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2019 Pre-Season All-American team: Offense

*An early look ahead.

First Team

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa looks to duplicate his amazing sophomore season.
Photo: Al.com
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBTua TagovailoaJrAlabama6′ 1″218
RBJonathan TaylorJrWisconsin5′ 11″214
RBTravis EtienneJrClemson5′ 10″210
WRJerry JeudyJrAlabama6′ 1″187
WRRondale MooreSoPurdue5′ 9″175
TEAlbert OkwuegbunamJrMissouri6′ 5″260
OTTrey AdamsSrWashington6′ 8″331
OTAndrew ThomasJrGeorgia6′ 6″320
OGCalvin ThrockmortonSrOregon6′ 5″316
OGJohn SimpsonSrClemson6′ 4″320
OCTyler BiadaszJrWisconsin6′ 3″322
KAndre SzmytSoSyracuse6′ 1″195
RSRondale MooreSoPurdue5′ 9″175

Second Team

National Championship quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Photo: heavy.com
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBTrevor LawrenceSoClemson6′ 5″205
RBSalvon AhmenJrWashington5′ 11″191
RBEno BenjaminJrArizona State5′ 10″200
WRJustyn RossSoClemson6′ 4″205
WRTylan WallaceJrOklahoma State6′ 0″185
TEMatt BushmanJrBYU6′ 5″250
OTWalker LittleJrStanford6′ 7″317
OTSamuel CosmiSoTexas6′ 6″290
OGShane LemieuxSrOregon6′ 4″315
OGParker BraunSrGeorgia Tech6′ 3″280
OCZach ShackelfordSrTexas6′ 4″295
KCooper RotheSrWyoming5′ 11″174
RSSavon ScarverJrUtah State5′ 11″180

Third Team

Look for Patterson to have a break-out Senior season.
Photo: MGoBlue.com
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBShea PattersonSrMichigan6′ 2″203
RBMichael WarrenJrCincinnati5′ 11″2018
RBKennedy BrooksSoOklahoma5′ 11″201
WRCollin JohnsonSrTexas6′ 5″215
WRTyler JohnsonSrMinnesota6′ 2′190
TEJared PinkneySrVanderbilt6′ 4″255
OTJon Runyan, Jr.SrMichigan6′ 4′298
OTLiam EichenbergJrNotre Dame6′ 6″303
OGKeith IsmaelJrSan Diego State6′ 3″310
OGBen BredesonSrMichigan6′ 5″310
OCJimmy MorrisseySrPittsburgh6′ 3″295
KRidrigo BlankenshipSrGeorgia6′ 1″191
RSIsaiah WrightSrTemple6′ 2″218

2018 Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards

The Touchdown Club of Columbus gives several annual awards to recognize outstanding athletes. Here’s a quick rundown…


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2018 SAMMY BAUGH AWARD

The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s top collegiate passer.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE

2018 CHIC HARLEY AWARD

Named for Chic Harley, this award is presented to the College Football Player of the Year.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE

Photo: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

2018 KELLEN MOORE AWARD

Previously called the Quarterback of the Year Award, this accolade differs from Sammy Baugh Trophy in that it goes to top quarterback, rather than the top passer. Its name was changed to its current identity in 2012, honoring two-time winner Kellen Moore, who became the FBS all-time leader in wins by a quarterback after going 50–3 as the starter at Boise State.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE

2018 JIM BROWN AWARD

This honor goes to the NCAA’s top running back, recently named for Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DARRELL HENDERSON, RB, MEMPHIS

2018 PAUL WARFIELD TROPHY

Named for Paul Warfield, this honor is given to the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

RONDALE MOORE, WR, PURDUE

Photo: Purdue Athletics

2018 JIM PARKER TROPHY

Given yearly to the top collegiate offensive lineman. Named for Ohio State great and Hall of Famer Jim Parker.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

JONAH WILLIAMS, OT, ALABAMA

Photo: Christopher Hanewinc/USA TODAY Sports

2018 BILL WILLIS TROPHY

Named for Bill Willis, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive lineman.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

QUINNEN WILLIAMS, DT, ALABAMA

Photo: Mickey Welsh/Dothan Eagle

2018 JACK LAMBERT TROPHY

Named for Jack Lambert, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate linebacker.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

JOSH ALLEN, JACK, KENTUCKY

Photo: Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports

2018 JACK TATUM TROPHY

Since 1991, the Jack Tatum Trophy is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive back. Named after the legendary Jack Tatum

THIS YEARS WINNER…

GRANT DELPIT, S, LOUISIANA STATE

Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2018 ARCHIE GRIFFIN AWARD

The Archie Griffin Award signifies college football’s most valuable player for the entire season. It is named in honor of the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin of Ohio State.

THIS YEARS AWARD…

TREVOR LAWRENCE, QB, CLEMSON

Photo: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

2018 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Given yearly to the top college football newcomer.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

TREVOR LAWRENCE, QB, CLEMSON

2018 OZZIE NEWSOME AWARD

Named for Ozzie Newsome, this award is presented annually to the top collegiate tight end.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

T.J. HOCKENSON, TE, IOWA

Photo: Andy Abeyta/Qaud-City Times

2018 VLADE AWARD

Named in honor of Vlade Janakievski, one of the most accurate placekickers in Ohio State football history, this award is given yearly to the most accurate college football kicker.

THIS YEARS WINNER….

ANDRE SZMYT, PK, SYRACUSE

Photo: Syracuse Athletics

2018 WOODY HAYES AWARD

Named for Woody Hayes, this award recognizes the top collegiate coach.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DABO SWINNEY, HC, CLEMSON

2018 FCS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is presented to the FCS College Football Player of the Year.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DEVLIN HODGES, QB, SAMFORD

Photo: Al.com/William J Dorsten

2018 SAM B. NICOLA TROPHY

Named for the Club’s founder, this trophy is presented annually to the National High School Player of the Year.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

RYAN HILINSKI, ORANGE, CA

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2018 Lou Groza Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S TOP PLACE-KICKER

The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the top college football placekicker in the United States by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The award is named after former Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns player Lou Groza.

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RELATED: NAT L. FAYBIAN’S 2019 NFL MOCK DRAFT.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

ANDRE SZMYT, PLACE-KICKER, SYRACUSE ORANGE

Szmyt, a freshman from Vernon Hills, Illinois, leads the nation with 28 made field goals, five more than the next closest kicker and a new ACC single-season record. At 28-for-31 thus far, he rates highly in accuracy as well, ranking 3rd in the nation among kickers with more a dozen attempts. The total includes a perfect 3-for-3 on long-distance kicks including a 54-yard make. Combined with his 51-for-51 mark on PATs, he has already set a Syracuse single-season scoring record with 135 points, making him the leading scorer in all of FBS.

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The 2018 Lou Groza Award finalists included:

  • Wyoming – Cooper Rothe, junior
  • Syracuse – Andre Szmyt, freshman
  • Louisiana State – Cole Tracy, senior

FBS 2018 A.P. All-American teams

FIRST TEAM

2018 Heisman Winner and AP first team All-American Kyler Murray.
Photo: Tulsa World.

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis
Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson
Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky
Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State
Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M
Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma
All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue
Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois
Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson
Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington
Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame
Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama
Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

Maxwell and Walter Camp POY winner Tua Tagovailoa.
Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama
Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M
Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia
Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin
Center — Ross Piersbacher, senior, Alabama
Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa
Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts
All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest
Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida
Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami
Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas
Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington
Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

Haskins was awarded the 2018 Chicago Tribune Silver FootballThe award is presented to the Big Ten’s best football player each year, and is voted on by the coaches. 
Photo: Cleveland.com

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State
Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State
Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma
Guards — Terronne Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College
Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State
Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa
Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia
All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona
Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech
Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston
Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame
Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan
Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Johnathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State
Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

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Camping World Bowl – Dec 28

Syracuse Orange (7-5) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3)

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SYRACUSE | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Dino Babers

Syracuse Players to watch:

***Freshman K Andre Szmyt (6-1/195)

All-American K Andre Szmyt of Syracuse won this year’s Lou Groza Award.
Photo: Syracuse University

Szmyt leads the FBS in field goals made (28), field goals attempted (32), field goals per game (2.33), and points per game (11.8). He is second the nation in scoring (141 points) and tied for eighth in the FBS in field-goal percentage (.875). His 141 points are a Syracuse record and rank third on the ACC single-season scoring list.

Senior WR Jamal Custis (6-5/228)

Custis is Syracuse’s leading receiver with 826 yards and six touchdown catches. He’s posted two 100-yard games this season, including a career-best 168 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. In 39 career games for the Orange, Custis has 59 receptions for 968 yards and eight scores.

***Freshman DB Andre Cisco (6-0/186)

The ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, Cisco is tied atop the national leader board with seven interceptions. Cisco also has 11 pass breakups, giving him 18 passes defended, tied for the most in the country among freshmen. His 51 tackles (41 solo) rank fifth on the team. He also has a forced fumble.

*Junior DE Alton Robinson  (6-3/256)

Robinson is second in the ACC with 17 tackles for loss. The defensive end leads Syracuse with 10 sacks — tied for the second-best mark in the conference.

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WEST VIRGINIA | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Dana Holgorsen

West Virginia Players to watch:

Senior WR David Sills V (6-4/201)

Sills was named to the All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the second consecutive year.
Photo: WVU Athletics

Sills led the Mountaineers with 61 catches and 15 touchdowns and was second on the team with 896 receiving yards. He is the only player at West Virginia to finish two different seasons with at least 15 receiving touchdowns.

Senior OT Yodny Cajuste (6-5/318)

Cajuste is considered, by most, to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He helped block for an offense that ranks first in the Big 12 in passing yards and second in total yards and scoring. He saw action on 708 snaps this year.  (Update: Cajuste will not be playing in the bowl game.)

*Junior LB David Long, Jr. (6-11/221)

WVU DC Tony Gibson called junior linebacker David Long Jr. the “most impactful” defensive player he’s ever coached.  Long, Jr. had 97 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks this year. He was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Associated Press second-teams.

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Camping World Bowl
Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18