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2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Award Finalists Announced

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2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Award Finalists Announced

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2014 finalists for the 78th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

Photo - RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

The respective lists include a field of three candidates for each of these awards as determined by the semifinalist voting process which ended Nov. 23.

All finalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2014 Maxwell Award Finalists
Melvin Gordon Wisconsin Running Back Junior
Marcus Mariota Oregon Quarterback Junior
Dak Prescott Mississippi State Quarterback Junior

2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Finalists
Vic Beasley Clemson Defensive End Senior
Joey Bosa Ohio State Defensive End Sophomore
Scooby Wright III Arizona Linebacker Sophomore

Melvin Gordon -Wisconsin
Already well past the 2,000-yard rushing barrier, Gordon can realistically set his sights on Barry Sanders' NCAA record of 2,628 yards in a season. Gordon's season totals are impressive: 254 carries, 2,109 yards, 25 TDs; 15 receptions, 147 yards, and two TDs for the 9-2 Badgers. Gordon's signature game came against Nebraska, when he broke the NCAA single-game rushing record with 408 yards on 25 carries, 16.3 yards per carry, and four touchdowns.

Marcus Mariota -Oregon
Mariota went 24-of-32 for 323 passing yards with three touchdowns, and added 73 yards and another score on the ground in a 44-10 rout of Colorado last weekend. With his four total scores, Mariota set a Pac-12 single-season record with 42 total touchdowns. He has four or more scores in eight games this fall, the most of any player in the FBS. Moreover, Mariota leads the nation in passing efficiency (185.2) and is tied at No. 1, with Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, with an average of 10.0 yards per attempt. Mariota's two interceptions are the fewest among the country's top-10 quarterbacks in completion percentage. For the season, he is 210-of-309 passing, 3,103 yards, 32 touchdowns, two interceptions; 97 carries, 597 yards, nine touchdowns for the 10-1 Ducks.

Dak Prescott - Mississippi State
Prescott has led Mississippi State to its first 10-win regular season and its highest ranking (No. 1, currently No. 4) in the 115-year history of the program. He has led MSU to a 5-1 record in the SEC inside the only division in college football history to have every team be bowl eligible, and is the only FBS player to rank in the top 20 in both passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns. Saturday night, Prescott accounted for four total touchdowns in a 51-0 shutout of Vanderbilt, which was MSU's biggest conference win since 1936. This Saturday, he travels to No. 19 Ole Miss for the annual Egg Bowl rivalry game.

Beasley has been a fixture on the Clemson defense for the last four years. A graduate student who would have likely been a high-round NFL pick last spring decided to return to Clemson for one last year. Beasley, a defensive end, leads the Tigers with eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for losses. Not only is Beasley now the all-time leader in sacks at Clemson, he is first among current FBS-level players in career sacks and tackles for a loss.

The 6-5, 278-pound Bosa is currently the Big Ten Conference leader in sacks (11.5), tackles-for-loss (17.0) and forced fumbles (three). He is among the national leaders in all three categories as well, currently sitting at No. 5 nationally in quarterback sacks, No. 7 nationally in TFLs and No. 19 in forced fumbles. Bosa's three forced fumbles have directly or indirectly led to 23 Ohio State points this season.

Wright is the only FBS player to rank in the top-25 individually for each of these four categories (based on per game): tackles (117), tackles for loss (21.0), sacks (12.0) and forced fumbles (5). Wright has at least one tackle for loss in all 10 games this season and has had a sack in eight of the 10 contests. In Arizona's 27-26 win over Washington on Saturday, Wright recorded 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss of five yards. Through 10 games, he totals 117 tackles, 21.0 tackles for 78 yards lost, 12.0 sacks for 61 yards lost, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and the Chuck Bednarik Award was presented to Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald. McCarron currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Donald is a standout lineman for the St. Louis Rams.

The winners of the 78th Maxwell Award and the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 11, 2014. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Gala which will be held at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday March 13, 2015.

The presentation of the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's Rece Davis, joined by Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Ponder - will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and 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.

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.

Semifinalists Chosen For 2014 Outland Trophy

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Semifinalists Chosen For 2014 Outland Trophy
FWAA unveils Semifinalists for Top Interior Lineman

OMAHA (FWAA) – Six semifinalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy – five offensive linemen and one defensive tackle – were announced on Thursday night during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call of its 2014 All-America Committee, has determined the following six players as semifinalists for the award, in alphabetical order: Malcom Brown, Texas defensive tackle; Reese Dismukes, Auburn center; Spencer Drango, Baylor offensive tackle; Jake Fisher, Oregon offensive tackle; Tré Jackson, Florida State offensive guard; and Brandon Scherff, Iowa offensive tackle.

The field for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense, will be reduced to three players early next week. Those finalists will be announced the evening of Nov. 25 on ESPNU from 6-6:30 pm ET during the College Football Awards Nomination Special. The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live from the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Outland Trophy Candidates

Malcom Brown, DT, Texas (6-2, 320, Jr., Brenham, Texas): Brown leads the Longhorns with 6.5 sacks, a feat that hasn't been accomplished by a defensive tackle in a dozen years in Austin. He paces the squad with 14 tackles for loss and six quarterback pressures and has forced two fumbles and recovered one. In his most recent game, he had two sacks and forced a fumble in Texas' 28-7 victory at Oklahoma State that made the Longhorns (6-5) bowl-eligible. "Malcom is having an unbelievable season, an All-American year," Texas coach Charlie Strong said. "He's so fun to watch because he plays with great energy and is just a dominating player."

Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn (6-3, 295, Sr., Spanish Fort, Ala.): Dismukes has been the mainstay of the offensive line as a captain the last two seasons. He has started in 47 games over four seasons at Auburn. A much-heralded recruit out of high school, Dismukes is considered the glue of the offensive line that grinds out yards in a triple-option attack. Auburn's rushing offense ranks No. 8 in the country (272.8 yards per game), No. 18 in total offense (485.4) and 26th in scoring (35.5).

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor (6-6, 310, Jr., Cedar Park, Texas): An imposing lineman for the explosive Baylor Bears, who lead the country in scoring offense (50.1 points per game) and total offense (585.1 yards per game) and third in passing offense (354.2 yards per game). Drango leads all Bears with 31 career starts. The Bears are 27th in pass protection in the country, allowing just 13 sacks as Drango fortifies at his left tackle spot.

Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon (6-6, 300, Sr., Traverse City, Mich.): When Fisher missed two games earlier in the season with a leg injury, Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked 12 times and the Ducks lost to Arizona. He's a vital cog on the offensive line, where he has had to move to left tackle because of injuries to other players. Oregon ranks fifth in the FBS in total offense, producing 531.2 yards a game and a whopping 7.28 yards per play. He's a converted tight end who also has played guard.

Tré Jackson, OG, Florida State (6-4, 330, Sr., Jesup, Ga.): Florida State says Jackson "has the strength and agility to be a dominant force in both run-blocking and pass-blocking and has paved the way for (the) offense." He has started 22 straight games and 38 in his career. This season, he is a three-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following games against N.C. State, Syracuse and Notre Dame. He has recorded the top grade among Florida State offensive linemen in eight of 10 games this season. The Seminoles rank 16th in scoring offense (37.1 points per game) and 11th in passing offense (318.1 yards per game).

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa (6-5, 320, Sr., Denison, Iowa): Scherff has started 23 straight games at left tackle for the 7-3 Hawkeyes. In all, he has played in 41 games and started 33 of them. He has been a strong leader in his four seasons at Iowa. "Brandon came back for his senior year with a mission to prove, and I think he has done that," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "From a leadership standpoint, having a guy play at an NFL level on a college playing field has been important to our football team. The toughness he brings, the attention to detail, the physical nature of his play, he's pretty special."

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1900s. The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
For the 18th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha. The official 2014 Outland Trophy presentation to the winner will be on Jan. 15, 2015 at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, Notre Dame lineman Ross Browner will receive an Outland Trophy. He was the 1976 winner of the award – before trophies were handed out by the FWAA.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 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.

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.

Watch List for the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award

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Watch List for the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award

The Maxwell Football Club expanded its 2013 Watch List for the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik. Mr. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame 69' and the NFL Hall of Fame 67'.

Photo – DE/LB Vic Beasley – Clemson

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced on November 3rd and three finalists for each award will be announced November 24th. The winner of the 2014 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 11th.

Chuck Bednarik Award List
Henry Anderson DE Stanford Senior
Stephone Anthony LB Clemson Senior
Vic Beasley DE Clemson Senior
Michael Bennett DT Ohio State Senior
Joey Bosa DE Ohio State Soph.
Kelby Brown LB Duke Senior
Malcom Brown DT Texas Junior
Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State Junior
Alex Carter CB Stanford Junior
Sam Carter S TCU Senior
Jeremy Cash S Duke Junior
Frank Clark DE Michigan Senior
Henry Coley LB Virginia Senior
Landon Collins S Alabama Junior
Christian Covington DT Rice Junior
Su’a Cravens S USC Soph.
Carl Davis DT Iowa Senior
Paul Dawson LB TCU Senior
Trey DePriest LB Alabama Senior
Quandre Diggs CB Texas Senior
Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane Junior
Kurtis Drummond S Michigan State Senior
Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky Senior
Mario Edwards DE Florida State Junior
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon Senior
Kyler Fackrell LB Utah State Junior
Devonte Fields DE (ex-TCU) Soph.
Trey Flowers DE Arkansas Senior
Leonard Floyd LB Georgia Soph.
Dante Fowler DE Florida Junior
Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech Soph.
Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M Frosh.
Markus Golden DE Missouri Senior
Senquez Golson CB Mississippi Senior
Randy Gregory DE Nebraska Junior

Continue to Next Page for Complete List

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.

Maxwell Award 2014 Update List

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Maxwell Award Update List - Oct. 15th

The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik. Mr. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame 69' and the NFL Hall of Fame 67'.

AJ McCarron of Alabama was the recipient of the 77th Maxwell Award and Aaron Donald of Pitt was named as the winner of the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award. McCarron is currently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals and Donald plays for the St. Louis Rams.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced on November 3rd and three finalists for each award will be announced November 24th. The winners of the 2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 11th. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 13, 2015.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 20134 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.

Maxwell Award Update List - Oct. 15th
Henry Anderson DE Stanford Senior
Stephone Anthony LB Clemson Senior
Vic Beasley DE Clemson Senior
Michael Bennett DT Ohio State Senior
Joey Bosa DE Ohio State Soph.
Kelby Brown LB Duke Senior
Malcom Brown DT Texas Junior
Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State Junior
Alex Carter CB Stanford Junior
Sam Carter S TCU Senior
Jeremy Cash S Duke Junior
Frank Clark DE Michigan Senior
Henry Coley LB Virginia Senior
Landon Collins S Alabama Junior
Christian Covington DT Rice Junior
Su’a Cravens S USC Soph.
Carl Davis DT Iowa Senior
Paul Dawson LB TCU Senior
Trey DePriest LB Alabama Senior
Quandre Diggs CB Texas Senior
Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane Junior
Kurtis Drummond S Michigan State Senior
Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky Senior
Mario Edwards DE Florida State Junior
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon Senior
Kyler Fackrell LB Utah State Junior
Devonte Fields DE TCU Soph.
Trey Flowers DE Arkansas Senior
Leonard Floyd LB Georgia Soph.
Dante Fowler DE Florida Junior
Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech Soph.
Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M Frosh.
Markus Golden DE Missouri Senior
Senquez Golson CB Mississippi Senior
Randy Gregory DE Nebraska Junior

2014 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award List

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The 2014 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The initial Top 27 Watch List for The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2014 has been reduced to 15 of the country’s top college quarterbacks.

Remaining candidates for the prestigious annual award – named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football – are:

• Anthony Boone, Duke
• Shane Carden, East Carolina
• Rakeem Cato, Marshall
• Connor Cook, Michigan State
• Cody Fajardo, Nevada
• Connor Halliday, Washington State
• Kevin Hogan, Stanford
• Brett Hundley, UCLA
• Cody Kessler, USC
• Sean Mannion, Oregon State
• Marcus Mariota, Oregon
• Bryce Petty, Baylor
• Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
• Jake Rudock, Iowa
• Bo Wallace, Ole Miss

The Golden Arm Award is presented by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica. The award has been presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field.

“The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor – characteristics that were displayed by my father and are highly valued by Transamerica– to be every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” says John C. Unitas, Jr., President of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.

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.

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.

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