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Butkus Award 2014 Finalists Announced

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BUTKUS AWARD 30th SEASON COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Finalists for the 30th annual Butkus Award honoring the nation’s best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels were announced by the Butkus Foundation.

The five collegiate finalists include 2013 collegiate semifinalist Denzel Perryman of Miami and 2012 high school Butkus winner Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame.

Butkus Award 2014 Collegiate Finalists
Eric Kendricks University of California Los Angeles
Hau'oli Kikaha University of Washington
Denzel Perryman University of Miami (Fla.)
Jake Ryan University of Michigan
Jaylon Smith University of Notre Dame

Dick Butkus - Hall of Fame Chicago Bear linebacker and founder of Butkus Football Network "Frank Coyle does an excellent job year round rating the top college players as they prepare for the NFL. Draft Insiders' Digest is a must for anyone that follows the NFL Draft and pro prospects. His evaluation is the best scouting insight I have ever seen."

Butkus Award 2014 High School Finalists
Jerome Baker Benedictine High School Cleveland, OH
Justin Hilliard St. Xavier High School Cincinnati, OH
John Houston Junipero Serra High School Gardena, CA
Malik Jefferson Ralph H. Poteet High School Mesquite, TX
Leo Lewis Brookhaven High School Brookhaven, MS

Winners will be named by December 9 by the independent panel of 51 recruiters, scouts, coaches and journalists. A professional Butkus Award honoree will be named in early 2015. Selectors and selection criteria are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com

2013 Butkus Award winners:
• Professional: NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers
• Collegiate: C.J. Mosley, Alabama (now Baltimore Ravens)
• High School: Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Ga. (now Ohio State)

Created in 1985, the Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while spreading the word about Butkus’ I Play Clean™ initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of using performance-enhancing drugs. The I Play Clean initiative is supported in part by the NFL and NFL Players Association Research and Education Foundation. More information is available at www.iplayclean.org and on facebook at i.play.clean.

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.

2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Award Finalists Announced

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2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Award Finalists Announced

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2014 finalists for the 78th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

Photo - RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

The respective lists include a field of three candidates for each of these awards as determined by the semifinalist voting process which ended Nov. 23.

All finalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2014 Maxwell Award Finalists
Melvin Gordon Wisconsin Running Back Junior
Marcus Mariota Oregon Quarterback Junior
Dak Prescott Mississippi State Quarterback Junior

2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Finalists
Vic Beasley Clemson Defensive End Senior
Joey Bosa Ohio State Defensive End Sophomore
Scooby Wright III Arizona Linebacker Sophomore

Melvin Gordon -Wisconsin
Already well past the 2,000-yard rushing barrier, Gordon can realistically set his sights on Barry Sanders' NCAA record of 2,628 yards in a season. Gordon's season totals are impressive: 254 carries, 2,109 yards, 25 TDs; 15 receptions, 147 yards, and two TDs for the 9-2 Badgers. Gordon's signature game came against Nebraska, when he broke the NCAA single-game rushing record with 408 yards on 25 carries, 16.3 yards per carry, and four touchdowns.

Marcus Mariota -Oregon
Mariota went 24-of-32 for 323 passing yards with three touchdowns, and added 73 yards and another score on the ground in a 44-10 rout of Colorado last weekend. With his four total scores, Mariota set a Pac-12 single-season record with 42 total touchdowns. He has four or more scores in eight games this fall, the most of any player in the FBS. Moreover, Mariota leads the nation in passing efficiency (185.2) and is tied at No. 1, with Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, with an average of 10.0 yards per attempt. Mariota's two interceptions are the fewest among the country's top-10 quarterbacks in completion percentage. For the season, he is 210-of-309 passing, 3,103 yards, 32 touchdowns, two interceptions; 97 carries, 597 yards, nine touchdowns for the 10-1 Ducks.

Dak Prescott - Mississippi State
Prescott has led Mississippi State to its first 10-win regular season and its highest ranking (No. 1, currently No. 4) in the 115-year history of the program. He has led MSU to a 5-1 record in the SEC inside the only division in college football history to have every team be bowl eligible, and is the only FBS player to rank in the top 20 in both passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns. Saturday night, Prescott accounted for four total touchdowns in a 51-0 shutout of Vanderbilt, which was MSU's biggest conference win since 1936. This Saturday, he travels to No. 19 Ole Miss for the annual Egg Bowl rivalry game.

Beasley has been a fixture on the Clemson defense for the last four years. A graduate student who would have likely been a high-round NFL pick last spring decided to return to Clemson for one last year. Beasley, a defensive end, leads the Tigers with eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for losses. Not only is Beasley now the all-time leader in sacks at Clemson, he is first among current FBS-level players in career sacks and tackles for a loss.

The 6-5, 278-pound Bosa is currently the Big Ten Conference leader in sacks (11.5), tackles-for-loss (17.0) and forced fumbles (three). He is among the national leaders in all three categories as well, currently sitting at No. 5 nationally in quarterback sacks, No. 7 nationally in TFLs and No. 19 in forced fumbles. Bosa's three forced fumbles have directly or indirectly led to 23 Ohio State points this season.

Wright is the only FBS player to rank in the top-25 individually for each of these four categories (based on per game): tackles (117), tackles for loss (21.0), sacks (12.0) and forced fumbles (5). Wright has at least one tackle for loss in all 10 games this season and has had a sack in eight of the 10 contests. In Arizona's 27-26 win over Washington on Saturday, Wright recorded 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss of five yards. Through 10 games, he totals 117 tackles, 21.0 tackles for 78 yards lost, 12.0 sacks for 61 yards lost, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and the Chuck Bednarik Award was presented to Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald. McCarron currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Donald is a standout lineman for the St. Louis Rams.

The winners of the 78th Maxwell Award and the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 11, 2014. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Gala which will be held at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday March 13, 2015.

The presentation of the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's Rece Davis, joined by Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Ponder - will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and will feature the live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp 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 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.

Patriots at Packers – Potential Super Bowl Matchup

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NFL Power Rankings Week 12 –
Patriots Top NFL Rankings

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Defensive Player - LB Avery Williamson - Titans

Photo – QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Players of the Week
Offensive Player – WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Defensive Player – DE Robert Quinn - Rams

Team of Week 12 - Seattle
Matchup of Week 13 – Patriots at Packers

Rank / Team / Record

1. New England Patriots (9-2)
Patriots and Tom Brady smoked the Lions last week.

2. Denver Broncos (8-3)
Broncos’ Peyton Manning and offense find a way to win most close games.

3. Green Bay Packers (8-3)
Packers’ are super hot and host the Patriots for a possible Super Bowl preview.

4. Arizona Cardinals (9-2)
Cards might come up short vs top clubs down the stretch.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (8-3)
Eagles travel to Big D in NFC showdown with the Cowboys on Turkey day.

6. Seattle Seahawks (7-4)
Seahawks face the 49ers in San Fran for critical NFC West contest.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1)
The Bengals are hoping to gain momentum for big AFC matchups in December.

8. Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
Colts are hoping for early South title with soft final stretch on schedule.

9. Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
Cowboys face the Eagles at home in pivotal East matchup.

10. Detroit Lions (7-4)
Lions have dropped two in a row to the hot Cardinals and Patriots with Bears coming for Turkey day matchup.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
The Chiefs played their worst game of the season vs Raiders last week.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4)
Steelers’ come off the bye week with big matchup with the Saints in Steel city.

13. Baltimore Ravens (7-4)
The Ravens’ won in New Orleans and have the Chargers at home for critical AFC contest for both clubs.

14. San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
The 49ers host the Seahawks on Thanksgiving with the loser in tough shape for playoffs.

15. Cleveland Browns (7-4)
The Browns travel to Buffalo for contest that will have huge AFC playoff ramifications.

16. San Diego Chargers (7-4)
Chargers face the tough Ravens and need to capture momentum for stretch run.

17. Buffalo Bills (6-5)
The Bills’ bashed the Jets and host the scrappy Browns at home for key AFC game.

18. Miami Dolphins (6-5)
The Dolphins lost a heartbreaker in Denver and need win in the Big Apple vs the Jets.

19. St. Louis Rams (4-7)
The Rams came up short vs the Chargers and host the Raiders this week.

20. New Orleans Saints (4-7)
Saints are backed to the wall and travel to Pittsburgh for critical matchup.

21. Houston Texans (5-6)
Texans struggle to put up points vs top clubs that leaves them around .500 mark.

22. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)
Falcons lost a tough one vs Browns, but still are alive in the weak NFC South.

23. Chicago Bears (5-6)
The Bears are still breathing with Turkey day trip to Detroit up next.

24. Minnesota Vikings (4-7)
Vikings host the Panthers this week in a matchup of disappointing clubs.

25. New York Giants (3-8)
The GMen blew the Cowboys game, but Odell Beckham is a star in the making.

26. Carolina Panthers (3-7-1)
The Panthers come off their bye week and need victory vs the Vikes this week.

27. Washington Redskins (3-8)
Washington is falling apart at the seams and RG3 might be the scapegoat.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-9)
The Titans might be the worst team in the NFL.

29. New York Jets (2-9)
The Jets were a joke Monday nite vs the Bills.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-9)
Bucs get the Bengals at home this week with a very tough stretch schedule.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)
The Jaguars’ have the worst point differential in the league.

32. Oakland Raiders (1-10)
The Raiders finally win one vs their longtime rival, the Chiefs.

Draft Insiders' - Odell Beckham's Yearbook 2014 Scouting Report

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Odell Beckham's Yearbook Scouting Report
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Draft Insiders’ Yearbook NFL Draft 2014

Wide Receiver Positional Overview: This year's group of receivers is an incredible class that may rank with the best prospects in over a decade. The addition of 15 underclassmen significantly improved a below average senior class to make this the strongest position in this draft.

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - Giants

There will probably be at least 35+ receivers over the three-day event. Rookie receivers have been highly sought after with NFL offenses predominantly focusing on the passing game. This is the strongest receiving class since the famous 1996 group that featured Keyshawn Johnson, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, Eric Moulds, Terry Glenn, Muhsin Muhammad, Amani Toomer, Bobby Engram and Eddie Kennison among others.

Odell Beckham #3 - 5-11, 195 - LSU - Sp. 4.40
Hindu Theory Percy Harvin

Electrifying junior receiver/ returner completed a fine career for LSU, earning SEC honors several time over his career. Odell has been a consistently productive big play performer whether as a receiver, runner or return specialist. He combines explosive quickness and speed that allows him to make plays after the catch or returning kicks. He has shown consistent big play ability in those roles to make defenders miss or run away from them. Over his career, he has been a featured big play weapon for the pro style Tiger passing game that has featured several NFL receivers. He is an excellent all-purpose performer who has natural hands and running skills to fill a few key roles as a pro. He was a consistent playmaker in all roles and could earn the #3 job as a slot receiver as a rookie, in addition to both return duties. He has incredible natural hands who runs precise routes and is able to utilize his great suddenness to create space. He is both very quick and fast with the short area suddenness to create running room and hit an opening. He has top speed with the initial quickness to get into his routes nicely and the ability to make fast cuts at the break point and create consistent separation. He displays top AA and has a fine understanding of the passing game with the ability to adjust his routes and make the tough catch. He has the speed to get deep or take the short screen pass and make a big play using his natural running skills. Despite his marginal size, he displays the toughness and body control to make the difficult catch, take the big hit and hold on to the ball. He releases from the line quickly and fights thru the jam to get into his routes. After the catch, his top running ability makes things happen with his rare elusiveness to make defenders miss and speed to run away from tacklers. He is similar to Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb in speed, quickness, style and AA with big play talent to be a game to game difference maker.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and had 59 catches for 1152 yards for a 19.5 average and 8 TDs. He won the 2013 Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player for both his receiving and outstanding return skills. He led the SEC and ranking #2 in the nation in all-purpose yards with a 178.1 average. As a sophomore, he started 12 of 13 games and had 43 catches for 713 yards and 2 TDs. Over his career, he set the LSU record and finished No. 2 in SEC single-season history with 2,315 all-purpose yards as a junior in ’13. He started 34 of 39 games for three seasons and totaled 143 catches for 2340 yards and 12 TDs. Over his career, he had 2 punt returns for TDs in 2012 and had a career 9 yard average along with a 25 yard career average for kickoff returns. Over the 2013 season, he had 32 kickoff returns for 845 yards and a 26.4 average. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.43 time with a 1.50 ten yard split. He did 7 reps. He had a 38.5” VL and a 10’2” BJ with a 3.94 short shuttle and 6.69 three cone in an excellent display of athleticism. He performed very well in the receiving drills.
The Skinny: Very explosive athlete with the ability to become an impact player as both a receiver and returner. He is a top athlete with the talent to provide early impact and game changing talent. He can be a slot receiver with the skill set to become a major matchup problem. His top open field running skills gives his club a dangerous weapon in a number of roles. Highly-developed athlete with the developed skills to be a much better pro than collegian. Pro Bowl returner to give an offense consistently good field position. Developed skill set to be a very good pro and he probably does not fall beyond the top selections. Impact weapon with big play ability in a few roles.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Oregon, Florida St. & Alabama Claim #1 Ranking in Polls

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Oregon, Florida St. & Alabama Claim #1 Ranking in Polls

Draft Insiders' ranks Oregon #1, AP Poll votes Florida St and Coaches Poll names Alabama Top Spot.

Photo - QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

Team of the Week - Oregon

Players of the Week
Offense – RB Samaje Perine - Oklahoma

Defense - DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa - UCLA

Matchup for Week 13 – Mississippi St at Ole Miss

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Teams - Nov. 24
1. Oregon - 10-1
2. Alabama - 10-1
3. Florida State - 11-0
4. Mississippi State - 10-1
5. Baylor - 9-1
6. Ohio State - 10-1
7. TCU - 9-1
8. Georgia - 9-2
9. Michigan State - 9-2
10. UCLA - 9-2
11 Arizona - 9-2
12. Wisconsin - 9-2
13. Kansas State - 8-2
14. Arizona State - 9-2
15. Auburn - 8-3
16. Georgia Tech -9-2
17. Marshall – 11-0
18. Missouri - 9-2
19. Oklahoma - 8-3
20. Colorado St - 10-1
21. Ole Miss - 8-3
22. Minnesota, 8-3, 232
23. Clemson, 8-3, 198
24. Louisville, 8-3, 191
25. Boise State, 9-2, 96

AP Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Florida State (37), 11-0, 1458
2. Alabama (21), 10-1, 1445
3. Oregon (2), 10-1, 1393
4. Mississippi State, 10-1, 1301
5. Baylor, 9-1, 1234
6. TCU, 9-1, 1233
7. Ohio State, 10-1, 1163
8. Georgia, 9-2, 1002
9. UCLA, 9-2, 998
10. Michigan State, 9-2, 971
11. Kansas State, 8-2, 898
12. Arizona, 9-2, 807
13. Arizona State, 9-2, 790
14. Wisconsin, 9-2, 764
15. Auburn, 8-3, 597
16. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 581
17. Missouri, 9-2, 525
18. Ole Miss, 8-3, 398
19. Marshall, 11-0, 384
20. Oklahoma, 8-3, 363
21. Colorado State, 10-1, 346
22. Minnesota, 8-3, 232
23. Clemson, 8-3, 198
24. Louisville, 8-3, 191
25. Boise State, 9-2, 96

Coaches’ Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Alabama (25), 10-1, 1474
2. Florida State (30), 11-0, 1462
3. Oregon (6), 10-1, 1431
4. Mississippi State, 10-1, 1323
5. TCU, 9-1, 1259
6. Baylor, 9-1, 1242
7. Ohio State, 10-1, 1191
8. Michigan State, 9-2, 1052
9. Georgia, 9-2, 1002
10. UCLA, 9-2, 963
11. Kansas State, 8-2, 912
12. Arizona, 9-2, 818
13. Arizona State, 9-2, 783
14. Wisconsin, 9-2, 758
15. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 615
16. Auburn, 8-3, 565
17. Missouri, 9-2, 560
18. Oklahoma, 8-3, 420
19. Ole Miss, 8-3, 390
20. Marshall, 11-0, 383
21. Colorado State, 10-1, 304
22. Minnesota, 8-3, 256
23. Louisville, 8-3, 208
24. Clemson, 8-3, 203
25. Boise State, 9-2, 85

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.

Semifinalists Chosen For 2014 Outland Trophy

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Semifinalists Chosen For 2014 Outland Trophy
FWAA unveils Semifinalists for Top Interior Lineman

OMAHA (FWAA) – Six semifinalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy – five offensive linemen and one defensive tackle – were announced on Thursday night during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call of its 2014 All-America Committee, has determined the following six players as semifinalists for the award, in alphabetical order: Malcom Brown, Texas defensive tackle; Reese Dismukes, Auburn center; Spencer Drango, Baylor offensive tackle; Jake Fisher, Oregon offensive tackle; Tré Jackson, Florida State offensive guard; and Brandon Scherff, Iowa offensive tackle.

The field for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense, will be reduced to three players early next week. Those finalists will be announced the evening of Nov. 25 on ESPNU from 6-6:30 pm ET during the College Football Awards Nomination Special. The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live from the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Outland Trophy Candidates

Malcom Brown, DT, Texas (6-2, 320, Jr., Brenham, Texas): Brown leads the Longhorns with 6.5 sacks, a feat that hasn't been accomplished by a defensive tackle in a dozen years in Austin. He paces the squad with 14 tackles for loss and six quarterback pressures and has forced two fumbles and recovered one. In his most recent game, he had two sacks and forced a fumble in Texas' 28-7 victory at Oklahoma State that made the Longhorns (6-5) bowl-eligible. "Malcom is having an unbelievable season, an All-American year," Texas coach Charlie Strong said. "He's so fun to watch because he plays with great energy and is just a dominating player."

Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn (6-3, 295, Sr., Spanish Fort, Ala.): Dismukes has been the mainstay of the offensive line as a captain the last two seasons. He has started in 47 games over four seasons at Auburn. A much-heralded recruit out of high school, Dismukes is considered the glue of the offensive line that grinds out yards in a triple-option attack. Auburn's rushing offense ranks No. 8 in the country (272.8 yards per game), No. 18 in total offense (485.4) and 26th in scoring (35.5).

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor (6-6, 310, Jr., Cedar Park, Texas): An imposing lineman for the explosive Baylor Bears, who lead the country in scoring offense (50.1 points per game) and total offense (585.1 yards per game) and third in passing offense (354.2 yards per game). Drango leads all Bears with 31 career starts. The Bears are 27th in pass protection in the country, allowing just 13 sacks as Drango fortifies at his left tackle spot.

Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon (6-6, 300, Sr., Traverse City, Mich.): When Fisher missed two games earlier in the season with a leg injury, Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked 12 times and the Ducks lost to Arizona. He's a vital cog on the offensive line, where he has had to move to left tackle because of injuries to other players. Oregon ranks fifth in the FBS in total offense, producing 531.2 yards a game and a whopping 7.28 yards per play. He's a converted tight end who also has played guard.

Tré Jackson, OG, Florida State (6-4, 330, Sr., Jesup, Ga.): Florida State says Jackson "has the strength and agility to be a dominant force in both run-blocking and pass-blocking and has paved the way for (the) offense." He has started 22 straight games and 38 in his career. This season, he is a three-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following games against N.C. State, Syracuse and Notre Dame. He has recorded the top grade among Florida State offensive linemen in eight of 10 games this season. The Seminoles rank 16th in scoring offense (37.1 points per game) and 11th in passing offense (318.1 yards per game).

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa (6-5, 320, Sr., Denison, Iowa): Scherff has started 23 straight games at left tackle for the 7-3 Hawkeyes. In all, he has played in 41 games and started 33 of them. He has been a strong leader in his four seasons at Iowa. "Brandon came back for his senior year with a mission to prove, and I think he has done that," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "From a leadership standpoint, having a guy play at an NFL level on a college playing field has been important to our football team. The toughness he brings, the attention to detail, the physical nature of his play, he's pretty special."

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1900s. The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
For the 18th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha. The official 2014 Outland Trophy presentation to the winner will be on Jan. 15, 2015 at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, Notre Dame lineman Ross Browner will receive an Outland Trophy. He was the 1976 winner of the award – before trophies were handed out by the FWAA.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. 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 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.

Cardinals, Broncos, Patriots & Packers Hold Top NFL Ranking

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Cardinals, Broncos, Patriots & Packers Hold Top NFL Ranking

NFL Power Rankings Week 11 –
Cardinals Top NFL Rankings

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – RB Alfred Blue - Texans

Defensive Player - LB Chris Borland - 49ers

Photo – QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Defensive Player – DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Team of Week 11 - Packers
Matchup of Week 12 – Cardinals at Seahawks

Rank / Team / Record

1. Arizona Cardinals (9-1)
Cards behind hot backup QB Drew Stanton took care of Lions with trip to Seattle this Sunday.

2. Denver Broncos (7-3)
Broncos’ Peyton Manning and offense could not handle Rams tough defense last week.

3. New England Patriots (8-2)
Patriots and Tom Brady smoked the Colts last week.

4. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
Packers’ are the hottest club in the league for the critical stretch run.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (7-3)
Eagles were toasted by Packers in Titletown last week.

6. Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
Seahawks were shocked by the Chiefs and have Cardinals coming to town.

7. Detroit Lions (7-3)
Lions were stopped by the hot Cardinals and travel to Beantown for meeting with the Pats.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1)
The Bengals came up big in New Orleans that started three game road trip.

9. Indianapolis Colts (6-4)
Colts get the Jaguars at home after beating by with the Patriots in last one.

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-3)
Cowboys at GMen this week in hope of claiming NFC East lead.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3)
The Chiefs played their best game of the season vs Seahawks last week.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4)
Steelers’ won’t go away in the balanced AFC North with bye week here.

13. Miami Dolphins (6-4)
The Dolphins face the acid test with trip to Denver for Sunday clash.

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
The Ravens’ go to New Orleans for critical contest for both clubs.

15. San Francisco 49ers (6-4)
The 49ers edged out the GMen in last one with the Skins at home this week.

16. Cleveland Browns (6-4)
The Browns were bashed by the Texans last week and go to Atlanta for key matchup.

17. San Diego Chargers (6-4)
Chargers face the tough Rams at home and need to recapture their momentum.

18. St. Louis Rams (4-6)
The Rams can only dream where they would be with vet QB Sam Bradford healthy.

19. New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Saints were stoned by the Bengals last week with the Ravens coming in for critical matchup.

20. Buffalo Bills (5-5)
The Bills’ were snowed out at home for Jets game that moves to Detroit for Monday nite.

21. Houston Texans (5-5)
Texans are trying to sneak up on the Colts with Bengals coming to town for huge AFC playoff type game up next.

22. Atlanta Falcons (4-6)
Falcons edged out Panthers for first place South tie with Saints and Browns at home this week.

23. Minnesota Vikings (4-6)
Vikings hope to stall the Packers high powered offense after two back to back 50+ point showings.

24. New York Giants (3-7)
The GMen failed to take advantage of opportunities vs SF with the game on the line.

25. Carolina Panthers (3-7-1)
The Panthers struggle weekly on offense despite alive playoff chances in the weak NFC South.

26. Chicago Bears (4-6)
The Bears beat the Vikings in last one to recover from terrible November run.

27. Washington Redskins (3-7)
Washington were crushed by the Bucs last week with RG3 disruption building.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-8)
The Titans will be drafting in the top five in April.

29. New York Jets (2-8)
The Jets had two weeks to prepare for the Bills in Detroit after snow storm.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-8)
Bucs looked alive in win at Washington with and Bears up next.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)
The Jaguars’ had two weeks to get ready for trip to Indy.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-10)
The Raiders face their longtime rival the Chiefs in matchup that always bring drama.

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