Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:39 am

Hoke named Maxwell Club's Coach of the Year

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If Brady Hoke is still trying to seal the deal with a couple of recruits this week before signing day on Wednesday, he just found some more ammo to convince them that Michigan is the place they want to play.

The Maxwell Football Club, which wants you to know it's the oldest football club in America -- maybe there's an American football club in Tanzania that's older -- announced on Monday that Brady Hoke had been named its coach of the year for 2011.

"Coach Hoke has engineered a tremendous turnaround in the Michigan football program in just one year and it was obvious that his team improved each week," said Maxwell Club executive director Mark Wolpert in a release. "It is quite an accomplishment to compile an 11-2 record playing a rigorous Big Ten schedule in his first year at the helm. Coach Hoke has set the tone for a high degree of future success for the Michigan program." 

Hoke did lead quite the turnaround in Ann Arbor this season, taking Michigan from a 7-6 mark in 2010 to an 11-2 record in 2011, including a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Hoke became the third coach in history to win a BCS bowl game in his first season as a head coach.

He's also the third Michigan coach to be given this award by the Maxwell Club, along with Lloyd Carr and Bo Schembechler

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 10:15 pm

Robert Griffin III wears caped Superman socks

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There were some unique fashion statements made at the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday night, particularly Tyrann Mathieu's suit, but nothing could top Robert Griffin's socks.

Superman socks are money by themselves, but when you add a cape to them? That's taking your game to a whole new level.

Of course, as we already know, Griffin isn't new to the awesome socks routine.
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 12:35 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) released it's 2011 All-America Team. Which means that these are the best players in the country as chosen by the men who coach for and against them every week. There are five members on this team from Alabama, which is the second most players ever selected from one school in any given season. The most belongs to the 2003 Oklahoma Sooners who had six members on the team.


QB - Andrew Luck, Stanford
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
RB - Montee Ball, Wisconsin
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR - Jordan White, Western Michigan
TE - Orson Charles, Georgia
OL - Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
OL - Barrett Jones, Alabama
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
OL - David DeCastro, Stanford
OL - Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State


DL - Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
DL - Alex Okafor, Texas
DL - Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
DL - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
LB - Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
LB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia
LB - Lavonte David, Nebraska
DB - Mark Barron, Alabama
DB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
DB - Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
DB - DeQuan Menzie, Alabama


PK - Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
P - Shawn Powell, Florida State
AP - LaMichael James, Oregon

Justin Blackmon and LaMichael James are the only players on the team who were selected last season.

As for potential snubs, I'm not going to make too big a deal out of any one position because every year there are a lot of players who deserve the honor that don't make the cut. Though I will point out how Robert Griffin didn't make the team, and many are predicting he's going to win the Heisman Trophy. Then there's Tyrann Mathieu who is another Heisman finalist, yet he didn't make the team while his secondary teammate Morris Claiborne did.

I also have to point out that Brad Wing should be the punter on every postseason team this year, I don't care that he's only a freshman.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 3:52 pm

Davey O'Brien Award semifinalists announced

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We've reached the point of the college football season where those preseason watch lists we all remember from a few months ago start to whittle down to lists of semifinalists, and today we've got the 16 remaining contenders for the Davey O'Brien Award. The Davey O'Brien Award is given out annually by the Davey O'Brien Foundation to the best quarterback in the nation, and with all the great quarterbacks we've seen so far this season, it's not easy to cut this group down.

Though when you see the 16 names who made the cut below, you'll have a hard time arguing against any of them.

Matt Barkley, USC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
Seth Doege, Texas Tech
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Keith Price, Washington
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

It's a pretty nice group, and there isn't anybody in it who I'd argue should be taken out.
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:15 pm

Davey O'Brien Watch List released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Even though we already know that Houston's Case Keenum is going to win it, the Davey O'Brien Foundation released its watch list for the 2011 season on Friday. The Davey O'Brien Award is given annually to the best quarterback in the country, with Auburn's Cam Newton winning the award this season. Two of last year's finalists are back on the list in Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore, but those two are joined by 36 others as well.

Matt Barkley, USC
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
Dayne Crist, Notre Dame
Austin Davis, Southern Miss
Dominique Davis, East Carolina
Nick Foles, Arizona
Jeff Godfrey, UCF
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Jake Heaps, BYU
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Case Keenum, Houston
G.J. Kinne, Tulsa
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
Andrew Luck, Stanford
EJ Manuel, Florida State
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Danny O'Brien, Maryland
Kyle Padron, SMU
Dan Persa, Northwestern
Chris Relf, Mississippi State
Sean Renfree, Duke
Corey Robinson, Troy
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
Geno Smith, West Virginia
Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Jordan Wynn, Utah

While I have no real reasons to root for a winner this season, superficially I'd like to see NC State's Danny O'Brien win it just because I think it would be funny to say Danny O'Brien wins the Davey O'Brien.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 4:56 pm

Walter Payton Award watch list announced

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We don't pay much attention to FCS schools on the Eye On College Football blog, but given the fact that we've been posting the watch lists from all of FBS' major awards, it only makes sense we post the Walter Payton Award watch list as well. If you aren't sure what the Walter Payton Award is, it's the trophy given to the most outstanding college football player in the FCS. In other words, it's the FCS Heisman Trophy. So it deserves some attention, especially when you consider that previous winners in the award's 25-year history include such names as Steve McNair, Brian Westbrook, Tony Romo and Brian Finneran.

Oh, and it's named after Walter Payton, and as a guy who has spent his entire life living in Chicago, if you put Walter Payton's name on anything, I'm going to give it some love.

So here are the 20 candidates for the 2011 Walter Payton Award:

Last year's winner was Jeremy Moses of Stephen F. Austin. All in all, the 20-player list includes six finalists from last season: Appalachian State's DeAndre Presley, Colgate's Nate Eachus, Montana State's DeNarius McGhee, Jackson State's Casey Therriault, Liberty's Mike Brown and Wofford's Eric Breitenstein.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 2:21 pm

2011 Rimington Trophy watch list released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Rimington Trophy preseason watch list was released on Wednesday afternoon by the Rimington Trophy Committee. The Rimington Trophy is given to the player deemed to be the best center in the country every season. Something that is nice for centers everywhere as they generally toil in anonymity until they launch a snap over a quarterback's head.

The list this season consists of 43 players, 13 of whom were finalists last season. The SEC leads all conferences with seven members named to the list with the Big Ten coming in second with six.

Chris Anzevino, Kent State
Eloy Atkinson, UTEP
Mario Benavides, Louisville
Philip Blake, Baylor
Ben Bojicic, Bowling Green
Colin Boss, Middle Tennessee State
Mike Brewster, Ohio State
Terence Brown, BYU
Ben Burkett, Northwestern
Thomas Byrd, Boise State
Mike Caputo, Nebraska
Nick Carlson, Wyoming
Tom Castilaw, Arkansas State
Braxton Cave, Notre Dame
Trent Dupy, Tulsa
Dillon Farrell, New Mexico
James Ferentz, Iowa
Dalton Freeman, Clemson
Kevin Galeher, Western Michigan
Grant Garner, Oklahoma State
Garth Gerhart, Arizona State
Jeremiah Hatch, Kansas
A.J. Hawkins, Mississippi
Cam Holland, North Carolina
Tyler Horn, Miami
Grant Johnson, Oregon State
T.J. Johnson, South Carolina
Ben Jones, Georgia
Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Tyler Larsen, Utah State
P.J. Lonergan, LSU
Joe Madsen, West Virginia
Kai Maiava, UCLA
Blake McJunkin, SMU
David Molk, Michigan
Brian Moore, Duke
Moe Petrus, UConn
Weston Richburg, Colorado State
Darion Smith, UAB
Matt Smith, Kentucky
Travis Swanson, Arkansas
William Vlachos, Alabama
Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 1:07 pm

Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The latest award to release its preseason watch list is the Lombardi Award, which was announced on Tuesday. The award is given annually to the best lineman in the country. Whether it be an offensive guard or a defensive end, if your Saturday is spent battling in the trenches, and you dominate the line of scrimmage like nobody else, The Rotary Lombardi Committee wants you to know that you aren't working in anonymity. Even linebackers can get in on the mix if they put their hands in the dirt from time to time.

Last year's recipient was Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Here are this season's candidates.

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Alvin Bailey, G, Arkansas
Don Barclay, OT, West Virginia
Kelvin Beachum, OT, SMU
Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
Tanner Brock, LB, TCU
Jaymes Brooks, G, Virginia Tech
Austin Brown, DT, Miami
Vince Browne, DE, Northwestern
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
Ben Burkett, C, Northwestern
Miles Burris, LB, San Diego State
Thomas Byrd, C, Boise State
Tank Carder, LB, TCU
Audie Cole, LB, NC State
Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Quinton Coples, DT, North Carolina
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Lavonte David, OT, Nebraska
Ja'Gared Davis, LB, SMU
Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
Joe Duhon, G, Southern Miss
Lonnie Edwards, G, Texas Tech
Joe Flading, OT, Ohio
Joel Foreman, G, Michigan State
Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas
Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
Stephen Good, G, Oklahoma
Ben Habern, C, Oklahoma
Logan Harrell, DT, Fresno State
Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Alex Hoffman, G, Cincinnati
Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia
Malik Jackson, DE/DT, Tennessee
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Cam Johnson, DT, Virginia
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Barrett Jones, G, Alabama
Ben Jones, C, Georgia
Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal
Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State
Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
Brandon Lindsey, DE, Pitt
Trent Mackey, LB, Tulane
Brad Madison, DL, Missouri
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Chris Marve, LB, Vanderbilt
Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
Matt McCants, OT, UAB
Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
Marcus McGraw, LB, Houston
Cameron Meredith, DE, Nebraska
Carmen Messina, LB, New Mexico
Ryan Miller, G, Colorado
Julian Miller, DT, West Virginia
David Molk, C, Michigan
Roosevelt Nix, DE, Kent State
Trevor Olson, OT, Northern Illinois
Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State
Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
Corey Paredes, LB, Hawai'i
Nick Perry, DE, USC
Moe Petrus, C, UConn
Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
Sean Progar, DE, Northern Illinois
Kheeson Randall, DL, Texas
Taylor Reed, LB, SMU
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Kendall Reyes, DE, UConn
Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina
Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas
Adrian Robinson, DE, Temple
Mike Ryan, OT, UConn
Quentin Saulsberry, G/C, Mississippi State
JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati
Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Cal
Mychall Sisson, LB, Colorado State
Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
Bradley Sowell, OT, Ole MIss
Sean Spence, LB, Miami
Andrew Sweat, LB, Ohio State
Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech
Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Taylor Thompson, DE, SMU
Chris Thompson, C, Houston
Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky
Jabaree Tuani, DE, Navy
Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB, Alabama
Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
William Vlachos, C, Alabama
Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
Chaz Walker, LB, Utah
Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Brandon Washington, G, Miami 
Scott Wedige, C, Northern Illinois
Sean Westgate, LB, UCLA
Garrick Williams, LB, Texas A&M
Korey Williams, LB, Southern Miss
Billy Winn, DT, Boise State
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Carson York, G, Oregon
Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin 

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