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NFL Power Poll - Week 12

Cowboys Win 9th Straight vs Ravens - Host Redskins for Thanksgiving Clash

Team of the Week - Oakland Raiders

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of the Week - DE Jason Pierre Paul - Giants

Rookie of Week - QB Dak Prescott - Cowboys

Photo - QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #12 - Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Denver Broncos (7-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 8-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots beat a poor 49er club and are again walking to the best record in the AFC for home postseason games.

#2 - 9-1 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are riding rookie back Ezekiel Elliott back to the top of the NFC East.

#3 - 7-2-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks are gaining momentum with winning QB and tough defense.

#4 - 7-2 - RAIDERS
The Raiders continue to deliver in crunch time with big victory Monday night vs Texans.

#5 - 7-3 - BRONCOS
Broncos rested after their bye week and host the Chiefs in key AFC West contest on Sunday night.

#6 - 7-3 - GIANTS
GMen face the winless Browns in hopes to extend winning streak to six games.

#7 - 7-3 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs loss to the Bucs ended their five game streak. Travel to Denver for major AFC West matchup.

#8 - 6-4 - FALCONS
Falcons coming off their bye week and host the Cardinals holding a 1 game lead in NFC South.

#9 - 6-3-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins took it to the Packers and prepare to face the Cowboys in Big D on Thanksgiving.

#10 - 6-4 - TEXANS
The Texans lost a close game to the Raiders on Monday night, but their still the head dog in the AFC South.

#11 - 6-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ won their fifth game in last six, trailing in 4th quarter in every game.

#12 - 6-4 - VIKINGS
Vikes broke their four game losing streak with win over Cardinals and travel to Detroit for critical Turkey day matchup with Lions.

#13 - 5-5 - RAVENS
Ravens lost to the Cowboys and host the Bengals in key AFC North matchup with divisional lead in the balance.

#14 - 5-5 - EAGLES
Eagles were hammered by the Seahawks and have a key NFC matchup with the Packers on Monday night.

#15 - 6-4 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins offense came to life late in the Rams game for their 5th win in a row.

#16 - 5-5 - COLTS
The Colts’ won back to back games for the first time this year and host the Steelers in Thanksgiving matchup critical for both teams’ postseason hopes.

#17 - 5-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers ended their four game losing streak with victory over the pathetic Browns. Road matchup with Colts becomes almost a must win situation for any postseason hopes.

#18 - 4-5-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost a tough game vs the Vikings and face the Falcons and Redskins in key NFC games that will decide any postseason aspirations.

#19 - 5-5 - BILLS
Bills held on vs the Bengals to end their three game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive.

#20 - 5-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs ended the Chiefs five game winning streak. Host the Seahawks in key matchup that may determine their playoff reality.

#21 - 5-6 - TITANS
The Titans lost their 11th straight game vs divisional rival, the Colts. They travel to Chicago to keep their playoff hopes alive.

#22 - 4-6 - PACKERS
Packers' were drilled by Washington that puts them two games under .500 heading to Philadelphia for critical Monday night matchup.

#23 - 4-6 - CHARGERS
The Chargers are rested from their bye week and face a key stretch where they must start a run for any chances for the postseason. Travel to Houston for huge AFC matchup.

#24 - 4-6 - RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist under top pick Jared Goff, but they edged out a victory vs the inept Jets.

#25 - 3-6-1 - BENGALS
Bengals were shut out in the 2nd half by the Bills that turned into their next defeat and that leaves the postseason hopes fading quickly.

#26 - 4-6 - SAINTS
Lost tight game vs the Panthers and face must win situation for their playoff hopes vs the Rams this week.

#27 - 4-6 - PANTHERS
Panthers beat the Saints on Thursday night and have had 10 days to prepare for trip to Oakland that may be their last chance to start a run.

#28 - 3-7 - JETS
Jets come off their bye week after another weak offensive showing vs the Rams. They host the hated Patriots which may be their only highlight of the season if they pull off the upset.

#29 - 2-8 - JAGUARS
The Jags' headed for another sub five win season and possible #1 overall selection in April.

#30 - 2-8 - BEARS
Bears host Titans and 49ers over the next two weeks and possible only winnable contests left on schedule. QB Jake Cutler may be done for the season and possibly in Chi town.

#31 - 1-9 - 49ers
The 49ers have not won since opening weekend. They travel to Miami and Chicago in their next games.

#32 - 0-11 - BROWNS
The Browns find new ways to lose weekly with mistake prone defeat to the Steelers. They host the GMen before a merciful bye week.

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, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports 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

Dede Westbrook & Dan Feeney Accept Senior Bowl Invitations

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WR Dede Westbrook & OG Dan Feeney Latest to Accept Senior Bowl Invitations

A group of 17 players accepted invitations to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl this week. The Senior Bowl staff headed by Director Phil Savage will extend 110 invitations over the coming weeks to the premier All-star attraction of the postseason. Invitations will be announced weekly on Tuesday at http://www.seniorbowl.com.

Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who leads all Power Five receivers in receiving and has scored 16 total TDs, OG Dan Feeney, a four year starter and two time Big Ten performer and Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram, the nation's leading receiver among tight ends will be in Mobile in January.

Photo – WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma

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The 17 new additions to the roster boost the total number of accepted invites for the 2017 game to 29. In the coming weeks, the top 110 seniors and fourth-year junior graduates in the nation will form the rosters for the North and South squads. They will begin practices on Jan. 23 and play the 68th annual Reese's Senior Bowl game on Jan. 28, 2017 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

ESPN2 and NFL Network will broadcast live from the practices and NFL Network will carry the game beginning at 1:30pm CT.

Accepted Invitations
(alphabetically):

Player / School / Position / Ht. Wt / Conference
Toby Baker - Arkansas PT 6-3 215 SEC
Vince Biegel - Wisconsin OLB - 6-4 245 Big Ten
Dion Dawkins - Temple OT - 6-5 320 AAC
Jessamen Dunker - Tennessee St. OG - 6-5 305 FCS
Evan Engram - Ole Miss TE - 6-3 227 SEC
Amba Etta-Tawo - Syracuse WR - 6-2 202 ACC
Gerald Everett - South Alabama TE - 6-4 240 Sun Belt
Dan Feeney - Indiana OG - 6-4 305 Big Ten
Johnathan Ford - Auburn S - 6-0 204 SEC
Nate Gerry - Nebraska S - 6-2 220 Big Ten
Zane Gonzalez - Arizona State PK - 6-1 195 Pac-12
Isaiah Jones - East Carolina WR - 6-1 197 AAC
Tanoh Kpassagnon - Villanova DE - 6-7 290 FCS
Cooper Kupp - Eastern Washington WR - 6-2 215 FCS
Jordan Morgan - Kutztown OG - 6-4 320 Division II
Taylor Moton - Western Michigan OG - 6-5 328 MAC
Larry Ogunjobi - Charlotte DT - 6-3 297 C-USA
Duke Riley - LSU ILB - 6-1 230 SEC
Ezra Robinson - Tennessee St. DC - 6-1 180 FCS
Sam Rogers - Virginia Tech FB - 5-11 230 ACC
Seth Russell - Baylor QB - 6-3 220 Big 12
Tanzel Smart - Tulane DT - 6-1 305 AAC
Freddie Stevenson - Florida State FB - 6-1 241 ACC
Ryan Switzer - North Carolina WR - 5-10 185 ACC
Trent Taylor - Louisiana Tech WR - 5-8 178 C-USA
Taywan Taylor - Western Kentucky WR - 6-1 195 C-USA
Davis Webb - California QB - 6-5 230 Pac-12
Dede Westbrook Oklahoma WR - 6-0 175 Big 12
Jamaal Williams Brigham Young RB - 6-2 220 IND

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, Biletnikoff 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

College Award Finalists 2016 - Maxwell, Bednarik, Outland, Bronko Nagurski & Jim Thorpe

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Finalists Maxwell, Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski, Jim Thorpe Awards Announced

Photo - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Maxwell Award Finalists
QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville - Sophomore
QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma - Junior
DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan - Junior

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2016 Chuck Bednarik Award Finalists
Jonathan Allen - Alabama - Defensive Line - Senior
Myles Garrett - Texas A&M - Defensive Line - Senior
Jabrill Peppers - Michigan - Linebacker - Junior

Finalists for Outland Trophy
Ohio State - OC Pat Elflein
Washington St - OG Cody O'Connell
Alabama - OT Cam Robinson

Biletnikoff Award Finalists
Austin Carr - Northwestern University - WR
Isaiah "Zay" Jones - East Carolina University - WR
Dede Westbrook - University of Oklahoma - WR

Finalists Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Alabama - DE Jonathan Allen
Alabama - LB Rueben Foster
Florida St - CB Tarvarus McFadden
Michigan - LB/DB Jabrill Peppers
Clemson - DE Christian Wilkins

Finalist for Butkus Award
LSU - Kendall Beckwith
Vanderbilt - Zach Cunningham
Florida - Jarrad Davis
Alabama - Reuben Foster
Iowa - Josey Jewell

Finalists for 2016 Jim Thorpe Award
Adoree’ Jackson, USC - Jr
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan - Sr
Tre’Davious White, LSU - Sr

2016 Ray Guy Award Finalists:
Michael Dickson, University of Texas
Cameron Johnston, Ohio St University
Mitch Wishnowsky, University of Utah

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, Biletnikoff 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

Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 - List of Semifinalists

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Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 - List of Semifinalists

Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 was reduced to 26 candidates this week from 94 nominees. The 26 semifinalists will be trimmed to 15 finalists in early January 2017. The current group includes 15 offensive, eight defensive stalwarts one kicker and two coaches.

Photo – RB LaDainian Tomlinson - Chargers

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Among the first-year eligibles, former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is the headliner. Tomlinson is a back I recommended to the Senior Bowl committee for the 2001 All-star event. He was a complete prospect coming out of TCU who performed in an option attack. He was an instant hit with the Chargers and one of the most productive and durable backs in recent history. He also has been one of the NFL’s model citizens and a generous donator to many charities.

In 2006, he won the NFL Most Valuable Player award and went on to be a five-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro during 11 seasons with the Chargers and New York Jets. He ranks 5th in career rushing yards (13,684), 7th in all-purpose yards (18,456) and 3rd in TDs (162).

Other first-year eligibles include safety Brian Dawkins, wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive end Jason Taylor. They will be joined by 2016 finalists such as Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Terrell Owens, John Lynch and Don Coryell.

Davis, the former Denver Broncos running back, has made the semifinalist list 11 times, the most of any nominee this year. He was a low 6th round pick out of Georgia who made the Broncos on his special teams’ coverage ability. At Georgia, he backed up future Pro Bowl runner Garrison Hearst after transferring.

Davis, Warner and Owens will warrant strong consideration after highly productive and visible and sometimes controversial careers. The list will be reduced to 15 finalists and will join senior Finalist Kenny Easley and 2017 Contributor Finalists Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue when the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee meets to vote on the eve of Super Bowl LI.

Complete List of Semifinalists - Career Years and Teams Played for
(listed in alphabetical order):
* First year eligible players # 2016 Finalists

1. Morten Anderson, kicker (New Orleans Saints, 1982-1994; Atlanta Falcons, 1995-2000; 2006-07; New York Giants, 2001; Kansas City Chiefs, 2002-03; Minnesota Vikings, 2004)
2. Steve Atwater, safety (Denver Broncos, 1989-1998; New York Jets, 1999)
3. Tony Boselli, offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars, 1995-2001; Houston Texans, 2002)
4. Isaac Bruce, wide receiver (Los Angeles Rams, 1994; St. Louis Rams, 1995-2007; San Francisco 49ers, 2008-09)
5. # Don Coryell, coach (St. Louis Cardinals, 1973-77; San Diego Chargers, 1978-1986)
6. Roger Craig, running back (San Francisco 49ers, 1983-1990; Los Angeles Raiders, 1991; Minnesota Vikings, 1992-93)
7. # Terrell Davis, running back (Denver Broncos, 1995-2001)
8. * Brian Dawkins, safety (Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2008; Denver Broncos, 2009-2011)
9. Alan Faneca, guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2007; New York Jets, 2008-09; Arizona Cardinals, 2010)
10. Chris Hinton, offensive tackle/guard (Baltimore Colts, 1983; Indianapolis Colts, 1984-89; Atlanta Falcons, 1990-93; Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95)
11. Torry Holt, wide receiver (St. Louis Rams, 1999-2008; Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009)
12. Joe Jacoby, offensive tackle (Washington Redskins, 1981-1993)
13. Edgerrin James, running back (Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005; Arizona Cardinals, 2006-08; Seattle Seahawks, 2009)
14. Jimmy Johnson, coach (Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1993; Miami Dolphins, 1996-99)
15. Mike Kenn, offensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, 1978-1994)
16. Ty Law, cornerback (New England Patriots, 1995-2004; New York Jets, 2005, '08; Kansas City Chiefs, 2006-07; Denver Broncos, 2009)
17. # John Lynch, safety (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1993-2003; Denver Broncos, 2004-07)
18. Clay Matthews, linebacker (Cleveland Browns, 1978-1993; Atlanta Falcons, 1994-96)
19. Kevin Mawae, center (Seattle Seahawks, 1994-97; New York Jets, 1998-2005; Tennessee Titans, 2006-09)
20. Karl Mecklenburg, linebacker (Denver Broncos, 1983-1994)
21. # Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers, 1996-2003; Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-05; Dallas Cowboys, 2006-08; Buffalo Bills, 2009; Cincinnati Bengals, 2010)
22. * Jason Taylor, defensive end (Miami Dolphins, 1997-2007, '09, 2011; Washington Redskins, 2008; New York Jets, 2010)
23. * LaDainian, Tomlinson, running back (San Diego Chargers, 2001-09; New York Jets, 2010-11)
24. * Hines Ward, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2011)
25. # Kurt Warner, quarterback (St. Louis Rams, 1998-2003; New York Giants, 2004; Arizona Cardinals, 2005-09)
26. Darren Woodson, safety (Dallas Cowboys, 1992-2003)

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, Biletnikoff 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

NFL Power Poll - Week 11- Seahawks Beat Patriots

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NFL Power Poll - Week 11

Seahawks Beat Patriots
Patriots & Cowboys Via for #1 Ranking

Team of the Week - Seattle Seahawks

Offensive Player of Week - QB Marcus Mariota - Titans
Defensive Player of Week - LB Preston Smith - Redskins

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Photo - QB Marcus Mariota - Titans

Game of Week #11 - Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) at Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 7-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots fall to Seahawks in thriller.

#2 - 8-1 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are riding rookie back Ezekiel Elliott back to the top of the NFC East.

#3 - 6-2-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks are winning on top defense and sound football.

#4 - 7-2 - RAIDERS
The Raiders are hot and will continue this homestand in Mexico.

#5 - 7-3 - BRONCOS
Broncos pulled it out vs the Saints and get there bye week to prepare for huge showdown with Chiefs.

#6 - 6-3 - GIANTS
GMen are on a four game winning streak with Bears and Browns up next.

#7 - 7-2 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs made a great comeback to beat the Panther. Face the Bucs prior to difficult road stretch.

#8 - 5-4 - FALCONS
Falcons defense failed to hold a lead vs the Eagles and get their bye week to prepare for stretch run.

#9 - 5-3-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins hang tough. Face the Packers and Cowboys within 5 days this week.

#10 - 6-3 - TEXANS
The Texans face the acid test with trip to Mexico for Monday night clash with Raiders.

#11 - 5-4 - RAVENS
The Ravens have had 10 days to prepare for the Cowboys.

#12 - 5-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ are well rested for two home games vs Jaguars and Vikings.

#13 - 5-4 - EAGLES
Eagles travel to Seattle for key NFC matchup that can be significant for both clubs.

#14 - 5-4 - VIKINGS
Vikes have lost four in a row and need to regroup for Cardinals, Lions and Cowboys up next.

#15 - 4-4-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals face the core of their schedule with Vikings, Falcons and Redskins up next that will determine if they are contenders or pretenders this season.

#16 - 5-5 - TITANS
The Titans are riding hot young QB Marcus Mariota to win marginal games. They have road games vs Bears and Colts up next.

#17 - 5-4 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins defense came to the rescue vs the Chargers for their 4th win in a row.

#18 - 4-5 - PACKERS
Packers' were blasted by the Titans. Travel to Washington and Philadelphia for critical Sunday and Monday night matchups.

#19 - 4-5 - COLTS
The Colts’ had two weeks to get ready for home games vs Titans and Steelers that will determine their fate.

#20 - 4-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers failed in key situations vs the Cowboys to continue their decline. Road matchups in Cleveland and Indy become almost must win situations.

#21 - 4-6 - CHARGERS
The Chargers are fun to watch, but find a way to lose. They have one of the worst defenses in the game.

#22 - 4-5 - RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist but they edged out a victory vs the inept Jets.

#23 - 4-5 - BILLS
Bills are rested for trip to Cinny that may determine the playoff hopes of both clubs.

#24 - 4-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs trashed the Bears last week. Face the Chiefs and Seahawks in two key matchups that will test their maturity.

#25 - 3-5-1 - BENGALS
Bengals were man handled by the GMen last week and must get well quickly with AFC opponents, the Bills and Ravens up next.

#26 - 4-5 - SAINTS
Late game special teams breakdown cost the Saints vs the Broncos. Face Panthers tonight in a must win situation for their playoff hopes.

#27 - 3-6 - PANTHERS
Panthers lost a last second game vs Chiefs off another key turnover. They host the Saints tonight in a contest that may be their last chance to start a playoff run.

#28 - 3-7 - JETS
Jets caved in with little offense vs the Rams. They create constant QB rotation and young Bryce Petty may benefit most for reps over the final six games.

#29 - 2-7 - JAGUARS
The Jags' continue road games with Lions and Bills on the agenda. They face a tough second half of schedule that HC Gus Bradley may not survice.

#30 - 2-7 - BEARS
The Bears were again burdened by turnovers in loss to Bucs. They travel to MetLife to face the GMen in another expected mismatch.

#31 - 1-8 - 49ers
The 49ers lost their 8th game in a row despite a good performance by QB Colin Kaepernick.

#32 - 0-10 - BROWNS
The Browns were bashed by the Ravens last week. They host the Steelers and GMen in the next two games.

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, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports 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

Five Semifinalists For 2016 Outland Trophy

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Five Semifinalists For 2016 Outland Trophy

Five semifinalists for the 2016 Outland Trophy were named by the Football Writers Association of America. The trophy presentation banquet for the 71st Outland Trophy winner will be held in January.

The five semifinalists – all offensive linemen – in alphabetical order, are: Pat Elflein, Ohio State; Cody O’Connell, Washington State; Ethan Pocic, LSU; Cam Robinson, Alabama; and Connor Williams, Texas.

Photo - OL Ethan Pocic - LSU

Elflein is a 6-3, 300-pound senior from Pickerington, Ohio, who previously played guard, but is a center this season for the nation’s second-ranked team. O’Connell is a behemoth 6-8, 354-pound junior guard from Wenatchee, Wash., who helps trigger Washington State’s high-octane offense which ranks second in the country in passing with quarterback Luke Falk. Pocic, a 6-7, 302-pound senior center from Lemont, Ill., anchors the line for LSU’s potent rushing game, which is led by Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Robinson, a 6-6, 310-pound junior from Monroe, La., is the top offensive tackle on the No. 1-ranked team in college football that produces 492.2 offensive yards per game. Williams, a 6-6, 288-pound sophomore tackle from Coppell, Texas, blocks for the leading rusher in the FBS in yards per game, D’Onta Foreman.

The five semifinalists will be whittled down to three finalists and announced on Tues., Nov. 22, during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special, starting at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The winner of the 2016 Outland Trophy will be announced Thurs., Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN, the main show beginning at 7 p.m. ET, live from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1800s, is the third-oldest player award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. It has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense since 1946 when Notre Dame’s George Connor was named the recipient.

For the 20th consecutive year, the presentation of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha, on Jan. 11, 2017, at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, Oklahoma offensive lineman Greg Roberts will receive an Outland Trophy. Roberts was the 1978 winner of the award before trophies were handed out by the FWAA. His Oklahoma coach, the legendary Barry Switzer, will receive the third annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award during the evening.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 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.

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, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports 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

RB James Conner, DB Jabrill Peppers & QBs Lamar Jackson & J.T. Barrett Head Lombardi Award Semifinalists:

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James Conner, Jabrill Peppers & Lamar Jackson Head Lombardi Award Semifinalists:

Photo - RB James Conner - Pittsburgh

Pitt junior running back James Conner and senior defensive end Ejuan Price are two of the top 20 candidates for this year’s Lombardi Award, it was announced by the Rotary Club of Houston, Texas.

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Previously, the Lombardi Award was presented to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker. In 2016, eligibility was expanded to include all players, regardless of position, who demonstrate outstanding performance and best exemplify the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi's exceptional brand of leadership.

The top 20 candidates were selected by a vote of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coaches as well as college football media from across the country.

Conner has overcome both a knee injury and Hodgkin lymphoma during the past 12 months and continues to amaze fans in his comeback season. He leads the Panthers in rushing (844 yards on 175 carries) and scoring (92 points). His 15 total TDs rank ninth nationally and second among ACC players.

Conner is coming off his most impressive effort of the season in helping Pitt to a 43-42 upset at #2 Clemson this past Saturday. Facing a Tigers defense that was surrendering less than 16 points per game, he carried 20 times for 132 yards and a TD, while adding three receptions for 57 yards and another score.

Conner has compiled 51 touchdowns for his career, 2nd all-time in ACC annals. He needs just two TDs to eclipse the ACC mark of 52 held by Virginia's Wali Lundy (2002-05). Conner is also on the verge of breaking the ACC record for career rushing touchdowns. He has 48, one shy of the 38-year-old ACC record held by NC State's Ted Brown (49 from 1975-78).

Price is one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in college football. Despite being the constant target of double teams, Price ranks seventh nationally in tackles for loss (1.6 per game) and 12th in sacks (0.90 per game). He is 24th in forced fumbles (0.30 per game).

Nearly half of Price’s 33 tackles this season have been for a loss. He has compiled 16 TFLs, nine sacks, nine QB hurries and three forced fumbles on the year. He also has a tackle for a safety (at North Carolina).

Price was named a "Midseason All-American" by no fewer than five national media outlets including DraftInsiders.com. He was recently named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the national defensive player of the year. Price is also a frontrunner for ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

2016 Lombardi Award Semifinalists:
Name/Position/School

Jonathan Allen - DE - Alabama
Reuben Foster - ILB - Alabama
Cam Robinson - OT - Alabama
Montravius Adams - DT - Auburn
Carl Lawson - DE - Auburn
Christian Wilkins - DT - Clemson
Deshaun Watson - QB - Clemson
Delvin Cook - RB - Florida State
DeMarcus Walker - DE - Florida State
Lamar Jackson - QB - Louisville
Jabrill Peppers - LB/DB - Michigan
J.T. Barrett - QB - Ohio State
Pat Elflein - C - Ohio State
Evan Engram - TE - Ole Miss
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh
Ejuan Price - DL - Pittsburgh
Donnell Pumphrey - RB - San Diego State
Derek Barnett - DE - Tennessee
Myles Garrett - DE - Texas A&M
Jake Browning - QB - Washington

Net proceeds from the Rotary Lombardi Award activities are contributed to cancer research and children who cannot afford treatment to fight the disease that claimed the life of Vince Lombardi. The Rotary Lombardi Award is hosted by the Rotary Club of Houston and benefits the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Children's Hospital.

The award ceremony date will be announced later in the football season along with updated lists of award candidates. Visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org for more information and continued updates.

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, Biletnikoff 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

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