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    FSU's Winston named Manning Award finalist

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    Courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl:

    NEW ORLEANS - The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its 10 finalists for this year's award on Tuesday. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates' bowl performances into consideration in its balloting.

    The finalists for this year's Manning Award are:

    Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson

    Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville

    Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State

    Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois

    Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M

    Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon

    AJ McCarron, Sr., Alabama

    Aaron Murray, Sr., Georgia

    Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor

    Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State

    While the statistics for the group are exemplary, one stat stands out above the rest - they have combined to win nearly 90 percent of their games with an overall record of 96-12; six of the quarterbacks have already led their teams to double-figures in wins. The finalists average over 3,000 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns while averaging less than six interceptions each. Showing the increasing number of dual-threat quarterbacks, three of the finalists have rushed for over 500 yards this year, while the full group has totaled 64 rushing touchdowns. 

    "This has been another great year for quarterbacks; and it's getting more interesting as the games get bigger," Archie Manning said. "We really appreciate our selection committee's work in choosing this outstanding group of finalists. I'm looking forward to seeing how they all do over the next couple of weeks and through their bowl games as we prepare to honor our 10th winner in January."

    This year's group includes six returning finalists from last year (Boyd, Lynch, Manziel, Mariota, McCarron and Murray). There are five seniors on the list, as well as two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The finalists come from seven different conferences, including the Southeastern Conference with three honorees, the Atlantic Coast Conference with two, and the American Athletic, the Big 12, the Mid-American, the Mountain West and the Pac-12 with one each.

    The winner is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

    The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor - he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, then the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks - Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season's winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.

    Florida State assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt is one of five finalist's for Football Scoop's annual defensive coordinator of the year award. For the full announcement click here.

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    Terrence Brooks accepts Senior-Bowl invite

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    Greatest ACC QB ever? Charlie Ward

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #IDAHOvsFSU radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' record-breaking victory over Idaho last weekend:

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #CUSEvsFSU radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 59-3 victory over Syracuse this past weekend:

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    Video: Jimbo and Candi Fisher on 'Fox & Friends'

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    Coverage map: #CUSEvsFSU

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    2016 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament is in D.C.

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C. ( - The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament will be held at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced today.

    "We are excited to bring the ACC Tournament back to the nation's capital in 2016," Swofford said. "Verizon Center is a tremendous showcase for our event, and the Washington, D.C. area is an appealing tourist destination for our member institutions, as well as the alumni and fans of our teams. We received a lot of positive feedback after our 2005 Tournament in Washington, and we look forward to duplicating that success in 2016."

    The 20,000-seat Verizon Center previously hosted the 2005 ACC Tournament. The Washington metropolitan area also welcomed the ACC in 1976, 1981 and 1987, when the tournament was held at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.  The 14-game 2016 tournament will open Wednesday, March 9 and continue through Sunday, March 13.

    "Verizon Center is thrilled to once again host the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C.," said David Touhey, Verizon Center SVP & General Manager.  "The nation's capital serves as the perfect site for the championship tournament of such a prestigious conference.  We thank the ACC for selecting us and look forward to hosting another successful tournament in March 2016."

    Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., Verizon Center serves as home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the NCAA's Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team.

    The arena has hosted a multitude of high-profile events in its history, ranging from the 1998 Stanley Cup Final to the NBA (2001) and WNBA (2002, 2007) All-Star games to the 2003 World Figure Skating Championship, the 2005 ACC Tournament, the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament (1998, 2002, 2008) as well as the second and third rounds (2011), the Washington Regional Round (2006, 2013) and the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four men's hockey championship.

    Verizon Center also hosts a variety of concerts and family shows ranging from all-time greats to current-day

    chart-topping artists. In the 15 year history of the arena some of the artists who have mastered the stage include: U2, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Coldplay, The Three Tenors, Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi, Prince, Beyonce, the Dalai Lama, Tina Turner, Keith Urban, Disney on Ice and WWE.

    Amenities within the arena include 106 luxury suites, a high-definition center-hung scoreboard, an indoor basketball practice facility and 10 dressing rooms. The arena offers a variety of concession stands and restaurants, including kosher, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

    The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March of 1954. The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum is set to serve as host in 2014 and 2015.

    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #FSUvsWAKE radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 59-3 win at Wake Forest this past weekend:

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    Video: Atlantic Division Trophy presentation

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    Kermit Whitfield named ACC Specialist of the Week

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    SPECIALIST - Kermit Whitfield, Florida State, Fr., KR, 5-7, 178, Orlando, Fla.

    Whitfield returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in Florida State's 59-3 win over Wake Forest. Whitfield's touchdown return was the first Seminoles' kickoff return for a score since 2008 and tied for the fourth-longest kickoff return ever for FSU. Whitfield is averaging 34.4 yards on nine kick returns this season, which would lead the conference and be an FSU single-season record if he had the minimum 10 returns to qualify.

    Coverage map: #FSUvsWAKE

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    If you live in the part of the country that will have Kansas State vs. Texas Tech instead of FSU's game at Wake Forest, click here to watch the 'Noles on WatchESPN.

    Video: #MIAvsFSU Hot Ticket

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    Jameis Winston named Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist

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    Courtesy of the Davey O'Brien FORT WORTH, Texas - Narrowed down from the starting quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.  

    The 2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: SEC (5), Pac-12 (3), AAC (2), ACC (2), Big Ten (1), Big 12 (1), Mid-American (1) and Mountain West (1).

    The list features 2012 winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State), and 2012 semifinalists Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), A.J. McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).


    2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists

    Blake Bortles, UCF, AAC

    Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC

    Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC

    Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC

    Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12

    Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC

    Sean Mannion, Oregon State, Pac-12

    Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC

    Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12

    A.J. McCarron, Alabama, SEC

    Zach Mettenberger, LSU, SEC

    Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten

    Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC

    Bryce Petty, Baylor, Big 12

    Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC

    Jameis Winston, Florida State, ACC


    Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 24.

    The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25 and the 2013 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday,  Dec. 12 on ESPN. The 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Feb.17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

    About the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award

    The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away nearly $900,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit  

    The Davey O'Brien Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit to learn more about our story.

    Roberto Aguayo named Lou Groza Award semifinalist

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    Courtesy of the Palm Beach Sports Commission:

    West Palm Beach, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has released the 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. These twenty kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.

    While last year's winner Cairo Santos makes the list, the senior from Tulane is one of only five returning semifinalists, joined by Northwestern senior Jeff Budzien, Arkansas State senior Brian Davis, Oklahoma senior Michael Hunnicutt, and Texas senior Anthony Fera, who was a semifinalist in 2011 while at Penn State.

    Among the new semifinalists are four players who can each claim the top spot on one of the nation's kicking leaderboards. Texas Tech junior Ryan Bustin not only leads the nation in kick-scoring with 98 points, but his 19 field goals are also the most in FBS and have already set a new single-season Red Raider record. In terms of distance, everyone is chasing South Florida junior Marvin Kloss, whose 9 kicks from 40 yards or more lead the nation, as does his spectacular 4-for-4 showing on kicks from at least 50 yards out. Georgia sophomore Marshall Morgan missed the first two games of the season but has still kicked 13 field goals, helping him to the national lead in field goals per game. On a per-game basis, Arizona State freshman Zane Gonzalez tops all FBS kickers in scoring at 11.6 points per contest.

    Gonzalez isn't the only freshman on the semifinalist list. He's joined by Jake Elliott at Memphis, Andy Phillips at Utah, and Florida State's Roberto Aguayo, who has yet to miss on any of his 12 field goal attempts or 53 point-after tries. Aguayo's 12 field goals are the most in the nation by a kicker yet to miss, as are his 65 total kicks. He's not the only perfect kicker on the semifinalist list: Arkansas State's Davis has gone 10-for-10 on field goals, while Central Florida junior Shawn Moffitt has yet to miss on either his 9 field goals or 28 extra points.

    Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.

    The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. 

    Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 16 finalists, including 10 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home five Super Bowls. That list includes current NFL kickers Dan Bailey, Randy Bullock, Mason Crosby, Kai Forbath, Graham Gano, Garrett Hartley, Dustin Hopkins, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Caleb Sturgis, and Blair Walsh.

    For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please visit, or follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter for updates as they happen.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Director of Event Operations at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or

    For the full PDF version of this release, including semifinalist headshots and stats, please click here.

    Lee Corso picks FSU, reveals actual 1950s 'Noles jersey

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    Video: Jameis Winston 'GameDay' feature

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    Social Story: Behind the 'GameDay' scenes with ESPN PR

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    ESPN Senior Director of Public Relations @MsPotts_ESPN is on FSU's campus for Saturday's ESPN College GameDay broadcast and while here she is tweeting behind-the-scene photos. Follow along below:
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