2019 Armed Forces Merit Award nominations announced

Armed Forces Merit Award

FORT WORTH, Texas — A total of 33 individuals and five programs have been nominated for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Of the 33 individuals nominated for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA, 12 are currently playing college football this season, 14 being college coaches, five being college/university administrators and two referees.

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.”

The recipient of the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA will be announced the week of November 3 or 10 as the selection committee of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Robert Morris president and Air Force veteran Dr. Chris Howard was the 2018 recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award. A 1991 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Howard was a Rhodes Scholar and received the 1990 Campbell Trophy, the highest academic award in the nation presented to a senior college football player.

Dr. Howard, a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame and a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletic careers.

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 in 2016.

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.

Kansas State and its football team were honored in November 2017 as the 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.

Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA — 2019 Nominations

Programs

  • Athletes of Valor, Alex Stone, Founder & CEO, Athletes of Valor (U. S. Marines)
  • Battlefields to Ballfields, Mike Pereira, CEO/President/Director
  • National Association of College Directors of Athletics, Wounded Warrior Project
  • University of South Carolina’s “Seats for Soldiers” program and other initiatives
  • University of Tennessee, POW/MIA Chair of Honor

Active Players

  • Cornelius Andrews, Union College, WR, 5-7, 148, Soph., Stockbridge, GA.
  • Dromynique Chestnut, Azusa Pacific, DB, 5-9, 180, Sen., Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • Alexander Findura, Bloomsburg, DL, 6-6, 255, Jun., Woodland, Ga. (U. S. Marine Corps)
  • Rashaud Freeman, Webber International, LB, 6-0, 225, Soph, Jacksonville, Fla. (U. S. Army)
  • Joshua Griffin, Colorado State, RB, 5-10, 208, Jun., Houston, Tex.
  • Rasheed Holloway, Union College, WR, 6-0, 198, Soph., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Damian Jackson, Nebraska, DL, 6-2, 275, Soph. Las Vegas, Nev. (U. S. Navy)
  • Kenwon Mack, Union College, CB, 5-9, 165, Frosh, Detroit, Mich.
  • Ty Morrow, Texas Tech, OL, 6-4, 275, Sen., Canadian, Tex. (U. S. Navy)
  • Collin O’Donnell, Bluefield College, DL, 6-0, 250, Frosh, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Josh Schenck, Oklahoma, LB, 5-11, 210, Jun.., Knightdale, N.C. (ROTC Cadet)
  • Casey Stewart, Shenandoah, WR, 6-4, 200, Sen., Front Royal, Va. (National Guard)

Football Staff

  • Troy Calhoun, Head Coach, United States Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)
  • Jake Campbell, Assistant Backfield, United States Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)
  • Lt. Col. Robert Green, Defensive Assistant, United States Naval Academy (U. S. Marine Corps)
  • Brian Knorr, Assistant Head Coach/Co-Def. Coordinator/Inside Linebackers, U. S. Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)
  • Steed Lobotzke, Offensive Line, United States Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)
  • Ben Miller, Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator, United States Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)
  • Capt. Ross Pospisil, Director of Player Development, United States Naval Academy (U. S. Marines Corps)
    John Rudzinski, Defensive Coordinator, United States Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)
  • Trent Steelman, Quarterbacks/B-Backs Coach, Jacksonville, University (U. S. Army)
  • Mike Thiessen, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, United States Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)
  • Mike Viti, Assistant Football Coach/Fullback, United States Military Academy (U. S. Army)
  • Charlton Warren, Cornerbacks, Georgia (U. S. Air Force)
  • Mick Yokitis, Wide Receivers, United States Naval Academy (U. S. Navy)
  • Jake Zweig, Director of Man Development, Illinois, (U. S. Navy) Football Support Staff
  • Jordan Simmons, Strength & Conditioning, Nevada (U. S. Army)
  • Rusty Whitt, Strength & Conditioning, United States Military Academy (U. S. Army) Staffing
  • Jim Knowlton, Director of Athletics, University of California (U. S. Army)
  • LTC John Nawoichyk, Assistant AD/Military Operations, United States Military Academy (U. S. Army)
  • Steve Senn, Director of Recruiting and Player Personnel, United States Air Force Academy (U. S. Air Force)

Referees

  • Raymond Daniel, Official, Mid-American Conference (Army National Guard)
  • Steve Thielen, Official, Mid-American Conference (U. S. Army)

Digital Postcard No. 6: The FWAA’s 1973 All-America Team

(Ed. Note: This is the sixth in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team.  The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.) 

In 1973, Spiro Agnew resigned as Vice President under Richard Nixon…Cost of a gallon of gas was 40 cents…A bill to allow the construction of the Alaska Oil Pipeline was passed…The classic movie “American Graffiti” premiered…The court case Roe vs. Wade made abortion a U.S. constitutional right…The Sears Tower in Chicago was completed…Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in “The Battle of the Sexes”…U.S. troops were withdrawn from Vietnam…Watergate hearings began…Secretariat became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years…Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” TV special seen by more than 1 billion viewers.

After five lead changes, Bob Thomas kicked a 19-yard field goal in the final minutes to give Notre Dame a 24-23 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and the national championship…The Irish were represented on the All-American team by tight end Dave Casper and defensive back Mike Townsend. The Crimson Tide had offensive lineman Buddy Brown and linebacker Woodrow Lowe…Penn State running back John Cappelletti was the Heisman Trophy winner and John Hicks of Ohio State won the Outland Trophy… Pittsburgh’s Johnny Majors was the FWAA Coach of the Year…There were plenty of impressive names on the FWAA All-American team, including quarterback Danny White (Arizona State), running backs Kermit Johnson (UCLA) and Roosevelt Leaks (Texas), receiver Lynn Swann (USC), defensive lineman Lucius Selmon (Oklahoma) and linebacker Randy Gradishar (Ohio State).

Go to http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf to see the entire list.

COTTON BOWL NUGGET

Nebraska coach Tom Osborne earned his first bowl triumph with a convincing 19-3 verdict over eighth-ranked Texas, which made its sixth consecutive Cotton Bowl appearance. The Longhorns were held to just 196 yards of total offense. After kicking a first-quarter field goal to start the scoring, Texas was blanked the rest of the way. Tony Davis rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown to lead Nebraska.

1973 FWAA Selectors

  • Steve Weller, Buffalo Evening News
  • Bob Galt, Dallas Times Herald
  • Whitey Kelley, Charlotte Observer
  • John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Earl Luebker, Tacoma News-Tribune
  • Bob Collins, Indianapolis Star
  • Alf Van Hoose, Birmingham News
  • Del Black, Kansas City Star

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Rankings, Week 6

‘Bama remins No. 1; Ohio State jumps to No. 2

Idle Alabama remained No. 1 for a second straight week, but Ohio State moved into the No. 2 spot by a single point over No. 3 Clemson. The Buckeyes were impressive in dispatching Michigan State, while Clemson was idle. Alabama collected 27 first-place votes. Ohio State was next with eight first-place votes.

After losing at Florida, Auburn dropped from No. 7 to 12th. Otherwise, there wasn’t much movement among the Top 10-ranked teams. Iowa and Washington both lost and dropped out of the poll and were replaced by Utah and  Michigan.

The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with five teams, and the Big Ten had four. The Big 12 and Pac-12 had two each. The ACC, Mountain West and Independents had one each.

GAMES THIS WEEK:
No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M
No. 2 Ohio State is idle
Florida State at No. 3 Clemson
No. 8 Florida at No. 4 LSU
South Carolina at No. 5 Georgia
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas (Dallas)
Michigan State at No. 7 Wisconsin
USC at No.9  Notre Dame
No. 10 Penn State at Iowa
No. 12  Auburn is idle
Colorado at No. 13 Oregon (Friday)
Hawaii at No. 14 Boise State
No. 15 Utah at Oregon State
No. 16 Michigan at Illinois

Week 6: games played through October 5, 2019

TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK
1. Alabama (5-0) 705 27 1
2. Ohio State (6-0) 626 8 3
3. Clemson (5-0) 625 5 2
4. LSU (5-0) 608 4 5
5. Georgia (5-0) 607 1 4
6. Oklahoma (5-0) 544 1 6
7. Wisconsin (5-0) 427 8
8. Florida (6-0) 423 9
9. Notre Dame (4-1) 338 10
10. Penn State (5-0) 304 12
11. Texas (4-1) 290 11
12. Auburn (5-1) 254 7
13. Oregon (4-1) 195 13
14. Boise State (5-0) 103 16
15. Utah (4-1) 63 N/A
16. Michigan (4-1) 58 N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Baylor (16), Washington (10), Iowa (10), Arizona State (10), SMU (10), Minnesota (7), Wake Forest (7), Texas A&M (7), Memphis (5), Virginia (3) and Cincinnati (1).

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 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. For more information visit www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

 

Digital Postcard No. 5: The FWAA’s 1970 All-America Team

(Ed. Note: This is the fifth in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team.  The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.)  

 

 

In 1970, the soap opera “All My Children” debuted on Jan. 5 on ABC…  Farmers sued Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused in “Woodstock” … Curt Flood files a lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve clause … The movie “M*A*S*H” starring Donald Sullivan and Elliott Gould is released … Arthur Ashe won the Australian Open … Pete Maravich becomes the first to score 3,000 points in college basketball – without the 3-point line … a U.S. postage stamp costs 6 cents … The Beatles disband … Apollo 13 crew survives an accident in space and splashes down on April 17.

Airplane crashes involving players, coaches and administrators from Marshall and Wichita State football teams marred this season … This was the first season schools were allowed to schedule 11 regular season games … Joe Theismann threw for over 500 yards in a hard rain, but Notre Dame lost for the first time in the final game of the regular season, 38-28, to USC … The No. 6 Irish beat No. 1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl, and No. 2 Ohio State lost to Stanford (and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jim Plunkett) in the Rose Bowl. That set up No. 3 Nebraska to beat No. 5 LSU in the Orange Bowl to win the national title … Ohio State’s Jim Stillwagon won the Outland Trophy … Big-name FWAA All-Americans included Dan Dierdorf (Michigan), Tom Gatewood (Notre Dame), Jack Youngblood (Florida), Jack Ham (Penn State) and John Tatum (Ohio State) … Northwestern’s 6-4 record (6-1 in Big Ten) earned Alex Agase  FWAA Coach of the Year honors.

Go to http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf to see the entire list.
Bob Hope Video of the 1970 team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1S_D0TUGcc

COTTON BOWL NUGGET

Top-ranked Texas fumbled nine times, losing five, and Notre Dame ended UT’s bid for a national title – along with the Longhorns’ 30-game winning streak – with a 24-11 payback victory. All the scoring was done in the first half. Texas’ All-American running back Steve Worster was limited to 42 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Eddie Phillips did the most damage, rushing for 164 yards on 23 carries and throwing for 199 (9 of 17). ND’s Joe Theismann threw for a TD (26 yards to Tom Gatewood) and ran for two (15 and 3 yards).

1970 FWAA Selectors

  • Steve Weller, Buffalo Evening News
  • George McClelland, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
  • Tom McEwen, Tampa Tribune
  • Si Burick, Dayton News
  • Volney Meece, Daily Oklahoman
  • Burle Petitt, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
  • Don Fair, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Carl Porter, Tucson Daily Citizen

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Rankings, Week 5

Alabama, Clemson swap spots in rankings

The Super 16 pollsters selected a new No. 1 this week for the first time during the regular season: Alabama. By virtue of Clemson’s close victory over unranked North Carolina, the Crimson Tide jumped the Tigers after easily dispatching Ole Miss. Alabama received 22 first-place votes to Clemson’s 12.

Ohio State, picking up five first-place votes, moved into the No. 3 slot after overwhelming Nebraska in Lincoln. Unbeatens Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, Wisconsin  and Florida followed, with one-loss Notre Dame at No. 10. Washington re-entered the poll at No. 15 after California lost to Arizona State.

The SEC led all conferences with five teams, followed by the Big Ten with four. The Big 12 and Pac-12 had two each. The ACC, Independents and Mountain West had one each.

GAMES THIS WEEK:
No. 1 Alabama is idle
No. 2 Clemson is idle
Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State
No. 4 Georgia at Tennessee
Utah State at No. 5 LSU
No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas
No. 7 Auburn at No.9 Florida
Kent State at No. 8 Wisconsin
Bowling Green at No. 10 Notre Dame
No. 11 Texas at West Virginia
Purdue at No. 12 Penn State
California at No. 13 Oregon
No. 14 Iowa at Michigan
No. 15 Washington at Stanford
No. 16 Boise State at UNLV

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, Week 5: games played through September 28

TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK
1. Alabama (5-0) 696 22 2
2. Clemson (5-0) 630 12 1
3. Ohio State (5-0) 608 5 5
4. Georgia (4-0) 606 1 3
5. LSU (4-0) 604 4 4
6. Oklahoma (4-0) 544 1 6
7. Auburn (5-0) 485 1 7
8. Wisconsin (4-0) 398 8
9. Florida (5-0) 319 9
10. Notre Dame (3-1) 308 11
11. Texas (3-1) 276 10
12. Penn State (4-0) 254 13
13. Oregon (3-1) 206 12
14. Iowa (4-0) 113 14
15. Washington (4-1) 70 N/A
16. Boise State (4-0) 59 16

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Utah (32), Michigan (10), Texas A&M (7), UCF (5), Arizona State (5), Oklahoma State (3), Iowa State (3), Memphis (3), Baylor (3), Michigan State (2), California (2), Wake Forest (2), SMU (2), Minnesota (1).

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 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. For more information visit www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

 

Digital Postcard No. 4: The FWAA’s 1969 All-America Team

(Ed. Note: This is the fourth in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team.  The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.)  

In 1969, the Chicago Cubs blew a nine-game lead in the final two months of the season and lost the National League pennant to the New York Mets … Neil Armstrong (the astronaut, not the former Chicago Bears coach) had a better year than Cubs manager Leo Durocher when he became the first person to step on the moon on July 21 … Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held on Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm in New York State … John Wayne won his only Academy Award for his portrayal of U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit.”

With President Richard Nixon in attendance, top-ranked Texas came from behind to beat No. 2 Arkansas, 15-14, in a battle of unbeatens in the regular season … Notre Dame made its first bowl appearance in 45 years, losing to the Longhorns, 21-17, in the Cotton Bowl, giving Texas the national title … Oklahoma halfback Steve Owens won the Heisman Trophy … Michigan finished 8-3, lost 10-3 to USC in the Rose Bowl, and Bo Schembechler in his first season with the Wolverines  was chosen as the FWAA’s Coach of the Year … Purdue’s Mike Phipps was the All-America quarterback … Other notables were Jim Otis (Ohio State), John Tatum (Ohio State) and Mike McCoy (Notre Dame).

Go to http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf to see the entire list.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FszLa0AhBxI

COTTON BOWL NUGGET

Steve Worster, an All-American in Texas’ Wishbone offense, rushed for 155 yards on 20 carries and Texas came back from deficits of 10-0 and 17-14 to capture the national title with a 21-17 victory over Notre Dame. FWAA All-American offensive lineman Bob McKay helped that Longhorn attack function. Joe Theismann threw for 231 yards (17 of 27, 2 interceptions, 2 touchdowns) for the Irish.

1969 FWAA Selectors

  • Joe Concannon, Boston Globe
  • Bob Hurt, Daily Oklahoman
  • Edgar Allen, Nashville Banner
  • Bob Pille, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Dave Campbell, Waco News-Tribune
  • Paul Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times
  • Dick Herbert, Raleigh News & Observer

 

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Rankings, Week 4

Top four teams remain same for third week in a row

The top four teams in the poll remained the same for the third straight week during the regular season. No. 1 Clemson led the way with 33 first-place votes, No. 2 Alabama had nine, No. 3 Georgia had one and No. 4 LSU three. No. 5 Ohio State exchanged places with No. 6 Oklahoma, which was idle, and dropped one spot.

After beating Michigan decisively in Madison,  Wisconsin jumped from No. 13 to No. 8.

Georgia’s home victory over Notre Dame dropped the Irish from seventh to No. 11. But three teams after losses dropped entirely out of the poll: Utah, Michigan and Central Florida. They were replaced by unbeatens Iowa, California and Boise State, all in the poll for the first time this year.

The SEC led all conferences with five teams, followed by the Big Ten with four and the Big 12 and Pac-12 two each. The ACC, Mountain West and Independents had one each.

GAMES THIS WEEK:
No. 1 Clemson at North Carolina
Ole Miss at No. 2 Alabama
No. 3 Georgia is idle
No. 4 LSU is idle
No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska
Texas Tech at  No. 6 Oklahoma
Mississippi State at No. 7 Auburn
Northwestern at No. 8 Wisconsin
Towson at No. 9 Florida
No. 10 Texas is idle
Virginia at No. 11 Notre Dame
No. 12 Oregon is idle
No. 13 Penn State at Maryland (Friday)
Middle Tennessee at No. 14 Iowa
Arizona State at No. 15 California (Friday)
No. 16 Boise State is idle.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, Week 4: games played through September 21

TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK
1. Clemson (4-0) 718 33 1
2. Alabama (4-0) 687 9 2
3. Georgia (4-0) 617 1 3
4. LSU (4-0) 610 3 4
5. Ohio State (4-0) 549   6
6. Oklahoma (3-0) 531   5
7. Auburn (4-0) 444   8
8. Wisconsin (3-0) 396   13
9. Florida (4-0) 325   11
10. Texas (3-1) 305   9
11. Notre Dame (2-1) 289   7
12. Oregon (3-1) 224   16
13. Penn State (3-0) 215   14
14. Iowa (3-0) 85   N/A
15. California (4-0) 72   N/A
16. Boise State (4-0) 55   N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Washington (48), Utah (21), Washington State (17), Texas A&M (15), USC (10), Michigan (9), Virginia (5), UCF (3), Kansas State (3), Wake Forest (1), Army West Point (1) and UAB (1).

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 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. For more information visit www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

 

Digital Postcard No. 3: The FWAA’s 1965 All-America Team

In 1965, “My Fair Lady” starring Rex Harrison won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture … Julie Andrews won Best Actress honors for her performance in “Mary Poppins” … The Astrodome, the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, opened … The World’s Fair was held in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. It closed in the fall after having financial problems … Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Cubs … Gas went up to 31 cents a gallon, but bread was steady at 21 cents a loaf.

For the first time, all the final college football polls were released after the bowl games were played. Good thing. Michigan State, Arkansas and Nebraska all finished the regular season 10-0. All three lost bowl games, with Alabama beating the Cornhuskers. Alabama was the Associated Press (writers) No. 1 team. Michigan State won the United Press International (coaches) vote. The two shared the FWAA vote. USC halfback Mike Garrett was the Heisman Trophy winner, and Tommy Nobis from Texas claimed the Outland Trophy. Plenty of big names dotted the 1965 FWAA All-America team: Steve Spurrier (Florida), Johnny Roland (Missouri), Floyd Little (Syracuse), Clinton Jones (Michigan State), Jim Grabowski (Illinois) and Donny Anderson (Texas Tech).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjhTQx9C_SI

COTTON BOWL NUGGET

With an opportunity to win the national championship, unbeaten Arkansas was a heavy favorite over a 7- 3 LSU team. Joe Labruzzo, who rushed for 69 yards on 21 carries, scored both Tiger touchdowns in the second quarter. LSU’s defense buckled down and shut out the Razorbacks in the second half to complete the stunning 14-7 upset. Arkansas’ 22-game winning streak came to an end on the first day of 1966 in the Cotton Bowl.

1965 FWAA Selectors

Bob Hoobing, Associated Press (Boston)

Smith Barrier, Greensboro Daily News

Jesse Outlar, Atlanta Constitution

Bob Broeg, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Si Burrick, Dayton News

Jim Scott, Berkeley Gazette

Mickey Herskowitz, Houston Post

 

 

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Rankings, Week 3

Clemson holds at No. 1, with Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma completing the Top 5.

Pretty calm week in the poll. The top eight teams were the same with only Georgia jumping LSU into the third slot as a difference in the order. Clemson remained No. 1 after cruising past Syracuse. The Tigers received 34 first-place votes, followed by Alabama (eight), LSU (three) and Georgia (one).

The Southeastern Conference held slots 2-4 for a second straight week. Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Auburn followed in the same order as last week in spots 5-8.

In fact, 15 of the 16 teams returned to the rankings with only UCF, after a big victory over Stanford, moving into the poll for the first time this season at No. 15. Texas A&M fell out of the poll.

The SEC led all conferences with five teams. The Big Ten followed with four. The Big 12 and Pac-12 had two each. The Atlantic Coast, American and Independents had one each.

GAMES THIS WEEK:

  • Charlotte at No. 1 Clemson
  • Southern  Mississippi at No. 2 Alabama
  • No. 7 Notre Dame at No.3 Georgia
  • No.4 LSU at Vanderbilt
  • No.5 Oklahoma is idle
  • Miami (Ohio) at No.6 Ohio State
  • No. 8 Auburn at Texas A&M
  • Oklahoma State at No. 9 Texas
  • No. 10 Utah at USC (Friday)
  • Tennessee at No.11 Florida
  • No. 12 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin
  • No.14 Penn State is idle
  • No.15 UCF at Pittsburgh
  • No. 16 Oregon at Stanford

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, Week 3: games played through September 14

TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK
1. Clemson (3-0) 720 34 1
2. Alabama (3-0) 685 8 2
3. Georgia (3-0) 611 1 4
4. LSU (3-0) 602 3 3
5. Oklahoma (3-0) 564 5
6. Ohio State (3-0) 540 6
7. Notre Dame (2-0) 415 7
8. Auburn (3-0) 369 8
9. Texas (2-1) 266 12
10. Utah (3-0) 260 11
11. Florida (3-0) 251 9
12. Michigan (2-0) 231 10
13. Wisconsin (2-0) 202 13
14. Penn State (3-0) 152 14
15. UCF (3-0) 120 N/A
16. Oregon (2-1) 96 15

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Texas A&M (86), Washington State (33), Washington (15), Iowa (13), Eastern Michigan (8), TCU (7), Virginia (4), Oklahoma State (3), Boise State (1), Army West Point (1), BYU (1).

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 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. For more information visit www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

 

Digital Postcard No. 2: The FWAA’s 1956 All-America Team

1956

(Ed. Note: This is the second in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team.  The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.)  

In 1956, milk was selling for 97 cents a gallon…The stock market rose to 499…The minimum wage topped out at $1 an hour…With Charlton Heston cast as Moses, the movie Ten Commandments premiered on Oct. 5…. RCA sold 90,000 color television sets…Elvis Presley recorded his first pop single, Heartbreak Hotel…. And smash hit My Fair Lady opened on Broadway.

The FWAA All-America Committee also released a team packed with stars, including Iowa tackle Alex Karras, who later would star on television and in the movies after a professional football career. Ohio State lineman Jim Parker won the Outland Trophy in 1956, but Karras would take it a year later. The 1956 FWAA team included eight backs and six of them would go on to careers worthy of being elected into the College Football Hall of Fame: John Brodie (Stanford), Jim Brown (Syracuse), Paul Hornung (Notre Dame), Johnny Majors (Tennessee), Tommy McDonald (Oklahoma) and Jack Pardee (Texas A&M).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Z78Osxp_Q

Hornung claimed the Heisman Trophy that season (1,066 votes) in a close vote over second-place Majors (994 votes) and third-place McDonald (973) despite the fact Notre Dame finished with a losing record (2-8). Hornung is still the only Heisman Trophy winner to play on a losing team the year he won the award.

The national team of the year, however, was McDonald’s Sooners, who were on the way to a 47-game winning streak under Coach Bud Wilkinson that wouldn’t end until 1957. FWAA All-America center Jerry Tubbs was a stalwart on that powerhouse Oklahoma team that claimed the FWAA’s Grantland Rice Trophy, symbolic of the national title, for a second straight season.

Go to http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf to see the entire list.

The Cotton Bowl Tie:  Syracuse’s Jim Brown would be the featured back in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1957. He nearly put the Orangemen in the win column. He rushed for 132 yards and scored three touchdowns, but TCU prevailed, 28-27. Brown was named one of the two Most Outstanding Players in the game along with TCU tackle Norman Hamilton, another FWAA All-America that season.

Your 1956 FWAA All-America Team Selectors:
Joe Sheehan, New York Times
Furman Bisher, Atlanta Journal
Jack Horner, Durham Herald
Jack Clowser, Cleveland Press
Volney Meece, Oklahoma City Oklahoman
Flem Hall, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Bill Leiser, San Francisco Chronicle