FWAA Awards Articles
Clemson's Bresee nominated for Orange Bowl Courage Award
Clemson’s Bryan Bresee is this week’s nominee for the 2022 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Bresee, a third-year sophomore, started and posted two tackles and one quarterback hurry in Saturday’s win over Furman, before traveling to be with his family as his 15-year-old sister Ella battles an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Houston's Parish is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week
Setting two American Athletic Conference records with 4.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss among his 11 total tackles, defensive end Derek Parish set a tone for an aggressive Houston defense in a road game at Texas Tech. Despite a 33-30 loss in overtime, the outstanding effort earned Parish the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 10, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
Ohio State's Eichenberg is Bronko Nagurski National Player of the Week
Leading the way with nine tackles, Tommy Eichenberg and the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes shut down No. 5 Notre Dame in the last three quarters of a 21-10 win to take the highlight game of college football’s first full weekend. For posting his team-high tackles – six of them solo and three of them for losses to go with a pair of sacks – Eichenberg earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games in the extended weekend of Sept. 3, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
FWAA Applications for Volney Meece Award
Orlando, Fla._The FWAA is now accepting applications for the 26th annual Volney Meece Scholarship.
Contact Alan Schmadtke at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application..
Alan, the FWAA's 2005 President, is taking over the administration of the scholarship program from 2001 President Dave Sittler who has run it since its inception in 1997. Applications must be received by Dec. 15, 2022.
The scholarship is awarded annually by the FWAA and named for the late Volney Meece, who served 22 years as the FWAA’s Executive Director and was the organization’s President in 1971.
The $1,000 annual grant for four years is awarded to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member. High school seniors and current college students are eligible. Since the program started in 1997, the FWAA has distributed nearly $100,000 in scholarship money to deserving children of FWAA members.
The winner will be announced in January.
2022 Outland Trophy Watch List unveiled
The Football Writers Association of America has announced the preseason watch list for the 2022 Outland Trophy, recognizing 89 returning standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents. The 2022 season will close with the award's 77th anniversary and the watch list offers a talented field of players to accompany two returning FWAA All-Americans.
2022 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List unveiled
The Football Writers Association of America released its 2022 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List today, selecting 85 defensive standouts from 61 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences plus independents. The watch list roster includes five returning players from last season’s FWAA All-America team including 2021 winner Will Anderson Jr. of Alabama, five of the top 13 tacklers from last season, the top two sack leaders and six of the top 13, and two players in the secondary who each had five interceptions last year.
Sports Illustrated's Johnson wins Edward Aschoff Rising Star Award
Richard Johnson of Sports Illustrated is the recipient of the third Edward Aschoff Rising Star Award, which is presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America and named after the beloved ESPN college football reporter who died on Christmas Eve in 2019 on his 34th birthday from previously undetected Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in his lungs.
FWAA unveils 2021 Super 11 Award winners
Three first-time winners and eight previous ones comprise the 13th Super 11 Awards, which the Football Writers Association of America gives out annually to the best performing sports information departments in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The awards announced this week are for the 2021 season. In addition, the FWAA presented a Super 11 Coach of the Year Award to Boston College Coach Jeff Hafley who granted outstanding access to his program during the 2021 season. He is the fourth head coach to win this award, which began with the 2018 season.
FWAA NAMES FINALISTS FOR FIRST-YEAR COACH AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Three coaches, players up for Steve Spurrier Award and National Freshman of the Year
CINCINNATI'S FICKELL WINS 2021 EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD
5th-year head coach has undefeated Bearcats vying for a national title
2021 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM UNVEILED
DALLAS (FWAA) – The 2021 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team features one of the dynamic playmakers from national champion Georgia, a key linebacker from national runner-up Alabama, the country's third-leading passer and a combined 13 players from the Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences.
2021 FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM UNVEILED
78th annual team is presented by the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Cincinnati is Cheez-It Bowl National Team of the Week
DALLAS (FWAA) – The Cincinnati Bearcats jumped all over Notre Dame early to the tune of a 17-0 halftime lead and scored a major victory that put them into the thick of the early College Football Playoff discussion with a 24-13 win in South Bend, Ind. The first road win over a top-10 team in school history that ended the No. 9 Fighting Irish's 26-game home win streak earned the Bearcats the Cheez-It Bowl National Team of the Week honor for games of weekend of Oct. 2, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
UCLA is Cheez-It Bowl National Team of the Week
DALLAS (FWAA) – The upstart UCLA Bruins pounded LSU on the ground with 210 rushing yards that set up quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson to throw for 260 more with three touchdowns in a decisive 38-27 win in the Rose Bowl in the first meeting between the tradition-laden programs. For the performance that improved them to 2-0 on the season, the Bruins have earned the Cheez-It Bowl National Team of the Week honor for games of the extended weekend of Sept. 4, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
FWAA Selects 'Super 11' For 2020 Season
The 2020 college football season was unprecedented in the modern era with the effects of COVID-19 disrupting the schedule and forcing sports information departments to alter the ways they conducted business. In an effort to reflect the trying situations, the Football Writers Association of America is honoring departments and individuals who stood out in their performances in getting the job done and others who were nominated by FWAA media members for strong access.
Texas' Johnson to Receive 2021 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) — University of Texas football legend Johnnie Johnson has been named the 2021 recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award and will be honored at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet presented by LendingTree on Dec. 6 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
2020 FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM UNVEILED
DALLAS (FWAA) – The 2020 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team, presented in partnership with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, is headlined by five players from Alabama on the first team and more than half the first team coming from the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. There are 19 schools represented from eight Football Bowl Subdivision conferences on the first team, including 10 players who are competing in the College Football Playoff later this week.
TULSA'S COLLINS WINS 2020 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) � Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins, a playmaker who helped seal two of his team's six wins with interceptions and sparked the Golden Hurricane's rise to the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, was named the recipient of the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the college football's national defensive player of the year by the Football Writers Association of America.
2020 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY FINALISTS UNVEILED
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) � Five finalists for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy representing five conferences, the top two teams in the current College Football Playoff rankings and two others from nationally-ranked Group of Five schools, were named Wednesday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
2019 FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM UNVEILED
Fifty-four standout players were selected to two teams by the association's All-America committee after voting from the entire membership. Since 2013, the FWAA has named a second team. Overall, there are 35 schools represented from eight Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, including 14 players who are competing in the College Football Playoff and three repeat selections.