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Underclassmen NFL Draft 2010
Photo - OT Anthony Davis - Rutgers
As college teams complete their bowl games, underclassmen have begun to declare for the NFL Draft 2010. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15, 2010 to declare for the NFL Draft 2010. This offseason we are expecting a huge class of underclassmen to turn pro with the NFL players agreement expiring. Any new agreement and the future salary cap will probably undergo some critical changes especially related to the rookie salary cap and overall draft selections.
Underclassmen NFL Draft 2010
Player / Pos / H/W / School / Class
QB Sam Bradford - 6’4” 220 - Oklahoma - Jr.
QB Jimmy Clausen - 6’3” 220 - Notre Dame - Jr.
RB Ryan Matthews - 5’11” 225 - Fresno St - 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.
OT Anthony Davis - 6’6” 325 - Rutgers - Jr.
OT Bruce Campbell - 6’6” 310 - Maryland - Jr.
DE Everson Griffen - 6’3” 265 - Southern Cal
DT Gerald McCoy - 6’3” 300 - Oklahoma - Jr.
DT Abe Koroma - 6’3” 315 - Western Illinois - Jr.
CB Donovan Warren - 5’11” 195 - Michigan - 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.
First Round Mock Draft
* Underclassmen expected to enter by Jan. 15th
Photo - QB Sam Bradford - Oklahoma
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Team / Player / Pos / School
1. St. Louis - * Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma
2. Tampa Bay - Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska
3. Cleveland - * Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma
4. Detroit - Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma St
5. Kansas City - Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama
6. Washington - * Brian Bulaga - OT - Iowa
7. Oakland - * Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida
8. Seattle - C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson
9. Denver (Chicago) - * Eric Berry - FS - Tennessee
10. Buffalo - * Jimmy Clausen - QB - Notre Dame
11. San Fran (Carolina) - Jerry Hughes - DE - TCU
12. Pittsburgh - Ciron Black - OT - LSU
13. San Francisco - * Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama
14. Tennessee - Brandon Spikes - LB - Florida
15. Atlanta - Taylor Mays - FS - Southern Cal
16. Houston - Brandon LeFell - WR - LSU
17. Baltimore - * Joe Haden - CB - Florida
18. NY Jets - * Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois
19. New York Giants - Ricky Sapp - LB - Clemson
20. Miami - * Marvin Austin - DT - North Carolina
21. Jacksonville - Colt McCoy - QB - Texas
22. Arizona - * Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma St
23. Dallas - * Damian Williams - WR - Southern Cal
24. Seattle (Denver) - Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma
25. New England - Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas
26. Green Bay - * Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers
27. Cincinnati - * Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech
28. Philadelphia - * Greg Jones - LB - Michigan St
20. Minnesota - Jermaine Gresham - TE - Oklahoma
30. San Diego - Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida St
31. New Orleans - * Bruce Campbell - OT - Maryland
32. Indianapolis - Jared Odrick - DT - Penn St
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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.
Top 25 Clubs Enter Bowl Season
Team of the Week - Rutgers
Player of the Week – WR Mohamed Sanu – Rutgers
Photo – Mark Ingram – Alabama (Heisman Trophy Winner)
Team / Ranking / Record
1. Alabama (13-0) – Tide beat their nemesis Florida in SEC title game and preps for Texas in BCS Championship matchup.
2. Texas (13-0) – Longhorns prepping for title clash with Alabama after completing perfect ’09 season.
3. Cincinnati (12-0) - Bearcats finished a perfect regular season but lose their HC Brian Kelly for tough bowl matchup with Florida.
4. Florida (12-1)– Gators lost a tough SEC title contest with Alabama but look to fTim Tebow’s college finale vs Cincinnati to finish with big win.
5. Texas Christian (12-0) – Horned Frogs finish with a perfect regular season and face an undefeated Boise St club that will leave What If questions vwith Bama/ Texas winner.
6. Boise St (13-0) - Broncos look to TCU bowl matchup to continue to climb the charts.
7. Ohio St (10-2) – Buckeyes won the Big Ten and face a great foe in Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
8. Oregon (10-2) – Ducks win Pac 10 and may be the most exciting club in the nation to watch.
9. Georgia Tech (11-2) – Tech won the ACC title and look to tack momentum for their Orange Bowl matchup with Iowa.
10. Iowa (10-2) – The Hawkeyes face a tough matchup with Georgia Tech in one of the more interesting bowl games.
11. LSU (9-3) – Tigers hope for better than the Capital One game with Penn St but look to redeem themselves with an impressive victory.
12. Penn St (10-2) – Nittany Lions finished strong and hope to maintain that vs a tough LSU club in New Years Day matchup.
13. Virginia Tech (9-3) – Va Tech completed a fine season and get an improving Tennessee club on New Year’s eve.
14. Miami (9-3) - Canes earned Champs Sport bowl bid in Orlando vs a gritty Wisconsin club.
15. BYU (10-2) – Cougars won their finale vs Utah that earned them a bowl game with Oregon St. in one of the best matchups of the bowl season.
16. Oregon St (8-4) – Beavers lost a tough finale to Oregon and face another pass happy club in BYU in Las Vegas bowl.
17. West Virginia (9-3) - WV want bowl win to complete season with matchup vs Florida St. in Bobby Bowden’s finale as head coach.
18. Oklahoma St (9-3) – Cowboys go to Cotton Bowl in an expected shootout with Ole Miss.
19. Pittsburgh (9-3)- Panthers hope to redeem themselves in bowl game vs North Carolina after a few key late season losses.
20. Houston (10-3) - Cougars win CUSA West and face a savvy Air Force team in Armed Forces Bowl contest.
21. USC (8-4) – Trojans finish a disappointing season and go to minor bowl vs Boston College in Emerald Bowl.
22. Nebraska (9-4) – Huskers lost a tough Big 12 title game vs Texas, but look to redeem themselves vs Arizona in Holiday Bowl .
23. Stanford (8-4) –Cardinal completed a fine season and face an erratic Oklahoma club in Sun Bowl matchup.
24. Wisconsin (9-3) - Badgers face a young Miami club in Champs bowl matchup.
25. North Carolina (8-4) – Tar Heels are a talented young club who look to finish with big win vs Pittsburgh.
Frank Coyle is a longtime 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.
Draft Insiders’ FCS All-American Teams
Photo – DE James Ruffin – Northern Iowa
QB Armanti Edwards - Appalachian St
RB Deji Karim - Southern Illinois
RB Pat Paschall - North Dakota St
WR Terrell Hudgins - Elon
WR Marc Mariani - Montana
TE Clay Harbor - Missouri St.
Benjamin Ijalana - Villanova
Vladimir Ducasse - Massachusetts
Derek Hardman - Eastern Kentucky
Matt McCraken - Richmond
Kyle Mutcher - Weber St.
All-purpose player - Matt Szczur - Villanova.
Kicker - Matt Bevins - Liberty
First Team Defense
James Ruffin - Northern Iowa
Arthur Moats - James Madison
Austen Lane - Murray St.
Dane Fletcher - Montana St.
Brandin Jordan - Southern Illinois
Mike Morales - UC Davis
George Howard - Morgan St.
Terrell Whitehead - Norfolk St
Mark Legree - Appalachian St
Jeromy Miles - Massachusetts
Anthony Beck - Prairie View A&M
Punter - Jon Vanderwielen - Idaho St.
2nd Team FCS - Click on Next Page
FCS Winners - Payton, Buchanan & Robinson
Photo - Eddie Robinson - legendary Gambling Head Coach
Armanti Edwards Wins '09 Payton Award
Appalachian St University QB Armanti Edwards cemented his standing as the most decorated player in NCAA Division I FCS history when he became the first two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award this week. The Payton Award has been presented annually to the nation's top FCS player since 1987. Edwards became the first two-time winner in the 23-year history of the award in a landslide vote by national media and sports information directors. He received 55 of a possible 108 first-place votes and 431 total points to easily out-distance Elon wide receiver Terrell Hudgins, who received 16 first-place votes and 268 points. Southern Illinois running back Deji Karim placed third with 14 first-place votes and 259 points.
Edwards threw for a school-record 3,291 yards and ran for 679 more in 2009, good for an average of 330.8 yards of total offense per game, which ranked third nationally. He also ranked among the nation’s top 20 in rushing TDs (t-3rd - 18), completion percentage (4th - .680), passing yards (8th), scoring (10th - 108 pts.), passing efficiency (12th - 147.90 rating), completions (13th - 257) and TDs responsible for (16th - 30). For his career, Edwards ranks second in FCS history behind only Steve McNair with 14,753 yards of total offense (McNair amassed 16,823 at Alcorn State from 1991-94). With 10,392 passing yards and 4,361 rushing yards, he is the only player in Division I history (FCS or FBS) with at least 9,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career and the only FCS player to reach the 8,000 passing/4,000 rushing plateau. He was responsible for 139 TDs in his career (74 passing, 65 rushing), highlighting his 64 ASU and 14 Southern Conference records.
2009 Walter Payton Award Voting
Name School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Armanti Edwards Appalachian St - 55 16 20 13 6 431
Terrell Hudgins Elon - 16 19 16 26 12 268
Deji Karim Southern Illinois - 14 21 19 20 8 259
Matt Nichols Eastern Washington - 12 16 9 12 13 188
Dominic Randolph Holy Cross - 8 16 14 8 12 174
Ryan Perrilloux Jacksonville St - 9 9 11 5 18 142
Jeremy Moses Stephen F. Austin - 4 7 9 13 8 109
Arthur Moats of James Madison Wins Buchanan Award
2009 Buck Buchanan Award Voting
NAME (SCHOOL) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1. Arthur Moats, James Madison.....-........ 37..26...8..12...5...342
2. J.C. Sherritt, Eastern Washington..-.... 17..17..15..15...4...232
3. Danny Batten, South Dakota State....-... 8..13..20..12...7...183
4. Christian Anthony, Grambling...........-.. 19...8...5..11..11...175
5. Mark LeGree, Appalachian State......-... 2..12..16..15...5...145
6. Austen Lane, Murray State..............-... 8...3..15...7...9...120
7. Adrian Tracy, William & Mary...........-...5..13...6...5..12...117
8. Dane Fletcher, Montana State...........-.. 9...1...5...4...7....79
9. Brandin Jordan, Southern Illinois........-. 3...4...7...4...4....64
10. James Ruffin, Northern Iowa...........-... 4...3...7...3...4....63
11. Tim Kukucka, Villanova..................-. 3...5...4...5...4....61
12. Tim Knicky, Stephen F. Austin..-........3...5...2...5...6....57
Prairie View A&M's coach Henry Frazier wins 2009 Eddie Robinson Award
Prairie View A&M coach Henry Frazier III was named the 23rd winner of the Eddie Robinson Award Thursday night at The Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision Awards Banquet, held at the Chattanooga Convention Center on the eve of the NCAA Division I Football Championship title game.
Frazier is the first coach of a Southwestern Athletic Conference team, or a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to win the Robinson Award, which is presented annually to the top coach in FCS. Robinson, the legendary Grambling State coach, spent much of his career in the SWAC. Taking over a program best known for losing an NCAA-record 80 consecutive games from 1989-98, Frazier led the Panthers to a perfect 7-0 conference mark, the SWAC West Division title and their first-ever berth in the SWAC championship game since the title contest was introduced in 1999.
Frazier is 36-27 at Prairie View and has gone 25-5 in the past three years. Prairie View completed its season with a thrilling, 30-24 SWAC title game victory over Alabama A&M. The Panthers hadn't won a SWAC championship since 1964, and 2009 marked the team's second consecutive 9-1 season. In 2008, Prairie View also beat both Grambling and Southern in the same year for the first time in 35 seasons, and posted its first nine-win campaign since 1953, a feat also duplicated this season. The 2009 season marks the first time the Panthers have had three consecutive winning years since legendary PVAM coach W.J. Nicks ran off nine straight such seasons from 1957-65. Frazier also coached the Panthers to the No. 18 spot in the final regular season poll, the highest ranking Prairie View has ever held. PVAM was ranked 25th last season, the first time the Panthers had ever made a poll appearance.
In the second-closest balloting in Robinson Award history, Frazier received 24 first-place votes out of the 125 ballots cast by a panel of sports information directors and select media who regularly cover FCS. He picked up 237 points to edge J.C. Harper of Stephen F. Austin by two points. Jerry Moore of Appalachian State won by one point over Craig Bohl of North Dakota State in 2006. The Sports Network established the Eddie Robinson Award in 1987. Past recipients of this prestigious honor include current FCS coaches, two-time winner Mickey Matthews of James Madison, Northern Iowa skipper Mark Farley, New Hampshire's Sean McDonnell, Villanova's Andy Talley, Mike Ayers of Wofford and Elon's Pete Lembo, who won the coveted award with Lehigh.
2009 EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD VOTING
NAME (SCHOOL) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1. Henry Frazier III, Prairie View...-....... 24..14..13...9...4... 237
2. J.C. Harper, Stephen F. Austin...-.......21..17..13...9...5... 235
3. Andy Talley, Villanova..........-......... 16...8..15...8..11... 184
4. Dale Lennon, Southern Illinois.-.......... 13..16...7..12...7... 181
5. Bobby Hauck, Montana....................-. 10..13..12...7..10... 162
6. Mike London, Richmond...................-.. 6..10...7..12..11... 126
7. Jimmye Laycock, William & Mary...........-. 5...9...9..10...5... 113
8. Pete Lembo, Elon....................-...... 5...7...7..12..12... 110
9. John Stiegelmeier, South Dakota St..-.. .6...5...5...9...5.... 88
10. Al Bagnoli, Penn..........................- 5...6...5...6...4.... 80
NFL Power Rankings – Week 14
Photo - Adrian Peterson - Vikings
The Vikings Adrian Peterson and the Titans’ Chris Johnson had strong performances this past Sunday that was instrumental in their clubs key victories. Peterson scored 2 TDs on 97 yards rushing along with 40 yards receiving as the Vikings beat the playoff bound Bengals. Johnson scored two first quarter TDs that crushed the Rams 47-7 and kept the red hot Titans playoff hopes alive. Johnson finished with 186 yards and 3 TDs on 117 yards rushing which was his 8th consecutive 100 yard performance as a runner. He continues to lead the NFL in rushing with over 1600 yards on the ground and less than 500 yards from Eric Dickerson’s all-time NFL record for single season rushing yardage with three games remaining.
Team of the Week – San Diego Chargers
Player of the Week – RB Adrian Peterson - Vikings
Rookie of the Week – LB Brian Cushing - Texans
Rank / Team / Record
1. Indianapolis Colts (13-0)
Colts continue to roll with perfect record and face only 500 clubs the rest of the way.
2. New Orleans Saints (13-0)
The Saints remain undefeated and face just one playoff caliber team the Cowboys on schedule.
3. Minnesota Vikings (11-2)
The Vikings’ and Brett Farve believe in themselves and that goes a long ways in January postseason play.
4. San Diego Chargers (10-3)
Chargers won another key game vs the Cowboys and are probably the most dangerous team in the league.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)
Eagles bombed the Giants but their defense looks terrible for tough postseason contests.
6. Green Bay Packers (9-4)
Packers have won five straight games, but must prove capable on beating top clubs on the road.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4)
The Bengals missed a chance to clinch AFC North last week and now must travel to SD this Sunday.
8. New England Patriots (8-5)
Patriots and QB Tom Brady are capable of lighting up any defense, though the NE is not up to recent standards.
9. Arizona Cardinals (8-5)
Cards were bombed in San Fran, but get the soft Lions in Detroit this week.
10. Denver Broncos (8-5)
The Broncos continue to move towards mediocrity. They are capable of missing the playoffs.
11. Baltimore Ravens (7-6)
The Ravens are a tough group and capable of running the table and earn a playoff berth.
12. Tennessee Titans (6-7)
The hot Titans must run the table to make the playoffs but are capable of winning despite tough road with Dolphins and Chargers up next.
13. New York Giants (7-6)
The Giants were crushed in key matchup with Eagles with their horrible defense the main problem.
14. Dallas Cowboys (8-5)
Cowboys are losing again in December with a very difficult trip to New Orleans up next.
15. New York Jets (7-6)
Jets are winning vs soft schedule with Falcons coming to town Sunday for critical contest.
16. Miami Dolphins (7-6)
The Dolphins won a key game vs Jaguars, but must go and win in Tennessee to keep their hopes alive.
17. Houston Texans (6-7)
Texans are actually better than their record and capable of surprising with a late streak.
18 .Jacksonville Jaguars (7-6)
Jags are in a four way tie for #6 playoff spot with Colts coming to town, but their inconsistent play makes them a longshot for postseason.
19. San Francisco 49ers (6-7)
The 49ers won another big game vs Cardinals that puts them in a position to make a playoff run with soft schedule ahead.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-7)
Steelers are caving in after losing to both the Raiders and Browns in back to back games.
21. Atlanta Falcons (6-7)
Falcons are just a mediocre club without veterans Matt Ryan and Michael Turner.
22. Washington Redskins (4-9)
Skins continue to play hard weekly and finally put a team away in the 4th quarter.
23. Seattle Seahawks (5-8)
Seahawks are playing out the string and face big overhaul this postseason.
24. Carolina Panthers (5-8)
Panthers are struggling and probably face wholesale changes this offseason.
25. Buffalo Bills (5-8)
The Bills finally won a game late with their defense rising to the occasion.
26. Chicago Bears (5-8)
Bears have lost seven of their last nine games in a total collapse.
27. Oakland Raiders (4-9)
The Raiders will complete another horrible season and probable housecleaning this postseason.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (3-10)
Chiefs are just a bad club currently.
29. Detroit Lions (2-11)
Lions lost their 19th straight road game in Baltimore in another terrible performance.
30. Cleveland Browns (2-11)
Browns beat their arch rivals the Steelers in last game to salvage something from this nightmare season.
31. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-12)
The Bucs were totally incept vs the Jets but get the equally bad Seahawks at home this week.
32. St. Louis Rams (1-12)
The Rams are beyond awful and may not win another game this season.