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2013 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

The 2013 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

QBs Johnny Manziel & AJ McCarron Repeat on Maxwell Award List
Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2013 Semifinalists for the 77th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Photo: LB Anthony Barr - UCLA

A very strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every major FBS conference as well two student-athletes each from Baylor, Oregon State and Texas A&M. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are repeat semifinalists from a season ago.

On the defensive side of the ball, the field of contenders is comprised of fresh faces, all of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Six different conferences are represented, led by five student-athletes from the ACC.

Last season, the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards went to linebacker Manti Te'o of Notre Dame. This was the first time a player was a dual winner of the awards in the Maxwell Football Club's history. Te'o is currently a member of the San Diego Chargers.

The winners of the 77th Maxwell Award and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 12, 2013. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 25, 2013 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, N.J.

2013 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:

Tajh Boyd - Sr - QB - Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater - Jr - QB - Louisville
Ka'Deem Carey - Jr - RB - Arizona
Derek Carr - Sr - QB - Fresno State
Brandin Cooks - Jr - WR - Oregon State
Mike Evans - Soph - WR - Texas A & M
Melvin Gordon - Soph - RB - Wisconsin
Sean Mannion - Jr - QB - Oregon State
Johnny Manziel - Soph - QB - Texas A & M
Marcus Mariota - Soph - QB - Oregon
AJ McCarron - Sr - QB - Alabama
Aaron Murray - Sr - QB - Georgia
Bryce Petty - Jr - QB - Baylor
Bishop Sankey - Jr - - RB - Washington
Lache Seastrunk - Jr - RB - Baylor
Jameis Winston - Fr - QB - Florida State

2013 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
Player / Last Name / Class / Position / College
Anthony Barr - Sr - LB - UCLA
Vic Beasley - Jr - DE - Clemson
Chris Borland - Sr - LB - Wisconsin
Aaron Donald - Sr - DT - Pittsburgh
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - Jr - CB - Oregon
Kyle Fuller - Sr - CB - Virginia Tech
Jackson Jeffcoat - Sr - DE - Texas
Lamarcus Joyner - Sr - CB - Florida State
Khalil Mack - Sr - LB - Buffalo
C.J. Mosley - Sr - LB - Alabama
Trent Murphy - Sr - LB - Stanford
Michael Sam - Sr - DE - Missouri
Ryan Shazier - Jr - LB - Ohio State
Kyle Van Noy - Sr - LB - BYU
Nikita Whitlock - Sr - DT - Wake Forest
Leonard Williams - Soph - DE - USC

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, CBS Sports, 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 networks, sports publications and web sites.

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Jadeveon Clowney Heads Nagurski, Maxwell and Bednarik Award Lists

Jadeveon Clowney Heads Nagurski, Maxwell and Bednarik Award Lists

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

South Carolina junior end Jadeveon Clowney heads all the major defensive awards including the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List of 81 standout defensive players.

One of the players on the watch list most likely will be awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the national defensive player of the year by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Every NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision conference and several independents are represented on the list that is evenly divided among linemen, linebackers and defensive backs.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 21. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2013 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's entire membership, selects the 25-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in America.

2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST (81)
Ricardo Allen, Purdue, DB
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, DL
Deion Barnes, Penn State, DL
Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, DL
Anthony Barr, UCLA, LB
Deion Belue, Alabama, DB
Bene Benwikere, San Jose State DB
Greg Blair, Cincinnati, LB
Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB
Tre Boston, North Carolina, DB
Carl Bradford, Arizona State, LB
Morgan Breslin, USC, DL
Jonathan Brown, Illinois, LB
Christian Bryant, Ohio State, DB
Max Bullough, Michigan State, LB
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DL
Ross Cockrell, Duke, DB
Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, DB
Scott Crichton, Oregon State, DL
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, DB
Quandre Diggs, Texas, DB
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DL
Dominique Easley, Florida, DL
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, DB
Antone Exum, Virginia Tech, DB
Devonte Fields, TCU, DL
Ben Gardner, Stanford, DL
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, DB
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, DB
Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DL
Bryce Hager, Baylor, LB
Andre Hal, Vanderbilt, DB
Jordan Hicks, Texas, LB
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama, LB
Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, DL
Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky, LB
Shawn Jackson, Tulsa, LB
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, DL
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DL
A.J. Johnson, Tennessee, LB
Anthony Johnson, LSU, DL
Christian Jones, Florida State, LB
Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, DB
Eric Kendricks, UCLA, LB
Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State, DL
Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, LB
Craig Loston, LSU, DB
Aaron Lynch, USF, DL
Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB
Kareem Martin, North Carolina, DL
Daniel McCullers, Tennessee, DL
Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, DB
James Morris, Iowa, LB
C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB
Trent Murphy, Stanford, LB
Marco Nelson, Tulsa, DB
Louis Nix III, Notre Dame, DL
Roosevelt Nix, Kent State, DL
Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, LB
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College, LB
Hayes Pullard, USC, LB
Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida, DB
Ed Reynolds, Stanford, DB
Bradley Roby, Ohio State, DB
Marcus Rush, Michigan State, DL
Tyler Scott, Northwestern, DL
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB
Shayne Skov, Stanford, LB
Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut, LB
Chris Smith, Arkansas, DL
Hakeem Smith, Louisville, DB
Will Sutton, Arizona State, DL
Damian Swann, Georgia, DB
Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame, DL
Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, LB
Kyle Van Noy, BYU, LB
Jason Verrett, TCU, DB
Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State, DB
Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, DL
Leonard Williams, USC, DL
Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, DB

By conference: SEC (16), Pac-12 (14), Big Ten (13), ACC (12), Big 12 (12), American Athletic (4), Independents (3), Conference USA (2), Mid-American (2), Mountain West (2), Sun Belt (1).

The FWAA has named 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 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 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.

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Tavon Austin Named 2012 Paul Hornung Award Winner

WVU's All-Purpose Back and Return Specialist Tavon Austin Named 2012 Paul Hornung Award Winner

West Virginia senior Tavon Austin has been named the winner of the 2012 Paul Hornung Award, presented by as the most versatile player in major college football. The announcement was made today by the Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung.

Photo – RB Paul Hornung – Notre Dame (G.B. Packers)

Austin excelled throughout the 2012 season as one of the nation's most prolific all-purpose offensive and special teams players during the Mountaineers' inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference. He was one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different statistical categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns) and one of three players in the nation with 110 or more catches.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as the winner of the prestigious Paul Hornung Award," said Austin. "Whether I am on the field as a receiver, in the backfield or as a returner, I have high expectations for myself, and I have always tried to use my versatility to help my team be successful. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me achieve this honor."

On Nov. 17 against the University of Oklahoma, Austin recorded his most prolific performance of the season when he registered an astounding 572 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total all-purpose yards in a single game in FBS history and a Big 12 Conference record. In the 50-49 shootout loss to the Sooners, Austin set West Virginia's single-game rushing record with 344 yards, and his two rushing touchdowns made him the first Mountaineer in school history to score a touchdown four different ways (receiving, rushing, kick and punt return) in one season.

"I like the way Tavon Austin plays the game," said Paul Hornung. "He is tough, he generates yardage almost every way possible and has a nose for the end zone. Tavon Austin is a deserving winner of the Paul Hornung Award. We look forward to having him with us at our banquet in Louisville in February."

For the season, Austin compiled 2,910 all-purpose yards, an average of 223.8 yards per game. His average yards per game was 80 more than any other player in the Big 12 Conference and the second-best mark in the nation. Austin ran for 643 yards on 72 carries with three touchdowns, caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns, had 32 kick returns for 813 yards with a touchdown, and returned 15 punts for 165 yards and a touchdown. Austin closed out his collegiate career with 150 all-purpose yards in West Virginia's Pinstripe Bowl appearance on Dec. 29.

Under the direction of head coach Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia finished the year with a 7-6 record, including wins over No. 25 Baylor and on the road at No. 11 Texas. The Mountaineers were one-point shy of beating No. 13 Oklahoma in late-November and suffered an overtime defeat against TCU. Austin helped the Mountaineers score at least 42 points on six occasions in 2012.

"Tavon's play on the field defines versatility, and as I said during the season, he was the most dangerous player in the nation with the ball in his hands," Holgorsen said. "He is deserving of such a prestigious honor, and the program, the University and the state are very proud of him and his accomplishment."

Austin was chosen as the Paul Hornung Award winner from among four finalists by a 16-member national Selection Committee comprised of sports journalists and retired NFL players, and secured an additional first place vote from online fan voting. On Dec. 7, Austin, Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky), Dri Archer (Kent State) and Marqise Lee (USC) were named as Paul Hornung Award finalists. All voting was confirmed by Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Kentucky, with offices in Louisville and Lexington.
For the second consecutive year, fans made their voice known in the selection of the finalists and winner of the Paul Hornung Award. In 2012, 71,440 votes were cast to select the finalists throughout college football's regular season. In less than one month, 19,240 votes were cast to choose the winner of this year's award. The online fan vote accounts for the equivalent of one selection committee member.

Austin finished eighth in Heisman voting, the same award earned by Paul Hornung in 1956. Following the regular season, Austin was also named an All-America selection by various outlets, including the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Weekly. He was also selected as the Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Year and the Player of the Year by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Baltimore native was a Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll Selection on four occasions during the 2012 season and was recognized with the honor once during the 2011 season. The Dunbar High graduate set Maryland High School records for career points (790), touchdowns (123), total offensive yards (9,258) and rushing yards (7,962) during his prolific prep career.

Austin will be honored on Feb. 15, 2013, at the Galt House in downtown Louisville during the annual Paul Hornung Award banquet, sponsored by KentuckyOne Health.

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Johnthan Banks Named 2012 Jim Thorpe Award Winner

Johnthan Banks Named 2012 Jim Thorpe Award Recipient

Photo – CB Johnthan Banks – Mississippi St

Frank Coyle voted for Mississippi St's Johnthan Banks as his 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner

Mississippi State All-American defensive back Johnthan Banks was named the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner Thursday night at the Atlantic Dance Hall at the Boardwalk Hotel and Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football, is the first individual national award for a MSU player in the 113-year history of the program.

“First of all, it’s a blessing from God to be given this opportunity,” Banks said. “I want to first thank the Jim Thorpe Association. It’s kind of shocking. There are so many great defensive backs in the country and this is all just a dream to me.”

Banks, a Walter Camp All-American, took him the award after posting 59 tackles, seven pass breakups, four interceptions, 2.0 tackles for loss, a fumble forced and a fumble recovery. Among active players in the FBS, the senior team captain ranks first in career interception yards (320), is tied for third with 16 career interceptions, is tied for sixth in interceptions returned for touchdowns (3), ranks eighth in interceptions per game (.32) and is tied for eighth with 26 career pass breakups.

“Four years ago, Johnthan Banks made a decision to stay at home and represent the people of Mississippi,” Head Coach Dan Mullen said. “What a tremendous honor for a young man from Maben, Miss., to be honored with the Jim Thorpe Award for the best defensive back in college football. It is something special for the entire state of Mississippi.”

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Notre Dames' Tyler Eifert Wins 2012 John Mackey Award

Tyler Eifert Wins 2012 John Mackey Award

Photo – TE Tyler Eifert – Notre Dame

The Nassau County Sports Commission announced Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame as the 2012 John Mackey Award recipient. The John Mackey Award trophy will be presented to Eifert on December 6, 2012, live on ESPNU, at 6:30pm EST as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show. Eifert will also be honored at the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game in South Florida on January 7, 2013.

2012 was an outstanding year for Tyler Eifert. The senior recorded 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns while leading undefeated Notre Dame to the Discover BCS National Championship Game. In addition to the Mackey Award, he has also already been named second-team All American by Walter Camp and CBS Sports. Eifert, who is well known for his blocking ability and receiving prowess, has totaled 134 receptions, 1,779 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his career making him the all time career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a Notre Dame Tight End.

The John Mackey Award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame Tight End John Mackey. The 2012 John Mackey Award recipient was determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Selection Committee.

The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists eleven NFL players as alumni: 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark ('01) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham ('02), Kellen Winslow II ('03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller ('04) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcedes Lewis ('05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth ('06) of the of the Chicago Bears, Fred Davis ('07) of the Washington Redskins, Chase Coffman ('08) of the Atlanta Falcons, Aaron Hernandez ('09) of the New England Patriots, D.J. Williams ('10) of the Green Bay Packers and the 2011 John Mackey Award recipient Dwayne Allen of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Jadeveon Clowney Heads 2012 Hendricks Award Finalists

2012 Hendricks Award Finalists Announced

Photo – DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina

The Ted Hendricks Foundation announced the finalists for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Twenty players received votes in the preliminary round this season. Six have advanced to the final ballot.

This year’s finalists are as follows:

MORGAN BRESLIN – USC 6’2” 250 lbs JR
Breslin stepped into the gaping hole left by the departure of last year’s Hendricks award finalist Nick Perry. The results speak for themselves. He is tied UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the conference lead in sacks with 12 and is tied for second in the PAC-12 with 18 tackles for loss. Breslin came to USC this past spring after leading all California Junior College players in sacks and tackles for loss for two straight seasons. He was named a JC first team All-American after his second season at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hills, CA.

CORNELIUS CARRADINE – FLORIDA STATE 6’5” 265 lbs SR
Carradine recorded 80 tackles, 11 sacks and 9 QB pressures this season – this after being called upon to replace Seminole star Brandon Jenkins, who was lost for the season with a foot injury in week 1. Carradine has also now been lost for the ACC Championship and subsequent bowl game after suffering a torn ACL vs Florida this past week. But his effect on the Seminoles season cannot be forgotten. Carradine teamed with Bjoern Werner to form the most dominant defensive end duo in the nation (combining for 24 sacks, 31 tackles for loss and 14 QB hurries).

JADEVEON CLOWNEY – SOUTH CAROLINA 6’8” 256 lbs SO
Clowney was named to the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team this week. He leads the nation in tackles for loss with 21.5, and is tied for the NCAA lead with 13 sacks. He has also set new school standards for sacks in a single game (4.5 vs Clemson) and sacks in a single season. Clowney was named the 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches after recording eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He was named SEC Defensive lineman of the week three times in 2012. He is also a finalist for the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award.

SAM MONTGOMERY – LSU 6’5” 260 lbs JR
Montgomery has been regarded as one of the most dominant ends in the SEC for the past two seasons. He is now a two-time Hendricks Award finalist, after making the list in 2011. The junior from Greenwood, SC nearly chose to play basketball and football at North Carolina, after being a teenage club teammate of Washington Wizards guard John Wall. Montgomery was twice selected the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week this season. His 2012 totals include 32 tackles, 7 sacks, 12 tackles-for-loss and one safety. Has played in all 24 games since a season-ending injury in 2010.

DAMONTRE MOORE – TEXAS A&M 6’4” 250 lbs JR
Moore made the switch from linebacker this season and is has paid off in a big way. He leads the Aggies in tackles (80), sacks (12.5), tackles for loss (20), QB hurries (8) and blocked kicks (2). The last Aggie lineman to lead his team in tackles was NFL Pro Bowl end/tackle Sam Adams in 1993. Moore’s performance this season has earned him a spot on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America team and two selections as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.

BJOERN WERNER – FLORIDA STATE 6’4” 255 lbs JR
Werner is the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He is tied for first in the nation with 13 sacks and is second in the ACC in tackles for loss (18). A native of Berlin, Germany, Werner came to the United States as a high school exchange student and attended Salisbury High in Connecticut. He has played in all 39 games since arriving at Florida State and has recorded 23.5 career sacks. Werner has also been recognized as one of the top student-athletes in his class. He joins Jadeveon Clowney as a finalist for the 2012 Nagurski Trophy.

The final vote for 2012 Hendricks Award will be concluded on December 4th , and the winner will be announced December 5th. This year’s winner will be honored at the Hendricks Award Dinner in the spring of 2013 in Miami, FL. Time and place are to be determined.

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, CBS, 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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Voting For Lombardi and Nagurski Awards

Voting For Lombardi and Nagurski Awards

Photo - LB Manti Te’O - Notre Dame

Notre Dame LB Manti Te’O is the favorite to earn the Lombardi Award along with other national honors including a possible Heisman Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik and Maxwell Awards.

Frank Coyle voted for Manti Te’O for both the Lombardi and Bronko Nagurski awards. He will post his Heisman Trophy voting ballot later this week.

X – Frank Coyle's vote for two major awards

FINALISTS FOR LOMBARDI AWARD
Jadeveon Clowney - University of South Carolina Defensive End
Barrett Jones - University of Alabama Offensive Lineman
Jarvis Jones - University of Georgia Outside Linebacker
X - Manti Te’O - Notre Dame University Inside Linebacker

Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
Junior LB Jarvis Jones – Georgia
Junior CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
X - Senior LB Manti Te'o – Notre Dame
Junior DE Bjoern Werner – Florida St.o

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, CBS, 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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