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Ohio State First Unanimous AP Preseason No. 1 team

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Ohio State First Unanimous AP Preseason No. 1 team
The program extends record of poll appearances and nears all-time mark at No. 1

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the preseason choice as the No. 1 team in the nation. The college football coaches previously selected the Buckeyes No. 1 in their first poll of the season, the USA Today Coaches Poll. And today, the first Associated Press college football poll of the season was revealed and the Buckeyes are No. 1 in it as well.

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And while Ohio State earned 62 of 64 first place votes in the coaches’ poll with TCU and Alabama each securing one vote apiece, the AP pollsters – a panel of media members – selected Ohio State as the unanimous No. 1 with all 61 first-place votes going to the Buckeyes. The AP preseason poll dates back to 1950 and this is the first time it has ever had a unanimous preseason No. 1 team.

Defending Big 12 champion TCU is ranked No. 2 in the Preseason AP Top-25 Poll. The Horned Frogs return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last year's 12-1 squad that concluded the campaign with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The No. 2 ranking marks TCU's highest appearance in a preseason poll in program history. The Horned Frogs’ previous best preseason ranking was No. 6 in the 2010 AP poll. TCU was also No. 2 in the 2015 Preseason Coaches Poll, released last month.

No. 1 in poll appearances
Ohio State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll more than any school in the nation; 839 times and nearly 50 weeks more than the team with the second-most appearances.

Ohio State is ranked No. 1 by the AP for the 96th time. Only two schools, Oklahoma (101) and Notre Dame (98) have been the AP’s No. 1 team more weeks than Ohio State.

2015 Associated Press Top 25 Poll – Preseason
1. Ohio State
2. TCU
3. Alabama
4. Baylor
5. Michigan State
6. Auburn
7. Oregon
8. USC
9. Georgia
10. Florida State
11. Notre Dame
12. Clemson
13. UCLA
14. LSU
15. Arizona State
16. Georgia Tech
17. Mississippi
18. Arkansas
19. Oklahoma
20. Wisconsin
21. Stanford
22. Arizona
23. Boise State
24. Missouri
25. Tennessee

AP Poll: All-Time Appearances
1. Ohio State – 839
2. Michigan – 795
3. Oklahoma – 769
4. Notre Dame – 752
5. USC – 735

AP Poll: Weeks Ranked No. 1
1. Oklahoma – 101
2. Notre Dame – 98
3. Ohio State – 95
4. USC – 91
5. Alabama - 73

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.

FWAA UNVEILS 75TH ANNIVERSARY ALL-AMERICA TEAM

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FWAA UNVEILS 75TH ANNIVERSARY ALL-AMERICA TEAM
75 players selected for three all-time teams

The Football Writers Association of America proudly announced its 75th Anniversary All-America Team this week. It celebrates the association's All-America teams from near the end of World War II through the 2014 season. The FWAA, which was founded in 1941, has picked an annual All-America team since the 1944 season, making it the second longest continuously selected team in major college football.

The FWAA's first All-America team in 1944 included Army's famous running back tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech's Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas' legendary head football coach. Seven decades later, the 2014 team featured Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Outland Trophy winner, offensive tackle Brandon Scherff of Iowa, and Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, linebacker Scooby Wright III of Arizona.

"This was one of the most fun, yet most difficult exercises I've had in life – next to parallel parking, that is," said FWAA 75th All-America Committee chairman Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman. "Truly, it was an exciting – if not impossible – task to find the best 75 college football players ever. Please save your hate mail, but feel free to weigh in and tell us how we messed up. And I'm sure we did, but no one should argue that it wasn't a great idea to honor the best who have ever played the game. Let the debating begin."

A nomination ballot with selected players from all FWAA All-America teams was sent to the entire membership this spring. The popular vote was then taken into consideration by a Blue Ribbon Committee of FWAA past presidents, current board members and officers. That committee put the finishing touches on selecting the 75-man team. In order for a player to be considered for the FWAA's 75th team, he had to be on a previous FWAA All-America team.

The FWAA's 25-man first team included Navy quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach, the only member from a military academy; the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner running back Archie Griffin of Ohio State; three-time FWAA All-America end Leon Hart of Notre Dame; and the only two-time Outland Trophy winner, center Dave Rimington of Nebraska. On the three 25-man teams, the Cornhuskers led all schools with six selections – including four on the first team – and four of their overall honorees are Outland Trophy winners. Ohio State and Pittsburgh each had five selections and Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas had four. Schools with three selections were Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and USC.

75th ANNIVERSARY FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB Roger Staubach, Navy
RB Archie Griffin, Ohio State
RB Herschel Walker, Georgia
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
WR Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State
TE Keith Jackson, Oklahoma
OL John Hannah, Alabama
OL Orlando Pace, Ohio State
OL Will Shields, Nebraska
OL Ron Yary, USC
C Dave Rimington, Nebraska

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DT Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DE Leon Hart, Notre Dame
DE Ted Hendricks, Miami (Fla.)
LB Tommy Nobis, Texas
LB Mike Singletary, Baylor
LB Derrick Thomas, Alabama
DB Ronnie Lott, USC
DB Deion Sanders, Florida State
DB Jack Tatum, Ohio State
DB Charles Woodson, Michigan

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
P Ray Guy, Southern Miss
K Kevin Butler, Georgia
RS Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska

For Second & Third Team All Americans Go to next page

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.

Senior Bowl 2016 Watch List - Skill Position Prospects

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Senior Bowl 2016 Watch List

MOBILE, ALA – The Reese’s Senior Bowl released their initial Player Watch List this week that will continue through the 2015 season and culminate with the Jan 30th Senior Bowl game. The Senior Bowl staff is set to scout hundreds of players around the country during the 2015-16 college football season, which kicks off Sept. 3.

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The core list of players to be evaluated appears on the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s annual ‘watch list,’ which was released today. The initial list features 375 of the top senior prospects in the nation, 110 of which will be invited to participate in the 67th game.

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

Among the 375 players on this year’s watch list are several that are projected to be top picks in the 2016 NFL Draft like Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker, Baylor defensive lineman Shawn Oakman, Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and Michigan State players, QB Connor Cook and defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun.

Other college stars to watch include a trio of QBs: USC’s Cody Kessler, TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, Utah running back Devontae Booker, Auburn receiver Duke Williams and Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Reggie Ragland.

Alabama leads with 12 players on the list followed by Michigan State with 10 and Auburn, Arizona State, Georgia and Utah, all with 9.

The SEC has the most players on the 2016 watch list with 80. The Big Ten (58), Pac-12 (54) and ACC (43) are also well-represented. The entire watch list is available at seniorbowl.com, where you can sort the players by position, conference and/or school.

List of skill positions players on the Senior Bowl Watch List

Name/ College/ Ht-Wt/ Conference
Quarterbacks

Vernon Adams, Jr. - Oregon - 6-0 190 Pac-12
Brandon Allen - Arkansas - 6-2 210 SEC
Mike Bercovici - Arizona State - 6-2 210 Pac-12
Trevone Boykin - TCU - 6-2 205 Big 12
Jacoby Brissett - North Carolina State - 6-4 235 ACC
Chris Brown - Cal Poly - 6-2 200 FCS
Jake Coker - Alabama - 6-5 232 SEC
Connor Cook - Michigan State - 6-4 220 Big Ten
Brandon Doughty - Western Kentucky - 6-3 210 C-USA
Jeff Driskel - Louisiana Tech - 6-4 234 C-USA
Michael Eubank - Samford - 6-5 250 FCS
Blake Frohnapfel - UMASS - 6-6 238 MAC
John Gibbs, Jr. - Alcorn State - 6-6 220 FCS
Everett Golson - Florida State - 6-0 199 ACC
Taysom Hill - Brigham Young - 6-2 232 IND
Kevin Hogan - Stanford - 6-4 218 Pac-12
Chuckie Keeton - Utah State - 6-2 210 MW
Cody Kessler - USC - 6-1 215 Pac-12
Dak Prescott - Mississippi State - 6-2 230 SEC
Keenan Reynolds - Navy - 5-11 205 IND
Stephen Rivers - Northwestern St. LA - 6-7 235 FCS
Jake Rudock - Michigan - 6-3 208 Big Ten
Jesse Scroggins - Lindenwood - 6-3 225 Division II
Matt Soltes - East Stroudsburg - 6-3 215 Division II
Nate Sudfeld - Indiana - 6-6 240 Big Ten
Carson Wentz - North Dakota State - 6-6 235 FCS
Marquise Williams - North Carolina - 6-2 225 ACC
Travis Wilson - Utah - 6-6 233 Pac-12
Max Wittek - Hawaii - 6-4, 240 MW

Running Backs
Leon Allen - Western Kentucky - 6-0 235 C-USA
Storm Barrs-Woods - Oregon State - 6-0 207 Pac-12
Devontae Booker - Utah - 5-11 212 Pac-12
Tra Carson - Texas A&M - 6-0 235 SEC
Marshaun Coprich - Illinois St. - 5-9 205 FCS
Kenneth Dixon - Louisiana Tech - 5-10 212 C-USA
Kenyan Drake - Alabama - 6-1 210 SEC
Josh Ferguson - Illinois - 5-10 200 Big Ten
Johnathan Gray - Texas - 5-11 211 Big 12
Aaron Green - TCU - 5-11 205 Big 12
Russell Hansbrough - Missouri - 5-9 195 SEC
Paul James - Rutgers - 6-0 215 Big Ten
Devon Johnson - Marshall - 6-1 244 C-USA
Daniel Lasco - California - 6-1 205 Pac-12
Tre Madden - USC - 6-1 225 Pac-12
Keith Marshall - Georgia - 5-11 212 SEC
Marteze Waller - Fresno State - 5-11 215 MW
Jaylen Walton - Ole Miss - 5-8 172 SEC
Brandon Wilds - South Carolina - 6-2 216 SEC
Jonathan Williams - Arkansas - 6-0 223 SEC

Fullbacks
Trayion Durham - Kent State - 6-1 248 MAC
Quayvon Hicks - Georgia - 6-2 251 SEC
Patrick Skov - Georgia Tech - 6-1 235 ACC
Chris Swain - Navy - 6-1 245 IND
Soma Vainuku - USC - 6-0 255 Pac-12
Dan Vitale - Northwestern - 6-2 235 Big Ten
Derek Watt - Wisconsin - 6-2 236 Big Ten

Wide Receivers
Davonte Allen - Marshall - 6-2 197 C-USA
Stephen Anderson - California - 6-3 230 Pac-12
Chris Brown - Notre Dame - 6-1 195 IND
Quenton Bundrage - Iowa State - 6-2 198 Big 12
Aaron Burbridge - Michigan State - 6-1 208 Big Ten
Devon Cajuste - Stanford - 6-4 227 Pac-12
Leonte Carroo - Rutgers - 6-1 215 Big Ten
Rashon Ceaser - Louisiana Monroe - 6-0 192 Sun Belt
Gary Chambers - Arizona State - 6-4 215 Pac-12
Cody Core - Ole Miss - 6-3 205 SEC
Jared Dangerfield - Western Kentucky - 6-3 215 C-USA
Quinshad Davis - North Carolina - 6-4 220 ACC
Seth Devalve - Princeton - 6-4 240 FCS
Josh Doctson - TCU - 6-3 195 Big 12
Ed Eagan - Northwestern St. LA - 5-10 193 FCS
D.J. Foster - Arizona State - 6-0 195 Pac-12
Devin Fuller - UCLA - 6-0 200 Pac-12
Keon Hatcher - Arkansas - 6-2 210 SEC
Tres Houston - Arkansas State - 6-2 188 Sun Belt
Pig Howard - Tennessee - 5-8 187 SEC
Chris King - Duquesne - 6-1 196 FCS
Macgarrett Kings, Jr. - Michigan State - 5-10 192 Big Ten
Jay Lee - Baylor - 6-3 215 Big 12
Kolby Listenbee - TCU - 6-1 183 Big 12
Ricardo Louis - Auburn - 6-2 215 SEC
Byron Marshall - Oregon - 5-10 200 Pac-12
Mekale McKay - Cincinnati - 6-5 210 AAC
J.D. McKissic - Arkansas State - 5-11 193 Sun Belt
Paul McRoberts - Southeast Missouri State - 6-3 197 FCS
Jaydon Mickens - Washington - 5-11 170 Pac-12
Braxton Miller - Ohio State - 6-2 215 Big Ten
Malcolm Mitchell - Georgia - 6-1 195 SEC
Chris Moore - Cincinnati - 6-2 190 AAC
Richard Mullaney - Alabama - 6-3 208 SEC
Casey Osborne - Delta State - 6-3 205 Division II
Jordan Payton - UCLA - 6-1 212 Pac-12
Charone Peake - Clemson - 6-2 205 ACC
Von Pearson - Tennessee - 6-3 187 SEC
Melvin Ray - Auburn - 6-3 215 SEC
Jamal Robinson - Louisiana Lafayette - 6-4 205 Sun Belt
Alonzo Russell - Toledo - 6-4 205 MAC
Rashawn Scott - Miami - 6-2 205 ACC
Kenneth Scott - Utah - 6-3 208 Pac-12
Justin Scott-Wesley - Georgia - 5-11 201 SEC
Canaan Severin - Virginia - 6-2 205 ACC
Hunter Sharp - Utah State - 6-0 200 MW
Tajae Sharpe - UMASS - 6-3 200 MAC
Sterling Shepard - Oklahoma - 5-10 191 Big 12
Marvin Shinn - South Alabama - 6-2 215 Sun Belt
Tevaun Smith - Iowa - 6-2 205 Big Ten
Nelson Spruce - Colorado - 6-1 195 Pac-12
Brandon Swindall - Utah State - 6-4 205 MW
Bryce Treggs - California - 6-0 185 Pac-12
Shaq Washington - Cincinnati - 5-9 179 AAC
Duke Williams - Auburn - 6-2 224 SEC
Jordan Williams - Ball State - 6-3 228 MAC
Danny Woodson - South Alabama - 6-1 215 Sun Belt

Tight Ends
Jerell Adams - South Carolina - 6-6 231 SEC
Kyle Carter - Penn State - 6-3 247 Big Ten
Kivon Cartwright - Colorado State - 6-4 245 MW
Jake Duzey - Iowa - 6-4 248 Big Ten
Darion Griswold - Arkansas State - 6-5 264 Sun Belt
Ryan Malleck - Virginia Tech - 6-5 252 ACC
Jake McGee - Florida - 6-6 249 SEC
LaQuan McGowan - Baylor - 6-7 410 Big 12
Jay Rome - Georgia - 6-6 250 SEC
Steven Scheu - Vanderbilt - 6-5 245 SEC
Nick Vannett - Ohio State - 6-6 260 Big Ten
Bryce Williams - East Carolina - 6-6 258 AAC

NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, National TV Coverage

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NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, National TV Coverage

Hall of Fame Game Date Time (ET)
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota Aug. 9 - 8 p.m. NBC Sports Live

Week 1 Date Time (ET)
August 13
New Orleans at Baltimore - 7:30 p.m.
NY Jets at Detroit - 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay at New England - 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland - 7:30 p.m.
Miami at Chicago - 8 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego - 10 p.m.
August 14
Tennessee at Atlanta - 7 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo - 7 p.m.
NY Giants at Cincinnati - 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville - 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Oakland - 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle - 10 p.m.
August 15
Tampa Bay at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston - 8 p.m.
Kansas City at Arizona - 9 p.m.
August 16
Indianapolis at Philadelphia - 1 p.m.

Week 2 Date Time (ET)
August 20
Detroit at Washington - 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Cleveland - 8 p.m. ESPN
August 21
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at NY Jets - 8 p.m.
August 22
Miami at Carolina - 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Philadelphia - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Indianapolis - 7:30 p.m.
New England at New Orleans - 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at NY Giants - 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Houston - 8 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona - 10 p.m.
August 23
Green Bay at Pittsburgh - 1 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco - 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Tennessee - 8 p.m. Fox Sports
August 24
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 8 p.m. ESPN

For Preseason Weeks 3 & 4 Go to next page

Bettis, Brown and Haley Head NFL Hall of Fame Class 2015

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be inducted this Saturday night August 8th

The NFL Hall of Fame inductees this year begins with running back Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers and includes linebacker Charles Haley, wideout Tim Brown, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and former GMs Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.

Photo - RB Jerome Bettis - Pittsburgh Steelers

Jerome Bettis put up eight seasons of 1,000-plus yards which at the time of his retirement was the third-best in NFL history. He was extremely tough runner who became the bell cow of the physical Steelers clubs. He's fifth all-time in career rushing yards with 13,662.

Tim Brown has been a finalist multiple times, but the high number of successful talented wide receivers in recent years made it difficult for all of them to make it into the Hall of Fame. Brown had more than 1,000 catches when he retired with mediocre Raider clubs that had bad starting QBs. At the time of his retirement, he had the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

Charles Haley has been a finalist several times and many have questioned why he was not already inducted given that he is the only player in NFL history to have five Super Bowl rings as a player. He has rings from Super Bowl XXIII, XXIV, XXVII, XXVIII and XXX as both a 49er and Cowboy. He produced seven double-digit sack seasons and finished his career with 100.5 sacks. He was named the defensive player of the year twice, in 1990 and 1994 while earning five Pro Bowl appearances.

Junior Seau had an incredible career that includes 20 seasons in the NFL. He made it to 12 Pro Bowls with six All-Pro nods. He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992
Will Shields was an ironman and didn't miss a single game for the Chiefs in 14 seasons. That totals 224 games played with 223 starts. TheChiefs won four division titles and made six playoff appearances with Shields blocking. He earned 12 consecutive Pro Bowl berths and helped runner Priest Holmes rush for a then-record of 27 TDs in 2003.

Bill Polian spent 32 seasons building franchises including the Colts, Bills and Panthers.His teams went to five Super Bowls, three with the Bills and two with the Colts. The Panthers made it to the NFC title game in only their second season in Carolina. The Colts went to the postseason 11 out of the 12 seasons thatPolian served as the President and General manager. He was named the NFL's Executive of the Year by The Sporting News six times.

Ron Wolf, listed as a contributor, has always been known as one of the best personnel guys in the game. He was with the Raiders for 23 seasons and they had winning seasons in all but six years during his tenure there. He also helped return the Green Bay Packers into a championship club and helped them to back-to-back Super Bowls. The Packers won 16 games, including Super Bowl XXXI with Wolf making all the personnel moves for the franchise.

Mike Tingelhoff was a Seniors Committee pick. He played 240 games over the course of 17 seasons in the 60s and 70s. He earned the starting center job as a rookie and kept it his entire career. He never missed a game or practice and played in 19 playoff games over the course of his career. He went up against guy like Dick Butkus and Ray Nitschke twice annually.

The Class of 2015 will now have several months to work on their speeches for the Enshrinement Ceremony. That will come on Saturday, Aug. 8. There, each of the enshrinees will receive their bronze busts and will give a speech, followed by the NFL's annual Hall of Fame game on Sunday – Steelers vs the Vikings.

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