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NFL Power Poll - Week 4 - Vikings Pressing Patriots For Top Ranking


NFL Power Poll - Week 4

Vikings Move to #2 Ranking Behind Patriots With Broncos #3 in NFL Poll

Photo - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Team of the Week - Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Ty Hilton - Colts
Defensive Player of the Week - DE Everson Griffen - Vikings

Rookie of Week - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Game of the Week - N.Y. Giants (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-0)

#1 - 3-0 PATRIOTS
New England was been amazing with star QB Tom Brady out with a month long suspension. They win with unproven QBs, Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Bassett. They get the Bills this week with Brady returning next Sunday vs the Browns. Patriots continue to dominate the inept and soft NFC East.

#2 - 3-0 VIKINGS
Vikings look dominant last week bashing QB Cam Newton and the Panthers. Vikings has settled into veteran QB Sam Bradford who has responded well despite losing Pro Bowl runner Adrian Peterson and LT Matt Kalil to long term injuries. The Vikings defense has been dominant with consistent heavy pressure that buried the talented mobile Newton.

#3 - 3-0 BRONCOS
Broncos have not lost a step off their Super Bowl title last season despite losing main players like Peyton Manning and DL Malik Jackson. They come off an impressive win at Cincinnati that displayed their strong defense again and good effort once again from young QB Trevor Siemian.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' offense exploded behind QB Aaron Rodgers and wideout Jordy Nelson that dispelled some early concerns. They get an early bye this week with the heavy NFC schedule and Giants next up in Title town.

#5 - 3-0 EAGLES
Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz has been outstanding in the first three victories with no turnovers. That’s a first for the rookie QB since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Eagles defense has been just as impressive with a league low of only 27 points allowed. They get a bye this week before resuming vs the Lions.

#6 - 3-0 RAVENS
The Ravens know how to win with a core Super Bowl champ group in the building. They faced a soft early schedule, but still have the composure and poise in big situations that usually spell victory in crunch time. They get the Raiders and Redskins at home the next two weeks.

#7 - 2-1 STEELERS
The Steelers won vs two division winners from 2015 in their first two games, but were bashed by the hot Eagles last week. They get two home games vs Chiefs and Jets that allows them to stay in AFC North chase.

#8 - 1-2 BENGALS
Bengals will rely on veteran wideout A.J. Green and runner vet Jeremy Hill to take up slack with a few key receivers in offseason. This club needs to win in one of the toughest divisions in the game. Their ultimate test will be the postseason, but face a tough challenge to stay competitive.

#9 - 2-1 GIANTS
The Giants looked like 2015 all over again when they blew a lead and many opportunities vs the Skins. They made key mistakes that gave away a critical NFC East matchup. They travel to Minnesota and Green Bay the next two, key NFC opponents who are playing well currently.

#10 - 2-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson looks to play with a sprained ankle with an offense that lacks firepower. The ground game may determine their success with Russell less than 100%. They travel to Met Life for Jets matchup prior to a bye that to get healthy.

#11 - 1-2 PANTHERS
Carolina was battered by the powerful Vikings defense that pressured QB Cam Newton tremendously. They face NFC South opponents the next three weeks that will probably determine early divisional leadership. Pass protection will be critical for Cam Newton’s success.

#12 - 1-2 CARDINALS
The Cardinals has been disappointing initially and face a heavy NFC schedule that determines their early direction. They face a physical Rams team relies on their powerful defense and strong ground game. Carson Palmer needs to step up with key NFC games upcoming.

#13 - 2-1 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have been hot and cold and face a huge AFC game at Pittsburgh. Their defense has been a fixture in recent weeks and tailback Jamaal Charles returns for key matchup vs the Steelers.

#14 – 1-2 JETS
Jets continued to fail in big situations. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick faces back to back tough clubs in the Seahawks and Packers.

#15 - 2-1 RAMS
Rams rely on strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They have had the Seahawks' number in recent years and come off two victories with win over Bucs. They travel to Arizona in a critical NFC West matchup that has impact on divisional race.

#16 - 2-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ rely on rookie QB Dak Prescott to guide them through the first half of the schedule. He has been efficient mainly but will be without star WR Dez Bryant this week. He looks to follow rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott in matchup with 49ers.

#17 - 2-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders are learning how to win, especially close games. Young QB Derek Carr faces a heavy AFC schedule over the next month that may shape the AFC West. They travel to Baltimore in key AFC matchup before a divisional run.

#18 – 2-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has directed the Falcons and the highest scoring club in the league. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership especially with a better pass rush. They face Panthers and Broncos in next two weeks that may separate them from contenders or pretenders.

#19 - 1-2 REDSKINS
Washington got a gift from the Giants for their first victory. Q Jay Gruden will play it out with veteran QB Kirk Cousins. The defense is bangup and suspect and needs to regroup quickly. They get the Browns at home and attempt to get to .500 this week.

#20 - 1-2 COLTS
The Colts rely heavy on QB Andrew Luck who operates behind an average supporting cast. Their defense ranks as the 2nd worst in the league with 95 points allowed. Luck has carried this club when healthy and can lead this team in a weak division. Colts get Jaguars and Bears over next two weeks.

#21 - 2-1 TEXANS
The Texans have won a few early close games while allowing only 53 points. They loss star DE JJ Watt for the season with a back injury. QB Brock Osweiler will have to step up and get more production from this attack. They get Titans at home this week in a vital matchup to maintain South leadership..

#22 - 1-2 LIONS
The Lions were blasted by Packers in key divisional game. Their defense has struggled to stop the pass and been poor in the red zone. They go to Chicago this week before a three game home stand vs NFC opponents.

#23 - 1-2 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have been inconsistent once again especially young QB Ryan Tannehill. They continue to disappoint in big situations with multiple turnovers. They get a four game AFC schedule here that may define their ability to compete for a playoff spot.

#24 - 1-2 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston will continue to go through his growing pains that creates an inconsistent offense. The Bucs defense has allowed the most points in the league after 3 games. The Bucs play the Broncos and Panthers the next two weeks that may set stage for another sub. 500 season.

#25 - 1-2 CHARGERS
The Chargers have been a faltering club in recent years despite the presence of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has been undermanned despite some young talent. They face a heavy schedule of AFC clubs and strong passing attacks over next month.

#26 - 1-2 49ERS
QB Blaine Gabbert was been only adequate, but Colin Kaepernick has been ineffective for the past two seasons. 49ers host the Cowboys and Cardinals over the next week.

#27 - 0-3 SAINTS
The Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points which spells a winless start of 2016. QB Drew Brees can still light it up but it may not be enough to overcome this horrific defense. Might get their first victory with trip to San Diego up next.

#28 - 1-2 BILLS
Bills' offense will be without WR Sammy Watkins vs Patriots. The defensive unit has struggled with several injuries that may limit HC Rex Ryan in his scheme versatility.

#29 - 1-2 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has struggled with limited weapons in the early going. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has shut the door weekly and can develop a young unit. They face a fairly weak schedule the next six week, but could spell in a few wins.

#30 - 0-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' know how to loss the past five seasons and continue with overall poor play. QB Blake Bortles has been only average and talented young defense faces a steep learning curve to be competitive. They travel to London vs Colts before their bye week.

#31 - 0-3 BEARS
The Bears may be the worst in the league with a weak offense that is ready to pursue a QB for the future this offense. John Fox's defense has talent, but also has youth that may take a few seasons to mature. They face a soft section of their schedule with Detroit in this week.

#32 - 0-3 BROWNS
The Browns are a total disaster and a graveyard for high draft picks. They start rookie QB Cody Kessler who has performed fairly well. Troubled wideout Josh Gordon enters rehab and will part ways with Browns after a tragic playing career. Browns travel to Washington then return home vs Patriots.

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 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

Alabama, Ohio St, Louisville, Michigan & Clemson Hold Top 5 Rankings


College Football Monday - Week 5

Alabama, Ohio St, Louisville, Michigan & Clemson Hold Top 5 Rankings
LSU Fires HC Les Miles After Wild Loss to Auburn

Team of Week - tie Wisconsin/Tennessee

Offensive Player of Week - WR Ryan Switzer - North Carolina
Defensive Player of Week - LB T.J. Watt - Wisconsin

Photo - QB Josh Dobbs - Tennessee

Upcoming Weekly Matchups - Louisville at Clemson, Michigan Hosts Wisconsin, Stanford faces Washington, Tennessee at Georgia in major conference matchups

This upcoming Saturday will provide key early answers to conference titles in all the top five conferences. There are a few matchups of unbeatens, Louisville/Clemson, Michigan/Wisconsin and Stanford/Washington that will reduce the number of undefeated clubs and create leadership in the ACC, Big Ten and Pac 12 conferences.

This past weekend saw the initial firings with HC Les Miles of LSU and Ron Turner of Florida International the first coaches to get the axe. The Tigers’ Les Miles was in his 12th season that includes a national title. The LSU program though, regressed in recent years with no double digit win season since the 2013 schedule. Along with Miles, OC Cam Cameron was terminated after their continuous offensive problems once again that limited the Tigers in big situations. The Tigers arguably have had the best talent in the nation over a ten-year period. With only 2 SEC titles to show for it, Miles was under constant pressure the past few seasons. When compared to Alabama’s four national titles recently, Miles was constantly scrutinized related to QB development and game management. OC Cameron failed to reverse the ongoing offense inconsistencies. The total reliance on talented tailback Leonard Fournette has failed to deliver in the most critical matchups, especially Alabama where they have lost four consecutive seasons. This despite their annual highly rated recruiting classes and deep and talented NFL Draft groups. The expectations have been huge in Baton Rouge and the competition has been very tough in the talented SEC West that creates weekly major challenges. Miles raised the bar and then failed to maintain the level of play in the best conference in D1. He may have his pick of any D1 team this offseason and could resurface in the SEC as early as next season.

Notre Dame fired DC Brian VanGorder after an ugly loss 38-35 to Duke. The Irish defense ranks #104 after last week’s loss that has been instrumental in their poor 1-3 record. Their secondary has struggled with little pass pressure from their young defense and front line. They lost a few key players during the offseason that left the depth weak and only inexperienced players in key roles. The Irish will be hard pressed to win 8 games this season, only a respectable number in South Bend. Young QB DeShone Kizer will have to mature quickly to right this ship that has been hot and cold this season. Next up Syracuse at MetLife.

Michigan bashed a faltering Penn St. 49-10 and remains undefeated (4-0). The Wolverines host undefeated Wisconsin (4-0) this week that will shape the Big Ten divisional races. They are benefiting from the two highly talented recruiting classes under Jim Harbaugh. Penn St. has floundered as a middle of the pack slightly above a .500 record, the past four seasons. They host their next three Big Ten matchups vs Minnesota, Maryland and Ohio St. which might define their direction in the conference and Eastern division. Penn St. gets little consideration in the Top 25 annually and has been only a borderline top 50 club in recent years. In their prior home game vs Temple, they shamelessly unveiled a Joe Paterno statue with mixed responses from the media and fans. Penn St.’s lack of accountability and denial in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case has been a total disgrace. Their recent ceremony of the new Paterno statue is another example of the arrogance and power that sports institutions use to avoid accountability that supports a dishonest system for self-serving purposes.

Alabama has been again a dominant force in the SEC this September and remains the solid #1 team in the national rankings. They face a tough October with road games at Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M around a trip to Baton Rouge and the LSU Tigers. They have man handled opponents weekly and produced another strong performance with a 48-0 drilling of Kent St. HC Nick Saban has the 4-0 Tide ready to challenge and win another SEC West title. In his 10th season at Alabama, Saban has a 109-18 record that includes three national titles. Overall, he has a 195-60-1 record, including one national championship with LSU. That’s numbers that rival long time Bama and SEC legend, HC Bear Bryant who won six national titles. Four of those titles were split with AP and Coaches Polls selecting separate national champs for decades prior to the BCS Championship series.

Games of the Week - Louisville (4-0) at Clemson (4-0)

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 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

Bama. Ohio St & Louisville Head Draft Insiders' Top 25 Poll


Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 5 - Sept, 26

Team of Week - tie Wisconsin/Tennessee

Offensive Player of Week - WR Ryan Switzer - North Carolina
Defensive Player of Week - LB T.J. Watt - Wisconsin

Photo - WR Ryan Switzer - North Carolina

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama) - 4-0
2 Ohio St - 3-0
3 Louisville - 4-0
4 Clemson - 4-0
5 Michigan - 4-0
6 Houston - 4-0
7 Stanford - 3-0
8 Washington - 4-0
9 Wisconsin - 4-0
10 Tennessee - 4-0
11 Texas - 3-0
12 Florida St - 3-1
13 Nebraska - 4-0
14 Texas A&M - 4-0
15 Utah - 4-0
16 Baylor - 4-0
17 Georgia - 3-1
18 Michigan St - 2-1
19 Florida - 3-1
20 Miami - 3-0
21 TCU - 3-1
22 Boise State - 3-0
23 Arkansas - 3-1
24 San Diego State - 3-0
25 Ole Miss - 2-2

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts

1 Alabama (50) - 4-0 - 1511
2 Ohio State (4) - 3-0 - 1440
3 Louisville (6) - 4-0 - 1409
4 Michigan (1) - 4-0 - 1292
5 Clemson - 4-0 - 1267
6 Houston - 4-0 - 1239
7 Stanford - 3-0 - 1166
8 Wisconsin - 4-0 - 1084
9 Texas A&M - 4-0 - 1036
10 Washington - 4-0 - 986
11 Tennessee - 4-0 - 909
12 Florida State - 3-1 - 804
13 Baylor - 4-0 - 729
14 Miami - 3-0 - 696
15 Nebraska - 4-0 - 640
16 Ole Miss - 2-2 - 540
17 Michigan State - 2-1 - 527
18 Utah - 4-0 - 493
19 San Diego State - 3-0 - 304
20 Arkansas - 3-1 - 241
21 TCU - 3-1 - 239
22 Texas - 2-1 - 217
23 Florida - 3-1 - 176
24 Boise State - 3-0 - 163
25 Georgia - 3-1 - 142

Dropped from rankings: LSU 18, Oklahoma 25

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 135, Oklahoma 120, North Dakota State 58, West Virginia 51, Virginia Tech 38, Colorado 33, North Carolina 26, Iowa 25, UCLA 22, Auburn 18, LSU 17, Western Michigan 14, Wake Forest 9, Memphis 6, Maryland 2, Toledo 1

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 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 Prospects for NFL Draft 2017 - QB Kelly Heads Young Group, RBs Fournette and McCaffrey Top a Strong Class of Tailbacks


Pro Prospects 2017
Offensive Skilled Positions

Photo - RB Leonard Fournette - LSU

Chad Kelly of Ole Miss Heads Young QB Class

1. Chad Kelly, 6-2, 215, Mississippi
2. * Brad Kaaya, 6-3, 210, Miami
3. * DeShaun Watson, 6-2, 210, Clemson
4. * DeShone Kizer, 6-4, 240, Notre Dame
5. * Luke Falk, 6-3, 210, Washington St
6. Mitch Leidner, 6-3, 240, Minnesota
7. Seth Russell, 6-2, 200, Baylor
8. Josh Dobbs, 6-3, 215, Tennessee
9. * Mason Rudolph, 6-3, 220, Oklahoma St
10. Gunner Kiel, 6-4, 220, Cincinnati
11. CJ Beathard, 6-2, 210, Iowa
12. * Pat Mahomes, 6-2, 220, Texas Tech
13. * Baker Mayfield, 6-0, 210, Oklahoma
14. * JT Barrett, 6-1, 225, Ohio St
15. Davis Webb, 6-5, 195, California
16. Brady Gustafson, 6-5, 235, Montana
17. Cooper Rush, 6-3, 225, Central Michigan
18. Trevor Knight, 6-0, 215, Texas A&M
19. Sefo Liufau, 6-4, 240, Colorado
20. Tyrone Swoopes, 6-4, 255, Texas

Fournette and McCaffrey Top Talented Group of Running Backs
Running Backs

1. * Leonard Fournette, 6-0, 230, LSU
2. * Christian McCaffery, 6-0, 205, Stanford
3. * Dalvin Cook, 5-10, 210, Florida St
4. * Nick Chubb, 5-10, 220, Georgia
5. * Elijah Hood, 5-11, 220, North Carolina
6. * Samaje Perine, 5-10, 230, Oklahoma
7. * Jalen Hurd, 6-1, 230, Tennessee
8. * James Conner, 6-1, 250, Pittsburgh
9. * Royce Freeman, 5-10, 230, Oregon
10. Corey Clement, 5-10, 220, Wisconsin
11. * Wayne Gallman, 6-0, 215, Clemson
12. * Sony Michel, 5-10, 215, Georgia
13. De’Veon Smith, 5-11, 230, Michigan
14. Donnel Pumphrey, 5-9, 180, San Diego St
15. * Joe Mixon, 6-0, 220, Oklahoma
16. * Joe Yearby, 5-9, 205, Miami
17. * Alvin Kamara, 5-10, 215, Tennessee
18. * Nick Wilson, 5-10, 215, Arizona
19. * D’Onta Foreman, 6-0, 240, Texas
20. Shock Linwood, 5-8, 200, Baylor

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 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

Senior Bowl 2017 Watch List - Defensive Players - Michigan Heads Team List With 15 Invitees - SEC Leads in Total Prospects


Michigan leads Senior Bowl with 15 Invitees on 2017 Watch List

Four-hundred players make up the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List. That may sound like a lot of players, but there are more than 1,200 players who are eligible to play in the 2017 game, not counting potential fourth-year junior graduates.

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

Photo - DL Chris Wormley - Michigan

Among the standouts in this year's group: Michigan DL Chris Wormley and tight end Jake Butt, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, USC tackle Zach Banner, Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks, Iowa QB C.J. Beathard and CB Desmond King and standouts from Alabama: defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, tight end OJ Howard and LBers Reuben Foster and Tim Williams.

"If a player is not on this list, it doesn't mean they can't play in our game,'" said Reese's Senior Bowl Scouting Coordinator Patrick Woo, who worked hand-in-hand with Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl regional scouts and countless NFL scouts to form the list. "The players on our radar are not strictly limited to this list. This provides a starting point for us and NFL clubs. We look forward to finding the very best and bringing them to Mobile."
Last year, 17 players who made the North/South rosters were not on the initial watch list released in the summer. This year's group includes 209 defensive players and 191 offensive players. Specialists were not included in this year's watch list and will form their own list later this season.

The Southeastern Conference leads the way with 69 players on this year's list, making up about 17% of the 400. The SEC is followed closely by the Big Ten's 60 players, 15 of those coming from the University of Michigan. The Wolverines have more 'watch listers' than any other school, by a wide margin. Utah has the second-most with nine, while Alabama, Houston and Louisville each have eight players on the list.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (56), Pac-12 (43), Big 12 (28) and FCS/D2 (41) are also well represented on the watch list. By position, safeties (49), wide receivers (49) and cornerbacks (44) lead the way.

This year's group also includes some players with some outstanding athletic bloodlines. USC's Banner is the son of former NFL standout Lincoln Kennedy. Arizona wide receiver Trey Griffey is the son of baseball great Ken Griffey Jr., Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders, Jr., is the son of Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and Ole Miss' Kelly is the nephew of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

The 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl week officially begins on Tuesday, January 24 and concludes with the 68th game on January 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Ala. The practices are televised live by ESPN and the game is broadcast live on NFL Network at 2:30pm ET.

Go to www.SeniorBowl.com for year round coverage of the Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl 2017 Watch List – Defense

Defensive Ends
Name/ Position / Conference

Jonathan Allen - Alabama
DE 6-3 291 SEC
Tarell Basham - Ohio
DE 6-4 260 MAC
Fadol Brown - Ole Miss
DE 6-4 273 SEC
Johnathan Calvin - Mississippi State
DE 6-3 272 SEC
Josh Carraway - TCU
DE 6-4 250 Big 12
Taco Charlton - Michigan
DE 6-6 272 Big Ten
Bryan Cox, Jr. - Florida
DE 6-3 269 SEC
Keionta Davis - UT-Chattanooga
DE 6-4 270 FCS
Hunter Dimick - Utah
DE 6-3 272 Pac-12
Ken Ekanem - Virginia Tech
DE 6-3 260 ACC
Kylie Fitts - Utah
DE 6-4 265 Pac-12
Daeshon Hall - Texas A&M
DE 6-6 260 SEC
Trey Hendrickson - Florida Atlantic
DE 6-4 270 C-USA
A.J. Jefferson - Mississippi State
DE 6-3 280 SEC
Tanoh Kpassagnon - Villanova
DE 6-7 290 FCS
Cameron Malveaux - Houston
DE 6-6 270 AAC
James McFarland - TCU
DE 6-2 250 Big 12
Takkarist McKinley - UCLA
DE 6-2 265 Pac-12
Lewis Neal - LSU
DE 6-2 272 SEC
Noble Nwachuku - West Virginia
DE 6-2 275 Big 12
Pat O'Connor - Eastern Michigan
DE 6-4 270 MAC
Evan Panfil - Purdue
DE 6-5 270 Big Ten
Derek Rivers - Youngstown State
DE 6-5 255 FCS
Isaac Rochell - Notre Dame
DE 6-4 290 IND
Joby Saint Fleur - Northwestern Oklahoma
DE 6-5 245 Division II
Gabe Sherrod - Michigan State
DE 6-3 250 Big Ten
Dawuane Smoot - Illinois
DE 6-3 255 Big Ten
Gary Thompson - Marshall
DE 6-2 260 C-USA
Corey Vereen - Tennessee
DE 6-2 249 SEC
DeMarcus Walker - Florida State
DE 6-4 280 ACC
Jordan Willis - Kansas State
DE 6-5 258 Big 12
Deatrich Wise, Jr. - Arkansas
DE 6-5 272 SEC
Chris Wormley - Michigan

Go to Next Page for complete Senior Bowl Defensive List

Garrett, King & McDowell Head 2016 Bronko Nagurski Watch List


Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List announced
88 Players On Defensive Player of the Year List

Photo - DE Myles Garrett - Texas A&M

Myles Garrett of Texas A&M, Desmond King of Iowa and Malik McDowell of Michigan State headline the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List that includes 88 defensive standouts from all 10 Division I FBS conferences. King, Lurry and Garrett are the returning first-team Football Writers Association of America All-Americans.

The watch list also includes a pair of returning second-team FWAA All-Americans, Eddie Jackson from Alabama and Jourdan Lewis from Michigan.

The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 27 players, followed by the Big Ten (13), Pac-12 (13), ACC (11), Big 12 (10), Mid-American (4), Mountain West (3), American Athletic (2), Conference USA (2), Sun Belt (1) and Independents (2). Alabama and LSU each had five players on the list, which included 31 backs, 29 linebackers, 21 ends and seven tackles.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week from early September through mid November. 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 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thurs., Nov. 17.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2016 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in college football.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 5 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. In addition to the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway. Navy’s Chet Moeller, a member of the FWAA’s 1975 All-America Team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy 2016 Season Watch List (88)
Montravius Adams, Auburn, DT
Jamal Adams, LSU, DB
Jonathan Allen, Alabama, DE
Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado, DB
Budda Baker, Washington, DB
Dante Barnett, Kansas State, DB
Derek Barnett, Tennessee, DE
Kendell Beckwith, LSU, LB
Vince Biegel, Wisconsin, LB
Quin Blanding, Virginia, DB
Ben Boulware, Clemson, LB
Richie Brown, Mississippi State, LB
Riley Bullough, Michigan State, LB
Josh Carraway, TCU, DE
Lorenzo Carter, Georgia, LB
Tony Conner, Ole Miss, DB
Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, LB
Jarrad Davis, Florida, LB
Hunter Dimick, Utah, DE
Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech, DE
Devonte Fields, Louisville, DE
Salamo Fiso, Arizona State, LB
Kylie Fitts, Utah, DE
Reuben Foster, Alabama, LB
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE
Davon Godchaux, LSU, DT
Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M, DE
Charles Harris, Missouri, DE
Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville, DB
Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss, DE
Treyvon Hester, Toledo, DT
Travin Howard, TCU, LB
Shane Huber, Massachusetts, LB
Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, DB
Adoreé Jackson, USC, DB
Eddie Jackson, Alabama
Derwin James, Florida State, DB
Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB
Josey Jewell, Iowa, LB
Sidney Jones, Washington, DB
Andrew King, Army, LB
Desmond King, Iowa, DB
Micah Kiser, Virginia, LB
Carl Lawson, Auburn, DE
Elijah Lee, Kansas State, LB
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, DB
Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State, DE
William Likely, Maryland, DB
Lowell Lotulelei, Utah, DT
Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois, DB
Jamal Marcus, Akron, DE
Marcus Maye, Florida, DB
Malik McDowell, Michigan State, DT
Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

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McCaffrey and Peppers Head 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List


2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List
Watch list players (43) accounted for 46,000 all-purpose yards, 552 tackles and 216 TDs in 2015

The Louisville Sports Commission today named 43 multi-talented college football players to the 2016 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

Photo - RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

The Paul Hornung Award, now in its seventh season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in February 2017. The Paul Hornung Award recently was named an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association.

The 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List contains three of the four 2015 Paul Hornung Award finalists: Adoree' Jackson from Southern California, Jabrill Peppers from Michigan and Christian McCaffrey from Stanford. McCaffrey won the Paul Hornung Award in 2015 after amassing 3,496 all-purpose yards, breaking Barry Sanders' record of 3,520 set in 1988. The Watch List also includes 16 of the top-100 all-purpose players from 2015 according to yards-per-game average from ncaa.com.

This year's Watch List is comprised of 21 seniors, 13 juniors and nine sophomores who start at a total of seven different positions, and represent 42 universities and all 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Pac-12 leads the conferences with eight players followed by the ACC and SEC with seven players and the Big Ten with six players.

Players on the Watch List accounted for 9,257 rushing yards, 15,787 receiving yards, 17,332 kickoff return yards, 3,676 punt return yards and 552 total tackles in 2015. Reminiscent of Hornung during his playing days, members of the Watch List demonstrated a knack for scoring numerous ways. Last season the Watch List players combined for 216 total touchdowns in seven different ways - passing, rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return, interception and fumble recovery/fumble return.

"I'm ecstatic that the Paul Hornung Award has gained national prominence in such a short time," said Paul Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner who played every position in the offensive backfield during his Notre Dame career and was a triple threat halfback for the title town Green Bay Packers of the early 1960s. "During the past six years the quality of our winners, finalists and weekly honorees has been impressive, and I'm pleased that we are able to acknowledge outstanding players who contribute any way possible to help their teams win the way I did."

"I enjoy following the players on our Watch List and watching many of our winners and finalists from the first six years as they make their marks in the NFL," continued Hornung who maintains an office in downtown Louisville. Hornung won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback and earned NFL MVP honors for the Green Bay Packers in 1961, setting a single-season NFL scoring record rushing, receiving, passing and kicking that stood 46 years. He is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and Vince Lombardi once called him, "The most versatile man ever to play the game."

The 2016 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2015 statistics, career performance, SID recommendations and expectations heading into the 2016 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found here. Players will be added to the Watch List during the 2016 regular season based on performance.

2016 Watch List Selections
Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State
Antonio Callaway, Florida
Seth Collins, Oregon State
Jared Cornelius, Arkansas
Tim Crawley, San Jose State
DeVon Edwards, Duke
Brisly Estime, Syracuse
Johnathan Ford, Auburn
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Nyheim Hines, NC State
Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State
Adoree' Jackson, USC
D'Ernest Johnson, South Florida
Quay Johnson, East Carolina
Xavier Johnson, South Alabama
Corey Jones, Toledo
Desmond King, Iowa
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Donovan Lee, Colorado
William Likely, Maryland
Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Charles Nelson, Oregon
Zach Pascal, Old Dominion
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
Trevor Ryen, Iowa State
Artavis Scott, Clemson
R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Jahad Thomas, Temple
Aregeros Turner, Northern Illinois
KaVontae Turpin, TCU
Tim White, Arizona State
Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
Brandon Wilson, Houston
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State
Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia

A panel of college football experts selects players for the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll based on performance each week during the season. A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award finalists and the winner, with fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse comprising the 17th vote. Regional accounting firm Dean Dorton independently tabulates all votes. The winner is honored at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health in late February in downtown Louisville.

The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son, and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players who often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010; Brandon Boykin of Georgia won the award in 2011 after excelling on defense, offense and special teams; Tavon Austin of West Virginia won the award in 2012 as one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns); Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU won the award in 2013 after finishing the season ranked second in the nation and first in the SEC with 2,222 all-purpose yards and 185.2 average yards per game; Shaq Thompson of Washington won the award in 2014 as a two-way player, earning first team All-America honors at linebacker and finishing as the Husky's second-leading rusher at tailback; and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford won in 2015 after amassing 3,496 all-purpose yards with 1,847 rushing, 540 receiving and 1,109 return, breaking Barry Sanders record of 3,250 set in 1988.

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