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2011 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List!!

July 15th, 2011 No comments

For the past week I have been giving you the preseason watch lists for the various awards that I am a proud voting member for and with each of these lists I was an integral part in the players that were selected. One of those awards is the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and today the 2011 Watch List was released.

The O’Brien is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The O’Brien honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The O’Brien is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $825,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.

Last year I was honored to help in the voting for the Davey O’Brien player of the week each and every week and we had a special page devoted to the O’Brien Award on the PhilSteele.com site weekly. I do want to give special mention to Danielle Moorman who is the Executive Director of the Davey O’Brien Foundation and does an excellent job with the award.

This year’s list features 38 of the nation’s top collegiate quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. Read more…

2011 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

July 11th, 2011 No comments

For the past week I have been giving you the preseason watch lists for the various awards that I am a proud voting member for and with each of these lists I was an integral part in the players that were selected. One of those awards is the Jim Thorpe Award and today the 2011 Watch List was released.

The Jim Thorpe Award for the best defensive back in college football was created in 1986 and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. The Award is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

Last year I was honored to pick the Jim Thorpe Award player of the week each and every week and we had a special page devoted to the Thorpe Award on the PhilSteele.com site weekly.

Here is the 2011 preseason watch list for the award. This watch list was determined by a committee of experts and we are very pleased at how the list has turned out. Some of the categories that the players were weighed on were not limited to how they expect to perform on the football field this year but also what they have done so far in their college careers. This includes several post-season and pre-season All-Conference and All-American lists. Also important to the award is their off-the-field contributions which effect their character. Finally, we considered their potential at the next level but talking to a several NFL draft experts who weighed in on the player’s strengths/weaknesses.

Keep in mind a player that is not on this list can still win the award as this list will be fluid throughout the season. In November the committee will meet to narrow the field to 10 or 12 semi-finalists and they will meet again on the Monday before Thanksgiving to select the three finalists. The names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of over 50 sports writers, sportscasters, former players and coaches who vote to determine the winner. The finalists are invited to ESPN’s College Football Awards Show, broadcast on December 8, 2011 from Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The winner is announced during the broadcast, but the official presentation of the award takes place on Tuesday, February 7, at the 25th Anniversary Jim Thorpe Award Banquet in Oklahoma City.

As of right now these are the top 37 candidates that were selected by a committee of experts. Read more…

2011 Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List

July 9th, 2011 No comments

All week long I have been giving you the preseason watch lists for the various awards that I am a proud voting member for and with each of these lists I was an integral part in the players that were selected. Yesterday the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List was released. The award goes to the nation’s best defensive player and the winner is selected by the Football Writers Association of America, which I am also a proud member of and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

This year 87 players make the list and every conference and Notre Dame are represented on the list that is pretty evenly divided among linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. Overall 12 players make the list for the second year in a row including Alabama S Mark Barron, TCU LB Tank Carder, Nebraska DT Jared Crick, Boston College LB Luke Kuechly and Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o.

By conference: SEC 19, ACC 14, Big Ten 10, Big 12 9, Pac-12 9, Big East 6, Conference USA 5, Mountain West 5, Independents 3, MAC 3, WAC 3, Sun Belt 1.

Here is the complete list. Read more…

2011 Outland Trophy Watch List

July 8th, 2011 No comments

All week long I have been giving you the preseason watch lists for the various awards that I am a proud voting member for and with each of these lists I was an integral part in the players that were selected. Today the 2011 Outland Trophy Watch List was released. The award goes to the best interior lineman in college football and the winner is selected by the Football Writers Association of America, which I am also a proud member of.

The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third oldest award in major college football. It is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the century.

Every conference, along with independents BYU and Notre Dame, had at least one player on the annual list, which includes only tackles, guards and centers on both sides of the ball. Of the 65 players on the watch list, 16 defensive tackles occupied spots. The rest of the linemen were on offense.  10 players made the watch list for the 2nd year in a row including DT Jared Crick, Nebraska, OG Barrett Jones, Alabama, OT Nate Potter, Boise St and OT Matt Reynolds, BYU.

Here is the complete list. Read more…

John Mackey Thoughts and Watch List

July 7th, 2011 No comments

Today’s blog was already scheduled to take a look at the 2011 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List but sadly just earlier today the NFL Hall of Famer who was considered to be the best to have played the tight end position passed away at age 69.

John Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to the community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA. I could not think of a better or deserving person to have an award named after and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Mackey family and friends.

In his career, Mackey had 5,236 receiving yards (15.8, 38 td) and he was named the best ever at his position in an NFL Network poll. His most famous catch was a 75-yd td pass in Super Bowl V off a deflection that helped the Colts win their only Super Bowl.

I take great pride in not only being a voting member of the John Mackey Award but also a key contributor on the committee which selects the players for the preseason watch list.

Just yesterday the 2011 John Mackey Award preseason watch list was released by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The Award, established in 2001, is awarded annually to the most outstanding tight end in FBS college football. In addition to demonstrating outstanding athletic prowess on the field, the award also stands for positive sportsmanship-like behavior, good academic standing & exceptional leadership abilities.

Last year D.J. Williams of Arkansas won the award and 10 of the past 11 winners have gone on to play in the NFL. Returning semi-finalists from last year are Michael Egnew, George Bryan and Ladarius Green. Here is the complete 2011 watch list. Read more…

Bednarik Preseason Award Watch List Announced!

July 6th, 2011 2 comments

In the next 3 days I will be examining some of the preseason watch lists that have been released for college football’s top players.

I take pride in being a member of several different College Football Awards including the Maxwell Football Club and got the chance to attend the Club’s Awards Dinner this past year in Atlantic City. I am also happy to say that I take part in compiling the preseason and postseason watch lists with some of the members and yesterday the Club released their 2011 watch lists for the 75th annual Maxwell Award and the 17th annual Bednarik Award.

Today I will break down the Bednarik Award List, which has been presented to the nation’s top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ’67.

Last year’s winner was LSU CB Patrick Peterson and returning Bednarik Award semifinalists from 2010 include Florida State DE Brandon Jenkins, Boston College LB Luke Kuechly, and Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o.

Here is the complete list. Read more…

Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List Announced!

July 5th, 2011 No comments

In the next 3 days I will be examining some of the preseason watch lists that have been released for college football’s top players.

I take pride in being a member of several different College Football Awards including the Maxwell Football Club and got the chance to attend the Club’s Awards Dinner this past year in Atlantic City. I am also happy to say that I take part in compiling the preseason and postseason watch lists with some of the members and today the Club released their 2011 watch lists for the 75th annual Maxwell Award and the 17th annual Bednarik.

Today I will break down the Maxwell Award List, which has been given to America’s outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell. Read more…