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Dufresne Receives Bert McGrane Award

Chris Dufresne remembered with Bert McGrane Award

Kate Shatel Named as Volney Meece Scholarship Winner

Volney Meece Scholarship Recipient Named 

Hunt Selected 2022 FWAA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Long-time Philadelphia journalist Donald Hunt has been named the recipient of the 2022 Football Writers Association of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced on Thursday.

Dykes wins 2022 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

TCU head coach Sonny Dykes guided the Horned Frogs to a 12-0 start and their first berth in the College Football Playoff in this his first season, thrilling fans along the way with a series of come-from-behind wins behind a dynamic offense that produced a Heisman Trophy finalist. In recognition of TCU's five wins over nationally-ranked opponents and playing at a championship level throughout the season, Dykes has won the 2022 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America and presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

FWAA, Goodyear Cotton Bowl unveil 2022 All-America Team

The 2022 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team, presented in partnership with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, is headlined by nine first-teamers from the four teams competing in the College Football Playoff, three repeat All-Americans and a record 16 total selections from the Big Ten Conference. There are 19 schools represented from six Football Bowl Subdivision conferences on the first team and 34 different schools and eight conferences plus an Independent included on the overall 54-man team.

Michigan's Oluwatimi wins 2022 Outland Trophy

Michigan center Olusegun Oluwatimi was named the recipient of the 77th Outland Trophy on Thursday night during The Home Depot College Football Awards. The Outland Trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s best college interior lineman on offense or defense. Oluwatimi is the Wolverines’ first Outland Trophy winner.

Eight finalists named for Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

The Football Writers Association of America, in conjunction with the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced eight finalists for the 2022 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday. The award will have a first-time winner this season chosen from among a list of three repeat finalists from 2021, five former finalists overall, three coaches competing in this season’s College Football Playoff and five who are leading conference champions. Four of them will face other finalists in their bowl games.

Alabama's Anderson Jr. repeats as Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner

For the second time in the award’s history, a repeat winner has claimed the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has once again been chosen as the nation’s top defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The Southeastern Conference leader in sacks and tackles for loss will be honored Tuesday night with the award here.

Three finalists named for 2022 Outland Trophy

OMAHA (FWAA) – A center on the nation’s fifth-best rushing offense and national title contender, the highest-graded offensive tackle throughout the season and one of the nation’s top pass rushing threats are the three finalists for the 2022 Outland Trophy by the Football Writers Association of America. Calijah Kancey of Pitt, a defensive tackle with 14.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks; Olusegun Oluwatimi, a center who has helped guide Michigan to consecutive Big Ten East division titles, and Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski, a perennial Big Ten stalwart and pro scout favorite, are this season’s superior linemen.

Inaugural Steve Spurrier Legend Coach Awardee Announced; Semifinalists for First-Year Coach Chosen

Bob Stoops Announced As Steve Spurrier Legend Coach; Semfinalists for First-Year Coach Chosen  

Seven semifinalists named for 2022 Outland Trophy

Seven semifinalists for the 77th Outland Trophy – five offensive linemen and two defensive tackles – were announced Wednesday by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. The seven come from different schools within four separate conferences – the Big Ten has four of the seven – and represent all four positions eligible for the award.

Four finalists named for 2022 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Four finalists for the 2022 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, one of them last year’s winner, another representing the top team in the current College Football Playoff rankings and two of the nation’s premier defensive linemen were named Wednesday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club as candidates for the award honoring the nation’s top defensive player. One finalist’s team has already clinched a spot in his conference championship game and another can clinch a spot with a win on Saturday. 

Paris Johnson Jr. Foundation selected as 2022 Merit Award recipient

The Paris Johnson Jr. Foundation has been selected as the 11th recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Texas' Ford is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

Jaylan Ford had a hand in three Texas takeaways and a team-leading 10 tackles to lead the Texas defense in a 34-27 win at No. 13 Kansas State. For an interception and a fumble recovery that sealed the win in the final minute, Ford earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games during the weekend of Nov. 5, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

Ohio State's Tuimoloau is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

DALLAS (FWAA) – Ohio State defensive end JT Tuimoloau notched one of the most dominant games for a defensive lineman in recent seasons Saturday in Ohio State’s 44-31 win at Penn State. Tuimoloau had six tackles, three for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and a pass breakup, forced a fumble and recovered another one as the Buckeyes rallied to stay perfect in Big Ten play. For forcing or gaining four takeaways that led to 21 Ohio State points, Tuimoloau earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games during the weekend of Oct. 29, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

Buffalo's Fuqua is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

Buffalo safety Marcus Fuqua tied an FBS-era program record with three interceptions against Toledo on Saturday, leading a rally from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit from the defensive side in the Bulls’ 34-27 win between the Mid-American Conference division leaders. For the key interceptions that helped extend Buffalo’s win streak to five games, Fuqua earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games during the weekend of Oct. 22, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

Michigan State's Windmon is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

DALLAS (FWAA)Jacoby Windmon turned Saturday’s game in Michigan State’s favor twice, the second time in overtime in forcing a Wisconsin fumble that the Spartans recovered and later scored to take an important 34-28 Big Ten win in East Lansing. Windmon forced both Badgers turnovers with an earlier interception to go with his season-best 11 tackles to earn the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games during the weekend of Oct. 15, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

Armed Forces Merit Award Finalists Announced

Seven finalists have been revealed for the 2022 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. They feature a university chancellor, four active college football players, a foundation benefiting veterans and “The Bronze Boot” run that will be staged on Veteran’s Day this November.

Toledo's Mitchell is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell intercepted four NIU passes, returning two of them for touchdowns that led the Rockets (4-2) to a 52-32 road win in DeKalb, Ill. For the dynamic and game-changing takeaways, Mitchell earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games during the weekend of Oct. 8, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

Mississippi State's Forbes is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

DALLAS (FWAA) – Cornerback Emmanuel Forbes intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter Saturday, taking the second one back 33 yards for a touchdown to seal Mississippi State’s 42-24 win over No. 17 Texas A&M. For setting the school record with his fourth career pick-six, Forbes earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games during the weekend of Oct. 1, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.