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Crimson Tide & Cowboy Defenders Head 2011 Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalists

2011 Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalists

Photo - CB Morris Claiborne - LSU

Oklahoma State safety Markelle Martin and cornerback Brodrick Brown are two of 15 national semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation’s top defensive back, it was announced today.

OSU joins Alabama as the only two schools with multiple players on the Thorpe Award semifinalist list. This week's SEC clash of Alabama and LSU will feature three defensive backs from the Thorpe award list. Most NFL scouts believe that as many as 8 defensive backs from this game will eventually start as pro defenders. Our highest rated cornerback Pro Prospect for the NFL Draft 2012 currently is Alabama defender Dre Kirkpatrick. He combines rare size and athleticism with speed and physical toughness to match up with premier receivers.

Maybe the best defensive player in the nation, sophomore Tyrann Mathieu of LSU was omitted from this list after a one game suspension in October. Teammate Morris Claiborne has excelled through the first two months of the 2011 season and will be center stage this Saturday night as the Tigers battle the Crimson Tide for undisputed claim for the #1 national ranking.

Cowboy defenders, Martin and Brown have factored prominently in Oklahoma State’s 8-0 start to the season and No. 3 ranking in both the Associated Press poll and BCS rankings. The two are leaders of a Cowboy defense that leads in the nation in turnovers gained, passes intercepted and fumbles recovered.

Martin is the top-ranked safety on Mel Kiper’s Big Board and ranks third on the team with 47 tackles. He adds 4.0 tackles for loss and seven passes deflected. His statistics are even more remarkable given the fact that most teams have avoided his side of the field this season.

Brown has been a key part of Oklahoma State’s turnover surge this season, ranking among the national leaders with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He has logged 25 tackles, two tackles for loss and ties with Martin for the team lead with seven passes defended.

University of South Carolina senior defensive back Antonio Allen was also named by the Jim Thorpe Association for the 2011 Jim Thorpe Award. Allen is a 6-2, 202-pounder who leads the Gamecocks with 62 tackles, an average of 7.8 per game, and has four games of 10 or more tackles this season. He has recovered three fumbles, has forced three fumbles and has three interceptions. He has scored a pair of touchdowns, returning a fumble against East Carolina and an interception at Georgia.

The presentation of the Thorpe Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard 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.

Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalists

Antonio Allen - South Carolina
David Amerson - North Carolina State
Jonathan Banks - Mississippi State
Mark Barron - Alabama
Brandon Boykin - Georgia
Brodrick Brown - Oklahoma State
Morris Claiborne - LSU
Casey Hayward - Vanderbilt
Jayron Hosley - Virginia Tech
Tony Jefferson - Oklahoma
Dre Kirkpatrick - Alabama
Nigel Malone - Kansas State
Markelle Martin - Oklahoma State
T.J. McDonald - USC
Chase Minnifield - Virginia

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.

Wideouts Jeffery & Blackmon Top Receiving Class

Pro Prospect Rankings

Wide Receivers Jeffery & Blackmon Top Talented Receiving Class for NFL Draft

Photo WR Alshon Jeffery – South Carolina

Offense
* Underclassmen

Wide Receivers:
1 * Alshon Jeffery - 6-4, 235 - South Carolina
2 * Justin Blackmon - 6-1, 210 - Oklahoma St
3 Dwight Jones - 6-4, 225 - North Carolina
4 Michael Floyd - 6-3, 220 - Notre Dame
5 Jeff Fuller - 6-4, 220 - Texas A&M
6 Nick Toon - 6-2, 215 - Wisconsin
7 T.Y. Hilton - 5-9, 185 - Florida International
8 Ryan Broyles - 5-11, 195 - Oklahoma
9 * Mohamed Sanu - 6-2, 220 - Rutgers
10 Jermaine Kearse - 6-1, 205 - Washington
11 Marvin McNutt - 6-3, 215 - Iowa
12 Chris Owusu - 6-0, 200 - Stanford
13 B.J. Cunningham - 6-2, 215 - Michigan St.
14 Jarius Wright - 5-11, 180 - Arkansas
15 DeVier Posey - 6-2, 210 - Ohio St
16 Greg Childs - 6-3, 220 - Arkansas
17 Kendall Wright - 5-10, 180 - Baylor
18. A.J. Jenkins - 6-1, 200 - Illinois
19 Joe Adams - 5-10, 190 - Arkansas
20 Mike Willie - 6-4, 215 - Arizona St.

Tight Ends:
1 * Dwayne Allen - 6-4, 255 - Clemson
2 Michael Egnew - 6-6, 245 - Missouri
3 Coby Fleener - 6-5, 245 - Stanford
4 * Orson Charles - 6-3, 245 - Georgia
5 George Bryan - 6-5, 255 - North Carolina St
6 Ladarius Green - 6-6, 240 - Louisiana-Laf
7 David Paulson - 6-4, 245 - Oregon
8 Rhett Ellison - 6-5, 245 - Southern Cal
9 Anthony Miller - 6-3, 260 - California
10 DeAngelo Peterson - 6-4, 240 - LSU
11 Garrett Celek - 6-5, 250 - Michigan St
12 Kevin Koger - 6-4, 255 - Michigan
13 James Hanna - 6-4, 240 - Oklahoma
14 Jake Byrne - 6-3, 255 - Wisconsin
15 Blake Ayles - 6-5, 265 - Miami

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 & Alabama Claim Top Two Spots in Every Poll

LSU & Alabama Claim Top Two Spots in Polls - 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.

Oct 25th

Team of the Week – Texas Tech

Photo - RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

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

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

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

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

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

1. LSU (41) - 7-0
2. Alabama (18) - 7-0
3. Stanford - 6-0
4. Oklahoma St - 6-0
5. Boise St - 6-0
6. Clemson - 7-0
7. Oregon - 5-1
8. Arkansas - 5-1
9. Oklahoma - 6-1
10. Michigan St. - 6-1
11. Wisconsin - 6-1
12. Kansas St - 7-0
13. Nebraska - 6-1
14. South Carolina - 6-1
15. Virginia Tech - 7-1
16. Texas A&M - 5-2
17. Michigan - 6-1
18. Houston - 7-0
19. Penn St - 7-1
20. Arizona St - 5-2
21. Georgia - 5-2
22. Texas Tech - 5-2
23. Cincinnati - 6-1
24. West Virginia - 5-2
25. Southern Miss - 6-1

Dropped out
No. 19 Georgia Tech (6-2, lost to Miami, Fla., 24-7), No. 21 Illinois (6-2, lost to Purdue 21-14), No. 23 Auburn (5-3, lost to then-No. 2 LSU 45-10), No. 24 Washington (5-2, lost to then-No. 5 Stanford 65-21).

Others receiving votes
Texas (4-2) 49; Georgia Tech (6-2) 39; TCU (5-2) 33; Baylor (4-2) 29; Illinois (6-2) 22; Washington (5-2) 20; Iowa (5-2) 14; Syracuse (5-2) 10; Brigham Young (6-2) 9; Southern Methodist (5-2) 7; Wake Forest (5-2) 6; Notre Dame (4-3) 5; Auburn (5-3) 3; Rutgers (5-2) 2; Florida (4-3) 1; Miami (Fla.) (4-3) 1.

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.

QB Brandon Weeden Tops Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalists

QB Brandon Weeden Tops 2011 Johnny Unitas Award Finalists

QB Brandon Weeden – OSU

The list of candidates for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Award has been narrowed to 10 top college quarterbacks, including Oklahoma St’s Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma ’s Landry Jones, Houston ’s Case Keenum, and Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
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Weeden is college football's oldest QB. He turned 28 years old last Friday, as old as half of the current starting NFL QBs. Weeden has only six on 260 passing attempts, while his touchdown total has soared up to 16. Last week against Texas, he set three new school records for passes (60), completions (47) and passing yards (438).

For the 2011 season after six games, he has completed 189 passes of 260 attempts for an amazing 72.7% for 2098 yards with 16 TDs and 6 interceptions. He is on pace to throw for over 4000 yards with 35+ TD passes leading the Cowboys potent passing attack.

2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Johnny Unitas award was narrowed from an original field of 25, to 10 college QBs in the running for the Golden Arm Award.

The 10 Finalists for the 2011 Golden Arm Award are:
· Nick Foles - Arizona
· Robert Griffin - Baylor
· Landry Jones - Oklahoma
· Case Keenum - Houston
· Andrew Luck - Stanford
· Kellen Moore - Boise St
· Ryan Tannehill - Texas A & M
· Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St
· Russell Wilson - Wisconsin
· Tyler Wilson - Arkansas

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 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, December 9 in downtown Baltimore. A number of former Baltimore Colts teammates will be there, including Raymond Berry, Jimmy Orr, and Art Donovan.

Since 1987, past winners of the 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 Awards 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 TD passes and one that may stand forever – throwing a TD 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 QB k 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

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.

Oklahoma & LSU Head Top 25 Polls

Oklahoma & LSU Head Polls - Draft Insiders.com, AP & 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.

Oct 18th

Team of the Week – Michigan St.

Photo - DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St.

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

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

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

1 LSU - 7 - 0 / 1
2 Alabama - 7 - 0 / 2
3 Oklahoma - 6 - 0 / 3
4 Wisconsin - 7-0 / 4
5 Boise St. - 6 - 0 / 5
6 Oklahoma St. - 7 - 0 / 6
7 Stanford - 6 - 0 / 7
8 Clemson - 7 - 0 / 8
9 Oregon - 5 - 1 / 9
10 Arkansas - 5 - 1 / 10
11 West Virginia - 5 - 1 / 13
12 Kansas St. - 7 - 0 / 17
13 Nebraska - 6 - 1 / 14
14 South Carolina - 6 - 1 / 15
15. Michigan St – 5-1 23
16 Virginia Tech - 6 - 1 / 19
17 Texas A&M - 3 - 2 / 21
18 Michigan - 6 - 0 / 11
19 Auburn - 4 - 2 / 24
20 Georgia Tech - 6 - 1 / 12
21 Houston - 6 - 0 / 25
22 Washington (5-1) NR
23 Illinois - 6 - 1 / 16
24 Arizona St. - 5 - 2 / 18
25 Georgia - 5-2 / NR

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

1. Oklahoma (31) - 6-0
2. LSU (15) - 7-0
3. Alabama (12) - 7-0
4. Wisconsin (1) - 6-0
5. Stanford - 6-0
6. Oklahoma St - 6-0
7. Boise St - 6-0
8. Clemson - 7-0
8. Oregon - 5-1
10. Arkansas - 5-1
11. Nebraska - 5-1
12. South Carolina - 6-1
13. Michigan St. - 5-1
14. West Virginia - 5-1
14. Virginia Tech - 6-1
16. Kansas St - 7-0
17. Michigan - 6-1
18. Texas A&M - 4-2
19. Georgia Tech 6-1
20. Houston - 6-0
21. Illinois - 6-1
22. Penn St - 6-1
23. Auburn - 5-2
24. Washington - 5-1
25. Arizona St - 5-2

Dropped out
No. 21 Texas (4-2, lost to then-No. 7 Oklahoma State 38-26), No. 24 Baylor (4-2, lost to then-No. 23 Texas A&M 55-28).

Others receiving votes
Georgia (5-2) 60; Notre Dame (4-2) 36; Rutgers (5-1) 31; Southern Methodist (5-1) 27; Texas (4-2) 26; Cincinnati (5-1) 14; Southern Mississippi (5-1) 14; Baylor (4-2) 9; North Carolina (5-2) 9; Temple (5-2) 3; Virginia (4-2) 3; TCU (4-2) 1.

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.

Junior QB Andrew Luck & RB Trent Richardson Head Pro Prospect Rankings for NFL Draft 2012

QB Andrew Luck & RB Trent Richardson Top QB and Running Back Classes

Photo - Andrew Luck – Stanford

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Pro Prospect Rankings

Offense
* Underclassmen
Quarterbacks:

1 * Andrew Luck - 6-4, 235 - Stanford
2 * Matt Barkley - 6-2, 225 - Southern Cal
3 * Landry Jones - 6-4, 230 - Oklahoma
4 Brandon Weeden - 6-4, 215 - Oklahoma St
5 Nick Foles - 6-5, 245 - Arizona
6 Kirk Cousins - 6-3, 205 - Michigan St
7 Ryan Lindley - 6-4, 245 - San Diego St
8 Case Keenum - 6-2, 210 - Houston
9 Ryan Tannehill - 6-4, 220 - Texas A&M
10 Dayne Crist - 6-4, 235 - Notre Dame
11 John Brantley - 6-3 220 - Florida
12 Chandler Harnish - 6-2, 225 - Northern Illinois
13 Austin Davis - 6-2, 200 - Southern Miss
14 G.J. Kinne - 6-1, 215 - Tulsa
15 Kellen Moore - 6-0, 190 - Boise St

Running Backs:
1 * Trent Richardson - 5-10, 225 - Alabama
2 * Bernard Pierce - 6-0, 220 - Temple
3 * LaMichael James - 5-9, 185 - Oregon
4 Cyrus Gray - 5-10, 200 - Texas A&M
5 * Edwin Baker - 5-9, 210 - Michigan St.
6 * Christine Michael- 5-11, 215 - Texas A&M
7 Chris Rainey - 5-9, 175 - Florida
8 Tauren Poole - 5-11, 215 - Tennessee
9 * Chris Polk - 5-10, 215 - Washington
10 * David Wilson - 5-10, 205 - Virginia Tech
11 Brandon Bolden - 5-10, 225 - Mississippi
12 Isaiah Pead - 5-10, 210 - Cincinnati
13 Marc Tyler - 5-10, 230 - Southern California
14 * Andre Ellington - 5-9, 190 - Clemson
15 Jeff Demps - 5-8, 185 - Florida

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.

Oklahoma Heads - Draft Insiders.com Poll

Oklahoma, LSU & Alabama Head Polls - 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 addition to our College Football Monday weekly blog column.

Team of the Week – Oklahoma

Photo – LB Travis Lewis - Oklahoma

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

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

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

1 LSU - 6 - 0 / 1
2 Alabama - 6 - 0 / 2
3 Oklahoma - 5 - 0 / 3
4 Wisconsin - 6-0 / 4
5 Boise St. - 5 - 0 / 5
6 Oklahoma St. - 6 - 0 / 6
7 Stanford - 5 - 0 / 7
8 Clemson - 6 - 0 / 8
9 Oregon - 4 - 1 / 9
10 Arkansas - 5 - 1 / 10
11 Michigan - 6 - 0 / 12
12 Georgia Tech - 6 - 0 / 13
13 West Virginia - 5 - 1 / 16
14 Nebraska - 5 - 1 / 14
15 South Carolina - 5 - 1 / 18
16 Illinois - 6 - 0 / 19
17 Kansas St. - 6 - 0 / 20
18 Arizona St. - 5 - 1 / 22
19 Virginia Tech - 5 - 1 / 21
20 Baylor - 4 - 1 / 25
21 Texas A&M - 3 - 2 / 24
22 Texas - 4 - 1 / 11
23. Michigan St – 4-1 NR
24 Auburn - 4 - 2 / 15
25 Houston - 6 - 0 / NR

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

1. Oklahoma (32) - 5-0
2. LSU (15) - 6-0
3. Alabama (11) - 6-0
4. Stanford - 5-0
5. Wisconsin (1) - 6-0
6. Boise St - 5-0
7. Oklahoma St - 6-0
8. Clemson - 6-0
9. Oregon - 4-1
10. Michigan - 6-0
11. Arkansas - 5-1
12. Georgia Tech - 6-0
13. South Carolina - 5-1
14. Nebraska - 5-1
15. Illinois - 6-0
16. West Virginia - 5-1
17. Virginia Tech - 5-1
18. Kansas St - 6-0
19. Michigan St - 4-1
20. Arizona St - 5-1
21. Texas - 4-1
22. Houston - 6-0
23. Texas A&M - 3-2
24. Baylor - 4-1
25. Penn St. - 5-1

Dropped out
No. 18 Florida (4-2, lost to No. 2 LSU 41-11), No. 22 Florida State (2-3, lost to Wake Forest 35-30), No. 23 Auburn (4-2, lost to then-No. 12 Arkansas 38-14).

Others receiving votes
Florida (4-2) 72; Washington (4-1) 52; North Carolina (5-1) 43; Auburn (4-2) 33; Notre Dame (4-2) 31; South Florida (4-1) 30; Wake Forest (4-1) 22; Georgia (4-2) 15; Southern Methodist (4-1) 11; Texas Tech (4-1) 9; Rutgers (4-1) 8; Southern Mississippi (5-1) 7; TCU (4-2) 4; Hawaii (3-2) 1.

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.

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