Clemson Wins National Championship

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Final Top 25 Teams –
Clemson Wins Championship Game

Clemson Pounds Alabama to Win 2nd Title in Past Three Years

Players of Week
Offense – QB Trevor Lawrence – Clemson
Defense – DT Christian Wilkins – Clemson

Team of the Week – Clemson Bashes Alabama, 44-16

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Top 25 Teams – Final Rankings

Draft Insiders’ Rankings

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 Clemson – 15-0
2 Alabama – 14-1
3 Ohio St – 13-1
4 Notre Dame – 12-1
5 Oklahoma – 12-2
6 Florida – 10-3
7 LSU   – 10-3
8 Georgia – 11-3
9 Texas – 10-4
10 UCF – 12-1
11 Michigan – 10-3
12 Washington St – 11-3
13 Washington – 10-4
14 Kentucky – 10-3
15 Syracuse – 10-3
16 Texas A&M – 9-4
17 Fresno St – 12-2
18 Penn State – 9-4
19 Northwestern – 9-5
20 Utah St – 11-2
21 Army – 11-2
22 West Virginia – 8-4
23 Cincinnati – 11-2
24 Boise St – 10-3
25 Iowa – 9-4

Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/ Team / Record / Points
1 Clemson (63) – 15-0   1575
2 Alabama – 14-1 1512
3 Ohio State – 13-1 1416
4 Oklahoma – 12-2 1392
5 Notre Dame – 12-1 1294
6 Florida – 10-3 1177
7 LSU – 10-3 1170
8 Georgia – 11-3  1127
9 Texas – 10-4 1082
10 Washington State – 11-2 994
11 Kentucky – 0-3 931
12 UCF – 12-1 857
13 Washington – 10-4 790
14 Michigan – 10-3 762
15 Syracuse – 10-3   710
16 Texas A&M – 9-4  616
17 Penn State – 9-4 569
18 Fresno State – 12-2 489
19 Northwestern – 9-5  370
20 Army -11-2 331
21 Utah State – 11-2   248
22 West Virginia – 8-4   228
23 Cincinnati – 11-2  186
24 Boise State – 10-3 164
25 Iowa – 9-4 102

Complete Rankings
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 101, Utah 72, Appalachian State 56, Stanford 38, Iowa State 29, Auburn 27, Oregon 18, Missouri 14, UAB 9, Georgia Southern 7, Virginia 5, Wisconsin 2, NC State 2, Troy 2, Duke 1

Dropped from rankings: Mississippi State 18, Utah 19




January All-Star Games 2019 Postseason Schedule

January All-Star Games 2019 Postseason Schedule

Jan. 5-9 – College Gridiron Showcase, Fort Worth, Texas

Jan. 13 – Tropical Bowl – FBS All-star Game – Daytona Beach, Florida
                      http://www.tropicalbowl.com/

Jan. 19 NFLPA Collegiate Game –
      Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, Ca.– FS1

     Jan. 19 – East-West Shrine – St. Petersburg, Florida – 3 pm est – NFL Network
     For Complete East-West Shrine All-star Game info including updated Roster acceptances
Go to http://www.shrinegame.com/

 
*** Senior Bowl Game – Jan 26, 2019 Mobile, Alabama – 1:30 pm CT- NFL Network ***

                       Weigh-in- Practices – Monday Jan 21st thru Thursday Jan 24th
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Draft Insiders’ 2018 All-American Teams

Draft Insiders’ 2018 All-American Teams

   Frank Coyle/ Publisher – Head Scout

 All-American First Team

Offense

QB Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama, Sophomore
RB Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin, Sophomore
RB Benny Snell – Kentucky, Junior
WR Jerry Jeudy – Alabama, Junior
WR N’Keal Harry – Arizona State, Junior
WR Marques Brown – Oklahoma, Redshirt senior
TE Noah Fant – Iowa, Junior
C Garrett Bradbury – North Carolina St, Senior
OL Greg Little – Ole Miss, Junior
OL Jonah Williams – Alabama, Junior
OL Michael Deiter – Wisconsin, Senior
OL Dru Samia – Oklahoma, Senior
 
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Defense
DE Montez Smeat – Mississippi State, Senior
DE Clelin Ferrell – Clemson, Junior
DT Ed Oliver – Houston, Junior
DT Jerry Tillery – Notre Dame, Senior
LB Devin White – LSU, Junior
LB Josh Allen – Kentucky, Senior
LB Devin Bush – Michigan, Junior
CB Greedy Williams – LSU, Sophomore
CB Byron Murphy – Washington, Sophomore
S Taylor Rapp – Washington, Junior
S Deionte Thompson – Alabama, Junior

Special Teams
PK Cole Tracy – LSU, Senior
P Branden Mann – Texas A&M, Junior
KR Tony Pollard – Memphis, Redshirt junior
PR Mecole Hardman – Georgia, Junior
All-Purpose Deebo Samuel – South Carolina, Redshirt senior

All-American Second Team

Offense
QB Kyler Murray – Oklahoma, Junior
RB Myles Gaskin – Washington, Senior
RB Darrell Henderson – Memphis, Junior
WR David Sills V – West Virginia, Senior
WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey – Texas, Junior
WR J.J Arcega-Whiteside – Stanford, Junior
TE T.J Hockenson – Iowa, Redshirt sophomore
C Ross Pierschbacher – Alabama, Senior
OL Calvin Throckmorten – Oregon, Junior
OL Dalton Risner – Kansas State, Redshirt senior
OL Beau Benzschawel – Wisconsin, Redshirt senior
OL Ben Powers – Oklahoma, Senior

Defense
DE Austin Bryant – Clemson, Senior
DE Chase Winovich – Michigan, Senior
DT Christian Wilkins – Clemson, Senior
DL Dre’Mont Jones – Ohio State, Junior
LB Chase Hansen – Utah, Senior
LB T.J. Edwards – Wisconsin, Redshirt senior
LB Ben Burr-Kirven – Washington, Senior
CB Deandre Baker – Georgia, Senior
CB Julian Love – Notre Dame, Junior
S Juan Thornhill – Virginia, Senior
S Grant Delpit – LSU, Sophomore

Special Teams
K PK Matt Gay- Utah, Senior
P Jake Bailey – Stanford, Senior
KR Parris Campbell – Ohio St, Senior
PR Richaud Floyd – Missouri, Redshirt junior
AP Rondale Moore – Purdue, Redshirt freshman

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Heisman Trophy Award 2018

Heisman Trophy Award 2018

The Heisman Trophy award will be announced Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. Three underclassmen, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray and Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins will hoist the most prestigious individual award in American sports. This year the winner will have to prevail in what is expected to be one of the closest voting in the history of the award.

The difference between first and second place finalists has been huge in recent years. It has only been below 300 total points  twice in the past decade. In 2011, Robert Griffin III topped Andrew Luck 1,687-1,407 while in 2015 Derrick Henry edged Christian McCaffrey 1,832-1,539.

All three QB finalists this year produced historic seasons and were instrumental in their schools earning and winning major conference championships.

Frank Coyle’s vote
(Frank Coyle has been a voter in the Heisman Trophy for over 25 years)

1 QB Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
2 QB Kyler Murray – Oklahoma
3 QB Dwayne Haskins – Ohio St

2018 Season

Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
Passing
Yards   TD        Int         Comp% QBR
3353     37         4          67.7      94.2

Rushing
Yards   TD        YPC
190       5          4.0
Kyler Murray – Oklahoma
Passing
Yards   TD        Int   Comp%      QBR
4053     40         7          70.9      96.0

Rushing
YDS     TD        YPC
892       11         7.3

Dwayne Haskins
Passing
Yards   TD        Int         Comp% QBR
4580     47         8          70.2      86.9

Rushing
Yards   TDs      YPC
122       4          1.7

Heisman Memorial Trophy Winners
Year   Player            School
2017     Baker Mayfield  Oklahoma
2016     Lamar Jackson Louisville
2015     Derrick Henry    Alabama
2014     Marcus Mariota Oregon
2013     Jameis Winston Florida State
2012     Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
2011     Robert Griffin III Baylor
2010     Cam Newton     Auburn
2009     Mark Ingram II   Alabama
2008     Sam Bradford   Oklahoma
2007     Tim Tebow        Florida
2006     Troy Smith        Ohio State
2004     Matt Leinart       USC
2003     Jason White      Oklahoma
2002     Carson Palmer  USC
2001     Eric Crouch       Nebraska
2000     Chris Weinke     Florida State
1999     Ron Dayne        Wisconsin
1998     Ricky Williams   Texas
1997     Charles Woodson         Michigan
1996     Danny Wuerffel Florida
1995     Eddie George    Ohio State
1994     Rashaan Salaam           Colorado
1993     Charlie Ward     Florida State
1992     Gino Torretta     Miami
1991     Desmond Howard          Michigan
1990     Ty Detmer         BYU
1989     Andre Ware       Houston
1988     Barry Sanders   Oklahoma State
1987     Tim Brown        Notre Dame

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College Football Awards 2018 – SEC Dominates Award Winners

College Football Awards 2018 – SEC Dominates Award Winners

Heisman Trophy Winner will be announced on Sat, Dec. 8th on ESPN at 8 pm
QBs, Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins are Heisman Trophy Finalists

Maxwell Award
Outstanding Player
2018     Tua Tagovailoa Alabama
2017     Baker Mayfield  Oklahoma
2016     Lamar Jackson Louisville

Walter Camp Award
Player of the Year Award
2018     Tua Tagovailoa Alabama
2017     Baker Mayfield  Oklahoma
2016     Lamar Jackson Louisville

Doak Walker Award
National Running Back Award
2018     Jonathan Taylor            Wisconsin
2017     Bryce Love       Stanford
2016     D’Onta Foreman            Texas

Davey O’Brien Award
National Quarterback Award
2018     Kyler Murray      Oklahoma
2017     Baker Mayfield    Oklahoma
2016     Deshaun Watson           Clemson

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
Outstanding Senior QB
2018     Gardner Minshew          WSU
2017     Mason Rudolph Oklahoma St
2016     Deshaun Watson           Clemson

Fred Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Receiver
2018     Jerry Jeudy       Alabama
2017     James Washington        Oklahoma St
2016     Dede Westbrook           Oklahoma

John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End
2018     T.J. Hockenson Iowa
2017     Mark Andrews   Oklahoma
2016     Jake Butt          Michigan

Outland Trophy
Outstanding Interior Lineman
2018     Quinnen Williams          Alabama
2017     Ed Oliver           Houston
2016     Cam Robinson  Alabama

Lombardi Award
Nation’s Top Player
Announcement this weekend
2017     Bryce Love       Stanford
2016     Jonathan Allen  Alabama
2015     Carl Nassib       PSU

Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center
2018     Garrett Bradbury           N.C. St
2017     Billy Price          OSU
2016     Pat Elflein         OSU

Chuck Bednarik Award
Defensive Player of the Year
2018     Josh Allen         UK
2017     Minkah Fitzpatrick         Alabama
2016     Jonathan Allen  Alabama

Bronko Nagurski Award
Defensive Player of the Year
2018     Josh Allen         UK
2017     Bradley Chubb  N.C. ST
2016     Jonathan Allen  Alabama

Dick Butkus Award
Outstanding Linebacker
2018     Devin White      LSU
2017     Roquan Smith   Georgia
2016     Reuben Foster  Alabama

Jim Thorpe Award
Outstanding Defensive Back
2018     Deandre Baker  Georgia
2017     Minkah Fitzpatrick         Alabama
2016     Adoree’ Jackson           USC

Lou Groza Award
Collegiate Place-kicker Award
2018     Andre Szmyt     Syracuse
2017     Matt Gay           Utah
2016     Zane Gonzalez  ASU

Ray Guy Award
Outstanding Punter
2018     Braden Mann    Texas A&M
2017     Michael Dickson           Texas
2016     Mitch Wishnowsky         Utah

Ted Hendricks Award
Defensive End of the Year Award
2018     Clelin Ferrell      Clemson
2017     Bradley Chubb  N.C. ST
2016     Jonathan Allen  Alabama

Campbell Trophy
Top-scholar Athlete
2018     Christian Wilkins            Clemson
2017     Micah Kiser       Virginia
2016     Zach Terrell       WMU

The Home Depot Award
Coach of the Year
2018     Brian Kelly        ND
2017     Scott Frost        UCF
2016     Mike MacIntyre  Colorado

Frank Broyles Award
Assistant Coach of the Year
2018     Mike Anthony Locksley  Maryland
2017     Tony Elliott       Clemson
2016     Brent Venables   Clemson

Lott IMPACT Trophy
Outstanding Defensive Player
2017     Josey Jewell     Iowa
2016     Jabrill Peppers  Michigan
2015     Carl Nassib       PSU

Paul Hornung Award
Most Versatile Player
2018     Rondale Moore Purdue
2017     Saquon Barkley PSU
2016     Jabrill Peppers  Michigan

Disney Spirit Award
Most Inspirational Player or Team
2018     Tyler Trent         Purdue
2017     Iowa     Iowa
2016     James Conner   Pittsburgh

Wuerffel Trophy
Top Community Servant of the Year
2018     Drue Tranquill    ND
2017     Courtney Love  UK
2016     Trevor Knight    Texas A&M

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College Football Bowl Schedule

College Football 2018-2019 Bowl Schedule

The College Bowl games this season kick off on Saturday, Dec. 15 with six contests on the schedule — Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, AutoNation Cure Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl, Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

The College Football Playoff Semifinals will feature No. 2 Clemson hosting No. 3 Notre Dame in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and No. 1 Alabama hosting No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Those games will be played on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET, respectively.

Semifinal winners will meet on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in the College Football National Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

College Football Playoff

All times Eastern Standard
Date/    Bowl/ Time (TV) Matchup

Jan. 7   National Championship
Santa Clara, Calif.         8 p.m. (ESPN)   TBA vs. TBA

National Semi-Finals
  Dec. 29 – Cotton Bowl 
Arlington, Texas            4 p.m. (ESPN)   No. 2 Clemson (13-0) vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0)

  Dec. 29 – Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, Fla.      8 p.m. (ESPN)   No. 1 Alabama (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1)

College Football 2018-2019 Bowl Schedule

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State       Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA       12:00 pm  ABC

AutoNation Cure Bowl
Tulane vs. Louisiana      Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL       1:30 pm   CBSSN

New Mexico Bowl
North Texas vs. Utah State        Dreamstyle Stadium
Albuquerque, NM          2:00 pm   ESPN

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
21 Fresno State vs. Arizona State          Sam Boyd Stadium
Las Vegas, NV  3:30 pm   ABC

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan  Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL            5:30 pm   ESPN

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State            Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA           9:00 pm  ESPN

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
UAB vs. Northern Illinois            FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, FL 7:00 pm   ESPN

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

DXL Frisco Bowl
San Diego State vs. Ohio           Toyota Stadium
Frisco, TX         8:00 pm  ESPN

Thursday, Dec 20, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Marshall vs. USF           Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL        8:00 pm   ESPN

Friday, Dec 21, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
FIU vs. Toledo  Thomas Robinson Stadium
Nassau, Bahamas         12:30 pm  ESPN

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan vs. BYU         Albertson’s Stadium
Boise, ID           4:00 pm   ESPN

Saturday, Dec 22, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Jared Birmingham Bowl
Memphis vs. Wake Forest          Legion Field
Birmingham, AL 12:00 pm   ESPN

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Houston vs. Army          Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX  3:30 pm   ESPN

Dollar General Bowl
Buffalo vs. Troy Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL        7:00 pm  ESPN

SoFi Hawai’i Bowl
Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech          Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI      10:30 pm    ESPN

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Boston College vs. 25 Boise State          Cotton Bowl Stadium
Dallas, TX         1:30 pm   ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech       Ford Field
Detroit, MI         5:15 pm   ESPN

Cheez-It Bowl
California vs. TCU          Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ      9:00 pm  ESPN

Thursday, Dec 27, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Temple vs. Duke           Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA  1:30 pm   ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Miami (FL) vs. Wisconsin           Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY         5:15 pm   ESPN

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Baylor vs. Vanderbilt      NRG Stadium
Houston, TX      9:00 pm   ESPN

Friday, Dec 28, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl
Purdue vs. Auburn         Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN     1:30 pm  ESPN

Camping World Bowl
16 West Virginia vs. 20 Syracuse           Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL       5:15 pm  ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl
24 Iowa State vs. 13 Washington State   Alamodome
San Antonio, TX            9:00 pm   ESPN

Saturday, Dec 29, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Belk Bowl
South Carolina vs. Virginia         Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC    12:00 pm    ABC

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
10 Florida vs. 7 Michigan           Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA       12:00 pm  ESPN

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Arkansas State vs. Nevada        Arizona Stadium
Tucson, AZ       1:15 pm  CBSSN

Goodyear Cotton Bowl
3 Notre Dame vs. 2 Clemson     AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX     4:00 pm   ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl
4 Oklahoma vs. 1 Alabama        Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL        8:00 pm  ESPN

Monday, Dec 31, 2018
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Military Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech        Navy-Marine Corps Mem. Stadium
Annapolis, MD  12:00 pm  ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford vs. Pitt Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, TX       2:00 pm  CBS

Redbox Bowl
Michigan State vs. Oregon         Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, CA            3:00 pm  FOX

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
23 Missouri vs. Oklahoma State Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN     3:45 pm  ESPN

SDCCU Holiday Bowl
22 Northwestern vs. 17 Utah      Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA  7:00 pm    FS1

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
NC State vs. 19 Texas A&M       TIAA Bank Field
Jacksonville, FL 7:30 pm  ESPN

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV

Outback Bowl
18 Mississippi State vs. Iowa     Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL        12:00 pm  ESPN2

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
11 LSU vs. 8 UCF          State Farm Stadium
Glendale, AZ     1:00 pm   ESPN

VRBO Citrus Bowl
14 Kentucky vs. 12 Penn State   Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL       1:00 pm  ABC

Rose Bowl Game
9 Washington vs. 6 Ohio State   Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, CA   5:00 pm ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl
15 Texas vs. 5 Georgia  Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA           8:45 pm  ESPN

Monday, Jan 7, 2019
Bowl     Location           Time (ET) / TV   Tickets

College Football Playoff National Championship
Semifinal Winners          Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, CA            8:00 pm  ESPN




Kentucky’s Josh Allen Wins 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Kentucky’s Josh Allen Wins 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Linebacker is Wildcat’s first major award winner since 1950

FWAA – Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen was named the recipient of the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night before a sold-out banquet crowd of 1,200 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Allen, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound linebacker from Montclair, N.J., accepted the award given to the best defensive player in college football and becomes Kentucky’s first major award winner since Bob Gain won the Outland Trophy in 1950.

The FWAA All-America Committee made Allen the selection as this year’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. Allen was selected from a list of finalists that included Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, LSU safety Grant Delpit, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams.

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards.

Frank Coyle voted for LB Josh Allen of Kentucky this year.

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The senior has been one of the nation’s top pass rushers all season with 14 sacks in the 2018 season that led the Southeastern Conference and are third in the nation, to go with SEC-best marks of 18.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. His 14 sacks are the single-season record at Kentucky, as are his 28.5 career sacks heading into the Wildcats’ VRBO Citrus Bowl appearance on Jan. 1.

Allen has 11 career forced fumbles, which ties former Wildcat and current Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan for the Wildcats’ career mark. His defensive numbers improved as the games wore on – 12 of his 14 sacks have come in the second half, with eight of those 12 in the fourth quarter. He clinched two of Kentucky’s nine wins this season with a sack that caused a fumble that the Wildcats recovered on their opponents’ final possession. In addition, those 14 sacks have been drive-breakers for opponents. Of the 14 drives in which Allen registered a sack, opponents ran 81 plays for just 211 yards of total offense, or 2.6 yards per play. The 14 drives combined resulted in no points, eight punts and four turnovers.

Allen was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week four times this season and posted double-figure tackles in three games. On the season, Allen has 84 total tackles, six quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.

“Just the way he impacts the game being a big guy, he’s really remarkable,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said following a Nov. 17 win over Middle Tennessee. “He’s so unselfish. You see players so often in situations like that (trying to make a play), and he won’t blink an eye if we’re not rushing him. He doesn’t even think about it. When he gets his opportunities, he’s going to go. He wanted the (school sack) record, but not at the expense of our defense and what we’re doing and game planning.”

Allen was an all-state wide receiver for Abbeville (Ala.) High School as a junior before moving back to his hometown of Montclair, N.J., and switching to linebacker for his senior season. He bulked up by 40 pounds upon arriving at Kentucky. He has a fraternal twin brother Isaiah, and a sister, Myisha Hines-Allen, who played college basketball at Louisville and is currently a forward for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA joined with the Charlotte Touchdown Club and named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 24 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

The Football Writers Association of America, founded in 1941, consists of 1,300 men and women who cover college football. 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 game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for over 25 years.

 




Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Championship Week

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Championship Week

Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Washington & Ohio St Win    Conference Titles
Notre Dame Joins Bama, Clemson and Oklahoma In National Title Semi-Finals

Players of Week
Offense – QB Jalen Hurts – Alabama
Defense – DT Dexter Lawrence – Clemson

Team of the Week – Alabama beats Georgia, 35-28
Upset of the Week – Fresno St beats Boise St – 19-16

Game of Final Regular Week
Army (9-2) vs Navy (3-9) – December 8th – Philadelphia, Pa.

 
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Top 25 Teams
Draft Insiders’

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 Alabama – 13-0
2 Clemson – 13-0
3 Notre Dame – 12-0
4 Oklahoma – 12-1
5 Ohio St – 12-1
6 UCF – 12-0
7 Georgia – 11-2
8 Michigan – 10-2
9 LSU   – 9-3
10 Washington – 10-3
11 Washington St – 10-2
12 Florida – 9-3
13 Kentucky – 9-3
14 Syracuse – 9-3
15 Penn State – 9-3
16 Texas – 9-4
17 West Virginia – 8-3
18 Utah – 9-4
19 Fresno St – 11-2
20 Mississippi St – 8-4
21 Texas A&M – 8-4
22 Northwestern – 8-5
23 Boise St – 10-3
24 Utah St – 10-2
25 Army – 9-2

Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/ Team / Record / Points
1 Alabama (62)  13-0      1598
2 Clemson (2)    13-0      1538
3 Notre Dame    12-0      1460
4 Oklahoma      12-1      1375
5 Ohio State      12-1      1326
6 Georgia          11-2      1316
7 UCF   12-0      1218
8 Michigan        10-2      1122
9 Washington    10-3      1046
10 Florida         9-3        976
11 LSU 9-3        899
12 Penn State   9-3        889
13 Washington State     10-2      856
14 Texas           9-4        776
15 Kentucky      9-3        696
16 West Virginia            8-3        683
17 Syracuse      9-3        505
18 Mississippi State      8-4        501
19 Utah 9-4        411
20 Texas A&M  8-4        388
21 Fresno State 11-2      357
22 Northwestern            8-5        159
23 Utah State    10-2      125
24 Boise State  10-3      122
25 Army            9-2        114

Others receiving votes: Iowa State 87, NC State 63, Cincinnati 62, Missouri 61, Appalachian State 32, Iowa 19, Stanford 9, Oregon 5, UAB 4, Buffalo 1, Georgia Southern 1

 Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff  and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.




College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings

College Football Playoff

Selection Committee Rankings
Games Played through Saturday, December 1

Rank/ Team / Overall Record
1 Alabama – 13-0
2 Clemson – 13-0
3 Notre Dame – 12-0
4 Oklahoma – 12-1
5 Georgia – 11-2
6 Ohio State – 12-1
7 Michigan – 10-2
8 UCF – 12-0
9 Washington – 10-3
10 Florida – 9-3
11 LSU – 9-3
12 Penn State – 9-3
13 Washington State – 10-2
14 Kentucky – 9-3
15 Texas – 9-4
16 West Virginia – 8-3
17 Utah – 9-4
18 Mississippi State – 8-4
19 Texas A&M – 8-4
20 Syracuse – 9-3
21 Fresno State – 11-2
22 Northwestern – 8-5
23 Missouri – 8-4
24 Iowa State – 8-4
25 Boise State – 10-3

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 7, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.




Walter Payton 2018 FCS Award Finalists

Walter Payton FCS Award Finalists

The list of finalists for the 2018 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award was released recently. STATS named 25 finalists for this prestigious award. The annual Walter Payton Award is given to the Offensive Player of the Year in the FCS. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner following the regular season.

The Payton Award, first presented in 1987, has watched past winners such as Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp move on to the NFL.

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The bust was named in honor of the late National Football League (NFL) legend Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State University in the early 1970s.

Among the many schools in the division, only nine have claimed more than one award, and only seven have had more than one player win the award. Eastern Washington and Villanova had three players win the award, and five have had two players win: Colgate, Georgia Southern, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Eastern Illinois. Two players have won the award twice, with both being the only players from their institutions to win. In 2009, Armanti Edwards from Appalachian St became the first to receive the award twice, followed in 2017 by Jeremiah Briscoe from Sam Houston St.

Both the Walter Payton award and the FCS’ top defensive player, the Buck Buchanan Award will be honored at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet, which is held in Frisco, Texas, on the night before the FCS National Championship Game.

Walter Payton Award Finalists
FCS Offensive Player of the Year

Tyrie Adams, QB, Jr. – Western Carolina
Michael Bandy, WR, Jr. – San Diego
Chandler Burks, QB, Sr. – Kennesaw State
Taryn Christion, QB, Sr. – South Dakota State
Ra’Quanne Dickens, RB, Sr. – Incarnate Word
Keelan Doss, WR, Sr. – UC Davis
Tom Flacco, QB, Jr. – Towson
Ryan Fulse, RB, Sr. – Wagner
A.J. Hines, RB, Jr. – Duquesne
Devlin Hodges, QB, Sr. – Samford
James Holland Jr., RB, Sr. – Colgate
Alexander Hollins, WR, Sr. – Eastern Illinois
Noah Johnson, QB, Jr. – Alcorn State
Anthony Lawrence, QB, Sr. – San Diego
John Lovett, QB, Sr. – Princeton
Jake Maier, QB, Jr. – UC Davis
Kelvin McKnight, WR, Sr. – Samford
Caylin Newton, QB, So. – Howard
Donald Parham, TE, Sr. – Stetson
Joh Pearson, WR, Jr. – Jacksonville State
Joe Protheroe, FB, Sr. – Cal Poly
James Robinson, RB, Jr. – Illinois State
Easton Stick, QB, Sr. – North Dakota State
Marquis Terry, RB, Sr. – Southeast Missouri
Reggie White Jr., WR, Sr. – Monmouth

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Maxwell Award, Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for over 25 years.