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NFL Power Poll - Patriots, Giants & Chiefs Move Into Top 5

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NFL Power Poll - Week 15

Patriots, Giants & Chiefs Move Into Top 5 Rankings

Team of the Week - New York Giants

Offensive Player of Week RB Le’Veon Bell - Steelers
Defensive Player of Week CB Janoris Jenkins - Giants

Rookie of Week - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Photo - RB Le’Veon Bell - Steelers

Game of Week #15 - New England Patriots (11-2) at Denver Broncos (8-5)

Ranking/Record/Team
#1 - 11-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots established AFC supremacy again with strong victory over Ravens.

#2 - 11-2 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ lost again to the GMen that puts their East title on hold with huge matchup with Bucs Sunday night on the agenda.

#3 - 9-4 - GIANTS
GMen won a gutty game vs Cowboys that made a statement in the NFC. They face the tough Lions at home this week that shapes two divisional races.

#4 - 10-3 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs are undefeated in the AFC West after beating Raiders in critical matchup for divisional leadership.

#5 - 10-3 - RAIDERS
The Raiders have to recover quickly from their Thursday night loss to the Chiefs with trip to San Diego up next.

#6 - 8-5 - BRONCOS
Broncos lost a heartbreaker to Titans and host a vital game with the Patriots for their playoff hopes.

#7 - 8-5 - FALCONS
Falcons stay atop the NFC South after a strong game vs the struggling Rams.

#8 - 9-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ just got by the Bears and QB Matthew Stafford injured his throwing hands. Travel to Met Life for matchup with the Giants that has a huge impact on both divisional races.

#9 - 8-4-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks are struggling and Russell Wilson was horrible with five picks in Packer loss.

#10 - 8-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers won their fourth straight behind a huge performance by back Le’Veon Bell vs the Bills.

#11 - 8-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs are hot with their fifth straight win vs the Saints to tie with the Falcons for NFC South leadership. They travel to Dallas for the acid test in critical Sunday night clash.

#12 - 7-5-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins beat the Eagles to end their two game losing streak. They host the Panthers on Monday night in a must win situation for any postseason hopes.

#13 - 7-6 - TEXANS
The Texans ended a three game losing streak and won a divisional road game vs the Colts to stay atop the close AFC South race.

#14 - 7-6 - VIKINGS
Vikes beat the lowly Jaguars to stay alive in the NFC playoff race. They host the Colts this Sunday where the loser is virtually out of any postseason hopes.

#15 - 7-6 - PACKERS
Packers' won their third straight game with a beat down of the Seahawks that keeps them in the NFC North mix with three weeks left.

#16 - 8-5 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have made a fine comeback vs Cardinals and won on a last second FG to overcome a knee injury to QB Ryan Tannehill that keeps him out for at least a few weeks.

#17 - 7-6 - RAVENS
Ravens were beaten by the Patriots and face the Eagles this week at home in vital game to stay alive for their matchup with Steelers on Christmas day.

#18 - 7-6 - TITANS
The Titans went over .500 with big victory over the Broncos that has them tied for first place in the AFC South.

#19 - 6-7 - COLTS
The Colts’ lost a slug out with the Texans that leaves them in tough spot with road games at Minnesota and Oakland up next.

#20 - 5-7-1 - BENGALS
Bengals beat the winless Browns to keep their slim playoff chances alive. Host the Steelers this Sunday that decides their 2016 fate.

#21 - 6-7 - BILLS
Bills lost to the Steelers that all but eliminates them from the postseason, unless they run the table and get a lot of help.

#22 - 5-8 - SAINTS
QB Drew Brees leads the league with 4170 yards passing while the Saints defense has allowed a whopping 351 points.

#23 - 5-7-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost again this time to the Dolphins, giving up a last second FG on a drive directed by backup QB Matt Moore.

#24 - 5-8 - PANTHERS
Panthers beat the lowly Chargers to keep their slim chances alive with NFC games vs the Redskins and Falcons up next.

#25 - 5-8 - EAGLES
Eagles lost their fourth in a row to the Redskins. They have lost 8 of their last 10 contests making their 3-0 start a distant memory.

#26 - 5-8 - CHARGERS
The Chargers were slammed by the Panthers behind five Philip Rivers turnovers and five sacks.

#27 - 4-9 - JETS
Jets came back and beat the pathetic 49ers behind young QB Bryce Petty. They face three AFC East rivals to finish a terrible season.

#28 - 4-9 - RAMS
The Rams’ were embarrassed by the Falcons that cost HC Jeff Fisher his job this week.

#29 - 3-10 - BEARS
Bears are still fighting but also still losing close games that may once again force big offseason changes.

#30 - 2-11 - JAGUARS
The Jags' lost their eighth straight this time to the Vikings that guarantees another five win or less season and probably a top three selection in April.

#31 - 1-12 - 49ers
The 49ers lost their 12th game in a row to set a new franchise record.

#32 - 0-13 - BROWNS
The Browns lost their 16th straight game and will challenge the Lions winless season.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

DraftInsiders.com 2016 All-American Teams

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DraftInsiders.com 2016 All-American Teams

Photo - WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma

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FIRST TEAM
Offense

QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St
RB D’Onta Foreman - Texas
All-Purpose Christian McCaffrey - Stanford
WR Corey Davis - WMU
WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma
TE Jake Butt - Michigan
OT Cam Robinson - Alabama
OT Ryan Ramczyk - Wisconsin
OG Cody O’Connell - Washington St
OG Dorian Johnson - Pittsburgh
C Pat Elflein - Ohio State

Defense
DL Derek Barnett - Tennessee
DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama
DL Ed Oliver - Houston
DL Marcus Walker - Florida State
LB Reuben Foster - Alabama
LB Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt
LB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan
CB Desmond King - Iowa
CB Adoree' Jackson - USC
S Jamal Adams - LSU
S Budda Baker - Washington

Specialists
K Zane Gonzalez - Arizona St
P Mitch Wishnowsky - Utah
KOR Christian Kirk - Texas A&M
PR Adoree Jackson - Southern Cal

SECOND TEAM
Offense

QB Deshaun Watson - Clemson
RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
RB Leonard Fournette - LSU
All-Purpose Curtis Samuel - Ohio State
WR John Ross - Washington
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Southern Cal
TE Evan Engram - Ole Miss
OL Roderick Johnson - Florida State
OL Adam Bisnowky - Pittsburgh
OL Billy Price - Ohio State
OL Dan Freeney - Indiana
OL Ethan Polcic - LSU

Defense
DL Myles Garrett -Texas A&M
DL Malik McDowell - Mich. State
DL Lowell Lotulelei - Utah
DL Chris Wormley - Michigan
LB Tim Williams - Alabama
LB Raekwon McMillan - Ohio State
LB Josey Jewell - Iowa
CB Cordrea Tankersley - Clemson
CB Jourdan Lewis - Michigan
S Marcus Maye - Florida
S Malik Hooker - Ohio St

Specialists
K Daniel Carlson - Auburn
P Cameron Johnston - Ohio St.
KOR Quadree Henderson - Pitt
PR Dante Pettis - Washington

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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

QB Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy Award in Landslide

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Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy Award in Landslide

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

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Louisville's QB Lamar Jackson wins the 82nd Heisman Trophy Award winner in a landslide over a group of four other finalists. Jackson beat out Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma's duo of QB Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook for the award. Jackson is the 14th QB to win the award in the last 17 years.

Only a 19-year-old true sophomore, Jackson is the youngest player in history to win the Heisman Trophy. Actually, he is only five days younger than Florida St's Jameis Winston was when he received the honor at age 19. He is the first Louisville player to win the award and the first ACC player to win the trophy other than a Florida St. QB.

Jackson led the Cardinals to a 9-3 record in 2016, completing 57.6 percent of his passes while racking up 3,390 passing yards, 30 TDs and 9 interceptions. He also ran for 1,538 yards and 21 TDs. His 51 total touchdowns were 2nd in the nation to Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, and he was the only player to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in 2016 and the first player to do so since Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch in 2012.

The sophomore QB became the first player in FBS history to post 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a single season. He was a super dual threat from opening day and a difference maker in the Cardinals success. The former three-star South Florida recruit performed like a true superstar. He is only a sophomore, and he’ll enter next season as a favorite to win the Heisman award again. The only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in history is former Ohio St. running back Archie Griffin during the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

Jackson led the voting with 2,144 points, more than 600 points ahead of Watson in second place. Jackson's margin of victory is the sixth largest of all-time.

Here is Voting Results
1. Lamar Jackson: 2,144 points
2. Deshaun Watson: 1,524 points
3. Baker Mayfield: 361 points
4. Dede Westbrook: 209 points
5. Jabrill Peppers: 208 points

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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

Louisville's Lamar Jackson Tops 2016 College Awards

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Lamar Jackson Tops 2016 College Awards

Photo - RB James Conner - Pitt

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Disney Spirit Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 James Conner Pitt

Walter Camp Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Lamar Jackson Louisville

Maxwell Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Lamar Jackson Louisville

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Deshaun Watson Clemson

Davey O'Brien Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Deshaun Watson Clemson

Fred Biletnikoff Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Dede Westbrook Oklahoma

Outland Trophy
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Cam Robinson Alabama

Doak Walker Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 D'Onta Foreman Texas

John Mackey Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Jake Butt Michigan

Paul Hornung Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Jabrill Peppers Michigan

Rimington Trophy
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Pat Elflein Ohio State

Bronko Nagurski Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Jonathan Allen Alabama

Chuck Bednarik Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Jonathan Allen Alabama

Dick Butkus Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Reuben Foster Alabama

Ted Hendricks Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Jonathan Allen Alabama

Jim Thorpe Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Adoree' Jackson USC

Lou Groza Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Zane Gonzalez Arizona State

Ray Guy Award
YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
2016 Mitch Wishnowsky Utah

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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 Power Poll - Cowboys, Patriots & Raiders Top Rankings

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NFL Power Poll - Cowboys, Patriots & Raiders Top Rankings

Raiders vs Chiefs Highlight Week 14 Games

Team of the Week - Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive Player of Week RB Le’Veon Bell - Steelers
Defensive Player of Week Safety Eric Berry - Chiefs

Rookie of Week - RB Jordan Howard - Bears

Photo - Safety Eric Berry - Chiefs

Game of Week #14 – Oakland Raiders (10-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 11-1 COWBOYS
#2 - 10-2 PATRIOTS
#3 - 10-2 RAIDERS
#4 - 9-3 CHIEFS
#5 - 8-4 BRONCOS
#6 - 8-3-1 SEAHAWKS
#7 - 8-4 LIONS
#8 - 7-5 STEELERS
#9 - 8-4 GIANTS
#10 - 7-5 FALCONS
#11 - 7-5 RAVENS
#12 - 6-6 VIKINGS
#13 - 6-6 PACKERS
#14 - 6-5-1 REDSKINS
#15 - 6-6 TEXANS
#16 - 6-6 COLTS
#17 - 7-5 BUCCANEERS
#18 - 7-5 DOLPHINS
#19 - 5-6-1 CARDINALS
#20 - 6-6 TITANS
#21 - 6-6 BILLS
#22 - 5-7 SAINTS
#23- 5-7 EAGLES
#24 - 5-7 CHARGERS
#25 - 4-7-1 BENGALS
#26 - 4-8 RAMS
#27 - 4-8 PANTHERS
#28 - 3-9 BEARS
#29 - 3-9 JETS
#30 - 2-10 JAGUARS
#31 - 1-11 49ers
#32 - 0-12 BROWNS

Alabama’s Allen Wins 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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Bama’s Allen Wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Defensive End has Tide poised to repeat as national champs in Final Four

Finally, the Alabama Crimson Tide landed a winner in the Bronko Nagurski Trophy balloting: defensive end Jonathan Allen. The nation’s top-ranked team, attempting to win a second straight national title and fifth in eight years, saw Allen claim the trophy as the best defensive player in college football, as chosen by the Football Writers Association of America.

Alabama has had a Nagurski finalist seven times in the last eight years; in fact, the Crimson Tide had two of the five 2016 Nagurski finalists. The previous six times, a Crimson Tide player didn’t get the nod in Charlotte. But Allen, a 6-3, 291-pound senior from Leesburg, Va., broke that streak after returning for his senior season to improve his draft status. Frank Coyle ranks Allen as a Top 10 draft choice entering the postseason. Allen has been on the Senior Bowl list since August 2016. Coyle is a voter in all the major awards, including the Bronko Nagurski award. He voted for DL Jonathan Allen this year.

Photo - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

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“I’m honestly speechless right now. I never in a million years thought I would even be up for this award, yet win it,” Allen said. “I’ve got to thank all the guys back at Alabama, God, my parents, my girlfriend, everyone who’s had a part in shaping me and making me who I am. This is just a tremendous award.”

“Few would debate that Alabama has the nation’s best defensive line, and Jonathan Allen is a major reason why Crimson Tide opponents have such a difficult time moving the ball,” said FWAA President Mark Anderson. “He is the winner of the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and had to beat out one of his teammates, Reuben Foster, for it.”

The finalists on hand for the banquet hosted by the Charlotte Touchdown Club were: Allen, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Clemson end Christian Wilkins.

Projected as a high first-round pick in next spring’s NFL Draft, Allen has been nicknamed “Superman” for some of his plays. Allen is a standout on the nation’s best defense, which, until the SEC Championship Game, hadn’t given up a touchdown since Oct. 22 against Texas A&M.

“Jonathan Allen is a fantastic player for us, even a better person and leader,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “He’s had an outstanding year. I think he’s sort of someone that a lot of players should look at who came here weighing probably 250 pounds. We kind of recruited him as an outside linebacker. The guy has developed each and every year into being a better and better and better player. I think sometimes a lot of players lose sight of how football is a developmental game, how they improve, how they can improve their value by continuing to grow and develop as players in college. Jonathan Allen is a great example of that.”

Allen is second on the Crimson Tide’s career sack list with 26.5 and has nine sacks for 72 yards in losses this season. He has 15 quarterback hurries, has broken up two passes, and blocked a kick. He has scored touchdowns on two fumble recoveries – a 75-yard return against Ole Miss and a 30-yard return against Texas A&M.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner was chosen from the five finalists who are part of the 2016 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selected the Nagurski Trophy finalists and winner.

In addition to the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement at the Charlotte Convention Center, the banquet celebrated the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway. Navy’s Chet Moeller, a member of the FWAA’s 1975 All-America Team and a College Football Hall of Famer, was honored. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was the keynote speaker at the banquet.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football, then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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

Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Finalists

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Lamar Jackson and Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Trophy Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Heisman Trophy are: Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan), Deshaun Watson (Clemson) and Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma).

Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard ('91) and Charles Woodson ('97) announced earlier this week that the finalists for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN's Countdown show.

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

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The five finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 10, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan.

Lamar Jackson - 6’3” 215 lbs. - True sophomore and Louisville's first Heisman finalist. The athletic Jackson, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., guided the Cardinals to a 9-3 record while accumulating 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total TDs. He threw for 3,390 yards and 30 TDs through the air and racked up 1,538 yards and 21 scores on the ground to become just the third player to pass for 30 TDs and rush for 20 TDs in the same season. He is also the first player in FBS history with 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season. For his efforts, Jackson was named the ACC's Player of the Year recently.

Baker Mayfield - 6’1” 215 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Dede Westbrook as the school's first since Sam Bradford won the trophy in 2008. Mayfield, a redshirt junior, led the nation in passing efficiency this season with a mark of 197.75, which currently stands above the FBS mark of 191.8 set by Wisconsin's Russell Wilson in 2011. The 6-1, 212-pounder from Austin, Texas, threw for 3,669 yards and 38 TDs while leading the Sooners to a 10-2 record and the Big 12 title. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

Jabrill Peppers - 6’1” 205 lbs. - Michigan's fifth Heisman finalist and first since Chris Perry in 2003. He is the first defensive player to be named a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in 2012. The versatile 6-1, 205-pound true junior from East Orange, NJ, was all over the field for the Wolverines this season, totaling 71 tackles, including 15 behind the line of scrimmage, one interception, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, 167 rushing yards (with three TDs), 310 yards punt return yards (with 1 TD) and 260 yards on kickoff returns. Logged 933 snaps this season for the Wolverines and played 15 different positions, seeing action on offense (53 plays), defense (726 plays) and special teams (154). He helped lead Michigan to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Orange Bowl. One of the most dynamic returners in the country.

Deshaun Watson - 6’2” 210 lbs. - Returns for a second-straight year to the Heisman ceremony after finishing third in the voting in 2015. The true junior from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,914 yards and 37 TDs while also rushing for 529 yards and 6 scores. His 4,443 yards of total offense was eighth-best nationally while his combined 43 TDs running and passing was tied for fourth-best among Power 5 conference players. The 6-2, 210-pounder led Clemson to its second-straight ACC title as well as its second-consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff.

Dede Westbrook - 6’ 175 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Baker Mayfield as the first Sooner to be so honored since Sam Bradford won the Heisman in 2008. The 6-0, 176-pound senior from Cameron, Texas, caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards and a school-record 16 TD receptions as Oklahoma finished 10-2 and won the Big 12 title. He was second among all Power 5 players in receiving yardage and third in receiving yardage per game while averaging a stellar 19.81 yards per catch. One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook is the first receiver to be named a Heisman finalist since Amari Cooper in 2014.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 929 voters, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan.

"This outstanding class of Heisman finalists represent the best in College Football this season. We are excited to welcome the next Heisman Trophy winner into the elite Heisman fraternity this weekend." said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust.

Tickets are still available for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Steve Spurrier (Florida, 1966) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Desmond Howard (Michigan, 1991) on the 25th Anniversary of his award and Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006) on the 10th anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota State Justice Alan Page as the 2016 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his support of educational opportunities for at-risk youth.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.heisman.com or by calling The Heisman Trophy Trust at (212) 425-7000.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff 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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