman
Jarvis Jones - University of Georgia Outside Linebacker
X - Manti Te’O - Notre Dame University Inside Linebacker

Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
Junior LB Jarvis Jones – Georgia
Junior CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
X - Senior LB Manti Te'o – Notre Dame
Junior DE Bjoern Werner – Florida St.o

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.

2012 College Player Award Finalists

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2012 Player Award Finalists

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Finalists for the Outland Trophy
Alabama center Barrett Jones
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel
North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.

Finalists for the 76th Maxwell Award
Collin Klein Kansas State Quarterback Senior
Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Quarterback R-Freshman
Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker Senior

Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
Junior LB Jarvis Jones – Georgia
Junior CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
Senior LB Manti Te'o – Notre Dame
Junior DE Bjoern Werner – Florida St.

Finalists for the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award
Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina Defensive End Sophomore
Jarvis Jones Georgia Linebacker Junior
Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker Senior

FINALISTS FOR LOMBARDI AWARD
Jadeveon Clowney - University of South Carolina Defensive End
Barrett Jones - University of Alabama Offensive Lineman
Jarvis Jones - University of Georgia Outside Linebacker
Manti Te’o - Notre Dame University Inside Linebacker

Thorpe Award Finalists:
Johnthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State—A midseason first-team All-American and All-SEC ,Banks ranks first in career interception yards (320) among active players. He has four interceptions in the 2012 season and 16 in his career, ranking third in the FBS. Banks was also named a Senior CLASS Award Finalist.

Dee Milliner, Jr. Alabama—Milliner leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in passes defended (1.78 pg) with 14 pass breakups and two interceptions. In the 2012 season, he has twice had four pass breakups in a game and three versus Missouri. He is also a Bronko Nagurski finalist.

Phillip Thomas, Sr. Fresno State—Thomas has eight interceptions on the season, leading the FBS and two more than any other player in the nation and more than 35 bowl subdivision teams. He set a Fresno State record and tied the Mountain West record for interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single season with three.

John Mackey Award
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (SR, 6-6 251 lb.)
Zach Ertz, Stanford (SR, 6-6 247 lb.)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (SO, 6-6 258 lb.)

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.

Manti Te'O, Jarvis Jones & Jadeveon Clowney Head 2012 Bronko Nagurski Defensive Award

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Five Finalists Named For Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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(FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced on Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Vying for the honor of college football's National Defensive Player of the Year are four underclassmen and one senior: South Carolina sophomore end Jadeveon Clowney, Georgia junior linebacker Jarvis Jones, Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o and Florida State junior end Bjoern Werner.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 3 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., where Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will give the keynote address. The event will be televised by NFL Network.
In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will celebrate the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by Florida East Coast Railway. Nebraska's Larry Jacobson, a member of the 1971 FWAA All-America Team and the Outland Trophy winner that season, is the recipient this year.

The FWAA's National Defensive Player of the Year Award is named after Bronko 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 presented a National Defensive Player of the Year Award since 1993 and in the name of Nagurski since 1995.

A look at the five 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists, as selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (6-6, 256, So., Rock Hill, S.C.): Bruising end for the 8-2 Gamecocks. Clowney has made 43 tackles (31 unassisted). He has 17 tackles for 78 yards in losses (tied for sixth in the country, 1.70 per game), of which 8.5 are sacks for minus-49. He has two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Clowney is the first South Carolina finalist for the Nagurski Trophy.

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia (6-3, 241, Jr., Columbus, Ga.): Explosive playmaker for the 9-1 Bulldogs. Despite missing two games due to injury, Jarvis has made 56 tackles (37 unassisted). He has 17 tackles for 100 yards in losses (first in the country, 2.13 per game), of which 10.5 are sacks for 80 yards in losses. He has one interception and returned it for 21 yards. He has two pass breakups, 28 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles (second in the country) and two fumble recoveries. He was twice named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week this season for his efforts in wins over Missouri and Florida. Jones is the fifth Georgia finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, which was won by Champ Bailey in 1998 (other finalists were David Pollack, 2002 and '04; Justin Houston, 2010).

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (6-1, 199, Jr., Millbrook, Ala.): One of the top players on defense for the 9-1 Crimson Tide, Milliner has 44 tackles (27 unassisted). He has four tackles for loss (for minus-19 yards), 1.5 of those are sacks (for minus-11 yards). He has two pass interceptions with 35 yards in returns. Adding to those totals are 14 passes broken up, 16 deflections, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Milliner is the fifth Alabama finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Antonio Langham, 1993; DeMeco Ryans, 2005; Terrence Cody, 2009; Mark Barron, 2011).

Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 255, Sr., Laie, Hawaii): Defensive stopper for the 10-0 Fighting Irish who has 92 total tackles (46 unassisted). He has 5.5 tackles for 19 yards in losses, of which 1.5 are sacks for 13 yards in losses. He has six interceptions (third in the country) and 35 yards in returns. He has four pass breakups, 10 deflections, four quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. He was named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts (eight tackles, two interceptions) in a 13-6 win over Michigan on Sept. 22. Te'o is the second Notre Dame finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Shane Walton, 2002).

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (6-4, 255, Jr., Berlin, Germany): German-born player has sparkled for the Seminoles' top-ranked defense. He has 29 tackles (22 unassisted). He has 12.5 tackles for 84 yards in losses, of which eight of those are sacks for 69 yards in losses. He has broken up six passes and deflected six passes, hurried the quarterback five times and forced a fumble. Werner is the third Florida State finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Derrick Brooks, 1993; Sam Cowart, 1997).

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. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). 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 for a living. 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 (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org.

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.

Cal Poly's Deonte Williams Added to Walter Payton List

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Cal Poly Back Deonte Williams Added to Walter Payton List

Photo – Walter Payton – Bears’ HOF running back

Cal Poly senior slotback Deonte Williams is among three players from NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision schools added to the 2012 Walter Payton Award watch list by The Sports Network on Tuesday.

Williams is the first Mustang on the Walter Payton Award watch list since wide receiver Ramses Barden in 2008. He has rushed for 926 yards in seven games and has surpassed the 100-yard mark in a game six times this season. The other two newcomers to the watch list are wide receivers Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois and Cordell Roberson of Stephen F. Austin.

The list of original nominees on the Watch List consists of quarterbacks Casey Brockman of Murray State, Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion, DeNarius McGhee of Montana State, Wynrick Smothers of Central Arkansas and Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah; running backs Zach Bauman of Northern Arizona, Shakir Bell of Indiana State, Jamaine Cook of Youngstown State, Matt Denham of Eastern Kentucky, Timothy Flanders of Sam Houston State, Miguel Maysonet of Stony Brook, Andrew Pierce of Delaware, Terrance West of Towson and Zack Zenner of South Dakota State; fullback Eric Breitenstein of Wofford; and wide receiver Aaron Mellette of Elon.

Williams is the top rusher in the Big Sky and No. 7 in the FCS in rushing, averaging 132.3 yards per game. Williams has seven 100-yard games as a Mustang, including a 100-yard performance against UC Davis a year ago, and produced four 100-yard games as a freshman at Northern Arizona in 2008.

Last Saturday, Williams carried the ball a career-high 27 times, gaining 169 yards in a 37-25 victory over Portland State and keeping Cal Poly’s record perfect at 7-0. The Mustangs are tied for first place with Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Conference standings, both 5-0 and a half-game ahead of Northern Arizona (4-0).

Williams opened the 2012 season with four consecutive 100-yard games, but the streak ended with 31 yards on six carries at Weber State as he suffered an ankle injury during the game. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in career rushing as a Mustang three weeks ago and now has 1,311 yards in two years at Cal Poly.

Including his 2008 freshman season at Northern Arizona, where he was named Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year, Williams now has 2,261 yards in three collegiate campaigns.

Williams is averaging 6.9 yards per carry this season and has caught seven passes for 47 yards and a score. Last fall, Williams rushed for 385 yards and five touchdowns in his first season at Cal Poly, averaging 4.7 yards on 82 carries and scoring five touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 28 yards.

Ballots for the Payton award will be sent out to a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season on Nov. 19. The Sports Network awards banquet will be held Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.

The Payton Award goes to the FCS national player of the year, with the Buck Buchanan Award honoring the FCS national defensive player of the year. The Sports Network also presents the Jerry Rice Award to the freshman of the year and the Eddie Robinson Award, which goes to the FCS national coach of the year.

The Sports Network established the Payton and Robinson awards in 1987, and began sponsoring the Buchanan Award in 1995 and the Jerry Rice Award in 2011.

Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was the 2011 Payton Award winner, while New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans took home the Buchanan Award. Rob Ambrose of Towson was the Eddie Robinson Award winner while Towson running back Terrance West was presented the inaugural Jerry Rice Award.

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, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL 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.

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.

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

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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

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