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11/25/15 - Christian McCaffreySo/2018, Stanford, 6-0, 205 (DS#4 RB)
2015 MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford...McCaffrey leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 242 per game and has touched the ball 258 times. Of the nine 300 all-purpose yards performances this season, three belong to McCaffrey. Seven times he has exceeded 200 all-purpose yards per game, and he has shown the ability to be a workhorse running back: carried the ball 25 times for a school record 263 yards and four touchdowns against UCLA, and already has set school records with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games and 2,418 all-purpose yards on the season. - Stanford Football

11/25/15 - Deshaun WatsonSo/2018, Clemson, 6-2, 210 (DS#1 QB)
2015 MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST: Deshaun Watson, Clemson...Watson completed 241 of 344 passes for 2,944 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has completed 70.1 percent of his passes, third best in the nation. He has added 642 yards on the ground in 118 carries and has scored six touchdowns. Watson is the only quarterback in the nation to rush for 600 yards and pass for 2,900 yards this season. Watson is eighth in the nation in passing efficiency with a 161.07 rate. Four times he has been the ACC Offensive Back of the Week, the most selections by any Clemson offensive player in school history. He has been named to the Manning Award Honor roll four of the last five weeks. - Clemson Football

11/25/15 - Derrick HenryJr/2017, Alabama, 6-2, 242 (DS#2 RB)
2015 MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST: Derrick Henry, Alabama...Henry was one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the College Player of the Year. The junior tailback was also selected as a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum to the nation's top running back. Henry has taken advantage of his starting role this season, collecting 21 touchdowns and 1,526 yards on 249 carries for a 6.1 yards per carry average that ranks second among SEC backs. Nationally, Henry leads all backs in rushing touchdowns and ranks sixth in rushing yards. - Alabama Football

11/25/15 - Jabrill PeppersrFr/2019, Michigan, 6-0, 205 (DS#1 SS)
2015 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan. Soph.,...A three-way player, Peppers has lined up at 10 different positions this season for the resurgent Wolverines. He started the year at safety, saw time at corner, nickel back and linebacker while handling punt and KO returns. Peppers made his offensive debut against Michigan State at wide receiver then had a breakout game in Michigan’s hard fought, 29-23 road win against Minnesota: logged 92 snaps at safety, receiver, wildcat QB, running back and return man; recorded four carries for 16 yards and a touchdown; returned a KO 43 yards and a punt 41 yards that set up short touchdown drives; recorded three tackles and two PBUs. Peppers’ leads the team in punt and KO return yards, fifth in all-purpose yards, fifth in tackles and tackles for loss and second in PBUs. He has played a total of 809 snaps so far this season, an average of more than 80 per game, with 635 snaps on defense, 150 on special teams and 24 on offense. - Paul Hornung Award

11/25/15 - Robert NkemdicheJr/2017, Mississippi, 6-3, 296 (DS#1 DT)
2015 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss. Jr.,...A stalwart, active and often bruising defensive tackle, Nkemdiche earned the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll twice early in the season by scoring three touchdowns at running back and tight end. He helped the Rebels to a hard-fought, 27-16 win over Vanderbilt with four tackles, including one for a loss, one QB hit on defense and a one-yard touchdown plunge on offense in what proved to be the winning score. Outstanding athlete who has recorded 22 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks sack, one pass break up, seven quarterback hurries and one blocked kick. Nkemdiche was a dominant defensive force against the highly touted Alabama offensive line in the Rebels’ 43-37 win over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. He is the first defensive lineman selected as a Paul Hornung Award finalist and is one of the top-rated college defensive linemen by NFL draft prognosticators. - Paul Hornung Award

11/25/15 - Christian McCaffreySo/2018, Stanford, 6-0, 205 (DS#4 RB)
2015 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford...McCaffrey leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 242 per game and has touched the ball 258 times. Primarily a tailback, he also plays slot, wildcat QB, wide receiver, handles punt / kickoff returns and threw a touchdown pass. Of the nine 300 all-purpose yards performances this season, three belong to McCaffrey. Seven times he has exceeded 200 all-purpose yards per game, and he has shown the ability to be a workhorse running back: carried the ball 25 times for a school record 263 yards and four touchdowns against UCLA, and already has set school records with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games and 2,418 all-purpose yards on the season. McCaffrey is a solid receiver with 28 catches for 325 yards and two touchdowns. He is fearless fair catching the ball on punts and averages 28 yards per KO return. He is blessed with outstanding speed and great hands. - Paul Hornung Award

11/25/15 - Adoree JacksonSo/2018, Southern California, 5-11, 185 (DS#1 CB)
2015 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: Adoree’ Jackson, Southern California...Jackson has blazing speed and is a triple-threat for the Trojans, playing big roles on offense, defense and special teams. Primarily a defensive back, he is second on the team in all-purpose yards with 109.4 and has scored three touchdowns this season – two on offense, one on defense. On offense, he has done the most damage as a wide receiver catching 24 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns. He is the Trojans’ primary kickoff and punt returner, with 19 punt returns for 159 yards and 22 kickoff returns for 499 yards. On defense, Jackson has 19 total tackles, one forced fumble, two pass deflections and returned his only interception of the year 46 yards for a touchdown against California in a crucial 27-21 conference win. He is the only player nationally with at least 300 yards receiving, 400 yards in kickoff returns, 100 yards in punt returns and 10 tackles. - Paul Hornung Award

11/25/15 - Jarrett StidhamFr/2019, Baylor, 6-2, 210 (DS#11 QB)
Baylor QB Stidham out with broken bone in ankle...Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a broken bone in the back of his right ankle, the school confirmed Wednesday. The true freshman limped off the field right before halftime of the Bears' 45-35 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys last Saturday. Baylor coach Art Briles said Monday that Stidham was "highly questionable" with an injured fibula and also back and hand injuries, and that the No. 7 Bears would prepare to play sophomore Chris Johnson against No. 19 TCU on Friday. Johnson will make his first career start at TCU. He played receiver for most of the season but took over for Stidham against Oklahoma State and scored three touchdowns. Baylor finishes its regular season on Dec. 5 against Texas and can still win the Big 12 if Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Stidham started three games after replacing junior Seth Russell, who was lost for the season with a neck injury on Oct. 24. Stidham has thrown for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. - The Sports Xchange

11/25/15 - Ty DarlingtonSr/2016, Oklahoma, 6-2, 286 (DS#17 C)
2015 WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST: Ty Darlington, University of Oklahoma, senior, offensive line...Darlington graduated from OU in two-and-a-half years with a 3.91 GPA in Arts and Sciences Planned Program (Health Promotion emphasis) and is working on his master's in Adult and Higher Education (Intercollegiate Athletics Administration emphasis). He has made significant community contributions on campus, around Norman and elsewhere. He is serving as 2015-16 president of the Big 12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (served as 2014-15 vice president), is one of 15 Division I student-athletes who serves on the NCAA's autonomy legislation committee and was president of the OU Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in 2013-14 and 2014-15 (he averages between 10-15 FCA speeches per semester). - Oklahoma Football

11/25/15 - Landon FosterSr/2016, Kentucky, 6-0, 178 (DS#10 P)
2015 WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST: Landon Foster, University of Kentucky, senior, punter...Foster, a native of Franklin, Tenn., has set the standard with his work in the community, using his platform as a student-athlete to consistently and positively affect others. In 2014, Foster represented UK Football on a week-long community service trip to Ethiopia where he interacted with residents of impoverished communities, visited imprisoned men, helped widows, cared for orphans, and helped renovate houses. On the trip, he befriended a 14-year-old boy living in the streets of Korah named Dejene. He was so moved by the boy’s resilience and character to succeed despite his circumstances that Foster worked through an organization called “Adoption Ministry of Youth with a Mission” to pay out of his own pocket to sponsor Dejene. He sent his own money for four months to help pay for his food, clothing, shelter and schooling until Dejene (now named Joshua) was able to move to America with a family from North Carolina. - Kentucky Football

11/25/15 - Nate SudfeldSr/2016, Indiana, 6-6, 240 (DS#6 QB)
2015 WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST: Nate Sudfeld, Indiana University, senior, quarterback...The Modesto, Calif., native leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game (283.4; 20th nationally), passing yards (2,834; 24th), total offense per game (286.2; 23rd), total offense (2,862; 27th), passing efficiency (149.1; 33rd) and yards per attempt (8.5; T-21st), is second in yards per completion (14.1; 15th), is third in touchdowns (20; T-28th), is tied for fourth in fewest interceptions (5) and is sixth in completion percentage (59.9). Sudfeld, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, is first in passing touchdowns (54), 350-yard games (4) and four-touchdown games (4), tied for first in 400-yard games (1), 300-yard games (9) and 200-yard games (18), second in completion percentage (60.6) and three-touchdown games (8), third in passing yardage (7,140), completions (547) and 250-yard games (11), fourth in total offense (7,239) and fifth in attempts (903) on IU's career lists in 35 games (24 starts). - Indiana Football

11/25/15 - Laquon TreadwellJr/2017, Mississippi, 6-2, 210 (DS#1 WR)
2015 FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss...Treadwell, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound wide receiver from Crete, Illinois, has been a star for the Rebels since the first game he played two years ago. He has set records and been a go-to target for Ole Miss quarterbacks throughout his career, and overcame excruciating adversity when he suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle at the end of last year’s Auburn game, missing the final four contests of his sophomore season. Treadwell returned to action this year and has performed even better than before his injury. He is the Southeastern Conference leader in receptions (6.5/game) and receiving yards (96.4/game) and on pace to break the single-season Ole Miss records in both categories. He is third in the SEC with eight touchdown catches. He ranks top 25 nationally in all three categories. - Ole Miss Football

11/25/15 - Josh DoctsonrSr/2016, TCU, 6-2, 195 (DS#1 WR)
2015 FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST: Josh Doctson, TCU...Doctson leads the nation with 132.7 receiving yards per game. He is the only player in the country to rank in the top 6 in receiving yards per game, receptions per game (7.9) and touchdown catches (14). His 79 receptions, 1,327 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns are TCU single-season records. The receiving yards rank second nationally, while the touchdowns are tied for second. He is sixth in the FBS at 7.9 receptions per game. Doctson has joined two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Michael Crabree from Texas Tech as the only players in the last 20 years to have six straight games with at least 100 yards receiving and multiple touchdown catches. Eleven of Doctson's 14 touchdown receptions have come with the score in single digits. He tops the nation with 56 catches of at least 10 yards. His 62 receptions in conference play are the most in the nation. - TCU Football

11/25/15 - Corey ColemanrJr/2017, Baylor, 5-10, 190 (DS#3 WR)
2015 FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST: Corey Coleman, Baylor...This season, Coleman leads the country in touchdown receptions (20) and is second in receiving yards per game (130.6). The junior’s 20 TD grabs are currently ranked tied for third-most for a single season in Big 12 history and ninth-most in NCAA history. Nationally, Coleman is second in scoring (12.0 ppg) and third in receiving yards (1,306). He ranks first in the FBS in catches of 20+ yards (23) and 30+ yards (20) and second in 40+ (11) and 60+ (3) yard catches. The Richardson, Texas, native has re-written the BU record books, breaking Kendall Wright’s school single season (14) and career (30) receiving TD records. Coleman now sits with 20 on the year and 33 for his career. - Baylor Football

11/25/15 - Jeremy CashrSr/2016, Duke, 6-1, 208 (DS#1 SS)
2015 JIM THORPE AWARD FINALIST: Jeremy Cash, Duke...Through 11 games this season, Cash has registered 94 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 quarterback sacks, eight quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, three caused fumbles and five games with 10 or more tackles. Cash ranks second in the ACC in tackles for loss per game (1.64) and caused fumbles, while standing sixth in tackles per game (8.55). Cash’s 1.64 TFL per game are the sixth most nationally. He is the only defensive back in the top 100 nation­ally in TFL per game. With a 12-tackle performance against Miami, he became the 16th player in Duke history to reach the 300-tackle plateau and currently ranks 14th on Duke’s all-time tackle list with 326 career stops. - Duke Football

11/25/15 - Desmond KingJr/2017, Iowa, 5-11, 200 (DS#9 CB)
2015 JIM THORPE AWARD FINALIST: Desmond King, Iowa...King was named the Jim Thorpe national Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s win at Wisconsin. King was also recently named one of 15 Players to Watch for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He is also the first Hawkeye with multiple multi-interception games in a season since Tyler Sash in 2009. King (5-foot-11, 200-pounds), is a junior from Detroit, Michigan (East English Village HS). He is tied for first in the nation with eight interceptions (0.7 per game). King has multiple interceptions in two games, with two thefts in wins over Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. King’s eight interceptions tie the Iowa single-season record, a mark previously reached by Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick (1939) and Lou King (1981). His seventh interception of the season was returned 88 yards for a touchdown in a win over Maryland, the second touchdown return of his career (Indiana, 2014).

11/25/15 - Vernon Hargreaves IIIJr/2017, Florida, 5-11, 199 (DS#2 CB)
2015 JIM THORPE AWARD FINALIST: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida...Hargreaves leads one of the nation’s top pass defenses, a unit that ranks 10th in passing yards allowed per game (173.5) and limits opposing quarterbacks to a 102.23 rating (eighth nationally). In addition, teams only average 5.60 yards per pass attempt against the Gators, a figure that ranks seventh in the country. Individually, Hargreaves has totaled four interceptions (tied for third in the SEC) and has 152 interception return yards. Hargreaves was named First Team All-America as a sophomore and First Team All-SEC as both a sophomore and freshman.

11/25/15 - Reggie RaglandSr/2016, Alabama, 6-2, 252 (DS#1 ILB)
2015 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST: Reggie Ragland, Alabama...Ragland earned his fourth finalist nod, being named a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. He has already been selected as a finalist for the Butkus, Nagurski and Senior Class Awards. The Bednarik is presented annually to the College Football Defensive Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. Ragland has captained a Crimson Tide defense that ranks second nationally in rushing defense (77.8 ypg) and sits third in both total defense (265 ypg) and scoring defense (14.5 ppg). The senior has a team-leading 85 tackles, including 6.5 for a loss (-23 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-10 yards). He has also recorded five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Ragland has led the team in tackles in seven of Alabama's 11 games this season and has helped the Crimson Tide defensive unit limit its last eight opponents to only 11.1 points per game following the early loss to Ole Miss. - Alabama Football

11/25/15 - Carl NassibrSr/2016, Penn State, 6-6, 270 (DS#4 DE)
2015 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST: Carl Nassib, Penn State...Nassib burst onto the national scene this year and leads FBS in sacks (15.5), tackles for loss (19.5) and forced fumbles (6). He has recorded a sack the first 10 games this season and five multi-sack games. His streak came to an end against Michigan as he only played three snaps due to injury. With one sack at Northwestern, Nassib broke the Penn State single-season sacks record by upping his total to 15.5. He surpasses the mark of 15 sacks set by Larry Kubin (1979) and Michael Haynes (2002). Additionally, Nassib's six forced fumbles this season are the most by a Penn State player since Haynes had a school-record seven in the 2002. - Penn State Football

11/25/15 - Tyler MatakevichSr/2016, Temple, 6-0, 232 (DS#3 OLB)
2015 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST: Tyler Matakevich, Temple...The Stratford, Conn., native is the only FBS players to lead his team in tackles every game of the 2015 season. Matakevich is college football's active leader with 462 career tackles. This year he has 107 tackles, making him just the seventh college football player to ever register 100+ tackles in four different seasons. He also leads the nation in interceptions among linebackers with a career-high five and also reached career-highs in sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss (11.5). - Temple Football

11/25/15 - Jordan LeggettJr/2017, Clemson, 6-4, 255 (DS#5 TE)
2015 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST: Jordan Leggett, Clemson...Leggett has caught 27 passes for 345 yards and a team best six touchdowns this year. He had at least one touchdown reception in five straight games at one point, a Clemson record for a tight end. Leggett had two touchdown receptions among his four receptions for 56 yards in the win over Georgia Tech. He tied a school record for touchdown catches in a game by a Clemson tight end. In the win over Florida State, the junior from Navarre, Fla. had six catches for 101 yards and became just the fourth Clemson tight end in history to have at least 100 receiving yards in a single game. - Clemson Football

11/25/15 - Austin HooperrSo/2018, Stanford, 6-3, 248 (DS#1 TE)
2015 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST: Austin Hooper, Stanford...Hooper, who played at national powerhouse De La Salle High in San Ramon, California, has caught 26 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns. He collected a career-high 79 receiving yards, including a 16-yard scoring grab at USC. - Stanford Football

11/25/15 - Hunter HenryJr/2017, Arkansas, 6-5, 253 (DS#2 TE)
2015 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST: Hunter Henry, Arkansas...One of senior quarterback Brandon Allen’s go-to playmakers, Henry has led SEC tight ends in receptions (109) and receiving yards (1,541) the past three seasons. With 1,541 career receiving yards, he is one of just three Arkansas tight ends to eclipse the 1000-yard plateau, joining 2010 Mackey Award winner D.J. Williams - 1,855 (2007-10) and Chris Gragg - 1,003 (2008-12). With 109 career receptions, he is one of just 13 tight ends in SEC history to reach the triple-digit mark. A preseason All-American by multiple national media outlets, Henry has a reception in 21 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the SEC and fourth longest among FBS tight ends. He hasn’t dropped a single pass this season, and he’s showcased his strong hands throughout his career, dropping just six of his 179 targets. For his career, Henry has garnered 61 percent of his targets, averaging 8.6 yards per target. This season, Henry is hauling in 68 percent of his looks, averaging 9.5 yards per target, which leads all SEC tight ends and ranks fifth among FBS tight ends (minimum 25 receptions). - Arkansas Football

11/25/15 - Jake ElliottJr/2017, Memphis, 5-10, 165 (DS#2 K)
2015 LOU GROZA AWARD FINALIST: Jake Elliott, Memphis...Elliot, a junior from Western Springs, Illinois is averaging 10.7 points per game this season, for Memphis’s high rolling offense. He was crucial in Memphis’s exciting win over Bowling Green, hitting the eventual game winner to put Memphis ahead 44-41. He played a large role in the Tigers upset of then number 10 Ole Miss, going a perfect 3 for 3 on field goal attempts. On the year, Elliot is 22 of 26 on all field goal attempts giving him an 84.6% conversion rate. He added 53 PATs for a total of 119 points. - Palm Beach County Sports Commission

11/25/15 - Daniel CarlsonrSo/2018, Auburn, 6-3, 213 (DS#1 K)
2015 LOU GROZA AWARD FINALIST: Daniel Carlson, Auburn...Carlson, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado is one of two kickers this season to successfully make 4 field goals of 51+ yards. He now holds the Auburn record of most 50+ field goals in a season, breaking a record that stood for 45 years. He started things off by connecting for a career-high 56 yard field goal in the Chick Fil-A Kickoff. He set another school record by recording 14 consecutive field goals, including two 52 yarders during that stretch. Overall, Carlson is 20 of 23 on all field goal attempts giving him a conversion rate of 87%, and has added 35 PATs for a total of 95 points. - Palm Beach County Sports Commission

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