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Dwayne Allen Named John Mackey Weekly Award Winner
Photo - Dwayne Allen – Clemson
Dwayne Allen of Clemson was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The ACC Atlantic Division junior recorded seven receptions for 80 yards and a receiving TD. Allen's touchdown came when the team was down 21-7 in the second quarter igniting a 31-3 run as Clemson beat Auburn 38-24 to snap Auburn's17 game win streak. Other candidates considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Cooper Helfet of Duke and Orson Charles of Georgia.
Allen is an athletic 6’4’’ 255 lb. junior who combines speed, mobility strength and athleticism. He caught 33 balls for 373 yards and a TD last season and figures to improve on those totals working with new QB Tajh Boyd.
The 2011 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 8, 2011 on ESPNU. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.
Da’Quan Bowers Wins Nagurski Award
Photo – DE Da’Quan Bowers – Clemson
Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has been named the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Award. The honor is presented each year by the Football Writers Association of America and the Touchdown Club of Charlotte to the top defensive player in the nation.
Bowers is the first Clemson player to win a national award of this magnitude since 1982 when Terry Kinard was named the National Defensive Player of the Year.
The other finalists for the Nagurski Award were DT Nick Fairley of Auburn, LB Justin Houston of Georgia, LB Luke Kuechly of Boston College and CB Patrick Peterson of LSU.
Frank Coyle voted for Auburn’s DT Nick Fairley for the Nagurski Award.
"This is a great honor for Da'Quan," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, who was the keynote speaker for the banquet. "He has had a terrific year, a dominant year. He has come to play every single game this year and is very deserving of this award."
Bowers led the nation in sacks with 15.5 and was second in tackles for loss with 25. His sack total is second in Clemson history for one season, best among defensive linemen and is the most by an ACC player since 1999 when Keith Adams had a Clemson record 16 sacks.
Bowers's tackle for loss total is the most by a Clemson defensive lineman since 1991 when Rob Bodine had 27. Bowers had a streak of nine straight games with a sack during this season, the longest streak in Clemson history. Last week, Bowers was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The junior is also finalist for the Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Hendricks Award. Those announcements will come later this week.
Playing with a heavy heart following the deaths this year of his father, Dennis, and close friend Gaines Adams of the Chicago Bears, Bowers burst onto the scene this fall after two average seasons. The 6’4” 275 lbs. junior had shed 15 pounds and was performing well in preseason camp in August when his father collapsed while performing in his gospel band. Bowers was later visiting him in the hospital when his father suffered a seizure and died. Bowers spent two weeks away before rejoining the team.
Bowers wore Adams' old #93 this and had a sack in nine straight games, breaking Adams' record by a game. He's surpassed Adams' record for sacks by a defensive lineman and needs one sack when Clemson (6-6) meets South Florida (7-5) in the Meineke Bowl on Dec. 31 to break Keith Adams' overall school sacks record.
Bowers first met Adams when he attended a Clemson camp in the eighth grade. Adams would later set numerous Clemson records and was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy in 2006 before being a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following spring. Adams, who was later traded to Chicago, died in January of cardiac arrest. The autopsy report said he had an enlarged heart.
Bowers had tough competition for the Nagurski award named after the former Minnesota college star and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fairley has 10½ sacks and 21 tackles for a loss, Kuechly leads the country with 171 tackles, Houston has 10 sacks and 18½ tackles for a loss and Peterson has four interceptions.
Bowers' big season puts him among an elite group of past winners that includes Warren Sapp, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey, Roy Williams, Glenn Dorsey, Brian Orakpo and Ndamukong Suh.
"It's incredible," Bowers said. "It's just an honor to be here in this situation."
Frank Coyle 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 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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Photo - DE Eric Norwood - South Carolina
2009 Mid Season All-American First Team
Pos/ Player/ Class/ School
QB Tim Tebow - Sr. - Florida
RB Noel Devine - Jr. - West Virginia
RB Mark Ingram - Jr - Alabama
RB C.J. Spiller - Sr - Clemson
WR Jordan Shipley - Sr - Texas
WR Golden Tate - Jr - Notre Dame
WR Mardy Gilyard - Sr - Cincinnati
TE Dennis Pitta - Sr. - BYU
OT Russell Okung - Sr. - Oklahoma St
OT Anthony Davis - Jr. - Rutgers
OG Mike Johnson - Sr. - Alabama
OG Jeff Byers - Sr. - USC
OC Maurkice Pouncey - Sr. - Florida
DE Eric Norwood - Sr. - South Carolina
DE Jerry Hughes - Sr. - TCU
DT Terrence Cody - Sr. - Alabama
DT Ndamukong Suh - Sr. - Nebraska
LB Brandon Spikes - Sr. - Florida
LB Sean Weatherspoon - Sr. - Missouri
LB Rolando McClain - Jr. - Alabama
LB Greg Jones - Jr - Michigan St
CB Joe Haden - Jr. - Florida
CB Perrish Cox - Sr. - Oklahoma St.
S Eric Berry - Jr - Tennessee
S Taylor Mays - Sr. - USC
K Leigh Tiffin - Sr. - Alabama
KR C.J. Spiller - Sr - Clemson
P Zoltan Mesko - Sr. - Michigan
PR Jordan Shipley - Sr. - Texas
2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”
DE George Selvie – South Florida
The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of thirty “players to watch” for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president Alphonse Paolillo, Jr. said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”
Six players on the 2009 watch list, including the 2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year Colt McCoy (QB, Texas), were named to last year’s Walter Camp All-America First Team. The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in early November. The 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 119 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on the ESPN SportsCenter on December 10. The winner will then receive his trophy at the annual national awards banquet on January 18, 2010 at Yale University in New Haven. Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”
Jahvid Best, RB, Junior, California
Arrelious Benn, WR, Junior, Illinois
Eric Berry, DB, Junior, Tennessee - 2008 Camp 1st Team All-American
Sam Bradford, QB, Junior, Oklahoma - 2008 Camp 2nd Team All-American