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AP and Coaches Poll Top 25 Rankings

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AP and Coaches Poll Top 25 Rankings
Frank Coyle / Publisher

AP Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Sept 3rd
1) Alabama (58)
2) Oregon
3) Ohio State (1)
4) Clemson (1)
5) Stanford
6) South Carolina
7) Texas A&M
8) Louisville
9) LSU
10) Florida State
11) Georgia
12) Florida
13) Oklahoma State
14) Notre Dame
15) Texas
16) Oklahoma
17) Michigan
18) UCLA
19) Northwestern
20) Washington
21) Wisconsin
22) Nebraska
23) Baylor
24) TCU
25) USC

Coaches Poll – Top 25
Ohio State retained their preseason ranking of No. 2, earning three first-place votes. Oregon and Stanford did not move from their preseason positions either, ranking at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Clemson moved from No. 8 up to No. 5, jumping South Carolina and Texas A&M. Georgia fell to No. 12, but Nebraska, fell only one spot to #19 after their close victory against Wyoming.
Miami broke into the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll, finishing in a tie for No. 24 with TCU.

Coaches Top 25 Poll
1) Alabama (58)
2) Ohio State (3)
3) Oregon
4) Stanford
5) Clemson
6) South Carolina
7) Texas A&M (1)
8) Louisville
9) Florida
10) Florida State
11) LSU
12) Georgia
13) Notre Dame
14) Oklahoma State
15) Oklahoma
16) Texas
17) Michigan
18) UCLA
19) Nebraska
20) Northwestern
21) Wisconsin
22) USC
23) Washington
24) TCU
24) Miami

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 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.

Draft Insiders Digest 2013 Top 25 Preseason Rankings

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Draft Insiders Digest 2013 Top 25 Preseason Rankings
Frank Coyle - Publisher/ Head Scout

1. Ohio State
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Georgia
6. South Carolina
7. LSU
8. Clemson
9. Louisville
10. Texas A&M
11. Florida
12. Texas
13. Notre Dame
14. Florida State
15. Oklahoma State
16. Nebraska
17. Oklahoma
18. Michigan
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Oregon State

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 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.

Jadeveon Clowney Heads Nagurski, Maxwell and Bednarik Award Lists

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Jadeveon Clowney Heads Nagurski, Maxwell and Bednarik Award Lists

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

South Carolina junior end Jadeveon Clowney heads all the major defensive awards including the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List of 81 standout defensive players.

One of the players on the watch list most likely will be awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the national defensive player of the year by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Every NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision conference and several independents are represented on the list that is evenly divided among linemen, linebackers and defensive backs.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 21. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2013 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's entire membership, selects the 25-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in America.

2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST (81)
Ricardo Allen, Purdue, DB
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, DL
Deion Barnes, Penn State, DL
Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, DL
Anthony Barr, UCLA, LB
Deion Belue, Alabama, DB
Bene Benwikere, San Jose State DB
Greg Blair, Cincinnati, LB
Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB
Tre Boston, North Carolina, DB
Carl Bradford, Arizona State, LB
Morgan Breslin, USC, DL
Jonathan Brown, Illinois, LB
Christian Bryant, Ohio State, DB
Max Bullough, Michigan State, LB
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DL
Ross Cockrell, Duke, DB
Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, DB
Scott Crichton, Oregon State, DL
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, DB
Quandre Diggs, Texas, DB
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DL
Dominique Easley, Florida, DL
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, DB
Antone Exum, Virginia Tech, DB
Devonte Fields, TCU, DL
Ben Gardner, Stanford, DL
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, DB
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, DB
Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DL
Bryce Hager, Baylor, LB
Andre Hal, Vanderbilt, DB
Jordan Hicks, Texas, LB
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama, LB
Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, DL
Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky, LB
Shawn Jackson, Tulsa, LB
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, DL
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DL
A.J. Johnson, Tennessee, LB
Anthony Johnson, LSU, DL
Christian Jones, Florida State, LB
Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, DB
Eric Kendricks, UCLA, LB
Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State, DL
Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, LB
Craig Loston, LSU, DB
Aaron Lynch, USF, DL
Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB
Kareem Martin, North Carolina, DL
Daniel McCullers, Tennessee, DL
Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, DB
James Morris, Iowa, LB
C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB
Trent Murphy, Stanford, LB
Marco Nelson, Tulsa, DB
Louis Nix III, Notre Dame, DL
Roosevelt Nix, Kent State, DL
Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, LB
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College, LB
Hayes Pullard, USC, LB
Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida, DB
Ed Reynolds, Stanford, DB
Bradley Roby, Ohio State, DB
Marcus Rush, Michigan State, DL
Tyler Scott, Northwestern, DL
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB
Shayne Skov, Stanford, LB
Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut, LB
Chris Smith, Arkansas, DL
Hakeem Smith, Louisville, DB
Will Sutton, Arizona State, DL
Damian Swann, Georgia, DB
Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame, DL
Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, LB
Kyle Van Noy, BYU, LB
Jason Verrett, TCU, DB
Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State, DB
Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, DL
Leonard Williams, USC, DL
Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, DB

By conference: SEC (16), Pac-12 (14), Big Ten (13), ACC (12), Big 12 (12), American Athletic (4), Independents (3), Conference USA (2), Mid-American (2), Mountain West (2), Sun Belt (1).

The FWAA has named 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 FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 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.

2013 Preseason Coaches Poll

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2013 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

Draft Insiders' staff will post our Top 25 Teams in late August)

1. Alabama (58) - 1,545
2. Ohio State (3) - 1,427
3. Oregon - 1,397
4. Stanford - 1,262
5. Georgia - 1,250
6. Texas A&M - 1,215
7. South Carolina - 1,136
8. Clemson - 1,047
9. Louisville - 1,010
10. Florida - 930
11. Notre Dame - 872
12. Florida State - 844
13. LSU - 797
14. Oklahoma State - 726
15. Texas - 622
16. Oklahoma - 620
17. Michigan - 589
18. Nebraska - 426
19. Boise State - 420
20. TCU - 400
21. UCLA - 202
22. Northwestern - 186
23. Wisconsin - 172
24. USC - 165
25. Oregon State - 135

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 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.

2013 NFL Preseason Schedule

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2013 NFL Preseason Schedule
Week 1
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 4 8 p.m. Miami / Dallas
Aug. 8 7:30 p.m. Baltimore / Tampa Bay
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Atlanta
8 p.m. St. Louis / Cleveland
8 p.m. Washington / Tennessee
9 p.m. Denver / San Francisco
10 p.m. Seattle / San Diego
Aug. 9 7:30 p.m. New York Jets / Detroit
7:30 p.m. New England / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Miami / Jacksonville
8 p.m. Chicago / Carolina
8 p.m. Houston / Minnesota
8 p.m. Kansas City / New Orleans
8 p.m. Arizona / Green Bay
10 p.m. Dallas / Oakland
Aug. 10 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / Pittsburgh
Aug. 11 1:30 p.m. Buffalo / Indianapolis

Week 2
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 15 7 p.m. Carolina / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Atlanta / Baltimore
7:30 p.m. Detroit / Cleveland
8 p.m. San Diego / Chicago
Aug. 16 7 p.m. Minnesota / Buffalo
8 p.m. San Francisco / Kansas City
8 p.m. Tampa Bay / New England
8 p.m. Oakland / New Orleans
Aug. 17 4:30 p.m. Dallas / Arizona
7 p.m. Tennessee / Cincinnati
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / New York Jets
8 p.m. Green Bay / St. Louis
8 p.m. Miami / Houston
10 p.m. Denver / Seattle
Aug. 18 7 p.m. Indianapolis / New York Giants
Aug. 19 8 p.m. Pittsburgh / Washington

Week 3
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 22 7:30 p.m. New England / Detroit
8 p.m. Carolina / Baltimore
Aug. 23 8 p.m. Seattle / Green Bay
10 p.m. Chicago / Oakland
Aug. 24 7 p.m. New York Jets / New York Giants
4:30 p.m. Buffalo / Washington
7 p.m. Cleveland / Indianapolis
7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay / Miami
7:30 p.m. Philadelphia / Jacksonville
7:30 p.m. Kansas City / Pittsburgh
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Dallas
8 p.m. St. Louis / Denver
8 p.m. Atlanta / Tennessee
10 p.m. San Diego / Arizona
Aug. 25 4 p.m. New Orleans / Houston
8 p.m. Minnesota / San Francisco

Week 4
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / New England
7 p.m. Detroit / Buffalo
7 p.m. Indianapolis / Cincinnati
7 p.m. Philadelphia / New York Jets
7:30 p.m. New Orleans / Miami
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / Atlanta
7:30 p.m. Washington / Tampa Bay
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh / Carolina
8 p.m. Cleveland / Chicago
8 p.m. Houston / Dallas
8 p.m. Green Bay / Kansas City
8 p.m. Baltimore / St. Louis
8 p.m. Tennessee / Minnesota
9 p.m. Arizona / Denver
10 p.m. San Francisco / San Diego
10 p.m. Oakland / Seattle

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 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 Supplemental Draft 2013 - July 11, 2013

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NFL Supplemental Draft 2013 - July 11, 2013
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Prospects for NFL Supplemental Draft 2013
The NFL will conduct the Supplemental Draft 2013 on Thursday, July 11th for players who rescind their remaining college eligibility. This draft has been a short process annually that considers special situations for players that are at least three years removed from high school. All 32 teams will participate in the weighted process that is divided into three tiers with six prospects entered for this year’s selection draft. Teams with six wins or less from last season will make up the first group, followed by a second group of non-playoff teams and finally a third group of the twelve 2012 playoff teams. Each team submits the name of the players via email that they want to draft with the round they would like to select them. The club with the highest selection will be awarded the player. In the case of two teams drafting the same player in a round, the club with the worse record last season will win the prospect.
Any team that uses a selection in the Supplemental Draft will forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the NFL Draft 2014. The new draft prospects will be considered part of the rookie salary pool along with the players from the NFL Draft 2013 and they must fit under the current contract structure and overall salary cap. Last summer, the Browns used their #2nd round pick on wideout Josh Gordon, the only overall selection chosen in the process.

Though most prospects in a Supplemental class provides little initial impact because of the late signing while missing all of the mini camp practices, several players have played key roles on their clubs. The Brown’s Josh Gordon flashed big play ability last fall when he scored 5 TDs with an impressive 16.1 yard average. He has the skill set to give them a true #1 receiver with an offseason behind him. The Raiders chose QB Terrelle Pryor in the 3rd round two years ago and he will compete for the starting job this summer in training camp.

Prospects for NFL Supplemental Draft 2013
These players are eligible for the supplemental draft as they were also eligible, but did not declare for entry in the NFL Draft 2013 and have lost their eligibility for the upcoming college season.

WR DeWayne Peace - Houston
WR O.J. Ross - Purdue
DE James Boyd - UNLV
DE Toby Jackson - Central Florida
DT Nate Holloway - UNLV
CB Damond Smith - South Alabama

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 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 Draft 2014 Moved to May 8-10

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NFL Draft 2014 Moved to May 8-10

The NFL announced this week that the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 in New York at Radio City Music Hall. They moved the event back three weeks from its traditional late April time frame in the ever expanding NFL calendar.

The NFL has spoken with the NFLPA about changing the overall football schedule in the future, though the only date change will be related to the NFL Draft this year. The NFL Scouting Combine will continue to take place in Indianapolis from February 19-25, 2014. The new NFL year begins March 11th with the Free Agency and trading period.

The NFL will continue to hold several regional combines on various dates from January 24th through February 16th with a probably Super combine in early April. They have made no decisions regarding dates for the NFL Draft 2015 and beyond. They will look at a number of alternatives including holding the draft at Radio City or at other locations, either in the New York area or in other cities. Some NFL clubs want the event to move to different cities annually, though that will be discussed in the future as there will be no significant changes in the dates of any other off-season event next year.

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