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Heisman Trophy Award 2013 - Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Vote

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One Man’s Vote – Heisman Trophy Award 2013
Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Heisman Trophy Vote Here

Photo – QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama

This year’s Heisman Trophy race may prove to be one of the diverse voting processes in the prestigious history of the coveted award. The Heisman Trophy Award show will be presented on ESPN tonight and will host six candidates for the trophy, the most in history.

The 2013 college football season saw the leaders for the award change almost weekly with the top two honorees, QBs A.J. McCarron, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel surfacing to the top of the ballots with strong 2013 season performances.

A.J. McCarron has been nearly flawless over the past three seasons with only a late season loss to Auburn a blemish on this year’s resume. He has elevated the Bama club to a top ranking as an underclassmen and only the last second thriller vs Auburn knocked them from another BCS title game.

He has been amazingly consistent this season with few mistakes and game to game big plays that changed the outcome of key matchups. His performance vs Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn were all impressive performances on a big stage and national title implications in the balance. Consequently, I voted him the Heisman Trophy award off an outstanding 2013 season and one of the most technically sound and smart leaders in the nation. He has been a difference maker in virtually every game he plays with minimal mistakes vs the highest competition in college football.

Jameis Winston had an outstanding redshirt freshman season, though controversial with an off the field investigation through the 2013 fall. He was cleared of the allegations in December, though it remains to be seen how this could affect the voting. He led the Seminole offense to a #2 national ranking and ACC title with an upcoming BCS title game on the schedule. Despite his strong 2013 showing, he performed against few top 20 clubs with only Duke (10-3), Clemson (9-2) and Miami (9-3) tough opponents. The remaining of their schedule was very weak as they did not play two ACC bowl teams North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Johnny Manziel will attempt to be the first two time winner since Archie Griffin of Ohio St from the 1970’s. Manziel was the first freshman in history to win the award last season. He struggled in key games vs Alabama and LSU this year that will hurt his chances to repeat.

Frank Coyle’s HeismanTrophy Vote
#1 A.J. McCarron - QB - Alabama
#2 Jameis Winston - QB - Florida St
#3 Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M

The 2013 Winner will be announced live on ESPN tonight Saturday Dec.14th at 8 pm.
Following much anticipation, Heisman Trophy committee announced the record six finalists for this year's award.

The Heisman Trophy Trust revealed the gridiron stars in contention for the prestigious 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, Florida St. QB Jameis Winston and Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, along with running backs Tre Mason of Auburn and Andre Williams of Boston College.

The six finalists will be in New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement tonight, December 14, airing on ESPN at 8:00 pm EST, presented by Nissan North America.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. An electorate comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner determines the finalists and winner. Included in the electorate is one overall fan vote, an opportunity supported by Nissan North America, Heisman's Premier Partner.

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 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald Sweeps Four Major Awards

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Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald Wins Lombardi and Outland Awards

Photo – DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald picked up two prestigious awards Wednesday night, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophies.

Donald beat out Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the Lombardi award given annually to the nation’s top college lineman.

It’s already been a big week for Donald, a senior defensive tackle who won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s top college defensive player Monday and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.

“It’s a true blessing and a true honor for people to notice me and notice the hard work I put into this game,” Donald said.

The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26½ tackles for losses and his 28½ career sacks are tops among active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and fourth in school history.

Donald has 10 sacks, 54 tackles and has forced four fumbles this season.
Though Pittsburgh is headed to the play Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, Donald was disappointed that his 6-6 team didn’t do better.

“The record doesn’t show what we wanted as a team,” Donald said. “I just went out there and tried to do my job, and that’s play football fast and physical and try to make plays to help my team win.”

Award / Player / College
Walter Camp - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Maxwell - A.J. McCarron - Alabama
Dave O'Brien - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Doak Walker - Andre Williams - Boston College
Lombardi - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bednarik - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Outland - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bronko Nagurski - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Biletnikoff - Brandin Cooks - Oregon St.
Dick Butkus - C.J Mosley - Alabama
Jim Thorpe - Darqueze Dennard - Michigan St
Lou Groza - Roberto Aguayo - Florida St
Ray Guy – Tom Hornsey - Memphis

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 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Draft 2014 - Underclassmen Update

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NFL Draft 2014 Underclassmen Update

2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Tracker
As the 2013 season continues into the postseason, several draft-eligible underclassmen have already announced their intentions about entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

Draft Insiders' 2013 December Newsletter will have special Underclassmen Report - available next week - Free for Full Subscribers - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

Last season a record 74 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012.

For a pro prospect to meet the NFL’s eligibility requirement, he must be three years removed from high school and submit a written application to renounce his remaining college football eligibility. This includes redshirt sophomores, true juniors and fourth year juniors. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, 2014. Afterwards, there is a three day period to rescind that and regain their college eligibility if they have not signed with an agent.

The following underclassmen have announced they will forego their collegiate eligibility for the NFL Draft 2014

Declared Underclassmen as of Dec. 12, 2013

Running Backs
Isaiah Crowell - 5-10, 190 - Alabama State - Jr

Receivers
Paul Richardson - 6-0, 170 - Colorado - Jr
Chris Boyd - 6-3, 205 - Vanderbilt - Jr

Tight Ends
Eric Ebron - 6-3, 250 - North Carolina - Jr
Colt Lyerla - 6-5, 250 - Oregon - Jr

Linemen
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee - Jr

Defensive Players
Ends

Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina - Jr

Tackles
Louis Nix - 6-3, 335 - Notre Dame - Jr
Kelcy Quarles - 6-3, 300 - South Carolina - Jr

Linebackers
Yamin Smallwoood - 6-2, 245 - UConn - Jr

Cornerbacks
Bradley Roby - 5-10, 195 - Ohio State - Jr
Louchiez Purifoy - 6-0, 185 - Florida - Jr
Vic Hampton - 5-10, 200 - South Carolina - Jr

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 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Auburn Shocks #1 Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down

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Auburn Shocks Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down
Florida St.& Ohio St. Rank #1 and #2 - Remain Perfect along with Northern Illinois

Players of Week
Offense: QB Marcus Mariota - Oregan
Defense: CB Chris Davis - Auburn

Photo: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin

Upcoming Game of the Week: Auburn (11-1) vs Missouri (11-1)

Auburn Posts Classic Win over #1 Alabama At Gun

Team of the Week - Auburn

AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Points

1 Florida State (58) -12-0 - 1498
2 Ohio State - 12-0 - 1418
3 Auburn (2) - 11-1 - 1387
4 Alabama - 11-1 - 1294
5 Missouri - 11-1 - 1281
6 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 1197
7 Stanford - 10-2 - 1067
8 South Carolina - 10-2 - 1066
9 Baylor - 10-1 - 1020
10 Michigan State - 11-1 - 1002
11 Arizona State - 10-2 - 843
12 Oregon - 10-2 - 815
13 Clemson - 10-2 - 813
14 LSU - 9-3 - 690
15 UCF - 10-1 - 621
16 Northern Illinois - 12-0 - 596
17 UCLA - 9-3 - 510
18 Oklahoma - 9-2 - 503
19 Louisville - 10-1 - 482
20 Duke - 10-2 - 348
21 Wisconsin - 9-3 - 299
22 Texas A&M - 8-4 - 186
23 Texas - 8-3 - 156
24 Fresno State - 10-1 - 124
25 Georgia - 8-4 - 111

2013 Award Finalists - Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Maxwell & Chuck Bednarik Awards

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2013 Award Finalists - Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Maxwell & Chuck Bednarik Awards
Three finalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy were announced on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson.

Photo – Outland Finalists - Matthews, Richardson & Donald

These finalists will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special on ESPNU on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m. ET at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Both Pittsburgh and Texas A&M have had previous players claim the Outland Trophy; Baylor has not. Last year's winner and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, was the Aggies' first Outland winner and now is on the roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

#1 Alabama Heads Top 25 Teams with Auburn Up Next

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Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St.& Ohio Remain Perfect
Five Teams Remain Undefeated

Players of Week
Offense: QB Derek Carr – Fresno St
Defense: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin

Photo: QB Derek Carr – Fresno St.

Upcoming Game of the Week: Alabama (11-0) at Auburn (10-1)

LSU Posts Impressive Win over Texas A&M

Team of the Week - Arizona St.

AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Previous Rank

1 Alabama (56) - 11-0 - 1
2 Florida State (4) - 11-0 - 2
3 Ohio State - 11-0 - 4
4 Auburn - 10-1 - 6
5 Missouri - 10-1 - 8
6 Clemson - 10-1 - 7
7 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 11
8 Stanford - 9-2 - 10
9 Baylor - 9-1 -6
10 South Carolina - 9-2 - 12
11 Michigan State - 10-1 - 13
12 Oregon - 9-2 - 5
13 Arizona State - 9-2 - 19
14 Wisconsin - 9-2 - 16
15 LSU - 8-3 - 18
16 Fresno State - 10-0 - 15
17 UCF - 9-1 - 17
18 Northern Illinois - 11-0 - 20
19 Texas A&M - 8-3 - 9
20 Oklahoma - 9-2 -22
21 Louisville -10-1 -21
22 UCLA - 8-3 - 14
23 USC - 9-3 - 23
24 Duke - 9-2 - 25
25 Notre Dame - 8-3 - NR

Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 24

Others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Ole Miss 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Vanderbilt 1

Coaches Poll
Rank / Team / Record

1 Alabama (56) - 11-0
2 Florida State (6) - 11-0
3 Ohio State - 11-0
4 Clemson - 10-1
5 Auburn - 10-1
6 Missouri - 10-1
7 Oklahoma State - 10-1
8 Baylor - 9-1
9 South Carolina - 9-2
10 Stanford - 9-2
11 Michigan State - 10-1
12 Oregon - 9-2
13 Fresno State - 10-0
14 Wisconsin - 9-2
15 LSU - 8-3
16 Louisville - 10-1
17 Oklahoma - 9-2
18 Arizona State - 9-2
19 UCF - 9-1
20 Northern Illinois - 11-0
21 Texas A&M - 8-3
22 UCLA - 8-3
23 Southern California - 9-3
24 Duke - 9-2
25 Cincinnati - 9-2

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Michael Sam Heads Five Finalists For 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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Michael Sam Heads Five Finalists For 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

DALLAS (FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced this week by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Vying for the honor of National Defensive Player of the Year are, in alphabetical order: Michigan Ste cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Pittsburgh tackle Aaron Donald, Florida St cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri end Michael Sam.

Photo: DE Michael Sam - Missouri

The winner will be announced on Dec. 9 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Florida Coach Will Muschamp will give the keynote address.

In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will hand out the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Florida East Coast Railway. This year's winner is Georgia Tech defensive back Randy Rhino, a member of the FWAA's 1972 FWAA All-America team.
The FWAA award is named after Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. He could have been an All-American at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put him.

The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since the 1993 season. One of the schools represented by the five finalists will win the award for the first time, although this is the third straight season Alabama has had a Nagurski finalist and Florida State has one for a second straight year. Pittsburgh and Michigan State have secured their initial Bronko Nagurski finalists. Alabama has had four previous finalists, Florida State three and Missouri one. But none of those schools have had a player win the award.

The Five 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists
Selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (5-11, 197, Sr., Dry Branch, Ga.): A shutdown corner who has dominated Big Ten offenses this season for the Spartans, who rank tops in the country in total defense. He has made 38 tackles (19 unassisted) and two for losses of four yards. His 2013 resume includes three interceptions (38 return yards), seven pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Aaron Donald, T, Pittsburgh (6-0, 285, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.): Probably the most productive defensive tackle in college football. Offensive coordinators stay up at night scheming to keep him away from the ball. The agile tackle leads the country in tackles for loss (22.5 for 112 yards in losses) by a whopping 4.5 tackles. Of those tackles for loss, 10 have been sacks. He also has forced four fumbles, broken up two passes and hurried the quarterback 14 times.

Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State (5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Another top cornerback who can impress for the nation's second-ranked team. He has 51 tackles (36 unassisted), 6.5 tackles for 54 yards in losses, one interception (15 yards returned). In addition he has three forced fumbles, three passes broken up and two quarterback hurries. He played his best in Florida State's 51-14 defeat of ACC power Clemson when he made eight tackles (one sack), collected an interception and forced two fumbles.

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama (6-2, 232, Sr., Mobile, Ala.): The leader of top-ranked Alabama's defense that has held eight of 10 opponents to 10 or fewer points this season. He has 79 tackles (42 unassisted), seven of those for 15 yards in losses. In addition, he has five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Alabama ranks fifth in the country in total defense, allowing just 272.8 yards a game.

Michael Sam, E, Missouri (6-2, 255, Sr., Hitchcock, Texas): A flashy end who has the penchant for making the big play in the big game. In Missouri's upset victory at Georgia, he returned a fumble 21 yards for a score. In three games this season, against Arkansas State, at Vanderbilt, and against Florida, he has registered three sacks. Sam ranks tied for fifth nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.6) and is tied for sixth in sacks on the season.

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 coaches. 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. 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 gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

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 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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