In the Trenches: Outland Trophy Matchups Week 7 Reply

Key conference matchups in the Big Ten and Pac-12 provide us a look at plenty of the nation’s best interior linemen as In The Trenches previews Wisconsin at Michigan and Washington at Oregon in our weekly spotlight of Outland Trophy candidates. The Badgers and Wolverines will knock helmets in prime time on ABC, while the Ducks and Huskies get going in the afternoon, also televised on ABC.

http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/outland/inthetrenches181013.pdf

While you’re at it, we ask that you follow all of the FWAA’s endeavors online:
@TheFWAA
@OutlandTrophy

We have partnered with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and their #FightFlu campaign this season, so we ask that you join spokesman Joe Thomas, a 2006 FWAA All-American and the Outland Trophy winner, in supporting the cause.

Steve Richardson
Executive Director

 

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Kent State’s Dixon nominated for Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award Reply

DALLAS — Kent State’s Antwan Dixon is this week’s nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Dixon, a junior, missed the past two seasons because of aplastic anemia, a blood disorder that required a life-saving bone marrow transplant. He had led the team with 355 receiving yards as a freshman in 2015.

Antwan Dixon

“I wish I could have stayed healthy and played the next year, too,” Dixon told The Athletic. “It would have been a really good year coming off a good freshman year. But everything happens for a reason.”

Dixon caught six passes for 36 yards in the Golden Flashes’ loss Saturday to Ohio. He has 25 catches this season for 234 yards and one touchdown.

Dixon has spent the past five years battling the disease, undergoing blood transfusions and taking medication to get things under control. He missed his junior year of high school and the last game of his freshman year at Kent State, having to return home to Fort Myers, Fla. Dixon underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2017. He returned to Kent State in January but was not cleared to play until the summer.

The Courage Award was first presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.

Previous winners of the Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award are Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon (2017) Pittsburgh running back James Conner (2016), Miami offensive lineman Hunter Knighton (2015), Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson (2014), San Jose State defensive lineman Anthony Larceval (2013), Clemson wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez (2012), Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. (2011), Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand (2010), the University of Connecticut football team (2009), Tulsa’s Wilson Holloway (2008), Navy’s Zerbin Singleton (2007), Clemson’s Ray Ray McElrathbey (2006), the Tulane football team (2005), Memphis’ Haracio Colen (2004), San Jose State’s Neil Parry (2003) and Toledo’s William Bratton (2002).

About the Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl is a 360-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. With its primary mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to South Florida through an annual football game and events, it has also maintained a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach. Orange Bowl community outreach efforts are comprised of four pillars: youth sports, fundraising and community events, academic programs and scholarships, and legacy gifts. The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29, 2018. For more information on the 2018-19 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to orangebowl.org. Follow Orange Bowl: @OrangeBowl, Facebook and Instagram.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 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 game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

2018 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
Sept. 12: John Schlarman, Kentucky
Sept. 19: Nic Weishar, Notre Dame
Sept. 26: Rex Culpepper, Syracuse
Oct. 3: Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Oct. 10: Antwan Dixon, Kent State

Mississippi State’s Sweat is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Reply

Senior end leads Bulldogs to upset of Auburn

DALLAS – Defensive end Montez Sweat dominated his side of the line for Mississippi State against No. 8 Auburn, racking up a career-high three sacks and forcing a fumble in the Bulldogs’ 23-9 win. Sweat is the first MSU player since 2005 to post three or more sacks in a game and has earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 6, as selected by the Football Writers Association on America.

The 6-6, 245-pound senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., was nearly unstoppable against Auburn. Sweat’s three sacks came with 27 yards in losses for Auburn, and he is only the third MSU player in the last 20 years to have three sacks in a game, and the first to do it in a conference game since 1998. Each of Sweat’s sacks came in the second half as MSU’s defense continued to contain Auburn’s offense, which only had the ball for 18:07 in the game. He also had two quarterback hurries.

Sweat is second nationally and the SEC leader in sacks with 7.5, and his 10.0 tackles for loss are tied for 12th-nationally and second in the SEC. His 18 sacks in 19 career games are already the seventh-highest total in school history. Sweat has at least two tackles for loss in four of six games this season, and he has earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors five times in his career.

Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001. Sweat is a member of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 14. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2018 FWAA All-America Team.

The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery.

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. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA consists of 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 game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE TOUCHDOWN CLUB AND ITS SPONSORS
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 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. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.

ACN, Inc.
Founded in 1993, ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including phone service, high-speed internet, wireless, television, security and automation, computer support, payment processing and natural gas and electricity. ACN operates in 25 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN’s home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.

About Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Richard R. Rolle Jr. is a leading oral & maxillofacial surgeon, with strong ties to athletics and delivering excellence www.rolleoralfacialsurgery.com. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery offers expertise in: dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, youth-capturing, cosmetic injectables, oral surgery and cleft lip reconstruction in his Lake Norman, North Carolina practice. Dr. Rolle holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity football under legendary Coach Lou Holtz. He completed his oral surgery internship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery is the official surgeon for the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte 49ers.

2018 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 1: Tyler Horton, Boise State
• Weekend of Sept. 8: Nate Landman, Colorado
• Weekend of Sept. 15: Alvin Davis Jr., Akron
• Weekend of Sept. 22: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
• Weekend of Sept. 29: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
• Weekend of Oct. 6: Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Related link:
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)

Interview with College Football Playoff CEO Bill Hancock Reply

Bill Hancock

At the halfway point of the 2018 college season, fans, teams, coaches, players and media all wonder the same thing:  will my team be good enough to reach the College Football Playoff championship round.  Four teams will vie for the game’s biggest prize:  the CFP National Championship.  Bill Hancock, the first and only CFP leader, recently spoke with FBA Communications about his current job, places he’s been before, and what he likes to do in his limited ‘spare time’.

CLICK HERE to read the interview.

 

In the Trenches: Outland Trophy Matchups Week 6 Reply

Our weekly look In The Trenches is focused on Dallas, where Oklahoma and Texas wage their annual border state battle, this one for a early spot in the Big 12 driver’s seat. Four members of the preseason Outland Trophy Watch List will be on the field at the Cotton Bowl as the resurgent Longhorns will have their hands full with the Big 12’s most potent offense. Meanwhile, Auburn and Mississippi State will tussle in Starkville in a key SEC West battle.

http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/outland/inthetrenches181006.pdf

While you’re at it, we ask that you follow all of the FWAA’s endeavors online:
@TheFWAA
@OutlandTrophy

We have partnered with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and their #FightFlu campaign this season, so we ask that you join spokesman Joe Thomas, a 2006 FWAA All-American and the Outland Trophy winner, in supporting the cause.

Steve Richardson
Executive Director

 

Notre Dame’s Tillery is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Reply

Senior tackle leads impressive win over Stanford

DALLAS Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery continued his torment of opposing quarterbacks against Stanford, tying a school record with four sacks and flustering the Cardinal backfield in the Irish’s 38-17 win. For helping Notre Dame hold Stanford to just 31 total yards and three points in the second half, Tillery has earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 29, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

The 6-6, 305-pound senior from Shreveport, La., has been a consistent force along the Irish defensive front. In addition to corralling four of Notre Dame’s five sacks, Tillery had six total tackles against Stanford, forced a fumble and had two quarterback hurries. Tillery, with 32 career starts, is on an impressive tear of late, in that 8.5 of his 12.5 career sacks have come in his last seven starts (five this season, two last year).

Tillery is tied for the national lead with 7.0 sacks through five starts in 2018, including a national-best 5.0 solo sacks. Tillery is fourth in yardage lost by way of sacks (minus-45 yards). The three-year letterman is also tied for 19th nationally with 7.5 tackles for loss on the season, costing opponents an additional 45 yards in losses. His three forced fumbles are also tied for the national lead.

Tillery’s four solo sacks against Stanford equaled the Notre Dame record accomplished most recently by Victor Abiamiri – also against Stanford – in 2005 and matched by Justin Tuck twice in games against Stanford in 2003 and Pitt in 2002.

Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001. Tillery is on Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 14. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2018 FWAA All-America Team.

The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery.

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. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA consists of 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 game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE TOUCHDOWN CLUB AND ITS SPONSORS
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 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. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.

ACN, Inc.
Founded in 1993, ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including phone service, high-speed internet, wireless, television, security and automation, computer support, payment processing and natural gas and electricity. ACN operates in 25 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN’s home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.

About Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Richard R. Rolle Jr. is a leading oral & maxillofacial surgeon, with strong ties to athletics and delivering excellence www.rolleoralfacialsurgery.com. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery offers expertise in: dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, youth-capturing, cosmetic injectables, oral surgery and cleft lip reconstruction in his Lake Norman, North Carolina practice. Dr. Rolle holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity football under legendary Coach Lou Holtz. He completed his oral surgery internship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery is the official surgeon for the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte 49ers.

2018 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 1: Tyler Horton, Boise State
• Weekend of Sept. 8: Nate Landman, Colorado
• Weekend of Sept. 15: Alvin Davis Jr., Akron
• Weekend of Sept. 22: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
• Weekend of Sept. 29: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Related link:
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)

In the Trenches: Outland Trophy Matchups Week 5

Our weekly installment of In The Trenches takes a look at a pair of primetime battles that with likely have College Football Playoff implications. Ohio State travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State for early bragging rights in the Big Ten, while Notre Dame renews its rivalry at Stanford in another Top 10 matchup. Both games feature five players from the preseason Outland Trophy Watch List.

http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/outland/inthetrenches180929.pdf

While you’re at it, we ask that you follow all of the FWAA’s endeavors online:
@TheFWAA
@OutlandTrophy

We have partnered with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and their #FightFlu campaign this season, so we ask that you join spokesman Joe Thomas, a 2006 FWAA All-American and the Outland Trophy winner, in supporting the cause.

Steve Richardson
Executive Director

 

Deadline approaches for 2018 Armed Forces Merit Award nominations

Fort Worth, Texas — The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) is October 1.

Armed Forces Merit Award

Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football.”

With the 2018 recipient being announced the week of November 4, 2018, nominations for the 2018 Armed Forces Merit Award will be accepted through October 1 when a selection committee of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will review the list of candidates for the seventh annual presentation.

“We are pleased to join with the Football Writers Association of America to honor an individual with a military background or group that works with our armed services that has an impact within college football,” said Brant Ringler, the executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

FWAA president Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times echoed Ringler’s sentiments along with adding that the group is “we have an outstanding list of candidates each year and it is difficult to honor only one recipient when there are several individuals and programs that are very deserving of the honor.”

With 38 nominations considered for the 2017 award, Kansas State and its football team was announced last November as sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award for the university’s partnership with the United States Army that created a bond between the school’s athletic department and the Iron Rangers at Fort Riley.

Nate Boyer of the University of Texas was the initial recipient in 2012.  Other recipients were Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas in 2013, Daniel Rodriguez from Clemson University in 2014, Bret Robertson of Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) in 2015 and Steven Rhodes from Middle Tennessee State University.

Boyer (long snapper), McCoy (defensive lineman), Rodriquez (wide receiver) and Robertson (defensive back) served in the Army before playing collegiate football.  After his military service with the Marine Corp, Rhodes played four seasons at Middle Tennessee, including an appearance in the 2013 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl with the Blue Raiders.

In the Trenches: Outland Trophy Matchups Week 4

Our weekly installment of In The Trenches takes a look at a pair of key early-season conference matchups on opposite sides of the country. Clemson and Georgia Tech do battle in Atlanta in the afternoon, following by a telling Pac-12 matchup between Stanford and Oregon in Eugene in prime time. Both games feature notable Outland Trophy candidates and are likely decided by the ground game.

http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/outland/inthetrenches180922.pdf

While you’re at it, we ask that you follow all of the FWAA’s endeavors online:
@TheFWAA
@OutlandTrophy

We have partnered with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and their #FightFlu campaign this season, so we ask that you join spokesman Joe Thomas, a 2006 FWAA All-American and the Outland Trophy winner, in supporting the cause.

Steve Richardson
Executive Director