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Underclassmen Declare for NFL Draft 2010

Underclassmen Declare for NFL Draft 2010 - Jan. 19, 2010

The National Football League announced Tuesday the names of 53 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft on April 22-24. The NFL Draft will start on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. est. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. est while Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. est. The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

Photo - WR Dez Bryant - Oklahoma St.

Underclassmen had until Jan. 15, 2010 to declare for the NFL Draft 2010. They also had an additional three days to rescind their decision and retain their college eligibility. With the NFL players agreement expiring next offseason, underclassmen have discussed their options with family and coaching staffs to turn pro early. Any new players agreement and the future salary cap will probably undergo some critical changes especially related to the rookie salary cap and the dollar value of the overall draft selections.

Each of the 53 players has met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 15. The 53 players this year match the total number that was granted special eligibility in 2008. Last year, special eligibility was granted to 46 players.

x - denotes players who are not listed in NFL group but who are eligible to enter NFL Draft 2010

Player / Pos / H/W / School / Class
Offensive Players

QB Sam Bradford - 6’4” 220 - Oklahoma - Jr.
QB Jimmy Clausen - 6’3” 220 - Notre Dame - Jr.
QB Jevan Snead - 6’4” 230 - Ole Miss - Jr
x - RB Toby Gerhart - 6’1” 235 - Stanford - Jr
RB Jonathan Dwyer - 5’11” 230 - Georgia Tech - Jr
RB Jahvid Best - 5’ 10” 195 - California - Jr.
RB Ryan Matthews - 5’11” 225 - Fresno St - Jr.
RB Joe McKnight - 6’ 210 - Southern Cal - Jr.
RB Darius Marshall - 5'10" 190 - Marshall - Jr
x - RB Toney Baker - 5’10” 225 - N.C St - Jr.
RB Shawnbrey McNeil - 5’9” 190 - SMU - Jr
WR Dez Bryant - 6’1” 215 - Oklahoma St - Jr.
WR Arrelious Benn - 6’2” 220 - Illinois - Jr.
WR Dezmon Briscoe - 6’2” 200 - Kansas - Jr.
WR Golden Tate - 5’10” 190 - Notre Dame - Jr.
WR Damian Williams - 6’1” 190 - Southern Cal - Jr
WR Mike Williams - 6’1” 200 - Syracuse - Jr
WR Antonio Brown - 5'10" 175 - Central Michigan - Jr
WR Demaryius Thomas 6’3” 230 - Georgia Tech - Jr
WR Carlton Mitchell - 6’4” 215 - South Florida - Jr
x - WR Chris Bell - 6’2” 210 - Norfolk St - Jr
TE Jermaine Gresham - 6’5” 255 - Oklahoma - Jr
TE Rob Gronokowski - 6'7" 270 - Arizona - Jr
TE Aaron Hernandez - 6’2” 250 - Florida - Jr.
OT Anthony Davis - 6’6” 325 - Rutgers - Jr.
OT Bruce Campbell - 6’6” 310 - Maryland - Jr.
OT Bryan Bulaga - 6’6” 310 - Iowa - Jr.
OC Maurkice Pouncey - 6’5” 315 - Florida - Jr

Defensive Players
DE Carlos Dunlop - 6’6” 290 - Florida - Jr
DE Derrick Morgan - 6’4” 270 - Georgia Tech - Jr
DE Jason Pierre-Paul - 6’5” 260 - South Florida - Jr
DE Everson Griffen - 6’3” 265 - Southern Cal - Jr
DE Thaddeus Gibson - 6’2” 240 - Ohio St. - Jr.
x - DE Jerome Hayes - 6.2” 255 - Penn St. - Jr.
DE Jason Worilds - 6’2” 245 - Virginia Tech - Jr
DE Kevin Basped - 6'4" 240 - Nevada - Jr
DE Clifton Geathers - 6’7” 280 - South Carolina - Jr
DT Gerald McCoy - 6’3” 300 - Oklahoma - Jr.
DT Brian Price - 6’2” 300 - UCLA - Jr
x - DT Abe Koroma - 6’3” 315 - Western Illinois - Jr.
DT Linval Joseph - 6’6” 290 - East Carolina - Jr
LB Rolando McClain - 6’4” 235 - Alabama - Jr.
LB Navorro Bowman - 6’ 225 - Penn St - Jr.
LB Rennie Curran - 5’11” 225 - Georgia - Jr.
CB Joe Haden - 5’10” 180 - Florida - Jr
CB Dominique Franks - 6’ 190 - Oklahoma - Jr
CB Donovan Warren - 5’11” 195 - Michigan - Jr
CB Amari Spievey - 5’11” 185 - Iowa - Jr
CB Kareem Jackson - 5’11” 190 - Alabama - Jr
CB Joshua Moore - 5’11” 185 - Kansas St - Jr
CB Dennis Rogan - 5’10” 180 - Tennessee - Jr.
CB Jerell Norton - 6’ 185 - Arkansas - Jr.
S Eric Berry - 5’11” 200 - Tennessee - Jr
S Morgan Burnett - 6’ 200 - Georgia Tech - Jr
S Reshad Jones - 6’2” 215 - Georgia - Jr.
S Earl Thomas - 5’10” 195 - Texas - Soph
S Chad Jones - 6’1” 220 - LSU - Jr
S Major Wright - 6’ 205 - Florida - Jr

Senior Bowl Classic Lands QB Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow to Showcase Skills in Mobile for All Star Week

Photo - QB Tim Tebow - Florida

Frank Coyle has been a consultant for the Senior Bowl for 15 years.

University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow ended months of speculation on whether or not he would attend the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl by officially accepting an invitation. The former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion is the most decorated player to ever play in the Senior Bowl. Kickoff for the January 30th event is scheduled for 3pm (CT) in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by the NFL Network.

Despite enormous success in college, Tebow has been highly criticized as a future NFL starting QB. His elongated delivery has been criticized as telegraph his throws and taking too much time to deliver the ball to receivers. It certanly did not hinder his success on the field in the tough SEC or his fine accuracy as a passer. The Senior Bowl practices will go a long ways in determining his draft position whether a top pick and potential starting QB or a prospect with talent and upside who may be limited to a Wild Cat performer. “The NFL has been a dream of mine since I was a little boy and I’m now getting close to capturing that dream and I want to do everything I can to show that I can play quarterback.” Tebow stated this week.

Tebow has been a fan favorite nationwide and is arguably the greatest college football player ever. He will head to Mobile fresh off the best performance of his career--a BCS record 533 total yards of offense (482 pass, 51 rush) on 31 of 35 passing in the Gators' Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Voted the game’s Most Outstanding Player, Tebow accounted for 4 TDs in the win (3 pass, 1 rush), to improve his career mark as a starter to 35- 6. He also set a Sugar Bowl record by completing his first 12 passes.

“One of my reasons to play (in the Senior Bowl) was because I love competing and I love what it takes to be a football player. There are a lot of things in training that you do but you are not playing football. This (the Senior Bowl) is the only thing where you are playing football and showing football skills. That’s why I think something like the Senior Bowl is very important,” Tebow said.

Tebow’s college résumé is very impressive starting with being the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman Trophy Award, a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award (Collegiate Player of the Year) and the owner of numerous NCAA, SEC and school records. His trophy case is filled with every major college football award in existence---Heisman (2007), Maxwell (2007, 2008), Manning (2008) and O’Brien (2007) and he is the only player in NCAA history to ever rush and pass for more than 20 TDs in a single season (2007).

“I’m very excited,” Tebow said of playing in the Senior Bowl. “It’s something where I get an opportunity to play with a lot of great players and get coached by a lot of great coaches in the NFL and an opportunity to work in an NFL system and do things that a lot of people haven’t seen me do like go under center and take the drops and be in a pro style system.” Tebow is the first QB officially announced to the 2010 Senior Bowl roster. He will play on the South squad later this month which will be coached by the Miami Dolphins.

As a senior, Tebow was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year and a first team All-SEC selection (AP & Coaches) after throwing for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns. He added another 910 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. He was a second team All- American (AP, Walter Camp, Sporting News) and for the third consecutive year a Heisman Trophy finalist. He also took home the William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), which goes to college football’s top scholar-athlete. For his illustrious career, the left-handed quarterback threw for 8,803 yards and 85 TDs and rushed for an additional 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns. He helped the Gators win two SEC championships and was part of the winningest senior class in conference history.

“Tim is quite possibly the best college player in the history of the sport,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. “More important than that, he’s an incredible person. When I met with Tim and his family it became very clear why he is so successful. He has a tremendous support system and we are excited that he’ll be bringing his talents here to Mobile.”

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Draft Insiders' - Top 50 Pro Prospects for NFL Draft

Top 50 Prospects for the NFL Draft
Dec 28, 2009 - * Underclassmen

Photo - DT Nda Suh - Nebraska

Prospect / Pos / School / Ht / Wt
1 Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska - 6’4” 300
2 * Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma - 6’4” 220
3 Taylor Mays - FS - Southern Cal - 6’3” 235
4 Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma St - 6’5” 310
5 C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson - 5’11” 195
6 * Eric Berry - S - Tennessee - 5’11” 205
7 * Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma - 6’4 300
8 Jerry Hughes - DE - TCU - 6’3” 255
9 * Brian Bulaga - OT - Iowa - 6’5” 315
10 * Derrick Morgan - DE - Georgia Tech - 6’4” 270
11 * Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama - 6’3” 230
12 * Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida - 6’5” 290
13 * Jimmy Clausen – QB - Notre Dame - 6’3” 215
14 Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama - 6’4” 360
15 Brandon Spikes - LB - Florida - 6’3” 255
16 Brandon LaFell - WR - LSU - 6’3” 210
17 * Joe Haden - CB - Florida - 5’10 190
18 Ricky Sapp - LB - Clemson - 6’4” 245
19 Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma - 6’5” 320
20 Jared Odrick - DT - Penn St - 6’4” 300
21 Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma St - 6’1” 215
22 * Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers - 6’5” 325
23 * Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech - 5’11” 230
24 * Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois - 6’1” 210
25 * Marvin Austin - DT - North Carolina - 6’3” 310
26 * Damian Williams - WR - Southern Cal - 6’1” 190
27 Colt McCoy - QB - Texas - 6’3” 215
28 Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas - 6’4” 255
29 * Bruce Carter - LB - North Carolina - 6’3” 225
30 Charles Brown - OT - Southern Cal - 6’5” 295
31 Brandon Graham - DE - Michigan - 6’1” 265
32 * Greg Jones - LB - Michigan St - 6’1” 225
33 Mike Iupati - OG - Idaho - 6’5” 330
34 Syd'Quan Thompson - CB - California - 5’9” 190
35 Ciron Black - OT - LSU - 6’5” 325
36 Tony Pike - QB - Cincinnati - 6’6” 230
37 Greg Hardy - DE - Mississippi - 6’4” 265
38 Mardy Gilyard - WR - Cincinnati - 6’ 190
39 Tim Tebow - QB - Florida - 6’3” 245
40 * Greg Romeus - DE - Pittsburgh - 6’6” 270
41 * Bruce Campbell - OT - Maryland - 6’7” 310
42 Sean Weatherspoon - LB - Missouri - 6’1” 245
43 Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida St - 5’11” 190
44 * Dezmon Briscoe - WR - Kansas - 6’2” 210
45 Jermaine Gresham - TE - Oklahoma - 6’6” 260
46 Perrish Cox - CB - Oklahoma St - 6’ 195
47 Corey Wootton - DE - Northwestern - 6’6” 275
48 Jordan Shipley - WR - Texas - 6’ 190
49 Brandon Ghee - CB - Wake Forest - 6’ 190
50 * Chris Jones - FS - LSU - 6’1” 225

NFL Power Rankings - Week 15 Performances

NFL Power Rankings – Week 15

Team of the Week – Dallas Cowboys
Player of Week – RB Jerome Harrison - Browns
Rookie of Week - DeSean Jackson - Eagles

Photo - WR DeSean Jackson - Eagles

The Eagles’ rookie receiver DeSean Jackson had another strong performance this past Sunday that was instrumental in the Philadelphia win over the 49ers. Jackson has been a difference maker for the Eagles as both a receiver and return specialist that helped them clinch a playoff berth Sunday and has them in position to win the NFC East title. Against the 49ers, Jackson caught 6 passes for 140 yards and a first quarter TD that set the pace for the victory. Jackson went over the 1000 yard mark as a receiver during the game. For his rookie season, he has caught 56 passes for 1087 yards and 8 TDs for a league leading 19.4 yard average per catch. Of his total receptions, 36 catches have produced first downs with 10 receptions of over 40 yards, the highest total in the entire league. He ranks among the NFL’s top ten in virtually all receiving categories and is the leading rookie receiver in every area. He is a leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year award with only two weeks left in the regular season.

Rank / Team / Record

1. Indianapolis Colts (14-0)
Colts have only the Jets and Bills left for a perfect season record.

2. New Orleans Saints (13-1)
The Saints fell to a fired up Cowboys club that ended their dreams of an undefeated season.

3. San Diego Chargers (11-3)
Chargers have won nine games in a row and are probably the most dangerous team in the league right now.

4. Minnesota Vikings (11-3)
Viking’s HC Brad Childress and QB Brett Farve have to work out some differences after their poor performance vs the Panthers.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)
Eagles clinched a playoff spot and now hope to claim the NFC East title with the Broncos coming to town.

6. New England Patriots (9-5)
Patriots look to clinch AFC East title with Jaguars visiting NE this week.

7. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
Cards won NFC West title and may look to rest some veterans over final weeks.

8. Green Bay Packers (9-5)
Packers lost to the Steelers ending their five game streak that forces them to clinch playoff spot over final weeks.

9. Dallas Cowboys (9-5)
Cowboys won a huge game in New Orleans that puts them in the drivers seat for one of the final NFC playoff berths.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
The Bengals lost a heartbreaker vs the Chargers in their first game since their tragic loss of veteran receiver Chris Henry.

11. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Ravens are taking care of business and a definite playoff sleeper going forward over next month.

12. Tennessee Titans (7-7)
The streaking Titans have won seven of their last eight games, but face the red hot Chargers in one of the pivotal games of the entire season on Christmas day.

13. New York Giants (8-6)
The Giants bombed the Redskins, but it may have come too late to claim a playoff berth.

14. Denver Broncos (8-6)
The Broncos lost a horrible game to the Raiders that have them fading form the playoff picture.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7)
Steelers win a thriller vs the Packers and face their divisional nemesis the Ravens this week that may decide AFC playoff picture.

16. Atlanta Falcons (7-7)
Falcons may have ended the Jets playoff hopes last week with 4th quarter victory.

17. New York Jets (7-7)
Jets let it all get away from them by losing to the Falcons at home in December.

18. Miami Dolphins (7-7)
The Dolphins lost a wild game vs the Titans that virtually ends their playoff hopes.

19. Houston Texans (7-7)
Texans still can’t get over the .500 level and claim a playoff berth.

20 .Jacksonville Jaguars (7-7)
The Jaguars pushed the Colts to the limit, but came up short and are only a miracle to land a playoff spot.

21. San Francisco 49ers (6-8)
The 49ers lost to Eagles that ends their playoff hopes, but this club is dangerous in the coming seasons.

22. Carolina Panthers (6-8)
Panthers jumped on the Vikings in their best ’09 performance of a very disappointing season.

23. Buffalo Bills (5-9)
The Bills find a way to lose games and face some key changes this offseason.

24. Chicago Bears (5-9)
The Bears have lost eight of their last ten games that may lead to wholesale changes in front office and coaching staffs.

25. Oakland Raiders (5-9)
The Raiders have actually won three of their last five games that gives hope for next season.

26. Seattle Seahawks (5-9)
The Seahawks lost to the Bucs last week. The BUCS.

27. Washington Redskins (4-10)
The only thing that Washington can salvage from this horrible season is if they can beat the Cowboys this week.

28. Cleveland Browns (3-11)
The Browns have won two in a row for the first time in over a year.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (3-11)
The Chiefs lost to the Browns. The BROWNS.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-12)
The Bucs shocked the Seahawks for their second win of the season.

31. Detroit Lions (2-12)
Lions are one of the worst organizations in sports.

32. St. Louis Rams (1-13)
The Rams are simply terrible and a few drafts away from being competitive.

Draft Insiders’ All-American Team 2009

Draft Insiders’ All-American Team

Photo - DT Nda Suh - Nebraska

Offensive Player of the Year – Toby Gerhart - Stanford
Defensive Player of the Year - Nda Suh - Nebraska
Special Teams Player of the Year - C.J. Spiller - Clemson

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." - Jimmie Johnson

Pos/ Player/ Class/ School

QB: Colt McCoy – Sr. - Texas
RB: Toby Gerhart – Sr - Stanford
RB: Mark Ingram – Soph - Alabama
RB C.J. Spiller - Sr - Clemson
WR: Jordan Shipley – Sr - Texas
WR: Mardy Gilyard – Sr - Cincinnati
TE: Anthony McCoy – Sr - Southern Cal
OT: Russell Okung – Sr - Oklahoma St
OT: Bryan Bulaga – Jr - Iowa
OG: Mike Johnson – Sr - Alabama
OG: Mitch Petrus – Sr - Arkansas
OC: Thomas Austin – Sr - Clemson

DE Jerry Hughes – Sr - Texas Christian
DT Ndaumkong Suh – Sr - Nebraska
DT Terrence Cody - Sr. - Alabama
DE Eric Norwood – Sr - South Carolina
LB Rolando McClain – Jr - Alabama
LB Brandon Spikes – Sr - Florida
LB Greg Jones – Sr - Michigan St
LB Sean Weatherspoon - Sr. - Missouri
CB Javier Arenas – Sr - Alabama
CB Joe Haden - Jr. - Florida
Safety Eric Berry – Jr - Tennessee
Safety Darrell Stuckey – Sr - Kansas

Special Teams
KR C.J. Spiller - Sr - Clemson
PR Jordan Shipley - Sr. - Texas
K Leigh Tiffin - Sr. - Alabama
P Zoltan Mesko - Sr. - Michigan
ST: Chris Owusu – Stanford

Frank Coyle is a consultant for several All-star games including the Senior Bowl. He is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc.
Draft Insiders’ Digest –19th Season

Jimmy Clausen & Golden Tate Enter NFL Draft

QB Jimmy Clausen & WR Golden Tate Turn Pro

Photo – WR Golden Tate - Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame junior QB Jimmy Clausen and junior receiver Golden Tate announced in a joint press conference Monday that they intend to forgo their final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft 2010. Clausen leaves Notre Dame ranked first or second in 32 Irish passing categories including tops in career completion percentage, completions per game for a career and tied for first in lowest career interception percentage. He completed 695 of 1,110 pass attempts for 8,148 yards with 60 TDs and 27 interceptions while starting 34 of 35 games played for his three seasons with the Irish.
The 6-3, 223-pound QB completed his best season at Notre Dame this fall while completing 68% of his passes for 3,722 yards with 28 TDs and just 4 interceptions. Clausen set a new Irish record by passing for at least 300 yards in seven games, in addition to four 4th quarter comebacks for victories that are the most in a season by an ND passer.
Clausen said. "The Notre Dame experience has been a positive one and the highlight of my young career and wouldn't change it for anything. I want to thank Coach Weis and Coach Powlus as well as all the other coaches and staff that include the trainers, doctors, equipment managers, academic support, and everyone associated with the football program, especially Joe Montana and Joe Theismann. "I want to thank each one of my teammates for always being there for me through all the trials and tribulations the past 3 years. I would also like to thank my teachers and professors, fellow students, athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Father Jenkins and the entire Notre Dame Nation for all their support. Notre Dame has the best fans in the country. I will always be a Golden Domer For Life!
Tate departs as one of the most prolific receivers in Notre Dame history recording 2,707 receiving yards on 157 receptions with 26 TDs. Tate set Notre Dame's career receiving record in the final game of the 2009 season and also registered more games with at least 100 receiving yards in a season and in a career than any other Irish player. He ranks second in career TD receptions and is tied for third in career receptions. He is also an American Football Coaches Association All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist after he flourished in his third season as a receiver totaling 93 catches for 1,496 yards and 15 receiving TDs. During the ’09 season, he set school records this year for most receptions and receiving yards in a season and tied the school mark for most TD receptions in a year. He added two rushing TDs and one punt return for a TD and totaled 1,915 all-purpose yards, 2nd most in Irish history.
"First off, I would like to thank God my savior without him none if this would be possible," Tate said. ""I would also like to thank my family, especially my mother and father for always being there. I have so much respect for someone who can raise a knucklehead like myself. They have done a great job.
"This was a very tough decision for me," Tate said. "I have made so many great friends at Notre Dame and the coaching I received in football and baseball has been the best. But after talking with my family and Coach Weis, I am going to pursue my dream and enter next year's NFL draft.

Underclassmen Declared for the NFL Draft 2010
Sam Bradford - QB - 6-4, 220 - Oklahoma - Jr
Jimmy Clausen - QB - 6-3, 220 - Notre Dame - Jr
Dez Bryant - WR - 6-1, 215 - Oklahoma St - Jr
Dezmon Briscoe – WR - 6-2, 200 - Kansas - Jr
Golden Tate - WR - 5-10, 190 - Notre Dame - Jr
Abe Koroma - DT - 6-3. 317 - Western Illinois - Jr

Date for declaring for the NFL Draft 2010 for underclassmen is January 15, 2010 Players have three days after the declaration date to rescind and change their minds and return to school for the College 2010 season.

Florida St's Head Coach Bobby Bowden Retires

Legendary Bobby Bowden Retires

Photo – Coach Bobby Bowden

28 of Bobby Bowden's former players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft over the last 20 years

One of the legendary college head coaches, Bobby Bowden retired yesterday after a 44 year coaching career. The great majority of his career was spent at Florida St where he won two national championships and competed for the title for two decades before recent problems. The 80-year-old coach retires as the second winningest head coach behind only Penn St’s Joe Paterno. He finishes with 388 career wins are second only to Paterno among major college.
What Bobby Bowden meant to Florida St and college football off the playing field cannot be measured. He is well respect, honest, humble man with a great sense of humor and integrity. It was a pleasure to meet him over 20 years ago. He always had time to discuss college football, Florida St and life. He has been one of the best examples of leadership in the country in any field of endeavor.
Bowden is in his 34th season at FSU and will finish his career after Florida St bowl game over the next month. He will be replaced by next season by offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. Bowden had been on a one-year rollover agreement with the university for several years, but that ends after the 2010 season. As the winningest coach in ACC history, Bowden teams put together the one of most dominant runs in college football history between 1987 and 2000 with 14 consecutive finishes in the nation’s top five and a pair of national titles. The 2001 Orange Bowl was the Seminole's third straight national title game.
The Seminoles’ fortunes have not been as good in recent years when they finished this year with a 6-6 record after starting the year with high expectations and a preseason No. 18 ranking. In 1993, despite a late-season loss at Notre Dame, Florida St won its 1st national title after near misses in 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1992 — because of losses to nemesis Miami, which won three national titles during that span. Since winning their 12th ACC championship in 2005, the Seminoles have been 16-16 over the past four seasons against league opponents.
In 2007, Bowden passed another truly remarkable milestone. With his victory over Maryland, he won his 300th game at Florida St. He is one of only two coaches in major college football history to win 300 games at one school. The victory gave him seven wins and he has now won at least seven games for 26 straight seasons. Bowden also ensured himself his 31st consecutive winning season in Tallahassee. He has won 10 or more games 18 times in his 32 years in Tallahassee and over the last 20 years no program in America has a higher winning percentage than Florida St. The man who is synonymous with Seminole football took Florida St to a bowl game for the 26th consecutive season when his team played in the 2007 Music City Bowl for the first time in school history. With the invitation he passed Tom Osborne and became the first coach in college football history to lead his team to 26 straight bowl games.
Bowden is the only coach in NCAA history to win 11 consecutive bowl games (1985-95) and the only coach ever with 14 consecutive bowl appearances (1982-95) without a loss (FSU tied Georgia 17-17 in the 1984 Citrus Bowl). Bowden and Florida State finished the 2006 season with an Emerald Bowl victory over UCLA marking the 20th bowl victory in his illustrious career. Among his many accomplishments, one of the most amazing has to be the remarkable 14 straight top five finishes in the AP poll from 1987-2000. During that run Florida St was 152-18-1 and captured national championships in 1993 and 1999. In 1999 the team became the first and only squad to ever go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the AP poll. The Seminoles also played for the title three other times during that span and since 1993 no team in the FBS has played for more national titles than FSU.
Bowden has won 12 ACC Championships since FSU joined the conference in 1992. Under Bowden's guidance, FSU has not only produced great teams but great players as well. Two Seminoles, Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke won the Heisman Trophy, 24 of his players have been named consensus All-Americans, three of his QB's have won the Johnny Unitas Award and two have won the Thorpe Award, the Butkus Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Lombardi Award.
Success on the field is not enough for Bobby Bowden as he expects his players to contribute more than just athletically. Two of Bowden's greatest players, Warrick Dunn and Derrick Brooks, went on to not only become phenomenal pros but both were honored as the NFL's Man of the Year. Florida St is one of just five schools to produce multiple players to win the NFL's top award for community service.

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