2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list unveiled

97 players get consideration for defensive player of the year

DALLAS – The Football Writers Association of America released its 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List today, selecting 97 defensive standouts from 61 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences on a roster that includes three returning players from last season’s FWAA All-America team.

Ed Oliver, a junior tackle from the University of Houston and a Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist a year ago, joins senior Clemson end Austin Bryant and junior end Sutton Smith of Northern Illinois as returning selections from the 2017 FWAA All-America first team.

Oliver, the 2017 Outland Trophy winner as the nation’s best interior lineman, is a two-time FWAA All-American after earning second-team mention in 2016. This year’s watch list for the nation’s top defensive player also includes LSU linebacker Devin White and Clemson end Clelin Ferrell, both second-team FWAA All-America selections a year ago, as well as Clemson tackle Christian Wilkins, a 2016 FWAA All-America first team member.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 14.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football.

This year’s watch list includes at least four players from each of the 10 FBS conferences. The SEC (16) leads the 97-member list with the Big Ten (15) right behind. The ACC (13) and Pac-12 (12) also have double-digit representation, followed by the Big 12 (9), American Athletic and Mountain West (7), Conference USA and Independents (5), and the Mid-American and Sun Belt (4).
The list includes 27 backs, 26 linebackers, 24 ends and 20 tackles.


LB Dakota Allen, Texas Tech DB Tyler Horton, Boise State
DE Zach Allen, Boston College LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
LB Azeez Al-Shaair, Florida Atlantic DB Michael Jackson, Miami
DB Dravon Askew-Henry, West Virginia DE Cece Jefferson, Florida
LB Joe Bachie, Michigan State DE Jalen Jelks, Oregon
DE Ben Banogu, TCU DB Jaquan Johnson, Miami
DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
DT Ryan Bee, Marshall DE Corbin Kaufusi, BYU
DB Julian Blackmon, Utah LB Jordan Kunaszyk, California
DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
DB Kris Boyd, Texas DE Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn DT Ira Lewis, Baylor
DB Blace Brown, Troy DB Shelton Lewis, Florida Atlantic
DE Austin Bryant, Clemson DT Ray Lima, Iowa State
LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington LB David Long Jr., West Virginia
LB Devin Bush, Michigan DB Julian Love, Notre Dame
DB T.J. Carter, Memphis DB Chase Lucas, Arizona State
DB Justin Clifton, Arkansas State DT David Moa, Boise State
LB Te’von Coney, Notre Dame LB James Nachtigal, Army West Point
DT Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati DE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
DE Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan DT Ed Oliver, Houston
DE Marlon Davidson, Auburn DB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
DE Raekwon Davis, Alabama LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
DB Lukas Denis, Boston College DB Delvon Randall, Temple
DB D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin DB Taylor Rapp, Washington
LB Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M DE Christian Rector, USC
DE Landis Durham, Texas A&M LB Malik Reed, Nevada
LB Troy Dye, Oregon LB David Reese, Florida
LB Cooper Edmiston, Tulsa DE Hunter Reese, Troy
DB Mike Edwards, Kentucky DT Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin
LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin DT Jordon Scott, Oregon
DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech DB Duke Shelley, Kansas State
DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern LB Cameron Smith, USC
DT Greg Gaines, Washington DE Sutton Smith, NIU
DE Rashan Gary, Michigan DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
DE Joe Gaziano, Northwestern LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
DT Youhanna Ghaifan, Wyoming DB Marvell Tell III, USC
DB Kyle Gibson, UCF DB Juan Thornhill, Virginia
DB Mark Gilbert, Duke DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
LB Ulysees Gilbert III, Akron DT Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech
LB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke LB Devin White, LSU
DE Carl Granderson, Wyoming DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
LB Terez Hall, Missouri DB Greedy Williams, LSU
LB De’Jon Harris, Arkansas DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
DB Tae Hayes, Appalachian State DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
DB Lavert Hill, Michigan DT Daniel Wise, Kansas
DT Trysten Hill, UCF DE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
LB Khalil Hodge, Buffalo

By conference: SEC 16, Big Ten 15, ACC 13, Pac-12 12, Big 12 9, American Athletic 7, Mountain West 7, Conference USA 5, Independents 5, Mid-American 4, Sun Belt 4.

By position: Backs 27, Linebackers 26, Ends 24, Tackles 20.

Players may be added or removed from the list before or during the season

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on 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. Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau, a member of the FWAA’s 1977 All-America team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be 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. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 24 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the NCFAA.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 10-day period this month. Seventeen of the association’s 24 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the entire 2018 preseason watch list calendar:

  • Mon., July 16: Bednarik Award/Maxwell Award
  • Tues., July 17: Davey O’Brien Award
  • Wed., July 18: Doak Walker Award
  • Thurs., July 19: Biletnikoff Award
  • Fri., July 20: Mackey Award/Rimington Trophy
  • Mon., July 23: Paycom Jim Thorpe Award/Butkus Award
  • Tues., July 24: Outland Trophy presented by NFID/Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • Wed., July 25: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award
  • Thurs., July 26: Paul Hornung Award/Wuerffel Trophy
  • Fri., July 27: Walter Camp Award

About the Football Writers Association of America

Founded in 1941, the non-profit Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists, broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college football. Led by current President Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times, longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. Visit footballwriters.com for more information about the FWAA and its award programs.


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.

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Outland Trophy joins forces with National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Public awareness campaign to feature Joe Thomas, will help #FightFlu

DALLAS — The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) announced a new partnership to present the 2018 Outland Trophy as part of a public awareness campaign focused on the importance of influenza (flu) prevention during the 2018-2019 flu season. Selected by FWAA, the trophy is awarded annually to the top interior lineman in college football.

The announcement was made by Steve Richardson, FWAA Executive Director, and Marla Dalton, CAE, NFID Executive Director and CEO. The deal was structured by Thom Hering, EVP at PSP Sports Partner Marketing.

“This partnership with the Outland Trophy offers NFID a timely platform to promote the importance of flu prevention to college football fans all across the U.S. and remind fans that annual flu vaccination is recommended for all individuals age six months and older,” said Dalton. Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious and sometimes life-threatening disease that affects between 5-20 percent of the U.S. population annually and accounts for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 3,000-49,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Getting an annual flu shot is the most effective way to prevent influenza.

As part of the public awareness campaign to help #FightFlu, the award will be rebranded as the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The social media hashtag #FightFlu will be visible on all Outland Trophy advertising, marketing, social media and public relations materials. Branded content and advertising will promote the award and the public awareness campaign in Touchdown Illustrated gameday programs at more than 1,000 college football games during the 2018 season, and in most of the major bowl game programs – including the College Football Playoff – as well as most NFL gameday programs.

University of Wisconsin All-American Joe Thomas, the 2006 Outland Trophy winner who retired earlier this year after a stellar 11-year career with NFL’s Cleveland Browns, will serve as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador. Thomas is the first player in NFL history to have a 10,363 consecutive snap streak and has been an avid supporter of annual flu vaccines. He will make media appearances on behalf of the #FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind people to get their annual flu shots.

Additionally, Thomas will announce the recipient of the 2018 Outland Trophy during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 6 from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Greater Omaha (Nebraska) Sports Committee’s Outland Trophy Banquet on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Complete release: http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2018/outland180723.html


College Football America Yearbook now available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — RoadTripSports.com is proud to announce the release of the 2018 edition of the College Football America Yearbook, an annual publication that previews every college football conference at every level of college football in the United States and Canada.

The fifth annual print edition is available via Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com at a list price of $39.99, while the digital edition is available via iBooks for $9.99. Many retailers, however, offer the print edition for even less.

“Counting high school games, bowl games and all-star games, our staff attended more than 100 football games again in 2017,” says Kendall Webb, the publisher of the College Football America Yearbook. “Then, like we always do, we spent the spring sorting it all out and preparing the latest edition of the yearbook.

“I honestly believe it’s the best yearbook we’ve ever released, and we’re all excited to get it out there in the market and in the hands of college football fans.”

The College Football America Yearbook is published independently by Webb with Matthew Postins serving as the publication’s editor-in-chief. Chuck Cox, meanwhile, assists as the director of editorial content. All of the publication’s staff members are members of the Football Writers Association of America, and collectively serve on the selection committees for several of college football’s major postseason awards.

This year’s book features Alabama head coach Nick Saban on the cover. Saban led the Crimson Tide to a fifth national title under his watch in 2017.

Some of the features in the 318-page publication include:

  • Top Ten Games of 2018: Five FBS games and one game each in FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Juco that will be impactful this season.
  • The Heisman Race: A look at the front-runners and dark horses for college football’s most prestigious award in 2018.
  • The Dream Team: The College Football America Yearbook’s unique take on major college football’s All-America team.
  • Schedules and Results: 2018 schedules and 2017 results for every college football team in the United States, including all NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA, USCAA, NJCAA and CCCAA programs.
  • Additionally, College Football America 2018 Yearbook previews all of the conferences at every level in the United States along with the four conferences of Canada’s U Sports. The yearbook also provides updates of Mexico’s CONADEIP and ONEFA leagues.


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College Football 150th Anniversary debuts website through partnership with Sidearm Sports

IRVING, Texas (June 6, 2018) – The College Football 150th Anniversary has debuted another component of its celebration with the launch of its website at CFB150.org. The site will be designed in conjunction with SIDEARM Sports, a Learfield Company.

“SIDEARM Sports is a leader in college athletics and we know they will help us host a first-rate website experience for all college football fans,” touted Kevin Weiberg, Executive Director of the College Football 150th Anniversary.  “We look forward to expanding our digital footprint even further in preparation for and continuing through the Anniversary season.”

The site houses videos, news and other information pertaining to the anniversary, which will take place in 2019. Access to articles, historical information, a schedule of events and links to social media components will all be available. A portion of the site will also allow former players and coaches as well as fans and alumni to submit their stories about how college football has impacted their lives, through the CFB150 pillars of education, community and leadership.

“To partner with the College Football 150th Anniversary is such an honor. College football has produced so many great student athletes during its 150 years. We hope all college football fans enjoy the digital experience celebrating this historic milestone,” said Jeff Rubin, President and CEO of SIDEARM Sports.”

About College Football 150th Anniversary (cfb150.org)

College Football 150th Anniversary is a non-profit corporation formed to plan and administer a national celebration of 150 seasons of collegiate football in 2019. The commemoration will showcase the rich history and traditions of the sport and its contribution to American society and culture, while also promoting the opportunity it continues to provide to thousands of student-athletes across all levels of the sport. The CFB150 staff reports to a Board of Directors made up of representatives from stakeholder groups throughout college football.  The corporation has office space at the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame headquarters in Irving, Texas. Follow the campaign @CFB150 and take part in the conversation with the hashtag #CFB150.

About SIDEARM Sports (sidearmsports.com)

SIDEARM Sports, a Learfield company since June 2014, has experienced incredible organic growth from delivering quality service, reliability and customization. Serving more than 1,100 partners, SIDEARM Sports is the nation’s leading digital provider in college athletics, and its easy-to-use interface allows schools to customize their content streams and digital presence. The company plays host to nearly 305 Division I university athletic sites. SIDEARM Sports provides the software and technology that powers websites, mobile applications, live stats, social presence and video streaming for its athletic partners.

Coach Bill Mallory recalled as “giant”

Bill recently passed away. He was head coach at Miami of Ohio, Colorado, Northern Illinois and Indiana.   Mike Korcek, retired Northern Illinois SID, wrote this tribute to Mallory


Unequivocally, Bill Mallory was a giant.

Whether it was DeKalb, Ill., Boulder, Colo., Oxford, Ohio, or Bloomington, Ind., —  the communities where he admirably spearheaded NCAA Division I-A football programs — his achievements, reputation, passion, focus all transcended the norm.

Better yet, as a person, Mallory was off the charts.  He cared about everyone.  Plus “The Old Man” —  as he was affectionately known — still possessed more energy than people 20 years his junior.  Integrity?  In a 21st century where society and hierarchies are devoid of character, Mallory might have led the NCAA in that category.  With Bill, three words come to mind:  exceptional human being.

Which is why his sudden death last week at age 82 due to two accidental falls is still profoundly shocking.

Believe me, I’m thankful to have had the privilege of working with him, his staff, and student-athletes.  Northern Illinois University is a better place, thanks to Bill—and not just intercollegiate athletics.

“Bill was the best of the best,” said former Huskie defensive tackle Scott Kellar (1982-85), an Honorable Mention Associated Press All-America, an NFL draft pick (Indianapolis Colts), and NIU Athletics Hall of Famer.  “There was just something about coach Mallory.  He was an amazing man.  As a player, you only wanted to return that trust.”

Quarterback Tim Tyrrell, the heart and soul of the 10-2 California Bowl team, the 1983 Vern Smith Trophy recipient, and NIU Hall of Famer, loved Mallory’s no-nonsense approach.  “Coach had me at ‘hello’,” Tyrrell recalled.  “He was direct.  He was a man of his word.  Nothing was going to be handed to me.  He just wasn’t talking about winning games, but winning at life.”

From the opposite end of the depth chart comes ex-NIU walk-on strong safety Tim Padden (1980-81):  “I was so fortunate he gave me a shot.  Coach treated us all like we were starters.  Everyone was the same under him.  No favorites.”

Ask Padden about academics and Mallory’s stewardship in that direction. “I watched coach chase a kid out of Huskie Stadium for missing class.  Mallory was 100 percent solid to parents who entrusted their sons to him and his program.  In our first team meeting, coach went off on the importance of education.”

Mallory was a winner and gave a fledging NIU program instant creditability.  In hindsight, he was among a handful of I-A coaches to take four schools to major bowl games and reach Top 20 status with three programs (NIU’s 1983 Cal Bowl squad finished No. 30 in the final AP poll).  Mallory still ranks on the all-time NCAA longevity (301 games) and victory (168) lists.

In 27 seasons as a head coach, Mallory posted a 168-129-4 won-lost-tied record (.565 winning percentage) at Miami (OH) (39-12-0 in 1969-73), Colorado (35-21-1 in 1974-78), NIU (25-19-0 in 1980-83), and Indiana (69-77-3 in 1984-96).  He is the only coach in Mid-American Conference history to win loop crowns and Coach of the Year honors at two schools (Miami in 1973 and NIU in 1983).

Mallory’s Huskie resume includes the program’s first MAC grid title, the school’s first triumph over a Big Eight program (Kansas), and first I-A bowl success (Cal State Fullerton).  His storied 1983 squad would be inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame and ultimately produced 19 professional players—including seven NFL draft picks.

How and why did Mallory come to NIU?  After a historic 11-0 season at Miami (OH) and a triumph over Florida in the Tangerine Bowl in 1973, Mallory was hired at Colorado by his sideline predecessor and new AD Eddie Crowder.  After four winning seasons in five years, plus a Big Eight title and Orange Bowl berth in 1976, Mallory’s relationship soured with Crowder and major donor Robert Six, the (then) CEO of Continental Airlines.  Despite pleas from the CU players, Mallory was fired.

“We knew what happened at Colorado,” said Jerry Ippoliti, then assistant AD at NIU, former Huskie head coach, and Mallory teammate at Miami (OH).  “(To Bill) it was an integrity issue.  Bill wanted to run his own program.  (Then NIU AD) Bob Brigham said to see if Bill was interested in our job which opened up at the end of 1979.

For Mallory, the 1979 campaign was sort of a sabbatical, a personal halftime in a productive career to evaluate what he wanted to do.  He loved the idea of returning to his MAC roots, the potential of the NIU program, and the Chicago recruiting base.  “We told him that our program had been up and down, that we could not stabilize it, be consistent,” Ippoliti said, “and Bill liked that challenge.”

In one of the program’s best all-time hires, Mallory was named NIU head coach on January 4, 1980.  “Northern Illinois has not achieved its potential,” Mallory told the media.  “That’s why I’m here.”  Always direct.  Our media types loved it.

While Mallory’s five-year plan had the Huskies winning the Mid-Am crown in 1984, his team peaked a year early.  By Cal Bowl week in 1983, media reports had Mallory at Cincinnati and then Indiana.  You don’t turn down a Big Ten opportunity.  In 13 years with the Hoosiers, Mallory took IU to six bowl games.  That figure and his 69 triumphs are still Indiana football career bests.  Despite winning his final game vs. Purdue and being carried off the field by his IU players, Mallory was released again.  To his credit, he said little in the media.  He and his wife Ellie remained active in Bloomington.

Indirectly, Mallory helped lead another NIU grid resurrection when Joe Novak, his 16-year defensive coordinator in DeKalb and Bloomington, became the Huskie boss in 1996.  “Sometimes when I was talking to teams at Northern (as head coach),”Novak said, “I’d hear Bill Mallory come out of my mouth and I said, ‘you know, that’s OK.’

“Bill was a coach’s coach.  Whenever you talked to people and you said you coached for Bill Mallory, everybody, everybody respected Bill Mallory,” Novak added.

Colorado product and ex-Chicago Bear linebacker Brian Cabral called Mallory a “father figure.”  “A hard-nosed, tough coach, who demanded that toughness from his players,” Cabral said.  “But in his competitiveness, his intensity, and toughness, you could not help but believe that he cared about you and all that he was demanding was your best.”

I’ve lost count in the number of halls of fame Mallory has been enshrined.  NIU’s twice, Indiana’s, the Miami HOF and its “Cradle of Coaches” group (two separate entities), plus the MAC’s.  But he belongs in one more—the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

There’s only one problem, the College HOF’s criteria for coaches is a .600 career winning percentage.  Considering where Bill won (for example, NIU had only three .500 or above seasons between 1969 and 1982), his character, integrity, and advocacy for higher education not only need to be considered, but recognized nationally.  In this NCAA scandal-filled age, it’s hypocrisy to not.

Yes, the College HOF and National Football Foundation has been great to NIU the last two decades with numerous honors.  But it’s time to evaulate that outdated percentage criteria.  There’s no more qualified candidate than Bill Mallory.  He’s no flash-in-the-pan.

A winner, father figure, coach’s coach, leader, “The Old Man” was a giant.

FWAA Adds 24 People to its 50-Plus Club

The FWAA is honoring another group of members to its 50-Plus Club, people who have belonged to the organization for 50 years or more. The last time the FWAA, founded in 1941, honored a group of 50-Plus members was in 2005. Each member will receive a certificate and a pin.

The FWAA is considering any person who joined in 1970 or before in this group because 2018-19 would touch the 50th year.

In alphabetical order these people are (with their first year of FWAA membership noted):

Donn Bernstein (1963) Ted Haracz (1965) Tim Simmons (1970)
Sam Blair (1965) Larry Kimball (1963) Larry Smith (1966)
Buddy Davis (1969) Frank Litsky (1963) Art Spander (1966)
Jack DeGange (1968) Donald McCaleb (1960) Budd Thalman (1962)
Bud Ford (1967) Mike Middlesworth (1959) Roger Valdiserri (1966)
Steve Guback (1962) Eddie Miller (1958) Gordon White (1961)
Bob Hammel (1968) Brad Pye (1957) Dave Wohlhueter (1970)
Tom Hansen (1961) John Reid (1965) Jack Zane (1963)

“It is extraordinary for any group to have such a large number of people who have shown their loyalty for so long,” said Steve Richardson, FWAA Executive Director. “We salute these members whose membership extends a half century or beyond.”

There are still six living people among those honored for 50 years of membership in 2005: Dave Campbell, Murray Olderman and Jimmie McDowell, all Bert McGrane winners. Campbell and Olderman are past FWAA Presidents. The other living members honored in 2005 are Sid Hartman, Kaye Kessler and Al Shrier.






FWAA selects ‘Super 11’ for 2017 season

DALLAS — Ten previous winners and one first-time winner comprise the Ninth Annual Super 11 Awards, which the Football Writers Association of America gives out annually to the best performing sports information departments in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The awards announced this week are for the 2017 season.

USC claimed its eighth Super 11 award and fourth straight overall. Georgia notched its sixth award. Clemson and Colorado each won for a fifth time. It was Clemson’s third straight award and Colorado’s fourth award in five seasons. Houston won for the third time

Oklahoma, Wyoming, Miami of Ohio, Rice and South Alabama each picked up their second award.

Ohio State is the lone first-time winner in the awards selection that dates back to the 2009 season.

“This is one of the most important honors that the FWAA as an organization awards,” said Tim Griffin, the Big 12 editor for Cox Media Group and the FWAA’s longtime chairman of the Super 11 committee.

”There are many strong sports information departments around the nation. We are grateful for all of them. But this award is meant to honor the best of the best. It’s for those SIDs who provide strong media services and go the extra mile to provide help above and beyond the call of duty.”

Criteria employed in determining the winners not only included how press boxes and media operations were operated, but also the quality and timeliness of information provided. Also judged was the amount of information presented and appropriately updated on websites, and personal responsiveness to media inquiries as well as the accessibility of a program’s players, coaches and assistant coaches. The ratings considered those departments that went the extra mile in servicing the media.

“We believe we have a great mix of schools here,” said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. “Some schools which have been consistently good over the years, others who have had some history of being at the top and one new school. And there are several others who are on the cusp and could be in the Super 11 in future years.”

The Super 11 Committee received input from other FWAA members and others who covered college football during the 2017 season.

In January 2009, the FWAA formed the first Super 11 Committee. The concept has been supported and endorsed by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), many of whom are members of the FWAA. The FWAA has awarded 56 different schools in this program over the years.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. 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, a national poll and its annual All-America team.

For more information on the Super 11, contact committee chairman Tim Griffin (210-823-3666, timgriffin59@hotmail.com) or visit the association’s official website, footballwriters.com.

Jim Harbaugh named keynote speaker for 2018 Bronko Nagurski banquet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 3, 2018) — The Charlotte Touchdown Club in conjunction with the Football Writers Association of America, officially announced today Jim Harbaugh, Head Football Coach at the University of Michigan, as Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet scheduled for Monday, December 3.

“I am honored to be asked to speak at an award banquet named after a fellow Chicago Bear, Bronko Nagurski, a college and pro football hall of fame player and legend in the Windy City,” Harbaugh said. “We have always prided ourselves on having a program with a strong defense and our Defensive Coordinator Don Brown has mentored some of the best defensive players in the game. The traits that the Nagurski award candidates display are the same ones that are fundamental to our success at Michigan. I look forward to attending this event as it’s always great to be around the game’s best defensive student-athletes and coaches.”

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

On December 13, 2014, when named Michigan’s Head Football Coach Harbaugh said, “Throughout my life I have dreamed of coaching at the University of Michigan,” said Harbaugh, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. “Now I have the honor to live it.”

Harbaugh began coaching in 1994 during an impressive playing career. He served as volunteer assistant coach for his father, Jack Harbaugh, at Western Kentucky while still playing in the NFL (1994-2001). After finishing his playing career, Harbaugh was the Oakland Raiders Quarterbacks Coach (2002-03). Harbaugh was named Head Coach at the University of San Diego (2004-06) and Stanford University (2007-10) before becoming an NFL Head Coach for the San Francisco 49ers (2011-2014).  Harbaugh is now serving as the head coach of his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Harbaugh is one of four Big Ten coaches to win 10-plus games in each of his first two seasons directing a conference school.

Harbaugh is one of only two head coaches to collect back-to-back 10-win seasons in their first two seasons at U-M. In his first two seasons as the Michigan head coach, Harbaugh guided the Wolverines to 10-win seasons. U-M has appeared in a bowl game in all three seasons with Harbaugh at the helm of the program, including a New Year’s Six Bowl with the 2017 Orange Bowl, and two other bowls played on New Year’s Day (2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl; 2018 Outback Bowl).

As a former Michigan Wolverine quarterback, Harbaugh was one of Michigan’s all-time record holders for passing yards with 5,449. He also tallied 620 passing attempts, 387 completions, a 62.4% completion percentage, 31 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions. He held the career NCAA Division I-A passing efficiency record (149.6) for 12 years.

After his success in college Harbaugh moved on to play for six NFL teams including: the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, and the Carolina Panthers. Harbaugh played in 177 league games with 140 starts in his NFL career. He completed 2,305 of 3,918 passes for 26,288 yards with 129 touchdowns.
Harbaugh earned a B.A. in communications from Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 1986.

Harbaugh comes from a coaching family, and is the son of college football coach Jack Harbaugh and the brother of John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

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About The Independence Fund
The Independence Fund is a nonprofit organization that empowers our nation’s severely wounded veterans and the caregivers who support them to take control of their lives.  Through its dedicated mobility and treatment programs, the Fund assists veterans in transforming their lives toward a better future.  The Independence Fund believes we owe it to our veterans to provide the resources they need to move forward and build a strong foundation toward lasting emotional and physical healing in order to reestablish their independence.  To learn more, visit www.independencefund.org.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, North Carolina region.  Since its inception, the club has grown as well as diversified boasting a sponsor team of more than (80) companies.  The Club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding Citizenship, Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Leadership of area athletes and coaches.  Through individual and corporate support, more than $2,000,000 has been raised to benefit the Touchdown Club’s scholarship efforts.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of the men and women across North America who cover college football for a living.  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 an All-America team.  Through its website, the FWAA works to improve communication among all those who work within the game. The FWAA also sponsors scholarships for aspiring writers and an annual writing contest.  Behind the leadership of President David Jones and Executive Director Steve Richardson and a board of veteran journalists, the FWAA continues grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. There are now over 1,000 members.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards.  The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.  For more information, visit the association’s official website, www.NCFAA.org.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA defensive football player at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet in Charlotte, N.C.  All proceeds benefit the Charlotte Touchdown Club Scholarship Fund.  For more information call 704-347-2918 or www.touchdownclub.com.