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

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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.

Top 25 Teams - Florida St. Beats Miami

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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.

Heisman Candidate Jameis Winston Wins ACC Rookie Award

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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.

2013 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

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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.

College Football Mondays - Florida St. Climbs After Big Win over Clemson

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College Football Monday - Week 9

Team of the Week: Oregon

Players of the Week
Offense: QB Connor Shaw - South Carolina
Defense: DT Ra’Shede Hageman - Minnesota

Photo: DT Ra’Shede Hageman - Minnesota

Upcoming Game of the Week: Miami (7-0) at Florida St (7-0)

Florida St. Climbs in Polls After Impressive Win over Clemson
In a soft weekend schedule that saw many top ranked clubs romp over easy opponents, the upcoming week presents a classic Miami/Florida St clash. This weekend, both clubs will enter the matchup in the top seven rankings, a rare event since the glory days of the ‘90s.

The national matchup showcases QB Jameis Winston of FSU and Stephen Morris of Miami who are having fine seasons. Winston is one of the top two Heisman Trophy candidates entering this contest and a top performance here on a big stage might push him to the forefront. Morris has quietly had a fine senior effort that has elevated his status for the NFL Draft 2014. The winner here can claim a chance at the national title with a strong final month. Both clubs are cut in the mold of their school’s tradition – speed, defense and big play ability.

A gritty performance by South Carolina QB Connor Shaw vs Missouri was one of the more impressive efforts this season and spoke volumes of his intangibles as a leader for the position. He threw 3 TD passes and came off the bench to rally the Gamecocks to a double OT victory over an undefeated Tiger club on the road. The victory puts SC within reach of the SEC East title behind only Missouri in the division. The SC-Clemson finale on Nov. 30th will have top ten ramifications that could influence the top BCS matchups, in addition to both the SEC and ACC races.

One of the roller coaster rides this season is the Minnesota Gophers. Between their surprising 6-2 start and the inconsistent health of HC Jerry Kill, their weekly report ranges from shocking to disappointing. Kill has had repeated seizures over recent seasons before returning. His health and recovery have become part of the momentum of this squad. The club has been a streaking hot and cold team over that period with the talent to win at least 8 or 9 games this season. DT Da’Shede Hageman put on a dominant performance Saturday in their upset of #23 Nebraska. Hageman combines rare speed, quickness and power for the inside with the ability to win with speed or power as a pass rusher. He can secure a 1st round pick with strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
For pure excitement, the Oklahoma 38-30 win over undefeated Texas Tech included countless big plays on both sides of the ball. Both the Sooner and Bears have two weeks to get their clubs ready with bye weeks on the schedule this week. With the Baylor Bears coming to Norman in November, it will probably be the deciding game in the Big 12 this season.

The upset of the week has to be the Duke 13-10 win over Virginia Tech. It was the Blue Devils first win over a top 25 team since the 1994 season. They gained only 198 yards, but it was enough to defeat the Hokies who struggled behind QB Logan Thomas who threw 4 interceptions. Logan will be a case study this postseason for the NFL Draft. This is a huge athlete at 6’6” 240 lbs., mobility and a strong arm. But he continues to struggle with many critical mistakes. poor decision making and inconsistent throwing technique. His draft status has fallen significantly this season and he needs a strong postseason to establish a potential NFL starting grade.

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.

Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St. Climbs in BCS

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Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St. Climbs in BCS
Eight Teams Remain Undefeated

Photo – LB Shayne Skov - Stanford
Team of the Week - Oregon

Coaches Poll
Rank /Team / Record / First Place Votes / Previous Rank

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

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

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.

NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Still Perfect at Midseason

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NFL Power Rankings - Chiefs Still Perfect at Midseason
NFL Power Rankings - Week 8

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Andrew Luck - Colts
Defensive Player of the Year - DE Chandler Jones - Patriots

Offensive Rookie of the Week - TE Jordan Reed - Redskins
Defensive Rookie of the Year - DT Chris Jones - Patriots

Team of Week 7 - Colts -
Matchup of Week 8 - Cowboys at Lions –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)
The Chiefs make the rise from bottom to top by midseason.

2. Denver Broncos (6-1)
Broncos lost shootout in Indy last week.

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
Saints rested after bye week and ready for second half run in NFC.

4. Seattle Seahawks (6-1)
The Seahawks have a 12 day rest for contest with the struggling Rams.

5. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
Colts rest this week after huge victory over Broncos.

6. New England Patriots (5-2)
Patriots face big AFC East matchup at home with Dolphins.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)
The Bengals are ready to take command in the AFC North.

8. San Francisco 49ers (5-2)
The 49ers go to London to face lowly Jaguars on vacation week.

9. Detroit Lions (4-3)
Lions face a steady diet of playoff contenders this month.

10. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
The Ravens regroup with bye week after a rough start of their NFL title.

11. Green Bay Packers (4-2)
Packers are slowly building momentum for a run at the NFC North.

12. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
Cowboys go to Detroit for a huge midseason NFC matchup that could have playoff ramifications.

13. Chicago Bears (4-3)
The Bears lick their wounds after a tough loss vs the Skins.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Dolphins face maybe the pivotal game of their season vs AFC rival the Patriots this week.

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
Cards are well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles face the Giants at home this week where the loser is probably toast for season.

17. New York Jets (4-3)
The Jets won a huge game vs the Patriots but must be ready this week in key matchup in Cincy.

18. San Diego Chargers (4-3)
Chargers get open week before hoping to make a second half run at the playoffs.

19. Atlanta Falcons (2-4)
Falcons coming off back to back wins with trip to the desert on this week’s schedule.

20. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
The Titans never seem to get a signature victory over recent seasons.

21. Cleveland Browns (3-4)
The Browns go to KC with hopes of getting to .500 vs only undefeated NFL teams.

22. Houston Texans (2-5)
Texans lick their wounds with this week’s bye.

23. Carolina Panthers (3-3)
Panthers need to win tonite to get into the playoff picture.

24. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills needs to build off big win vs Miami with tough assignment at New Orleans.

25. New York Giants (1-6)
The GMen get their first win and face Eagles in Philly that could be the pivotal contest for both clubs.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
Steelers coming off back to back wins and hope to continue streak with trop to Oakland.

27. St. Louis Rams (3-4)
The Rams lost QB Sam Bradford for season last week and face a tough task to stay in contention.

28. Oakland Raiders (2-4)
The Raiders come off bye week with Steelers coming to town Sunday.

29. Washington Redskins (2-4)
The Skins face the Broncos in Denver this week.

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-5)
Vikings face Packers at home this week with season getting ugly.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-6)
Bucs get the Panthers at home tonight in a winable matchup.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)
Jags hoping to join Conference USA next year.

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