2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists Named

2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists Named

Alabama boasts a Finalist for 8th straight season

FWAA – Five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy – presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club are listed below.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are: Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen, Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, LSU safety Grant Delpit, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams.

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The Bronko Nagurski Trophy recipient will be chosen from these five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects the best defensive player in college football.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Ohio State’s Tom Cousineau, a member of the FWAA’s 1977 All-America team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

2018 Bronko Nagurski Finalists

listed in alphabetical order:

Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky (6-5, 260, Sr., Montclair, N.J.): Allen has hampered opposing offenses as a pass-rush specialist on the edge. He leads the SEC with 15.5 tackles for loss, which is also 11th in the nation. His 11 sacks are third nationally and he is one full sack shy of the Kentucky single-season record. Another half-sack would tie him (25.5 at present) as the Wildcats’ all-time career leader. Allen gets progressively better during the game – nine of his 11 sacks have come in the second half with six of them in the fourth quarter – and he is a takeaway producer with five forced fumbles, second in the nation. His 65 total tackles have helped him be named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week four times.

Devin Bush, LB, Michigan (5-11, 222, Jr., Penbroke Pines, Fla.): Bush is Michigan’s ball-hawking tackle leader (61) on the nation’s leader in total defense (219.8 yards per game). He’s always around the ball on a defense that has allowed 338 fewer yards than any team in the country; his 32 assists lead the team and his 29 solo tackles are second. Bush is the Wolverines’ leader with 8.0 tackles for loss and has had at least one tackle for loss in six games. He tied a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss against Nebraska to go with a season-high nine tackles. His 4.5 sacks are second on the team and Bush has contributed seven or more tackles in six games while breaking up 4.5 passes.

Grant Delpit, S, LSU (6-3, 203, So., Houston, Texas): One of this season’s top underclassmen at any position, Delpit leads the SEC and is tied for third in the nation with five interceptions. He also leads the SEC in passes defensed (11) on a defense that leads the SEC and is sixth nationally in pass efficiency defense (98.28 rating). Delpit is third on the team in tackles with 63 and leads in sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss (9.5, 14th nationally). He’s recorded double-digit tackles in three games with a career-high of 10 against Auburn this season when he also had two interceptions and a sack to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 15.

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson (6-4, 300, Gr., Springfield, Mass.): A standout player, even as part of a defensive line featuring four returning All-Americans. Wilkins was an FWAA First-Team All-America selection in 2016. He has 10.5 tackles for loss, second on the team, to go with three sacks and 40 tackles (29 solo) for the season. Clemson was No. 1 nationally in tackles for loss in the first two of Wilkins’ three prior seasons in the middle and was No. 6 last year. His 13.5 stops behind the line have resulted in 67 yards of losses. Wilkins will play in his 54th career game Saturday against Duke. Wilkins graduated in 2017 with a degree in communications in only two-and-a-half years.

Quinnen Williams, NG, Alabama (6-4, 295, So., Birmingham, Ala.): The upstart sophomore leads Alabama with 14.0 tackles for loss for minus-58 yards and is tied for 11th in the SEC with 5.0 sacks and a 0.5 sacks per game average. He posted a career game against LSU, tallying career highs in tackles (10) and sacks (2.5) and tying a career high in tackles for loss (3.5). Williams, who earned the Outland Trophy Defensive Player of the Month for October, clogs the middle and allows those around him to create havoc – Alabama has had at least 10 tackles for loss in five of 10 games and in three straight. The Crimson Tide’s 36 team sacks and 3.60 sacks per game are both tied for No. 3 nationally. Has been named a defensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff eight times in 10 games.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA 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.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 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. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.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.

 




2018 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists

2018 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, announced 11 semifinalists for the 2018 Biletnikoff Award. The secure and confidential electronic voting by the distinguished members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee was conducted from November 5th through November 11th, and certified by a prominent CPA firm.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding FBS receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.

The semifinalists, finalists, and award recipient are selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted. For a list of voters, please see BiletnikoffAward.com/voters

Announcement Dates

November 18 – Three Finalists

December 6 –  Biletnikoff Award Winner announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan

The Home Depot College Football Awards airs live on ESPN December 6, 2018, 7 – 9pm (EST)

The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was a consensus All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.

The 11 2018 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Player / School

JJ Arcega-Whiteside – Stanford
A.J. Brown – Ole Miss
Marquise Brown – Oklahoma
N’Keal Harry – Arizona State
Andy Isabella – Massachusetts
Jerry Jeudy – Alabama
Rondale Moore – Purdue
David Sills V – West Virginia
John Ursua – Hawaii
Tylan Wallace – Oklahoma State
Antoine Wesley – Texas Tech

The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 6, 2018, on The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan to be broadcast 7:00 – 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN. College and pro football hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff will announce the 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner on the show.

The correlation between Biletnikoff Award winners and stardom in the National Football League is nearly uniformly consistent. Past Biletnikoff Award winners include Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, and Larry Fitzgerald.

The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented the Biletnikoff Award trophy by college and pro football hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff and keynoter & 1993 Lombardi Award and Jim Parker Award winner Aaron Taylor before 550 patrons at the Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The banquet was hailed by 2014 keynote speaker Dick Vermeil, as well as by 2013 keynoter Larry Csonka, as “the best banquet in college sports.”

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.

 




2018 Maxwell Award Semifinalists

2018 Maxwell Award Semifinalists

The 2018 Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year

The list includes a field of 20 candidates as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee, including eleven QBs, seven RB and two receivers. Quarterbacks, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, Will Grier of West Virginia, Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State and Kyler Murray of Oklahoma will be strong candidates off outstanding 2018 performances.

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The winner will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show presented by Gildan which will be broadcast live on ESPN on Dec. 6. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Dinner on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Semifinalist voting for the award will close on Nov. 18. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 19 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head football coaches, sports information directors and selected national media.

Go to  MaxwellFootballClub.org for more information

2018 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:

Tagovailoa Tua QB – Alabama
Grier Will QB – West Virginia
Haskins Dwayne QB – Ohio State
Murray Kyler QB – Oklahoma
McMaryion Marcus QB – Fresno State
King D’Eriq QB – Houston
Book Ian QB – Notre Dame
Herbert Justin QB – Oregon
Minshew Gardner QB – Washington State
McSorley Trace QB – Penn State
Milton McKenzie QB – UCF
Snell Benny RB – Kentucky
Henderson Darrell RB – Memphis
Higdon Karan RB – Michigan
Dillon AJ RB – Boston College
Etienne Travis RB – Clemson
Moss Zack RB – Utah
Taylor Jonathan RB – Wisconsin
Moore Rondale WR – Purdue
Shenault Laviska WR – Colorado

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.




Chuck Bednarik 2018 Award Semifinalists

 Maxwell Football Club Announces Chuck Bednarik Award 2018 Semifinalists

Five teams, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Mississippi St and Washington list two Defensive Players on the Semifinalist List

MSU’s Simmons and Sweat Named Bednarik Award Semifinalists
Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat, the best defensive line duo in America, were both named semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday by the Maxwell Football Club.

The Bednarik Award is presented annually to the college defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club. The field of contenders is comprised of 20 candidates, featuring a representative from every Power 5 conference. Simmons is one of two returners from last year’s semifinal list. MSU is one of just five schools with multiple semifinalists, joining Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Washington.

College football’s most feared pass rusher, Sweat is tied for second in the Southeastern Conference and seventh in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 8.5 sacks through eight games this season. He has also racked up 11 tackles for loss, which is the third-most in the SEC. No player in the Power 5 has tallied more sacks since the start of the 2017 season than Sweat, who has 19 in his 21 career games played in that span. Sweat, who led the SEC in sacks with 10.5 in 2017, is looking to become the second player since at least 2002 to lead the league in sacks back-to-back years.

A dominant interior force, Simmons leads all SEC defensive linemen with 39 tackles this season and ranks tied for fourth in the conference with 9.5 tackles for loss. Simmons has recorded 18 stops and 16 total pressures, including 12 hurries. In the 21 games played together, the pair of first-round NFL prospects have combined for 48 tackles for loss (28 vs. SEC). Sweat has 26.5, while Simmons has 21.5 (Simmons has 25.0 in his career). The tandem has also combined for 24 sacks (16.5 vs. SEC) as Sweat has 19 and Simmons has five.

Frank Coyle lists  12 of the 20 junior and senior defenders on his Big Board for the NFL Draft 2019.

Semifinalist voting for the award will  close on Nov. 18. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 19 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head football coaches, sports information directors and selected national media.

The winner will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show presented by Gildan which will be broadcast live on ESPN on Dec. 6. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Dinner on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

2018 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
DE Zach Allen, Boston College
DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
DE Jachai Polite, Florida
DE Brian Burns, Florida State
CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
DT Ed Oliver, Houston
LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
S Grant Delpit, LSU
LB Devin White, LSU
DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
NG Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
NG Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
CB Byron Murphy, Washington
LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington

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.




Draft Insiders’ – Midseason 2018 All-American Team

Draft Insiders’ – Midseason 2018 All-American Team

 Frank Coyle

Offense

QB – Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
RB – Benny Snell – Kentucky
RB – Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin
WR – Marquise Brown – Oklahoma
WR – Jerry Jeudy – Alabama
TE – Noah Fant – Iowa
OL – Jonah Williams – Alabama
OL – Dalton Risner – Kansas St
OL – Mitch Hyatt – Clemson
OL – Michael Dieter – Wisconsin
OC – Ross Piershbacher – Alabama
All-Purpose Athlete – Deebo Samuel – South Carolina

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Defense

DE – Clelin Ferrell – Clemson
DT – Ed Oliver – Houston
DT – Jerry Tillery – Notre Dame
DE – Montez Sweat – Mississippi St
LB – Josh Allen – Kentucky
LB – Devin Bush – Florida St
LB – Devin White – LSU
CB – Greedy Williams – LSU
CB – Deandre Baker – Georgia
FS – Taylor Rapp – Washington
SS – Deionte Thompson – Alabama

Special Teams

R/S – Mecole Hardman – Georgia
PK – Andre Szmyt – Syracuse
P – Braden Mann – Texas A&M




2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List

2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List

The Football Writers Association of America released its 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, selecting 97 defensive standouts from 61 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences on a roster that includes three returning players from last season’s FWAA All-America team.

Bronko Nagurski Trophy Ed Oliver, a junior tackle from the University of Houston and a Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist a year ago, joins senior Clemson end Austin Bryant and junior end Sutton Smith of Northern Illinois as returning selections from the 2017 FWAA All-America first team.

Oliver, the 2017 Outland Trophy winner as the nation’s best interior lineman, is a two-time FWAA All-American after earning second-team mention in 2016. This year’s watch list for the nation’s top defensive player also includes LSU linebacker Devin White and Clemson end Clelin Ferrell, both second-team FWAA All-America selections a year ago, as well as Clemson tackle Christian Wilkins, a 2016 FWAA All-America first team member.

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.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 14.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football.

This year’s watch list includes at least four players from each of the 10 FBS conferences. The SEC (16) leads the 97-member list with the Big Ten (15) right behind. The ACC (13) and Pac-12 (12) also have double-digit representation, followed by the Big 12 (9), American Athletic and Mountain West (7), Conference USA and Independents (5), and the Mid-American and Sun Belt (4).

The list includes 27 backs, 26 linebackers, 24 ends and 20 tackles.

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

2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List (97)

LB Dakota Allen, Texas Tech
DB Tyler Horton, Boise State
DE Zach Allen, Boston College
LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
LB Azeez Al-Shaair, Florida Atlantic
DB Michael Jackson, Miami
DB Dravon Askew-Henry, West Virginia
DE Cece Jefferson, Florida
LB Joe Bachie, Michigan State
DE Jalen Jelks, Oregon
DE Ben Banogu, TCU
DB Jaquan Johnson, Miami
DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
DT Ryan Bee, Marshall
DE Corbin Kaufusi, BYU
DB Julian Blackmon, Utah
LB Jordan Kunaszyk, California
DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
DB Kris Boyd, Texas
DE Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
DT Ira Lewis, Baylor
DB Blace Brown, Troy
DB Shelton Lewis, Florida Atlantic
DE Austin Bryant, Clemson
DT Ray Lima, Iowa State
LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
LB David Long Jr., West Virginia
LB Devin Bush, Michigan
DB Julian Love, Notre Dame
DB T.J. Carter, Memphis
DB Chase Lucas, Arizona State
DB Justin Clifton, Arkansas State
DT David Moa, Boise State
LB Te’von Coney, Notre Dame
LB James Nachtigal, Army West Point
DT Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati
DE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
DE Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
DT Ed Oliver, Houston
DE Marlon Davidson, Auburn
DB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
DE Raekwon Davis, Alabama
LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
DB Lukas Denis, Boston College
DB Delvon Randall, Temple
DB D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin
DB Taylor Rapp, Washington
LB Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M
DE Christian Rector, USC
DE Landis Durham, Texas A&M
LB Malik Reed, Nevada
LB Troy Dye, Oregon
LB David Reese, Florida
LB Cooper Edmiston, Tulsa
DE Hunter Reese, Troy
DB Mike Edwards, Kentucky
DT Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin
LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
DT Jordon Scott, Oregon
DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
DB Duke Shelley, Kansas State
DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
LB Cameron Smith, USC
DT Greg Gaines, Washington
DE Sutton Smith, NIU
DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
DE Joe Gaziano, Northwestern
LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
DT Youhanna Ghaifan, Wyoming
DB Marvell Tell III, USC
DB Kyle Gibson, UCF
DB Juan Thornhill, Virginia
DB Mark Gilbert, Duke
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
LB Ulysees Gilbert III, Akron
DT Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech
LB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
LB Devin White, LSU
DE Carl Granderson, Wyoming
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
LB Terez Hall, Missouri
DB Greedy Williams, LSU
LB De’Jon Harris, Arkansas
DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
DB Tae Hayes, Appalachian State
DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
DB Lavert Hill, Michigan
DT Daniel Wise, Kansas
DT Trysten Hill, UCF
DE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
LB Khalil Hodge, Buffalo

By conference: SEC 16, Big Ten 15, ACC 13, Pac-12 12, Big 12 9, American Athletic 7, Mountain West 7, Conference USA 5, Independents 5, Mid-American 4, Sun Belt 4.

By position: Backs 27, Linebackers 26, Ends 24, Tackles 20.

Players may be added or removed from the list before or during the season

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Dec. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau, a member of the FWAA’s 1977 All-America team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA 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 the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 24 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the NCFAA.

 




2018 Outland Trophy Watch List

2018 Outland Trophy Watch List

The 2018 Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases will be one of college football’s most anticipated award races this season, as University of Houston junior defensive tackle Ed Oliver attempts to join former University of Nebraska center Dave Rimington (1981, 1982) as the only two-time winners of the award. Oliver is the only sophomore to have ever won the award.

The preseason 2018 Outland Trophy Watch List, featuring standout interior linemen on offense and defense from all 10 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and independents, will be announced tomorrow, July 24. The three finalists will be featured on ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards and the winner will be announced in early December. The Outland Trophy Banquet follows in early January in Omaha, Nebraska.

“The FWAA is delighted to partner with NFID in this Outland Trophy sponsorship. NFID is an influential thought leader promoting important public health messages around disease prevention and treatment. Using one of college football’s oldest and most revered awards to help promote flu prevention is a winning play on any field as far as the FWAA is concerned,” said Richardson.

The Outland Trophy, now in its 73rd year, 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, Missouri. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.

2017 Outland winner Ed Oliver of Houston returns in 2018  for his junior season

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

2018 Outland Trophy Watch List

OL Paul Adams, Missouri
OL Trey Adams, Washington
OL Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
C Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest
OL Alex Bars, Notre Dame
OL Ryan Bates, Penn State
DT Terry Beckner, Missouri
DT Ryan Bee, Marshall
G David Beedle, Michigan State
OL Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
OL Lanard Bonner, Arkansas State
G Tyler Bowling, Tulsa
C Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
OL Parker Braun, Georgia Tech
OL Ben Bredeson, Michigan
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
C Jesse Burkett, Stanford
OL Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
DT Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati
C Deontae Crumitie, Troy
OL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
OL Tommy Doles, Northwestern
OL O’Shea Dugas, Louisiana Tech
C Alec Eberle, Florida State
OL David Edwards, Wisconsin
OL Bobby Evans, Oklahoma
C Justin Falcinelli, Clemson
C Lo Falemaka, Utah
OL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas
C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
DT Greg Gaines, Washington
C Tyler Gauthier, Miami
DT Youhanna Ghaifan, Wyoming
C Jake Hanson, Oregon
OL Phil Haynes, Wake Forest
G Nate Herbig, Stanford
DT Trysten Hill, UCF
OT Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
OL Martez Ivey, Florida
C Jordan Johnson, UCF
DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
OL Michael Jordan, Ohio State
OL Luke Juriga, Western Michigan
C John Keenoy, Western Michigan
OL Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma State
C Sean Krepsz, Nevada
DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
G Jimmy Leatiota, Eastern Michigan
DT Ira Lewis, Baylor
DT Ray Lima, Iowa State
OL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
OL Greg Little, Ole Miss
C Toa Lobendahn, USC
OL Joe Lowery, Ohio
OL Kaleb McGary, Washington
C Connor McGovern, Penn State
OL Patrick Mekari, California
C Chandler Miller, Tulsa
DT David Moa, Boise State
C Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame
C Will Noble, Houston
OT Marcus Norman, USF
DT Ed Oliver, Houston
C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
OL Ben Powers, Oklahoma
OL Isaiah Prince, Ohio State
OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State
NT Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin
OL Dru Samia, Oklahoma
OT Max Scharping, NIU
DT Jordon Scott, Oregon
DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
OL Trey Smith, Tennessee
OL Trevon Tate, Memphis
OL Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
OL Patrick Vahe, Texas
DT Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
DT Daniel Wise, Kansas

 




2018 Draft Insiders’ Preseason All-America Teams

2018 Draft Insiders’ Preseason All-America Teams
Frank Coyle/ Publisher – Head Scout

First Team

Offense
QB Will Grier – West Virginia, Senior
RB Bryce Love – Stanford, Senior
RB Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin, Sophomore
WR A.J. Brown – Ole Miss, Junior
WR David Sills V – West Virginia, Senior
TE Noah Fant – Iowa, Junior
C Ross Pierschbacher – Alabama, Senior
OL David Edwards – Wisconsin, Redshirt junior
OL Jonah Williams – Alabama, Junior
OL Mitch Hyatt – Clemson, Senior
OL Trey Adams – Washington, Senior

Defense
DE Nick Bosa – Ohio State, Junior
DE Clelin Ferrell – Clemson, Junior
DT Ed Oliver – Houston, Junior
DT Christian Wilkins – Clemson, Senior
LB Devin White – LSU, Junior
LB Cameron Smith – USC, Senior
LB Devin Bush – Michigan, Junior
CB Greedy Williams – LSU, Sophomore
CB Byron Murphy – Washington, Sophomore
S Taylor Rapp – Washington, Junior
S D’Cota Dixon – Wisconsin, Senior

Special Teams
PK Matt Gay- Utah, Senior
P Mitch Wishnowsky – Utah, Senior
KR Tony Pollard – Memphis, Redshirt junior
PR KaVonte Turpin -TCU, Senior
All-Purpose – Deebo Samuel – South Carolina, Redshirt senior

Preseason All-America Second Team
Offense
QB Khalil Tate – Arizona, Junior
RB Rodney Anderson – Oklahoma, Junior
RB Damien Harris – Alabama, Senior
WR N’Keal Harry – Arizona State, Junior
WR Anthony Johnson – Buffalo, Redshirt senior
TE Albert Okwuegbunam – Missouri, Redshirt sophomore
C Toa Lobendahn – USC, Redshirt senior
OL Greg Little – Ole Miss, Junior
OL Dalton Risner – Kansas State, Redshirt senior
OL Beau Benzschawel – Wisconsin, Redshirt senior
OL Martez Ivey – Florida, Senior

Defense
DL Rashan Gary – Michigan, Junior
DL Dexter Lawrence – Clemson, Junior
DL Jeffery Simmons – Mississippi State, Junior
DL Raekwon Davis – Alabama, Junior
LB Porter Gustin – USC, Senior
LB T.J. Edwards – Wisconsin, Redshirt senior
LB Josh Allen – Kentucky, Senior
CB Deandre Baker – Georgia, Senior
B Iman Marshall – USC, Senior
S Lukas Denis – Boston College, Senior
S Jaquan Johnson – Miami, Senior

Special Teams
K Rodrigo Blankenship – Georgia, Redshirt junior
P Corey Fatony – Missouri, Senior
KR Deebo Samuel – South Carolina, Redshirt senior
PR Richaud Floyd – Missouri, Redshirt junior
AP Diontae Johnson – Toledo, Redshirt junior




Sooners’ Baker Mayfield Captures Maxwell, O’Brien & Walter Camp Awards

QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

QB Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma captures the Maxwell , O’Brien and Walter Camp Awards
Favorite for Heisman Trophy Trophy

Maxwell Award
Outstanding Player
2017 Baker Mayfield OKLA
2016 Lamar Jackson LOU
2015 Derrick Henry ALA

Walter Camp Award
Player of the Year Award
2017 Baker Mayfield OKLA
2016 Lamar Jackson LOU
2015 Derrick Henry ALA

The Home Depot Award
Coach of the Year
2017 Scott Frost UCF
2016 Mike MacIntyre COLO
2015 Dabo Swinney CLEM

Doak Walker Award
National Running Back Award
2017 Bryce Love STAN
2016 D’Onta Foreman TEX
2015 Derrick Henry ALA

Davey O’Brien Award
National Quarterback Award
2017 Baker Mayfield OKLA
2016 Deshaun Watson CLEM
2015 Deshaun Watson CLEM

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
Outstanding Sr. QB
2017 Mason Rudolph OKST
2016 Deshaun Watson CLEM
2015 Connor Cook MSU

Fred Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Receiver
2017 James Washington OKST
2016 Dede Westbrook OKLA
2015 Corey Coleman BAY

John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End
2017 Mark Andrews OKLA
2016 Jake Butt MICH
2015 Hunter Henry ARK

Outland Trophy
Outstanding Interior Lineman
2017 Ed Oliver HOU
2016 Cam Robinson ALA
2015 Joshua Garnett STAN

Paul Hornung Award
Most Versatile Player
2017 Saquon Barkley PSU
2016 Jabrill Peppers MICH
2015 Christian McCaffrey STAN

Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center
2017 Billy Price OSU
2016 Pat Elflein OSU
2015 Ryan Kelly ALA

Chuck Bednarik Award
Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Minkah Fitzpatrick ALA
2016 Jonathan Allen ALA
2015 Tyler Matakevich TEM

Bronko Nagurski Award
Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Bradley Chubb NCST
2016 Jonathan Allen ALA
2015 Tyler Matakevich TEM

Dick Butkus Award
Outstanding Linebacker
2017 Roquan Smith UGA
2016 Reuben Foster ALA
2015 Jaylon Smith ND

Jim Thorpe Award
Outstanding Defensive Back
2017 Minkah Fitzpatrick ALA
2016 Adoree’ Jackson USC
2015 Desmond King IOWA

Ted Hendricks Award
Defensive End of the Year Award
2017 Bradley Chubb NCST
2016 Jonathan Allen ALA
2015 Carl Nassib PSU

Lou Groza Award
Collegiate Place-kicker Award
2017 Matt Gay UTAH
2016 Zane Gonzalez ASU
2015 Ka’imi Fairbairn UCLA

Ray Guy Award
Outstanding Punter
2017 Michael Dickson TEX
2016 Mitch Wishnowsky UTAH
2015 Tom Hackett UTAH

Campbell Trophy
Top-scholar Athlete
2017 Micah Kiser UVA
2016 Zach Terrell WMU
2015 Ty Darlington OKLA

Wuerffel Trophy
Community Services
2017 Courtney Love UK
2016 Trevor Knight TA&M
2015 Ty Darlington OKLA

Frank Broyles Award
Assistant Coach of the Year
2017 Tony Elliott CLEM
2016 Brent Venables CLEM
2015 Lincoln Riley OKLA

Disney Spirit Award
Most Inspirational Player or Team
2017 Iowa IOWA
2016 James Conner PITT
2015 Hank Goff CON