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Notre Dames' Tyler Eifert Wins 2012 John Mackey Award

Tyler Eifert Wins 2012 John Mackey Award

Photo – TE Tyler Eifert – Notre Dame

The Nassau County Sports Commission announced Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame as the 2012 John Mackey Award recipient. The John Mackey Award trophy will be presented to Eifert on December 6, 2012, live on ESPNU, at 6:30pm EST as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show. Eifert will also be honored at the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game in South Florida on January 7, 2013.

2012 was an outstanding year for Tyler Eifert. The senior recorded 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns while leading undefeated Notre Dame to the Discover BCS National Championship Game. In addition to the Mackey Award, he has also already been named second-team All American by Walter Camp and CBS Sports. Eifert, who is well known for his blocking ability and receiving prowess, has totaled 134 receptions, 1,779 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his career making him the all time career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a Notre Dame Tight End.

The John Mackey Award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame Tight End John Mackey. The 2012 John Mackey Award recipient was determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Selection Committee.

The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists eleven NFL players as alumni: 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark ('01) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham ('02), Kellen Winslow II ('03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller ('04) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcedes Lewis ('05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth ('06) of the of the Chicago Bears, Fred Davis ('07) of the Washington Redskins, Chase Coffman ('08) of the Atlanta Falcons, Aaron Hernandez ('09) of the New England Patriots, D.J. Williams ('10) of the Green Bay Packers and the 2011 John Mackey Award recipient Dwayne Allen of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Notre Dame Battles Alabama In National BCS Title Game

2012-13 College Football Bowl Schedule

Undefeated #1 Notre Dame will meet defending national and SEC Champion #2 Alabama in the BCS title game on Monday, January 7th. The Crimson Tide has won two of the past three national titles and will look to continue the SEC dominance on the national scene. It will be the 7th consecutive BCS title game for the SEC Champion with the past six clubs winning the national championship. This will be the first national title game for Notre Dame since the late 1980’s. In only head coach, Brian Kelly’s third season, the Irish earned the title clash off an undefeated season behind a very tough defense and an efficient balanced offense. We will have a national title game matchup breakdown posted the first week of January.

Photo – CE Dee Milliner – Alabama

Complete Bowl Schedule

Date/time (all ET) / Bowl / Site / Matchup

National BCS Championship Mon., Jan. 7
8:30 p.m.

BCS title game Miami Gardens, Fla. Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Sat., Dec. 15
1 p.m. New Mexico Albuquerque Nevada vs. Arizona

Sat., Dec. 15
4:30 p.m. Idaho Potato Boise, Idaho Utah State vs. Toledo

Thu., Dec. 20
8 p.m. Poinsettia San Diego San Diego State vs. BYU

Fri., Dec. 21
7:30 p.m. Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg, Fla. Central Florida vs. Ball State

Sat., Dec. 22
noon New Orleans New Orleans Louisiana-Lafayette vs. East Carolina

Sat., Dec. 22
3:30 p.m. Las Vegas Las Vegas Boise State vs. Washington

Mon., Dec. 24
8 p.m. Hawaii Honolulu SMU vs. Fresno State

Wed., Dec. 26
7:30 p.m. Little Caesars Detroit Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Thu., Dec. 27
3 p.m. Military Washington, D.C. San Jose State vs. Bowling Green

Thu., Dec. 27
6:30 p.m. Belk Charlotte, N.C. Duke vs. Cincinnati

Thu., Dec. 27
9:45 p.m. Holiday San Diego Baylor vs. UCLA

Fri., Dec. 28
2 p.m. Independence Shreveport, La. Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio

Fri., Dec. 28
5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers

Fri., Dec. 28
9 p.m. Meinke Car Care Houston Minnesota vs. Texas Tech

Sat., Dec. 29
11:45 a.m. Armed Forces Fort Worth, Texas Air Force vs. Rice

Sat., Dec. 29
3:15 p.m. Kraft Fight Hunger San Francisco Navy vs. Arizona State

Sat., Dec. 29
3:15 p.m. Pinstripe Bronx, N.Y. Syracuse vs. West Virginia

Sat., Dec. 29
6:45 p.m. Alamo San Antonio, Texas Texas vs. Oregon State

Sat., Dec. 29
10:15 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State vs. TCU

Mon., Dec. 31
noon Music City Nashville, Tenn. N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt

Mon, Dec. 31
2 p.m. Sun El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech vs. USC

Mon, Dec. 31
3:30 p.m. Liberty Memphis, Tenn. Tulsa vs. Iowa State

Mon, Dec. 31
7:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Atlanta Clemson vs. LSU

Tue., Jan. 1
noon Heart of Dallas Dallas Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

Tue., Jan. 1
noon Gator Jacksonville, Fla. Northwestern vs. Mississippi State

Tue., Jan. 1
1 p.m. Outback Tampa, Fla. Michigan vs. South Carolina

Tue., Jan. 1
1 p.m. Capital One Orlando, Fla. Georgia vs. Nebraska

Tue., Jan. 1
5 p.m. Rose Pasadena, Calif. Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Tue., Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. Orange Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida State vs. Northern Illinois

Wed., Jan. 2
8:30 p.m. Sugar New Orleans Florida vs. Louisville

Thu., Jan. 3
8:30 p.m. Fiesta Glendale, Ariz. Kansas State vs. Oregon

Fri., Jan. 4
8 p.m. Cotton Arlington, Texas Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Sat., Jan. 5
1 p.m. BBVA Compass Birmingham, Ala. Mississippi vs. Pittsburgh

Sun., Jan. 6
8 p.m. Go Daddy Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State vs. Kent State

Mon., Jan. 7
8:30 p.m. BCS title game Miami Gardens, Fla. Notre Dame vs. Alabama

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Jadeveon Clowney Heads 2012 Hendricks Award Finalists

2012 Hendricks Award Finalists Announced

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina

The Ted Hendricks Foundation announced the finalists for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Twenty players received votes in the preliminary round this season. Six have advanced to the final ballot.

This year’s finalists are as follows:

MORGAN BRESLIN – USC 6’2” 250 lbs JR
Breslin stepped into the gaping hole left by the departure of last year’s Hendricks award finalist Nick Perry. The results speak for themselves. He is tied UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the conference lead in sacks with 12 and is tied for second in the PAC-12 with 18 tackles for loss. Breslin came to USC this past spring after leading all California Junior College players in sacks and tackles for loss for two straight seasons. He was named a JC first team All-American after his second season at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hills, CA.

CORNELIUS CARRADINE – FLORIDA STATE 6’5” 265 lbs SR
Carradine recorded 80 tackles, 11 sacks and 9 QB pressures this season – this after being called upon to replace Seminole star Brandon Jenkins, who was lost for the season with a foot injury in week 1. Carradine has also now been lost for the ACC Championship and subsequent bowl game after suffering a torn ACL vs Florida this past week. But his effect on the Seminoles season cannot be forgotten. Carradine teamed with Bjoern Werner to form the most dominant defensive end duo in the nation (combining for 24 sacks, 31 tackles for loss and 14 QB hurries).

JADEVEON CLOWNEY – SOUTH CAROLINA 6’8” 256 lbs SO
Clowney was named to the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team this week. He leads the nation in tackles for loss with 21.5, and is tied for the NCAA lead with 13 sacks. He has also set new school standards for sacks in a single game (4.5 vs Clemson) and sacks in a single season. Clowney was named the 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches after recording eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He was named SEC Defensive lineman of the week three times in 2012. He is also a finalist for the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award.

SAM MONTGOMERY – LSU 6’5” 260 lbs JR
Montgomery has been regarded as one of the most dominant ends in the SEC for the past two seasons. He is now a two-time Hendricks Award finalist, after making the list in 2011. The junior from Greenwood, SC nearly chose to play basketball and football at North Carolina, after being a teenage club teammate of Washington Wizards guard John Wall. Montgomery was twice selected the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week this season. His 2012 totals include 32 tackles, 7 sacks, 12 tackles-for-loss and one safety. Has played in all 24 games since a season-ending injury in 2010.

DAMONTRE MOORE – TEXAS A&M 6’4” 250 lbs JR
Moore made the switch from linebacker this season and is has paid off in a big way. He leads the Aggies in tackles (80), sacks (12.5), tackles for loss (20), QB hurries (8) and blocked kicks (2). The last Aggie lineman to lead his team in tackles was NFL Pro Bowl end/tackle Sam Adams in 1993. Moore’s performance this season has earned him a spot on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America team and two selections as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.

BJOERN WERNER – FLORIDA STATE 6’4” 255 lbs JR
Werner is the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He is tied for first in the nation with 13 sacks and is second in the ACC in tackles for loss (18). A native of Berlin, Germany, Werner came to the United States as a high school exchange student and attended Salisbury High in Connecticut. He has played in all 39 games since arriving at Florida State and has recorded 23.5 career sacks. Werner has also been recognized as one of the top student-athletes in his class. He joins Jadeveon Clowney as a finalist for the 2012 Nagurski Trophy.

The final vote for 2012 Hendricks Award will be concluded on December 4th , and the winner will be announced December 5th. This year’s winner will be honored at the Hendricks Award Dinner in the spring of 2013 in Miami, FL. Time and place are to be determined.

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, CBS, 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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Voting For Lombardi and Nagurski Awards

Voting For Lombardi and Nagurski Awards

Photo - LB Manti Te’O - Notre Dame

Notre Dame LB Manti Te’O is the favorite to earn the Lombardi Award along with other national honors including a possible Heisman Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik and Maxwell Awards.

Frank Coyle voted for Manti Te’O for both the Lombardi and Bronko Nagurski awards. He will post his Heisman Trophy voting ballot later this week.

X – Frank Coyle's vote for two major awards

FINALISTS FOR LOMBARDI AWARD
Jadeveon Clowney - University of South Carolina Defensive End
Barrett Jones - University of Alabama Offensive Lineman
Jarvis Jones - University of Georgia Outside Linebacker
X - Manti Te’O - Notre Dame University Inside Linebacker

Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
Junior LB Jarvis Jones – Georgia
Junior CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
X - Senior LB Manti Te'o – Notre Dame
Junior DE Bjoern Werner – Florida St.o

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, CBS, 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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Notre Dame Claims #1 BCS Ranking With Unbeaten Season

Notre Dame Earns BCS Championship Game vs SEC Title Game Winner - Alabama vs Georgia - Saturday Dec. 1st

Top 25 Team Polls – Coaches & AP

Photo - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame

Team of the Week – Notre Dame

Coaches Poll - Top 25
Rank/ Team / Record / Votes

1 Notre Dame 12-0 – (56)
2 Alabama 11-1 – (2)
3 Georgia 11-1 – (1)
4 Oregon 11-1
5 Florida 11-1
6 LSU 9-2
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 Texas A&M 10-2
9 Stanford 10-2
10 South Carolina 10-2
11 Oklahoma 9-2
12 Florida St. 10-2
13 Nebraska 10-2
14 Clemson 10-2
15 Boise St 9-2
16 UCLA 9-3
17 Oregon St. 8-3
18 Northern Illinois11-1
19 Kent St 11-1
20 Northwestern 8-3
21 Texas 8-3
22 Utah St 10-2
23 Louisville 9-2
24 Michigan 8-4
25 Rutgers 9-2

Schools Dropped Out
No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-4), No. 24 Mississippi State (8-4)

Others Receiving Votes
Oklahoma State (7-4) 129; San Jose State (10-2) 105; Vanderbilt (8-4) 94; Fresno State (9-3) 39; TCU (7-4) 34; San Diego State (9-3) 28; Cincinnati (8-3) 17; Arizona State (7-5) 13; Arkansas State (8-3) 13; Mississippi State (8-4) 11; Middle Tennessee (8-3) 7; Central Florida (9-3) 5; Louisiana Tech (9-3) 5; Arizona (7-5) 3; Toledo (9-3) 2; Baylor (6-5) 1; Southern California (7-5) 1.

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank/ Team / Record / 1st Place Votes

1 Notre Dame 12-0 – (60)
2 Alabama 11-1
3 Georgia 11-1
4 Ohio St 12-0
5 Florida 11-1
6 Oregon 11-1
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 Stanford 10-2
9 LSU 10-2
10 Texas A&M 10-2
11 South Carolina 10-2
12 Oklahoma 9-2
13 Florida St. 10-2
14 Nebraska 10-2
15 Clemson 10-2
16 Oregon St. 8-3
17 UCLA 9-3
18 Kent St 11-1
19 Northern Illinois 11-1
20 Utah St 10-2
21 Michigan 8-4
22 Northwestern 9-3
23 Texas 8-3
24 Oklahoma St. 7-4
25 Boise St 9-2

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2012 College Player Award Finalists

2012 Player Award Finalists

Photo - Outland Trophy Finalists

Finalists for the Outland Trophy
Alabama center Barrett Jones
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel
North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.

Finalists for the 76th Maxwell Award
Collin Klein Kansas State Quarterback Senior
Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Quarterback R-Freshman
Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker Senior

Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
Junior LB Jarvis Jones – Georgia
Junior CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
Senior LB Manti Te'o – Notre Dame
Junior DE Bjoern Werner – Florida St.

Finalists for the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award
Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina Defensive End Sophomore
Jarvis Jones Georgia Linebacker Junior
Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker Senior

FINALISTS FOR LOMBARDI AWARD
Jadeveon Clowney - University of South Carolina Defensive End
Barrett Jones - University of Alabama Offensive Lineman
Jarvis Jones - University of Georgia Outside Linebacker
Manti Te’o - Notre Dame University Inside Linebacker

Thorpe Award Finalists:
Johnthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State—A midseason first-team All-American and All-SEC ,Banks ranks first in career interception yards (320) among active players. He has four interceptions in the 2012 season and 16 in his career, ranking third in the FBS. Banks was also named a Senior CLASS Award Finalist.

Dee Milliner, Jr. Alabama—Milliner leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in passes defended (1.78 pg) with 14 pass breakups and two interceptions. In the 2012 season, he has twice had four pass breakups in a game and three versus Missouri. He is also a Bronko Nagurski finalist.

Phillip Thomas, Sr. Fresno State—Thomas has eight interceptions on the season, leading the FBS and two more than any other player in the nation and more than 35 bowl subdivision teams. He set a Fresno State record and tied the Mountain West record for interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single season with three.

John Mackey Award
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (SR, 6-6 251 lb.)
Zach Ertz, Stanford (SR, 6-6 247 lb.)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (SO, 6-6 258 lb.)

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, CBS, 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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Irish Claims #1 Ranking in Top 5 Shuffle

Notre Dame Claims #1 Ranking in Top 5 Shuffle
Irish Remain Undefeated Entering Season Finale

Top 25 Polls – Coaches & AP
Nov. 19, 2012

Photo - RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin

Coaches Poll - Top 25
Rank/ Team / Record / Votes

1 Notre Dame 11-0 – (56)
2 Alabama 10-1 – (2)
3 Georgia 10-1 – (1)
4 Oregon 10-1
5 Florida St. 10-1
6 Florida 10-1
7 LSU 9-2
8 Kansas St. 10-1
9 Kansas St. 10-1
10 Texas A&M 9-2
11 Stanford 9-2
12 South Carolina 9-2
13 Oklahoma 8-2
14 Nebraska 9-2
15 Texas 8-2
16 UCLA 9-2
17 Oregon St. 8-2
18 Louisville 9-1
19 Rutgers 9-1
20 Michigan 8-3
21 Oklahoma St. 8-3
22 Boise St. 9-2
23 Northern Illinois10-1
24 Mississippi St. 8-3
25 Kent St 10-1

Schools Dropped Out
No. 19 Louisiana Tech (9-2), No. 21 Southern California (7-4), No. 25 Texas Tech (7-4).

Others Receiving Votes
Utah State (9-2) 74; Northwestern (8-3) 59; Louisiana Tech (9-2) 36; Washington (7-4) 36; Southern California (7-4) 14; Tulsa (9-2) 14; San Jose State (9-2) 7; San Diego State (8-3) 6; Arizona (7-4) 5; Vanderbilt (7-4) 4; Wisconsin (7-4) 4; Fresno State (8-3) 3; Middle Tennessee (7-3) 3; Arkansas State (8-3) 2; Cincinnati (7-3) 1; Texas Tech (7-4) 1.

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank/ Team / Record / 1st Place Votes

1 Notre Dame 11-0 – (60)
2 Alabama 10-1
3 Georgia 10-1
4 Ohio St 11-0
5 Oregon 10-1
6 Florida 10-1
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 LSU 9-2
9 Texas A&M 9-2
10 Florida St. 10-1
11 Stanford 9-2
12 Clemson 10-1
13 South Carolina 9-2
14 Oklahoma 8-2
15 UCLA 9-2
16 Oregon St. 8-2
17 Nebraska 9-2
18 Texas 8-2
19 Louisville 9-1
20 Michigan 8-3
21 Rutgers 9-1
22 Oklahoma St. 8-3
23 Kent St 10-1
24 Northern Illinois 10-1
25 Mississippi St. 8-3
25 Utah 9-2

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