Alabama Tops 2022 FWAA Super 16 Preseason Poll

Alabama tops 2022 FWAA/NFF Super 16 Pre-Season Poll

Pre-Season Poll, August, 2022

1. Alabama 822 42 N/A
2. Ohio State 766 6 N/A
3. Georgia 728 4 N/A
4. Clemson 622 N/A
5. Michigan 530 N/A
6. Notre Dame 513 N/A
7. Utah 482 N/A
8. Texas A&M 457 N/A
9. Oklahoma 408 N/A
10. Baylor 319 N/A
11. Oklahoma State 228 N/A
12. Oregon 219 N/A
13. USC 204 N/A
14. NC State 202 N/A
15. Michigan State 127 N/A
16. Miami (FL) 109 N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Pittsburgh (55), Arkansas (48), Ole Miss (36), Wisconsin (34), BYU (31), Texas (26), Cincinnati (20), Penn State (17), Florida (14), Houston (12), LSU (9), Kentucky (7), Tennessee (4), Wake Forest (4), South Carolina (4), UCF (3), Mississippi State (3), Nebraska (2), Kansas State (2), Air Force (2), West Virginia (1), Iowa (1), North Carolina (1).

NOTES:National runner-up and defending SEC Champion Alabama dominated the preseason poll with 42 of 52 first place votes. This is Alabama’s 59th appearance as the No. 1 team in this poll since 2014. The Crimson Tide leads all schools for appearances at No. 1 and is the only team to appear in each of the 105 weekly rankings since 2014.

Ohio State was second in the poll voting with six first place votes and 56 points behind Alabama with defending national champion Georgia at No. 3 with four first place votes, respectively.

No. 4 Clemson is in the poll for the first time since September 19, 2021, followed by Michigan, Notre Dame, Utah, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Baylor. Seven of the top 10 teams appeared in New Year’s Six bowl games last season. NC State is No. 14 and in the poll for the first time since October 15, 2018.

In the 2022 preseason poll, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC had three teams each, Independents-one.  All Power-Five conferences had equal representation for the first time in the history of the poll which started in 2014.

The eventual national champion has been ranked in the top six of the preseason poll six times since 2015. Alabama in 2017 is the only national champion to start the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll.


ZERO WEEKNo Super 16 Teams in Action

WEEK 1  (Sept. 1-5)

Thursday, Sept. 1Central Michigan at  No. 11 Oklahoma State

Friday, Sept. 2Western Michigan at No. 15 Michigan State

Saturday, Sept. 3Utah State at No. 1 AlabamaNo. 6 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio StateNo. 12 Oregon at No. 3 Georgia (Atlanta)Colorado State at No. 5 MichiganNo. 7 Utah at FloridaSam Houston at  No. 8 Texas A&MUTEP at No. 9 OklahomaAlbany at No. 10 BaylorRice at No. 13 USCNo. 14 NC State at East CarolinaBethune-Cookman at No. 16 Miami (Fla.)

Monday, Sept. 5No. 4 Clemson at Georgia Tech

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Sunday of the 2022 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 6 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 4. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a computer program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

Draft Insiders’ 2022 Preseason All-America Teams

Draft Insiders’ 2022 Preseason All-America Teams

Frank Coyle – Publisher/ Head scout

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Bryce Young – Alabama
Defensive Player of the Year – LB Will Anderson Jr. – Alabama

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in All-American teams, college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years.

First Team


QB Bryce Young – Alabama                   Junior
RB Bijan Robinson – Texas                    Junior
RB TreVeyon Henderson – Ohio State    Sophomore
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Ohio State      Junior
WR Kayshon Boutte – LSU                     Junior
WR Jordan Addison – USC                     Junior
TE Michael Mayer – Notre Dame            Junior
C Jarrett Patterson – Notre Dame           Senior
OL Peter Skoronski – Northwestern        Junior
OL Paris Johnson – Ohio State               Junior
OL Connor Galvin – Baylor                     Senior
OL Andrew Vorhees – USC                    Senior


DL Jalen Carter – Georgia                      Junior
DL Bryan Bresee – Clemson                   Sophomore
DL Will McDonald IV – Iowa State           Senior
DL Isaiah Foskey – Notre Dame              Senior
LB Will Anderson – Alabama                   Junior
LB Jack Campbell – Iowa                       Senior
LB Noah Sewell – Oregon                      Sophomore
CB Kelee Ringo – Georgia                      Sophomore
CB Eli Ricks – Alabama                          Junior
S Jordan Battle – Alabama                     Senior
S Jalen Catalon – Arkansas                    Junior
S Brandon Joseph – Notre Dame            Junior

Special Teams

K Jake Moody – Michigan                       Senior
P Adam Korsak – Rutgers                      Senior
KR Brian Battie – South Florida               Sophomore
PR Ainias Smith – Texas A&M                Senior
AP Deuce Vaughn – Kansas State          Junior

Second Team


QB C.J. Stroud – Ohio State                   Junior
RB Deuce Vaughn – Kansas State          Junior
RB Sean Tucker – Syracuse                   Sophomore
WR Quentin Johnston – TCU                  Sophomore
WR Cedric Tillman – Tennessee             Senior
WR Josh Downs – North Carolina           Junior
TE Brock Bowers – Georgia                    Sophomore
C John Michael Schmitz – Minnesota      Senior
OL O’Cyrus Torrence – Florida               Junior
OL Emil Ekiyor – Alabama                       Senior
OL Dawand Jones – Ohio State              Senior
OL Clark Barrington – BYU                     Junior


DL Myles Murphy – Clemson                  Junior
DL Calijah Kancey – Pittsburgh               Junior
DL Siati Ika – Baylor                               Senior
DL Zach Harrison – Ohio State               Junior
LB Andre Carter II – Army West Point     Senior
LB Nolan Smith Jr. – Georgia                  Senior
LB Trenton Simpson – Clemson              Junior
CB Cam Smith – South Carolina             Junior
CB Riley Moss – Iowa                            Senior
S Christopher Smith – Georgia                Junior
S James Williams – Miami                      Sophomore
S Antonio Johnson – Texas A&M            Senior

Special Teams

K Harrison Mevis – Missouri                   Junior
P Kyle Ostendorp – Arizona                    Junior
KR Malik Knowles – Kansas State           Senior
PR Jayden Reed – Michigan State          Junior
AP Jahmyr Gibbs – Alabama                  Junior

2022 Outland Trophy Watch List

The Football Writers Association of America announced the preseason watch list for the 2022 Outland Trophy, recognizing 89 returning standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents. The 2022 season will close with the award’s 77th anniversary and the watch list offers a talented field of players to accompany two returning FWAA All-Americans.

The recipient of the 2022 Outland Trophy will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live on ESPN on Thurs., Dec. 8. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 11, 2023.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years.

Atop the list are two returning FWAA All-Americans, Baylor center Jacob Gall and Michigan center Olusegun Oluwatimi, each a second-team All-America selection last year. Gall, a redshirt senior, is one of three Baylor players on the list, tops in nation among the 67 teams represented along with Clemson and defending national champion Georgia. Oluwatimi, now a graduate student, will be in the middle of Michigan’s offensive line this fall after transferring from Virginia, where he guided the country’s third-leading offense up front, one that averaged 516.3 yards per game.

Like Baylor, Clemson and Georgia’s three nominees are split between the offensive and defensive lines. The Bulldogs (first, 10.2 ppg) and Tigers (second, 14.8) were the top two scoring defenses in 2021. Returning off the Bulldogs’ stalwart defense that was second in rushing and total defense and included 2021 Outland Trophy winner Jordan Davis at defensive tackle, is his likely replacement Jalen Carter. The junior was a second-team All-SEC pick by the conference coaches last year despite playing behind two first-round NFL draft picks (Davis and fellow tackle Devonte Wyatt). Carter is joined by redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Broderick Jones and senior guard Warren Ericson.

Cincinnati, which qualified for the playoff with its standout defense a year ago, has two players on the list but both are on offense. Jake Renfro, a junior center, will guide the Bearcats’ front with senior offensive tackle Dylan O’Quinn on the outside. The pair of players from Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin led the Big Ten’s list of 11 players from eight different schools, second only to the SEC. Three of its 11 are defensive tackles – redshirt senior Jacob Slade of Michigan State, senior PJ Mustipher of Penn State and senior nose Keeanu Benton of Wisconsin.

Boise State, BYU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pitt, Troy, USC and Utah also have two players on the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference had 11 players with the Big 12 and Pac-12 each with 10 followed by the American Athletic, Mountain West and Sun Belt Conferences plus the Independents with six each. Conference USA has five selections and the Mid-American Conference four. There are 29 offensive tackles on this year’s list, just ahead of 25 defensive tackles to go with 18 centers and 17 guards. Just over half of the 131 Football Bowl Subdivision schools – 67 – are represented on the list.

C Steve Avila, TCU G A.J. Gillie, Louisiana G Lokahi Pauole, UCF
G Clark Barrington, BYU OT Anton Harrison, Oklahoma OT Nolan Potter Jr., NIU
DT Kyon Barrs, Arizona C Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane C Jake Renfro, Cincinnati
G T.J. Bass, Oregon OT Cooper Hodges, App State G Layden Robinson, Texas A&M
OT Cooper Beebe, Kansas State DT Siaki Ika, Baylor DT Jaquelin Roy, LSU
DT Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin DT McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M G Brendan Schlittler, Liberty
OT Connor Bishop, Army DT Desjuan Johnson, Toledo C John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson OT Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State OT Peter Skoronski, Northwestern
G Marco Brewer, Oregon State OT Broderick Jones, Georgia DT Jacob Slade, Michigan State
G Nick Broeker, Ole Miss OT Dawand Jones, Ohio State OT Everett Smalley, Air Force
DT Jalen Carter, Georgia DT Calijah Kancey, Pitt G Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan
G Caleb Chandler, Louisville OT Jaxson Kirkland, Washington OT Cole Spencer, Texas Tech
DT Elijah Chatman, SMU C Willie Lampkin, Coastal Carolina OT Austin Stidham, Troy
DT Will Choloh, Troy OT Quantavious Leslie, WKU DT Dante Stills, West Virginia
C Eli Cox, Kentucky G Josh Lugg, Notre Dame C Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
OT Braeden Daniels, Utah G Christian Mahogany, Boston College C Malik Sumter, Georgia State
DT Tyler Davis, Clemson C Ahofitu Maka, UTSA DT Junior Tafuna, Utah
DT Gervon Dexter, Florida DT Scott Matlock, Boise State DT Leonard Taylor, Miami
C Trevor Downing, Iowa State OT Jordan McFadden, Clemson OT Kadeem Telfort, UAB
DT Cory Durden, N.C. State C Manase Mose, North Texas OT Joe Tippmann, Wisconsin
DT Justin Eboigbe, Alabama DT Myles Murphy, North Carolina OT O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
G Emil Ekiyor, Alabama DT PJ Mustipher, Penn State DT Tuli Tuipulotu, USC
DT Ikenna Enechukwu, Rice OT Zion Nelson, Miami C Alama Uluave, San Diego State
G Warren Ericson, Georgia C Drake Nugent, Stanford G Andrew Vorhees, USC
OT Alfred Edwards, Utah State OT Dylan O’Quinn, Cincinnati OT Carter Warren, Pitt
C Alex Forsyth, Oregon OT John Ojukwu, Boise State DT Daymond Williams, Buffalo
OT Blake Freeland, BYU C Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan OT Dylan Wonnum, South Carolina
OT Aaron Frost, Nevada OT Alex Palczewski, Illinois G Hunter Woodard, Oklahoma State
C Jacob Gall, Baylor C Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame G Zak Zinter, Michigan
OT Connor Galvin, Baylor OT Patrick Paul, Houston
Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration; Candidates may be added or removed during the season

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. The NCFAA’s 25 awards have honored more than 800 recipients since 1935. Visit NCFAA.org for more information.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 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 CBS, ESPN and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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