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DE Michael Sam Heads Hendricks Award List

Mid-Season Watch List for 2013 Ted Hendricks Award Announced

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Tigers’ Michael Sam Heads Hendricks Award List

The Mid-Season Watch list for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award has been announced. 18 players have earned a spot with just a few weeks to go in the season. This list will remain open to additions and deletions until our selection committee completes its first vote on November 25.

Missouri’s Michael Sam is enjoying a stellar senior season, and his play has been a key reason for the Tiger’s surge to a 9-1 overall record (5-1 in SEC play) and current rankings of 8th in the Coaches’ Poll, and 9th in both the Bowl Championship Series and Associated Press polls.

Through 10 games this season, Sam finds himself leading the SEC in both quarterback sacks (10.0) and tackles for loss (16.0), and he ranks 7th and 8th nationally in those categories, respectively. Sam’s play has keyed a Tiger defense that has been one of the most disruptive in the nation in 2013, as the Tigers currently rank among the top-10 nationally in several categories, including sacks (3rd), interceptions (4th), turnovers gained (6th), and tackles for loss (9th), among others.

Sam has been recognized three times this season by the SEC, twice as the league’s defensive line player of the week (Sept. 28th, Oct. 5th) and once as its defensive player of the week (Oct. 19th).
Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former Hendricks Award winners are included on the voting committee. Finalists for the award will be named on November 25th, with the winner being announced on December 11th. For online information about the Hendricks Award, please visit www.tedhendricksaward.com.

The Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football’s first three-time first-team All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Ted used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs. He roamed the front line, read plays and blitzed on impulse, completely transforming the way the defensive end position was played. His professional career spanned 15 years and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks’ aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football’s premier defensive end is presented.

On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award’s winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the Award’s voting committee. Candidates may represent any class (Freshman through Senior) as well as any four-year NCAA accredited school. The candidate’s primary position must be Defensive End.

2013 HENDRICKS AWARD MID-SEASON WATCH LIST
VIC BEASLEY - CLEMSON
SCOTT CRICHTON - OREGON STATE
KASIM EDEBALI - BOSTON COLLEGE
JAYRONE ELLIOTT - TOLEDO
DEE FORD - AUBURN
RANDY GREGORY - NEBRASKA
MARTIN IFEDI - MEMPHIS
JACKSON JEFFCOAT - TEXAS
DEMARCUS LAWRENCE - BOISE ST
KAREEM MARTIN - NORTH CAROLINA
LORENZO MAULDIN - LOUISVILLE
RYAN MUELLER - KANSAS ST
CEDRIC REED - TEXAS
MICHAEL SAM - MISSOURI
MARCUS SMITH - LOUISVILLE
CHRIS SMITH - ARKANSAS
CHIDERA UZO-DIRIBE - COLORADO
TONY WASHINGTON – OREGON

Previous recipients of the Hendricks Award include:
2002 - Terrell Suggs (Arizona State), 2003-04 – David Pollack (Georgia), 2005 - Elvis Dumervil (Louisville), 2006 - LaMarr Woodley (Michigan), 2007 - Chris Long (Virginia), 2008 - Brian Orakpo (Texas), 2009 - Jerry Hughes (TCU), 2010 – Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson), 2011 – Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) and 2012 – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina).

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim 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, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks in addition to many sports publications and web sites.

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Jadeveon Clowney Heads Lombardi Semifinalist

Jadeveon Clowney Named Lombardi Semifinalist
South Carolina Defensive End One of 12 for Prestigious Award

Photo: DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

University of South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is among 12 players named as semifinalists for the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award, it was announced today.

Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was a finalist for the award last season. He is among eight defensive and four offensive players announced as 2103 semifinalists by the Rotary Club of Houston. The SEC leads the pack with four players, followed by the Pac-12 with three, the ACC two followed by the Big Ten and the Big 12 with one each and one Independent.

Lombardi 12 Semifinalists:

Anthony Barr - Sr - LB - UCLA
Vic Beasley - Jr - DE - Clemson
Jadeveon Clowney - Jr - DE - South Carolina
Aaron Donald - Sr - DE - Pittsburgh
Taylor Lewan - Sr - OT - Michigan
Jake Matthews - Sr - OT - Texas A&M
CJ Mosley - Sr - LB - Alabama
Trent Murphy - Sr - LB - Stanford
Cyril Richardson - Sr - G - Baylor
Michael Sam - Sr - DE - Missouri
Kyle Van Noy - Sr - LB - BYU
David Yankey - Jr - G - Stanford

The 44th Lombardi Award will be held December 11, 2013, in Houston, Texas. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.

The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim 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, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks in addition to many sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Bye Week

NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Perfect Entering Bye Week

Pro Power Rankings - Week 10

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Nick Foles - Eagles
Defensive Player - CB Sean Smith - Chiefs

Rookies of the Week

Offensive Player- WR Aaron Dotson - Patriots
Defensive Player- CB David Amerson - Redskins

Team of Week 9 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 10 - Cowboys at Saints –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)
The Chiefs go into bye week prior to Broncos matchup in Denver next week.

2. Denver Broncos (7-1)
Broncos better not sleep with trip to San Diego this week.

3. Seattle Seahawks (8-1)
The Seahawks can win ugly too.

4. Indianapolis Colts (6-2)
Colts looking to establish AFC home field advantage over next month.

5. New Orleans Saints (6-2)
Saints get major vs Cowboys at the friendly confirms in the Big Easy this week.

6. New England Patriots (7-2)
Patriots get open week before second half run with mainly sub .500 teams.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)
The Bengals face major AFC North test at Baltimore this Sunday.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
The 49ers rested after London trip and host Panthers this week.

9. Detroit Lions (5-3)
Lions begin their push for NFC North title with trip to Chicago this Sunday.

10. Green Bay Packers (5-3)
Packers lost key game to Bears Monday nite and begin NFC push without Aaron Rodgers over next month.

11. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
Cowboys just got by Vikings last week and travel to New Orleans for major NFC clash with Saints.

12. Chicago Bears (5-3)
The Bears got a huge win over Packers on Monday night.

13. Baltimore Ravens (3-5)
The Ravens facing almost a must win contest with Bengals at home this week.

14. Miami Dolphins (4-4)
The Dolphins travel cross state vs Bucs to deflect ongoing “Bullying’ fiasco.

15. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
Cards get soft part of schedule and need a run here to stay alive in the NFC playoff race.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
Eagles travel to Green Bay for vital contest for both clubs’ playoff hopes.

17. New York Jets (5-4)
The Jets won a huge game vs the Saints and have bye this week before a heavy AFC second half schedule.

18. Carolina Panthers (5-3)
Panthers go to San Fran with major test to determine whether a playoff contender or pretender.

19. San Diego Chargers (4-4)
Chargers get Broncos at home in a must win situation for any playoff hopes.

20. Tennessee Titans (4-4)
The Titans have Jaguars Sunday with two games vs Colts on the upcoming schedule.

21. Cleveland Browns (4-5)
The Browns sit out this week before facing a heavy AFC schedule for their playoff hopes.

22. New York Giants (26)
The GMen well rested for second half run for any playoff aspirations.

23. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
Falcons get Seahawks at home this week with fading playoff hopes in balance.

24. Houston Texans (2-6)
Texans lost critical game vs Colts as they enter soft part of schedule.

25. Washington Redskins (3-5)
The Skins face the Vikings tonight and need win for any mathematical chances for playoffs.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-6)
The Bills need a win in Pittsburgh to stay in the playoff hunt.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)
Steelers look slow and old when the game is in the balance.

28. St. Louis Rams (3-6)
The Rams face Colts this week and face a tough task to stay in contention.

29. Oakland Raiders (3-5
The Raiders got bombed by Eagles last week with GMen on the agenda this Sunday.

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7)
Vikings are a weekly train wreck and face tough schedule over second half.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-8)
Bucs get the ‘Bullied’ Dolphins at home Monday night.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)
Jags didn’t lose last week with bye – get back into routine vs Titans this Sunday.

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QB Derek Carr - Fresno St. Earns Spot on O’Brien Semifinal List

Derek Carr Earns Spot on O’Brien Semifinal List
Senior Quarterback One of 16 for Prestigious Award

Photo: QB Derek Carr - Fresno St

Senior quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno St. has been selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Carr has led the Bulldogs to an 8-0 start this season for the first time since 1989 and a #16 ranking in the BCS standings.

Over the 2013 season, Carr has 290 completions of 419 passes with just 4 interceptions. He has completed 69% of his passes for 3061 yards and 28 TD passes. With three games remain and the potential MWC title game looming, he could place the Bulldogs into a BCS game in January. Every remaining game will be seen on national TV that will enhance his chances for several awards – Davey Obrien, Maxwell and the prestigious Heisman Trophy award.

Carr has directed one of the premier passing games in the nation with at least 35 points scored in every contest. He owns 17 school records and 17 Mountain West records and has thrown a TD pass in 28-straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS. He has averaged 382.6 yards per game passing that is No. 2 in the FBS and is nearly 40 yards greater than the past five Heisman-winning QBs had averaged through their first eight games of their Heisman-winning seasons.

O’Brien Award - Narrowed down from the starting QBs from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: QB skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

The 2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: SEC (5), Pac-12 (3), AAC (2), ACC (2), Big Ten (1), Big 12 (1), Mid-American (1) and Mountain West (1).

2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists
Player / College / Conference

Blake Bortles, UCF, AAC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC
Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC
Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC
Sean Mannion, Oregon State, Pac-12
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC
Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12
A.J. McCarron, Alabama, SEC
Zach Mettenberger, LSU, SEC
Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten
Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC
Bryce Petty, Baylor, Big 12
Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC
Jameis Winston, Florida State, ACC

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim 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, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks in addition to many sports publications and web sites.

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Top 25 Teams - Florida St. Beats Miami

Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St. Beats Miami
Seven Teams Remain Undefeated

Players of Week
Offense: QB Derek Carr – Fresno St
Defense: DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina

Photo: Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina

Upcoming Game of the Week: Oregon (8-0) at Stanford (7-1)
Florida St. Posts Impressive Win over Miami

Coaches Poll
Team of the Week -Florida St

Rank /Team / Record / First Place Votes
1 Alabama - 8-0 - 54 - 1
2 Oregon - 8-0 – 5 - 2
3 Florida St. - 8-0 – 3 -3
4 Ohio St. - 9-0
5 Baylor - 7-0
6 Stanford - 7-1
7 Clemson - 8-1
8 Oklahoma - 7-1
9 Missouri -8-1
10 Auburn - 8-1
11 Oklahoma St. - 7-1
12 LSU - 7-2
13 Texas A&M - 7-2
14 Miami - 7-1
15 South Carolina -7-2
16 Louisville - 7-1
17 Fresno State - 8-0
18 UCLA - 6-2
19 Michigan St - 8-1
20 Northern Illinois -9-0
21 Central Florida - 6-1
22 Wisconsin - 6-2
23 Texas Tech - 7-2
24 Arizona St. - 6-2
25 Notre Dame -7-2

Dropped Out: 21 Michigan

AP Poll
1 Alabama - 8-0 - 56 - 1
2 Oregon - 8-0 - 6 - 2
3 Florida St. - 8-0
4 Ohio St. - 9-0
5 Baylor - 7-0
6 Stanford - 7-1
7 Auburn - 8-1
8 Clemson - 8-1
9 Missouri -8-1
10 LSU - 7-2
11 Texas A&M - 7-2
12 Oklahoma - 7-1
13 South Carolina - 7-2
14 Miami - 7-1
15 Oklahoma St. -7-1
16 UCLA - 6-2
17 Fresno State - 8-0
18 Michigan St - 8-1
19 Central Florida - 6-1
20 Louisville - 7-1
21 Wisconsin - 6-2
22 Northern Illinois - 9-0
23 Arizona St. - 6-2
24 Notre Dame -7-2
25 Texas Tech - 7-2

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.

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Heisman Candidate Jameis Winston Wins ACC Rookie Award

QB Jameis Winston Named ACC Rookie of the Week for Fifth Time

For the fifth time this year, Florida State redshirt freshman QB, Jameis Winston has earned ACC Rookie of the Week. This time, he earned the honor following his dominating first-half performance in the Seminoles' runaway 49-17 win over NC State last weekend. Winston has emerged as a surprising Heisman Trophy candidate and must be considered as a top two player for the prestigious award at midseason along with Oregon soph QB Marcus Mariota.

Photo: QB Jameis Winston - Florida St

We will have a special Heisman Trophy update with all the top candidates including another ACC hopeful, QB Tajd Boyd of Clemson. We will interview both Winston and Boyd this week and provide a Heisman report after a teleconference. Winston leads the Seminoles in a major clash with a trip south to Miami this week that will have major national title ramifications. Boyd travels to Virginia while Mariota gets a bye week before a huge matchup with Pac 12 rival Stanford next Thursday night.

Winston was named early in the week as a Maxwell Award, one of 16 semifinalists for the Collegiate Player of the Year. As a redshirt freshman, he has emerged as one of the premier impact performers in the nation, leading the Seminoles to a #2 ranking in the current BCS charts. He was the top ranked HS quarterback when he came out of Hueytown HS in 2011. He redshirt as a true freshman, watching E.J. Manuel performed brilliantly on his way to a #1 draft selection by the Buffalo Bill. For the 2013 season, the 6’3” 215 lbs. athlete Winston has completed 128 of 183 passes for 69.9% completion with 23 TDs for 2177 yards and 4 interceptions. He has been sacked 12 times for 92 yards while running with the ball 44 times for 126 yards and 3 TDs.

His fast assent this fall into the national spotlight off his first season puts him into the Heisman Trophy race and possibly the second freshman ever to win the award. He hopes to follow Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel who was the first freshman ever to win the coveted award last season. Manziel attempts to join Archie Griffin as the only repeat Heisman award winner. He is having another top performance, though only considered a top five candidate currently.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim 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, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals networks in addition to many sports publications and web sites.

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2013 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

The 2013 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

QBs Johnny Manziel & AJ McCarron Repeat on Maxwell Award List
Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2013 Semifinalists for the 77th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Photo: LB Anthony Barr - UCLA

A very strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every major FBS conference as well two student-athletes each from Baylor, Oregon State and Texas A&M. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are repeat semifinalists from a season ago.

On the defensive side of the ball, the field of contenders is comprised of fresh faces, all of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Six different conferences are represented, led by five student-athletes from the ACC.

Last season, the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards went to linebacker Manti Te'o of Notre Dame. This was the first time a player was a dual winner of the awards in the Maxwell Football Club's history. Te'o is currently a member of the San Diego Chargers.

The winners of the 77th Maxwell Award and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 12, 2013. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 25, 2013 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, N.J.

2013 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:

Tajh Boyd - Sr - QB - Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater - Jr - QB - Louisville
Ka'Deem Carey - Jr - RB - Arizona
Derek Carr - Sr - QB - Fresno State
Brandin Cooks - Jr - WR - Oregon State
Mike Evans - Soph - WR - Texas A & M
Melvin Gordon - Soph - RB - Wisconsin
Sean Mannion - Jr - QB - Oregon State
Johnny Manziel - Soph - QB - Texas A & M
Marcus Mariota - Soph - QB - Oregon
AJ McCarron - Sr - QB - Alabama
Aaron Murray - Sr - QB - Georgia
Bryce Petty - Jr - QB - Baylor
Bishop Sankey - Jr - - RB - Washington
Lache Seastrunk - Jr - RB - Baylor
Jameis Winston - Fr - QB - Florida State

2013 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
Player / Last Name / Class / Position / College
Anthony Barr - Sr - LB - UCLA
Vic Beasley - Jr - DE - Clemson
Chris Borland - Sr - LB - Wisconsin
Aaron Donald - Sr - DT - Pittsburgh
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - Jr - CB - Oregon
Kyle Fuller - Sr - CB - Virginia Tech
Jackson Jeffcoat - Sr - DE - Texas
Lamarcus Joyner - Sr - CB - Florida State
Khalil Mack - Sr - LB - Buffalo
C.J. Mosley - Sr - LB - Alabama
Trent Murphy - Sr - LB - Stanford
Michael Sam - Sr - DE - Missouri
Ryan Shazier - Jr - LB - Ohio State
Kyle Van Noy - Sr - LB - BYU
Nikita Whitlock - Sr - DT - Wake Forest
Leonard Williams - Soph - DE - USC

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, CBS Sports, 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 networks, sports publications and web sites.

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