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Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald Sweeps Four Major Awards

Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald Wins Lombardi and Outland Awards

Photo – DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald picked up two prestigious awards Wednesday night, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophies.

Donald beat out Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the Lombardi award given annually to the nation’s top college lineman.

It’s already been a big week for Donald, a senior defensive tackle who won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s top college defensive player Monday and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.

“It’s a true blessing and a true honor for people to notice me and notice the hard work I put into this game,” Donald said.

The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26½ tackles for losses and his 28½ career sacks are tops among active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and fourth in school history.

Donald has 10 sacks, 54 tackles and has forced four fumbles this season.
Though Pittsburgh is headed to the play Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, Donald was disappointed that his 6-6 team didn’t do better.

“The record doesn’t show what we wanted as a team,” Donald said. “I just went out there and tried to do my job, and that’s play football fast and physical and try to make plays to help my team win.”

Award / Player / College
Walter Camp - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Maxwell - A.J. McCarron - Alabama
Dave O'Brien - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Doak Walker - Andre Williams - Boston College
Lombardi - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bednarik - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Outland - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bronko Nagurski - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Biletnikoff - Brandin Cooks - Oregon St.
Dick Butkus - C.J Mosley - Alabama
Jim Thorpe - Darqueze Dennard - Michigan St
Lou Groza - Roberto Aguayo - Florida St
Ray Guy – Tom Hornsey - Memphis

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 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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NFL Draft 2014 - Underclassmen Update

NFL Draft 2014 Underclassmen Update

2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Tracker
As the 2013 season continues into the postseason, several draft-eligible underclassmen have already announced their intentions about entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

Draft Insiders' 2013 December Newsletter will have special Underclassmen Report - available next week - Free for Full Subscribers - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

Last season a record 74 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012.

For a pro prospect to meet the NFL’s eligibility requirement, he must be three years removed from high school and submit a written application to renounce his remaining college football eligibility. This includes redshirt sophomores, true juniors and fourth year juniors. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, 2014. Afterwards, there is a three day period to rescind that and regain their college eligibility if they have not signed with an agent.

The following underclassmen have announced they will forego their collegiate eligibility for the NFL Draft 2014

Declared Underclassmen as of Dec. 12, 2013

Running Backs
Isaiah Crowell - 5-10, 190 - Alabama State - Jr

Receivers
Paul Richardson - 6-0, 170 - Colorado - Jr
Chris Boyd - 6-3, 205 - Vanderbilt - Jr

Tight Ends
Eric Ebron - 6-3, 250 - North Carolina - Jr
Colt Lyerla - 6-5, 250 - Oregon - Jr

Linemen
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee - Jr

Defensive Players
Ends

Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina - Jr

Tackles
Louis Nix - 6-3, 335 - Notre Dame - Jr
Kelcy Quarles - 6-3, 300 - South Carolina - Jr

Linebackers
Yamin Smallwoood - 6-2, 245 - UConn - Jr

Cornerbacks
Bradley Roby - 5-10, 195 - Ohio State - Jr
Louchiez Purifoy - 6-0, 185 - Florida - Jr
Vic Hampton - 5-10, 200 - South Carolina - Jr

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 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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Heisman Trophy 2013 Finalists Announced - Manziel, McCarron and Winston Among Record Six Candidates For Prestigious Award

Lynch, Manziel, Mason, McCarron, Williams & Winston Named Finalists For 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy

The 2013 Winner will be announced live on ESPN this Saturday.
In a season with many standout players throughout college football, the Heisman electorate has officially narrowed the race down to six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy. Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel ('96) announced on Monday, December 9 that the finalists for the 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Boston College running back Andre Williams, and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The announcement of the finalists for the most prestigious award in college football was made on ESPN's 6:00PM telecast of SportsCenter.

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Auburn and Florida State Meet in Final BCS Title Game

Bowl Pairings Announced for Final BCS Season
Auburn and Florida State to Meet in Vizio BCS National Championship Game

Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series, today announced that the final BCS National Championship Game will match No. 1 Florida State against No. 2 Auburn in Pasadena January 6.

“From the kickoff in August to the last whistle of the regular season—and every week in between—this final season of the BCS will be a year to be remembered,” Hancock said. “It produced some unbelievable must-see games. The VIZIO BCS National Championship Game will carry that excitement into the new year. In addition, we have a fascinating lineup of other BCS games and a great slate of other bowls throughout the holiday season.”

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NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Claim Top Spot With Win Over Saints

NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Final Month

Photo - QB Russell Wilson - Seahawks

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - WR Josh Gordon - Browns
Defensive Player - DE Justin Tuck - Giants

Team of Week 13 - Seattle Seahawks -

Matchup of Week 14 – Colts at Bengals –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1)
The Seahawks are running on all cylinders.

2. Denver Broncos (10-2)
Broncos made great comeback behind Peyton Manning vs Chiefs.

3. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
Saints are a different club on the road.

4. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
Colts face acid test this week with trip to Cincinnati.

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Senior Bowl Classic Highlights All-Star Postseason

Senior Bowl Highlights All-Star Postseason

All-Star Game Schedule – Dec thru January 2014

Date Site Time (ET) TV Rosters Reviews

DIII Senior Classic - Dec 13, Salem, Virginia 7 pm

DII vs NAIA Star game - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 1 pm
FSC Senior Scout Bowl - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 5 pm

HBCU Bowl - Dec 21, Atlanta 4 pm - Fox College Sports
GIU All American Game - Dec 28, St. George, Utah 7:45 pm

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Auburn Shocks #1 Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down

Auburn Shocks Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down
Florida St.& Ohio St. Rank #1 and #2 - Remain Perfect along with Northern Illinois

Players of Week
Offense: QB Marcus Mariota - Oregan
Defense: CB Chris Davis - Auburn

Photo: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin

Upcoming Game of the Week: Auburn (11-1) vs Missouri (11-1)

Auburn Posts Classic Win over #1 Alabama At Gun

Team of the Week - Auburn

AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Points

1 Florida State (58) -12-0 - 1498
2 Ohio State - 12-0 - 1418
3 Auburn (2) - 11-1 - 1387
4 Alabama - 11-1 - 1294
5 Missouri - 11-1 - 1281
6 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 1197
7 Stanford - 10-2 - 1067
8 South Carolina - 10-2 - 1066
9 Baylor - 10-1 - 1020
10 Michigan State - 11-1 - 1002
11 Arizona State - 10-2 - 843
12 Oregon - 10-2 - 815
13 Clemson - 10-2 - 813
14 LSU - 9-3 - 690
15 UCF - 10-1 - 621
16 Northern Illinois - 12-0 - 596
17 UCLA - 9-3 - 510
18 Oklahoma - 9-2 - 503
19 Louisville - 10-1 - 482
20 Duke - 10-2 - 348
21 Wisconsin - 9-3 - 299
22 Texas A&M - 8-4 - 186
23 Texas - 8-3 - 156
24 Fresno State - 10-1 - 124
25 Georgia - 8-4 - 111

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