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LSU Pounds Arkansas To Claim #1 Into Conference Title Game

LSU Pounds Arkansas To Stand At #1

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's Blog Column

LSU and Houston Finish Regular Season As the Only Two Unbeatens

Offensive Player of the Week –
RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

Defensive Player of the Week
CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

Photo - RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

The final full week of the regular 2011 season is complete with conference championship games on the agenda this week. LSU continues to establish themselves as the #1 club with an impressive 41-17 win over Arkansas after trailing 14-0 in the second quarter. The Tigers are a powerhouse who meets a hot Georgia team this week in the SEC title game. The Bulldogs have won 10 consecutive games since opening the season with two losses. LSU gained their composure vs Arkansas and drilled them with another display of power and speed that has dominated their competition against probably the toughest schedule in the nation. LSU appears headed for a rematch with Alabama who lost their only game to the Tigers 9-6 in early November. Alabama dominated Auburn in their finale to complete an excellent 11-1 season, though only good for second place in the SEC West that is occupied by LSU and Arkansas. Those three clubs ranked 1-3 entering last weekend with LSU and Alabama holding the top two spots while Arkansas fell back in the top ten.

LSU relied on a power ground game and some big plays from QB Jordan Jefferson and corner Tyrann Mathieu to blitz the Hogs. Jefferson had his best game of the season and gets the starting nod from here on thru the BCS bowl games. Mathieu may be the best defensive player in the nation after another outstanding performance. ‘Honey Badger’ has a great nose for the ball and packs a wallop when he gets there to force turnovers. In the key win over Arkansas, he had a team-best eight solo tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the top-ranked Tigers completed their regular season undefeated. Mathieu added a 92-yard punt return for a TD as LSU remained undefeated (12-0, 8-0 in SEC West) and earned a spot in next week’s SEC Championship Game.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards (on 27 carries) as the second-ranked Crimson Tide defeated Auburn, 42-14, in the Iron Bowl. Richardson added a five-yard touchdown reception as Alabama improved to 11-1, 7-1 in the SEC West. Richardson is one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates entering the final weekend where he will sit out waiting for the Tides feat in the postseason.

Michigan finally beat Ohio St. 40-34 that snapped a 7 game losing streak to their archrival. Michigan QB Denard Robinson accounted for 5 TDs as the Wolverines finished 10-2. Robinson ran for 170 yards on 26 carries, in addition to going 14 of 17 for 167 yards in a terrific overall performance. The Michigan win was huge for first year coach Brady Hoke who will lead the Wolverines in a top tier bowl matchup. Ohio St. named Urban Meyers their new head coach on Monday. The former Florida head coach sat out this year due to minor medical issues. He lead the Gators to two national championships and returns to Ohio St. where he was an assistant coach prior to starting his head coaching career at Bowling Green.

UCLA ran into the Trojans in their cross town rivalry. QB Matt Barkley has been in a zone for weeks and torched the Bruins 50-0. Barkley went 35 of 42 for 423 yards and 6 TDs that ended the Trojans season at 10-2. The Trojans are under NCAA suspension for any postseason activity, though they would rank in the top ten easily if eligible. Barkley had an outstanding season and closed with as impressive a run as any player in the nation, though any Heisman talk was most likely too little too late. UCLA finished 6-6 and earned a berth in the Pac 12’s first championship game vs Oregon. Figure that out.

Houston finished undefeated that ranks them in the top ten. QB Case Keenum broke school, conference and NCAA records weekly over the final months that might earn an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation. Where Houston falls in the bowl season will be interesting with their perfect record intact entering the CUSA title game vs Southern Miss. They hope to possibly challenging for the BCS title if LSU loses over their final two games.

Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead had two punt returns for 54 yards, nine receptions for 112 yards and a TD, and 17 carries for 80 yards and a TD in a 30-13 win over Syracuse on Nov. 26. He finished with 246 all-purpose yards in the game. Pead's performance helped keep the Bearcats alive for a Big East Championship and a BCS bowl berth.

Georgia's Brandon Boykin had an impressive showing against Georgia Tech over the weekend. Boykin will face off with LSU this weekend in the Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta, Georgia. Boykin caught one pass for 28 yards, returned two punts for 4 yards and returned one kick for 60 yards in a 31-17 win over Georgia Tech. On defense Boykin recorded two total tackles, including assisting on a tackle for loss.

The BCS matchup for #1 appears headed for a rematch of LSU and Alabama after last weekend. LSU prevailed 9-6 earlier this season on the road that earned them a huge lead for the #1 ranking entering the final months. They win the SEC West division in the conference that has dominated the national title for five consecutive seasons.

This Week’s Top Games
#1 LSU vs #12 Georgia
#11 Michigan St vs #15 Wisconsin
#7 Houston vs #24 Southern Miss
#5 Virginia Tech vs #21 Clemson

New Weekly Top 25 Polls Posted every Tuesday

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

College Football 2011 Awards Finalist - Nagurski, Lombardi, Maxwell, Thorpe

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Home Depot College Football Awards Finalist
(listed alphabetically)

*2010 award winner

Photo - Safety Mark Barron - Alabama

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year

Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Tyrann Mathieu. LSU
Devon Still, Penn State

Biletnikoff Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Receiver

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State*
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Robert Woods, USC

Butkus Award Finalists – Best Linebacker
• Lavonte David, Nebraska
• Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
• Jarvis Jones, Georgia
• Luke Kuechly, Boston College
• Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
• Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Placekicker

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Ray Guy Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Punter

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Steven Clark, Auburn
Jackson Rice, Oregon

John Mackey Award - Outstanding Tight End
Dwayne Allen of Clemson
Orson Charles of Georgia
Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame
Announced as finalists during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special.

Maxwell Award - College Player of the Year
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Trent Richardson, Alabama

Bronko Nagurski Trophy - Defensive Player of the Year Award
announced by the Football Writers Association of America

Alabama safety Mark Barron
LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly
Illinois end Whitney Mercilus
Penn State tackle Devon Still

Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation's Best Quarterback

Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford

Outland Trophy Nation's Most Outstanding
Interior Lineman

David DeCastro, Stanford
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Devon Still, Penn State

Jim Thorpe Award - Nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Back
David Amerson, NC State
Mark Barron, Alabama
Morris Claiborne, LSU

Doak Walker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Running Back

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
LaMichael James, Oregon*
Trent Richardson, Alabama

*2010 award winner

Additionally, the Rimington Award (most outstanding center) will be presented during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.

The University of Alabama football team was announced as this year's recipient of the Disney Sports Spirit
Award, given annually to the most inspirational figure or team in college football. Alabama was selected for its extraordinary efforts to help aid and rebuild the western Alabama region following last spring's devastating tornado. Long snapper Carson Tinker, who lost his girlfriend Ashley Harrison in the storm, will accept the award on behalf of the team at the award show.

2011 The Home Depot College Football Awards Highlights

* The Home Depot College Football Awards Roundtable Special, a discussion about the Heisman finalists and the year in college football, will begin at 5 p.m. on ESPNU on Thursday, Dec. 8
* The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show - hosted by Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and Dari Nowkhah - will air at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and again after the show at 11 p.m.
* The Home Depot College Football Awards will feature the live presentation of the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; the Disney Spirit Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.

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.

LSU - Alabama Hold Top Two Spots - Heading For Repeat Showdown

LSU / Alabama Hold Top Two Spots - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Nov. 22

Team of the Week – Baylor

Photo – QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (11-0)
2. Alabama (10-1)
3. Stanford (10-1)
4. Arkansas (10-1)
5. Virginia Tech (10-1)
6. Houston (11-0)
7. Oklahoma St (10-1)
8. Boise St (9-1
9. Oregon (9-2)
10. Oklahoma (8-2)
11. Clemson (9-2)
12. Michigan St (9-2)
13. South Carolina (9-2)
14. Georgia (9-2)
15. Michigan (9-2)
16. Wisconsin (9-2)
17. Kansas St (9-2)
18. Southern Cal (9-2)
19. Texas Christian (8-2)
20. Notre Dame (8-3)
21. Nebraska (8-3)
22. Penn St (9-2)
23. Baylor (7-3)
24. Virginia (8-3)
25. Georgia Tech (8-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W - L / Previous

1. LSU - 11 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 10 - 1 / 3
3. Arkansas - 10 - 1 / 6
4. Stanford - 10 - 1 / 8
5. Oklahoma St - 10 - 1 / 2
6. Virginia Tech - 10 - 1 / 9
7. Boise St. - 9 - 1 / 10
8. Houston - 11 - 0 / 11
9. Oregon - 8 - 2 / 4
10. Southern Cal - 8-2 / 18
11. Michigan St - 9-2 / 12
12. Oklahoma - 8 - 2 / 12
13. Georgia - 9-2 / 13
14. South Carolina - 9 - 2 / 14
15. Wisconsin - 9-2 / 15
16. Kansas St. - 9 -2 / 16
17 Michigan - 9 - 2 / 20
18. Clemson - 9 - 2 / 7
19. Texas Christian - 9-2 / 19
20. Penn St - 9-2 / 21
21. Baylor - 7-3 / NR
22. Nebraska - 8 -3 / 17
23. Notre Dame - 8-3 / 24
24. Virginia - 8-3 / NR
25. Georgia Tech - 8-3 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record

1. LSU (59) - 11-0
2. Alabama - 10-1
3. Arkansas - 10-1
4. Virginia Tech - 10-1
5. Stanford - 10-1
6. Oklahoma St - 10-1
7. Houston - 11-0
8. Boise St - 9-1
9. Oregon - 9-2
10. Michigan St. - 9-2
11. Oklahoma - 9-2
12. Wisconsin - 9-2
13. South Carolina - 9-2
14. Georgia - 9-2
15. Kansas St - 9-2
16. Michigan - 9-2
17. Clemson - 9-2
18. Texas Christian - 9-2
19. Penn St - 9-2
20. Baylor - 7-3
21. Georgia Tech - 8-3
22. Nebraska - 8-3
23. West Virginia - 7-3
24. Notre Dame - 8-3
25. Virginia (8-3)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

LSU and Houston Remain Unbeaten Entering Final Matchups

LSU Stands Alone at Top With Arkansas Coming To Baton Rouge

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's Blog Column

Offensive Player of the Week –
QB Matt Barkley - USC

Defensive Player of the Week
LB Terrell Manning - N.C. St.

Photo - QB Matt Barkley - Southern Cal

The top ten in the BCS standings took a major shakeup as four highly ranked clubs, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Oklahoma and Clemson all fell this past weekend. Oklahoma St. got shocked by Iowa St. on Friday night 37-31 in double overtime. Oregon ran into a Trojan buzzsaw named QB Matt Barkley who lead a thrilling Southern Cal 38-35 victory. Oklahoma fell at the hands of Baylor with QB Robert Griffin toasting the Sooners for 479 yards and 4 TD passes. North Carolina St hammered Clemson 37-13, their second loss in three games. The widespread losses among top ten clubs opened up spots for undefeated Houston and Arkansas to move up quickly in the rankings.

Arkansas can throw the BCS quest for #1 into total disarray this Friday when they face top ranked LSU in their season finale. Arkansas unfortunately plays in the SEC West division that also is manned by LSU and Alabama, possibly the best two clubs in the nation. The SEC West division rank #1,2 and 3 this week, a testimony to the incredible talent in the SEC and West division in particular. Arkansas is the hottest team in the country behind QB Tyler Wilson. They have won 7 consecutive games since their September loss to Alabama. Their suspect defense has improved significantly over the past two months and has them competing for a BCS bowl appearance. If LSU wins this Friday they will play Georgia in the SEC title game. Georgia has won nine straight games since losing their first two contests this season. The streak has moved them into the top 15 in every poll with their rivalry game with Georgia Tech their finale prior to the SEC championship game.

The BCS matchup for #1 appears headed for a rematch of LSU and Alabama. That will wait until those team’s finales vs Arkansas and Auburn this week and then the tough SEC title game. LSU prevailed 9-6 earlier this season on the road that earned them a huge lead for the #1 ranking entering the final months. They hold the lead in the SEC West division in the conference that has dominated the national title for five consecutive seasons.

The ranks of the unbeatens fell to just two clubs with Houston finally joining the top ten after another easy CUSA victory over SMU. They finally play a ranked opponent in their finale this week in Tulsa that will be test their perfect season. Stanford, Oklahoma St and Virginia Tech rank in the top 5 clubs in every poll with key finales set for this weekend. The Cardinal meets Notre Dame in a huge intersectional matchup while OSU and Va Tech meets rivals Oklahoma and Virginia that could shakeup the top ten again in tough matchups.

Southern Cal QB Matt Barkley had an impressive performance in the Trojans huge 38-35 win over Oregon. With Southern Cal on NCAA probation for violations the Oregon game was the Trojans unofficial conference title game. At 9-2 this season and only cross town rival UCLA left on the schedule, the Trojans staff has done a great job keeping this club focused on the upcoming matchup. Beating Oregon and Notre Dame were solid victories to build on in the off season. Barkley is only a junior and a player who is capable of taking this program to the elite status. His fast development ranks him just behind Andrew Luck among NFL prospects.

Baylor’s QB Robert Griffin continues to impress in big game situations. Griffin had a huge game in the Bears huge win over Oklahoma. He toasted the Sooners secondary continuously, in addition to key scrambles that had the Oklahoma defense guessing all game. Both Barkley and Griffin earned Heisman Trophy consideration off strong late season games. The Heisman race is interesting this year, as every major candidate has had at least one ordinary game that has kept the award a wide open contest.

This Week’s Top Games
#1 LSU vs #3 Arkansas
#4 Stanford vs #22 Notre Dame
#8 Houston vs #24 Tulsa
#12 South Carolina vs #15 Clemson
#2 Alabama vs Auburn

New Weekly Top 25 Polls Posted every Tuesday

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

Claiborne & Barron Head 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists

Finalists Named For 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Photo - CB Morris Claiborne - LSU

FWAA - Five finalists for the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced on Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Alabama safety Mark Barron, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, Illinois end Whitney Mercilus and Penn State tackle Devon Still are vying for one of the FWAA's highest honors, its National Defensive Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., where Georgia head coach Mark Richt will be the keynote speaker. In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will award the fifth Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by Florida East Coast Railway, to Jack Youngblood, a standout end at Florida and a member of the 1970 FWAA All-America team. The FWAA's National Defensive Player of the Year Award is named after Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at the University of Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. He could have been an All-American at any position, playing 60 minutes as the best player wherever he lined up.

A look at the five 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists, as selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:

Mark Barron, Free Safety, Alabama, 6-2, 218, Sr.
An anchor of a Crimson Tide defense that ranks No. 1 nationally in the four major statistical categories - rush defense, pass defense, total defense and scoring defense. Barron, a 2010 FWAA All-America, has made 57 tackles this season (33 unassisted) for the once-beaten team. Barron has two interceptions and has made four tackles for seven yards in losses. He has five passes broken up and one quarterback hurry. He had an interception and a fumble recovery in a victory at Penn State.

Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU, 6-0, 185, Jr.
One of the stalwarts on a Tiger unit that ranks among the top six teams in college football in rush, pass, scoring and total defense. He has four interceptions with 128 yards in returns and one touchdown. He has made 38 tackles (22 unassisted) and collected one stop for a loss. Claiborne has broken up five passes and has registered one quarterback hurry. In a 19-6 victory over Mississippi State, he intercepted two passes.

Luke Kuechly, Linebacker, Boston College, 6-3, 237, Jr.
He has 168 tackles - 30 more than anyone else in the nation. He has 89 unassisted and 79 assisted tackles. His unassisted total leads the nation. He also has two interceptions, 10 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. He has double-digit tackles in every game this season. He has played in 36 career games and has had double-digit tackles in 33, including 32 in a row. Kuechly was also a Nagurski finalist in 2010.

Whitney Mercilus, End, Illinois, 6-4, 265, Jr.
Illinois started the season 6-0 and Mercilus is one of the big reasons. He ranks fourth in the country in tackles for loss (17.5). Those tackles total 93 yards in losses, of which 12.5 are sacks (82 yards in losses). He has forced seven fumbles to lead the nation. He has six quarterback hurries and one pass breakup for college football's No. 9 team in total defense (288.3 yards per game). Overall, he has made 47 total tackles (24 assisted).

Devon Still, Tackle, Penn State, 6-5, 310, Sr.
Penn State's defense ranks third in points allowed (12.9 per game), trailing only Alabama and LSU. And the Nittany Lions' defense is eighth nationally in yards allowed per game (287.2). Still has been the defensive leader and ranks sixth in the country in tackles for loss (16.5) for 75 yards, of which four are sacks for 34 yards in losses. He has one pass breakup and one forced fumble. He has 53 total tackles (25 assisted).

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football for a living. 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 game day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.
For more information, visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org * All-time Bronko Nagurski Trophy winners (from touchdownclub.com)

Please Note: More information on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, including the list of all-time winners and finalists as well as the award's logo and high-resolution photos of the finalists, can be found in the awards section of collegepressbox.com, the official media website of the NCFAA. http://www.collegepressbox.com/media/awards/nagurski/index.html

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, 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.

Luck, Griffin & Weeden Top Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalists

Luck, Griffin & Weeden Top Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Finalists

Photo – QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Finalists For Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

The annual competition to select the top college quarterback in the nation has been narrowed from an original field of 25 to five finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play football, the prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.

Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.

The five remaining candidates for the 2011 Golden Arm Award are -

* Robert Griffin, III, Baylor, who leads the nation in completion
percentage (78.0), points responsibility (24.0), passing efficiency
(205.71), and has completed 142-of-182 passes for 1,950 yards and 22
touchdowns with only two interceptions;

* Landry Jones, Oklahoma, who has 254 of 393 passes for 3,349 yards
and 9 touchdowns this year, bringing his career totals to 920 completions
for 11,265 yards, and 92 TDs, as well as last year's lop-sided Fiesta Bowl
win over Connecticut;

* Andrew Luck, Stanford, who has passed for 2,424 yards with 26
touchdowns and just five interceptions for a 174.1 passer rating this year,
currently fifth in the country;

* Kellen Moore, Boise State, who has passed for 2,229 yards and 29
touchdowns this year and 147 completions of 20-plus yards in the past three
years, the most of any player during that span; and

* Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, who has thrown for 3,212 yards and
26 TDs in 2011 and set OSU's single-game passing record with 502 yards
against Kansas State.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, December 9 at the Intercontinental Harbor Court, 550 Light Street in downtown Baltimore. The winner will be announced earlier that week.

A number of former Baltimore Colts teammates of Johnny Unitas are expected to be on hand for this year's Golden Arm festivities, including Raymond Berry, Jimmy Orr, and Art Donovan. In addition, former Colt Joe Ehrmann, author of the best-selling book InsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives, will deliver remarks during the award event.

Past winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award include Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Leinart (USC, 2005), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Carson Palmer
(USC, 2002), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997). and Rodney Peete (USC, 1988).

Proceeds from the Golden Arm Award help to support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and one that may stand forever - throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

Unitas was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 1979. Further, the Hall of Fame, in commemorations of the NFL's 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries selected Unitas as the top quarterback of all-time. In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine's list of 10 most influential athletes, and ESPN's series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century.

For more information, visit www.goldenarmfoundation.com
For additional coverage of the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, visit
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/golden-arm

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, 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.

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Ryan Broyles Wins Player of Week

Photo – WR Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma

The top four clubs remained unbeaten after last weekend with all except Boise St. struggling at times to win. Boise St toasted a weak Idaho club with QB Kellen Moore putting on another excellent performance. Auburn pulled away from a stubborn Georgia club behind a strong offense once again led by QB Cam Newton. Both TCU and Oregon won close games. In addition, five top ten clubs Ohio St., Stanford, Auburn, Oregon and Texas Christian all led or trailed by less than a touchdown in the second half of their victories.

Auburn continues to impress behind record setting QB Cam Newton. Newton is the first QB in SEC history to throw for over 2000 yards and rush for over 1000 yards in the same season. He has totaled 38 TDs thus far this season and is clearly the top Heisman Trophy candidate. I will hold off from any further Heisman Trophy discussion related to Newton until he addresses the NCAA infraction charges related to being offered money by Mississippi St. prior to signing with Auburn. He deserves the benefit of the doubt, but at the same time he must address these issues before they become bigger than his outstanding 2010 performance.

Every poll except Draft Insiders.com who has TCU as the top club, ranks Oregon as the #1 team in the nation. The Ducks dodged a bullet Saturday when they beat a mediocre Cal club 15-13. They will probably maintain their #1 status with a bye week up next and will not play until Nov 26th when they face a tough Arizona club on a Friday night affair. TCU and Auburn are also off next week that gives Boise St. an opportunity to gain ground among voters with two Friday night games coming up vs Fresno St and Nevada.

Maybe the biggest win last week was South Carolina beating Florida 36-14. HC Steve Spurrier of the Gamecocks beat his old club Florida for the first time. What makes it especially gratifying is that the victory gets South Carolina in the SEC title game for the first time ever. The Virginia Tech win over North Carolina allows the Hokies to continue to rise up the charts and overcome their poor 2010 start where they lost their first two games. They are in the Top15 teams currently and could sneak into the top ten before the season is over. HC Frank Benner has done another great job to get and keep this club focused after losing to Boise St and James Madison to start the 2010 season.

The SEC and Big Ten are clearly the top two conferences this season with the Big 12 and Pac 10 following. Two conferences, the ACC and Big East have struggled this fall with the ACC mired in mediocrity and the Big East struggling to field a top 25 club for any length of time.

Wisconsin scored on all 12 possessions last week as they absolutely pounded a hapless Indiana defense 83-20. They did this without starting running back John Clay and center Peter Konz behind a powerful ground game that totaled over 300 yards.

The three service academies have quietly had outstanding performances this fall with Navy, Air Force and Army each showing winning records. That has only happened twice over the past 50 years. Navy is 7-3 while AF is 7-4 and Army 6-4. All of Air Force’s loss has come to quality teams with three in the Top 25. The Army-Navy game this year should be an interesting matchup with both clubs possible bowl participants.

College Football Week Ten Notes
Oklahoma’s receiver Ryan Broyles had another strong effort in the Sooners 45-7 blowout of Texas Tech. Broyles had 8 catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs. He set new Oklahoma career records in the process for receptions and TD passes, set by Mark Clayton. He is within the season record of 89 catches he established last season. After Saturday’s win, he has 86 receptions with two regular season games remaining. He ranks in our Top 20 Pro Prospects among senior and junior prospects. He brings a lot to the table as a pro receiver/returner. He is both fast and quick with natural running skills to become a top flight pro playmaker. He is a difference maker as both a receiver and returner with a rare combination of speed, quickness and natural running skills. He should to one of the elite speedsters at the NFL Combine in February if he declares in January.

Texas Christian's all- purpose player, Jeremy Kerley had an outstanding performance in their victory over San Diego St. Kerley caught three TD passes from QB Andy Dalton to help overcome a 14-0 Aztec lead. Kerley shows fine hands and route running with the running skills to make things happen after he gets his hands on the ball.

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

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