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No. 1 Alabama Football Wins 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal, 31-14, over No. 4 Notre Dame

Crimson Tide advances to its fifth College Football Playoff National Championship Game

ARLINGTON, Texas – The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide won the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One by a score of 31-14 over No. 4 Notre Dame Friday in AT&T Stadium in front of a crowd of 18,373. The victory advances the Crimson Tide to the CFP National Championship Game on Monday, January 11, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

 

The Crimson Tide trio of Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris once again led the Crimson Tide offense. Jones went 25-for-30 and threw for 297 yards with four touchdowns. Smith, the Offensive Player of the Game, caught seven passes for 130 yards, tying the Rose Bowl record and setting the Alabama bowl mark with three receiving touchdowns. Harris ran for 125 yards on just 15 attempts, while adding 30 receiving yards on four catches.

 

Patrick Surtain II was named the Defensive Player of the Game, tallying five tackles, tackle for loss and a pass break up. DeMarcco Hellams led the Tide with 12 tackles, including six solo stops and a sack. Christian Harris snagged an interception to shut down a third-quarter Notre Dame drive, while Christian Barmore recorded a sack in the third quarter to go with five tackles.

 

Alabama totaled 437 yards of offense, including 297 receiving and 140 rushing, while the defense held the Irish to just two rushing touchdowns.

 

How It Happened

FIRST QUARTER

  • 10:14 – UA | Smith hauled in a pass from Mac Jones and went 26 yards through traffic for the score on Alabama’s first drive of the game.
  • 4:19 – UA | Jones connected with a wide open Jahleel Billingsley in the end zone from 12 yards out for the Tide’s second scoring drive in as many attempts.

 

SECOND QUARTER

  • 11:16 – ND | Kyren Williams rushed up the middle for the one-yard score to cut the lead in half to 14-7
  • 08:49 – UA | Smith recorded his second touchdown of the afternoon, this one from 34 yards out, off the pass from Jones helping send the Tide into the locker room with a 21-7 lead.

 

THIRD QUARTER

  • 04:48 – UA | Jones shuttled a perfectly-placed pass in the front corner of the end zone to Smith for the Tide’s fourth score of the game.

 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • 12:45 – UA | Will Reichard continued his unblemished streak on kicking attempts this season, hitting his 13th field goal, this one from 41 yards out, to add three points for Alabama.
  • 00:56 – ND | Ian Book capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run

 

Up Next

Alabama will play the winner of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which features No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State, in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday, January 11. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. CT start at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

 

– UA –

QB Ty Thompson Named All-American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year

The All-American Bowl Selection Committee announced the winner for the All-American Bowl Offensive Player of Year Award, given annually to the top offensive player in the country. Quarterback Ty Thompson (Gilbert, AZ/ Mesquite H.S.) has been named the recipient of the All-American Bowl’s Offensive Player of the Year award.

 

According to 247Sports Thompson is a four-star prospect and the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation. During his senior season he threw for 3,171 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding 232 rushing yards and 8 rushing scores. Thompson helped lead Mesquite High School to their second consecutive state championship title. He will be playing college football at the University of Oregon.

 

Past winners of the award are Puka Nacua and D.J. Uiagalelei.

Six Alabama Football Players Receive FWAA All-America Honors

12/5/20 MFB Alabama vs Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) Photo by Kent Gidley

The FWAA selects five first-teamers and one Crimson Tide player to the second team Wednesday afternoon

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Center Landon Dickerson, running back Najee Harris, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, wide receiver DeVonta Smith and defensive back Patrick Surtain II received first-team nods, while quarterback Mac Jones earned second-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) on Wednesday.

 

The Crimson Tide’s six players on the combined first and second teams tie that 2003 Oklahoma team and Army’s 1946 team as the most for one team in one season.

 

With the announcement of the FWAA team, five Alabama student-athletes have earned consensus All-America recognition in Dickerson, Harris, Leatherwood, Smith and Surtain II.

 

Landon Dickerson

First Team

  • The top-rated run-blocking center according to Pro Football Focus (92.8)
  • Earned the No. 2 overall grade at center by PFF (91.5)
  • Sports an overall blocking grade of 91.0 by the UA coaching staff while grading out at 99.6 on all assignments
  • Played 725 total snaps with just two missed assignments and has allowed zero sacks

 

Najee Harris

First Team

  • Leads the nation in total touchdowns (27) and rushing touchdowns (24) along with scoring (162)
  • Ranks second in scoring per game (14.7) while sitting at third nationally in rushing yards (1,262)
  • Forced 78 missed tackles on the season to rank second in the country in that category
  • Totaled at least one touchdown in 10 of the Crimson Tide’s 11 games and two-or-more scores in eight of those contests
  • Holds the Alabama career records for total touchdowns (54), rushing touchdowns (44) and rushing yards (3,639)

 

Mac Jones

Second Team

  • One of college football’s top passers who leads the nation in seven separate categories including total QBR, PFF offensive grade for a quarterback, adjusted completion percentage, completion percentage, NFL passer rating, collegiate pass efficiency rating and yards per pass attempt
  • Thrown for the second-most passing yards in the nation (3,739)
  • Holds the highest completion percentage (76.5) by an Alabama quarterback through the first 11 games of a season
  • Owns four of Alabama’s 10 all-time 400-plus yard passing performances, the most by any one quarterback at UA and a number that ties the SEC record for a single season
  • Totaled 18 touchdowns and 1,572 yards with a 219.10 passer rating against ranked opponents (Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Florida)

 

Alex Leatherwood

First Team

  • Made 39 consecutive starts along the Alabama offensive line
  • Played 683 snaps and missed only two assignments
  • Averaging an overall blocking grade of 91.1 by the Alabama coaching staff and has graded out at a team-high tying 99.6 on all assignments

 

DeVonta Smith

First Team

  • Sporting News’ 2020 Player of the Year
  • The national leader in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,511) and yards after the catch (768) while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (137.4)
  • Pro Football Focus’ top-rated wide receiver this season and in the history of the site at 93.7
  • Holds program record in both career receiving yards (3,620) and single-season receiving scores while sitting at second in the Tide record book for receptions (98) in a season
  • Totaled four 200-plus yard receiving games for his career, including two this season, to set the Alabama career mark

 

Patrick Surtain II

First Team

  • The nation’s top corner and No. 10 overall defender by Pro Football Focus
  • Maintains a coverage grade of 86.3 according to PFF, the sixth-best grade in the country
  • Allowed 25 yards receiving or fewer in eight of the Tide’s 11 games this season

Crimson Tide Football Lands Seven on Sporting News All-America Team

12/19/20 MFB Alabama vs Florida Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) Photo by CrimsonTidePhotos

Dickerson, Harris, Jones, Leatherwood, Smith and Surtain II all earn first team All-America honors

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Postseason honors continue to roll in as the Alabama football team led all schools with seven selections, including six first-team All-America honors from the Sporting News Tuesday.

 

Center Landon Dickerson, running back Najee Harris, quarterback Mac Jones, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, wide receiver DeVonta Smith and defensive back Patrick Surtain II were first team selections, while kicker Will Reichard made an appearance on the second team.

 

Landon Dickerson

First Team

  • The top-rated run-blocking center according to Pro Football Focus (92.8)
  • Earned the No. 2 overall grade at center by PFF (91.5)
  • Sports an overall blocking grade of 91.0 by the UA coaching staff while grading out at 99.6 on all assignments
  • Played 725 total snaps with just two missed assignments and has allowed zero sacks

 

Najee Harris

First Team

  • Leads the nation in total touchdowns (27) and rushing touchdowns (24) along with scoring (162)
  • Ranks second in scoring per game (14.7) while sitting at third nationally in rushing yards (1,262)
  • Forced 78 missed tackles on the season to rank second in the country in that category
  • Totaled at least one touchdown in 10 of the Crimson Tide’s 11 games and two-or-more scores in eight of those contests
  • Holds the Alabama career records for total touchdowns (54), rushing touchdowns (44) and rushing yards (3,639)

 

Mac Jones

First Team

  • One of college football’s top passers who leads the nation in seven separate categories including total QBR, PFF offensive grade for a quarterback, adjusted completion percentage, completion percentage, NFL passer rating, collegiate pass efficiency rating and yards per pass attempt
  • Thrown for the second-most passing yards in the nation (3,739)
  • Holds the highest completion percentage (76.5) by an Alabama quarterback through the first 11 games of a season
  • Owns four of Alabama’s 10 all-time 400-plus yard passing performances, the most by any one quarterback at UA and a number that ties the SEC record for a single season
  • Totaled 18 touchdowns and 1,572 yards with a 219.10 passer rating against ranked opponents (Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Florida)

 

Alex Leatherwood

First Team

  • Made 39 consecutive starts along the Alabama offensive line
  • Played 683 snaps and missed only two assignments
  • Averaging an overall blocking grade of 91.1 by the Alabama coaching staff and has graded out at a team-high tying 99.6 on all assignments

 

Will Reichard

Second Team

  • Ranks second in the nation for consecutive made field goals with 13 dating back to last season
  • Owns a perfect field goal percentage to tie for the lead in Division I
  • Has gone 85-of-85 on all kicks, including 12 made field goals and 73 consecutive PATs
  • Also contributing on kickoffs, totaling 2,839 yards on 54 boots with eight touchbacks

 

DeVonta Smith

First Team

  • Sporting News’ 2020 Player of the Year
  • The national leader in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,511) and yards after the catch (768) while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (137.4)
  • Pro Football Focus’ top-rated wide receiver this season and in the history of the site at 93.7
  • Holds program record in both career receiving yards (3,620) and single-season receiving scores while sitting at second in the Tide record book for receptions (98) in a season
  • Totaled four 200-plus yard receiving games for his career, including two this season, to set the Alabama career mark

 

Patrick Surtain II

First Team

  • The nation’s top corner and No. 10 overall defender by Pro Football Focus
  • Maintains a coverage grade of 86.3 according to PFF, the sixth-best grade in the country
  • Allowed 25 yards receiving or fewer in eight of the Tide’s 11 games this season
  • Targeted just 43 times all season and allowed only 18 completions (1.64 cpg) and 250 yards (22.7 ypg)

Alabama Continues Preparations for Rose Bowl Matchup with Notre Dame

12/28/20 MFB vs Practice Alabama runningback Brian Robinson Jr. (4) Photo by Kent Gidley

Monday’s session was the fifth in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide put in another two hours of work on Tuesday, practicing in full pads at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa. 

Also on Monday, head coach Nick Saban, defensive coordinator Pete Golding and six defensive players met with the media on Monday, for a virtual (Zoom) CFP/Rose Bowl Media Day press conference from the Naylor Stone Media Room.

Alabama Football Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian Wins the Broyles Award

The Crimson Tide offensive coordinator is honored as the nation’s top assistant coach

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has been named the winner of 2020 Broyles Award, during the 25th Anniversary Broyles Award Virtual Ceremony on Monday.

 

In his second season as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Sarkisian is overseeing a Crimson Tide attack that is averaging 49.7 points and 543.9 yards per game in 2020, both marks that are tops in Division I. The Crimson Tide’s offense has scored 35-or more points for the 24 straight games, which is the longest streak in major-college football history. Since Sarkisian took over as offensive coordinator in 2018, the Crimson Tide has also had an FBS-leading six different players catch a touchdown pass of 75 yards or more.

Sarkisian is in his second season on the Crimson Tide on-field coaching staff. He served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game after spending the 2016 season with UA as an analyst prior to being promoted.

 

The Broyles Award has been presented annually since 1996 to the outstanding assistant coach in college football. Sarkisian joins former Alabama offensive coordinator Michael Locksley (2018) and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart (2009) as the third UA coach to receive the honor.

 

Six Alabama Football Players Earn Associated Press All-America Honors on Monday

11/21/20 MFB vs Kentucky Alabama offensive lineman Landon Dickerson (69) Photo by Crimson Tide Photo

Dickerson, Harris, Jones, Leatherwood, Smith and Surtain II named to AP First Team

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Six Alabama football student-athletes earned first team All-America honors from the Associated Press on Monday.

 

Center Landon Dickerson, running back Najee Harris, quarterback Mac Jones, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood and wide receiver DeVonta Smith were named on offense, while defensive back Patrick Surtain II was tabbed on defense.

 

Defensive lineman Christian Barmore and linebacker Dylan Moses were second-team choices on defense.

 

Landon Dickerson

  • The top-rated run-blocking center according to Pro Football Focus (92.8)
  • Earned the No. 2 overall grade at center by PFF (91.5)
  • Sports an overall blocking grade of 91.0 by the UA coaching staff while grading out at 99.6 on all assignments
  • Played 725 total snaps with just two missed assignments and has allowed zero sacks

 

Najee Harris

  • Leads the nation in total touchdowns (27) and rushing touchdowns (24) along with scoring (162)
  • Ranks second in scoring per game (14.7) while sitting at third nationally in rushing yards (1,262)
  • Forced 78 missed tackles on the season to rank second in the country in that category
  • Totaled at least one touchdown in 10 of the Crimson Tide’s 11 games and two-or-more scores in eight of those contests
  • Holds the Alabama career records for total touchdowns (54), rushing touchdowns (44) and rushing yards (3,639)

 

Mac Jones

  • One of college football’s top passers who leads the nation in seven separate categories including total QBR, PFF offensive grade for a quarterback, adjusted completion percentage, completion percentage, NFL passer rating, collegiate pass efficiency rating and yards per pass attempt
  • Thrown for the second-most passing yards in the nation (3,739)
  • Holds the highest completion percentage (76.5) by an Alabama quarterback through the first 11 games of a season
  • Owns four of Alabama’s 10 all-time 400-plus yard passing performances, the most by any one quarterback at UA and a number that ties the SEC record for a single season
  • Totaled 18 touchdowns and 1,572 yards with a 219.10 passer rating against ranked opponents (Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Florida)

 

Alex Leatherwood

  • Made 39 consecutive starts along the Alabama offensive line
  • Played 683 snaps and missed only two assignments
  • Averaging an overall blocking grade of 91.1 by the Alabama coaching staff and has graded out at a team-high tying 99.6 on all assignments

 

DeVonta Smith

  • The national leader in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,511) and yards after the catch (768) while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (137.4)
  • Pro Football Focus’ top-rated wide receiver this season and in the history of the site at 93.7
  • Holds program record in both career receiving yards (3,620) and single-season receiving scores while sitting at second in the Tide record book for receptions (98) in a season
  • Totaled four 200-plus yard receiving games for his career, including two this season, to set the Alabama career mark

 

Patrick Surtain II

  • The nation’s top corner and No. 10 overall defender by Pro Football Focus
  • Maintains a coverage grade of 86.3 according to PFF, the sixth-best grade in the country
  • Allowed 25 yards receiving or fewer in eight of the Tide’s 11 games this season
  • Targeted just 43 times all season and allowed only 18 completions (1.64 cpg) and 250 yards (22.7 ypg)

College Football Hall of Famer Loyd Phillips Passes Away

IRVING, Texas (Dec. 27, 2020) – Loyd Phillips, a 1992 College Football Hall of Fame inductee who played at Arkansas from 1064-66, passed away Dec. 27 after complications from a stroke. Born May 2, 1945, he was 75.

 

“We are saddened by the passing of Loyd Phillips, the first two-time All-American player in Arkansas history,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Nobody could close on a ball carrier quicker in the Southwest Conference in the 60s, and he was impossible to block. His contributions helped place the Razorbacks at the top of the college rankings. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and we are proud to honor his accomplishments among the greatest to ever play at the Hall in Atlanta.”

 

Recruited by Hall of Fame Coach Frank Broyles out of Longview High School (TX), Phillips headed to Fayetteville as a defensive tackle and 230 pounds. During his sophomore season in 1964, he helped the Razorbacks finish 11-0 with the national title as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

 

Phillips amassed 304 career tackles (100 in 1965, 97 in 1966), and he played on Razorback teams that compiled a 29-3 record from 1964-66, including three victories over Texas. He earned All-Southwest Conference accolades three times and First Team All-American honors twice. A unanimous First Team All-American selection in 1966, Phillips won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman.

 

The Chicago Bears drafted him in the first round with the 10th pick of the 1967 NFL draft. He played in 32 games during three seasons before a leg injury cut short his pro career with the Bears and then the Saints. Phillips went back to school and obtained a master’s degree in education. The degree led to a distinguished 37-year career in secondary education as an assistant principal and administrator in both the Springdale (Ark.) and Rogers (Ark.) school districts. After retiring, Phillips volunteered his time working with Horses for Healing, a program designed to provide therapy for special needs children.

 

Phillips is a member of the University of Arkansas All-Century team, the 1960s All-Decade Team, the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame, the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Phillips is survived by his wife Betsy, and their son Mackenzie, who also played football for the Razorbacks from 1988-91, and daughter JoAnn. He is also survived by his younger brother Terry Don Phillips, who played for the Razorback from 1966-69 and is a former administrator with Razorback Athletics and the Razorback Foundation and later the athletics director at Oklahoma State and then Clemson.

 

 

 

 

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Jones and Smith Selected as Heisman Finalists

12/5/20 MFB Alabama vs Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) Photo by Kent Gidley

Alabama boasts two of the four candidates for college football’s most prestigious award

 

12/5/20 MFB Alabama vs
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6)
Photo by Kent Gidley

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith were named two of the four finalists for the 2020 Heisman Trophy, the Heisman Memorial Trust announced on Christmas Eve on ESPN. Jones and Smith are joined by Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s quarterback Kyle Trask.

 

Running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) were Alabama’s first two Heisman winners. Jones and Smith join Ingram, Henry, Amari Cooper (2014), AJ McCarron (2013), Trent Richardson (2011) and Tua Tagovailoa (2018) as the seventh and eighth players to be named a finalist for the award under head coach Nick Saban.

 

Running back Najee Harris finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Harris is a finalist for Doak Walker and Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year. The running back leads the nation in total touchdowns (27) and rushing touchdowns (24) along with scoring (162).

 

Alabama is the second team ever to place three players in the top five of the same Heisman vote, joining 1946 Army with Glenn Davis, Doc Blanchard and Arnold Tucker.

 

Mac Jones

  • The selection is the fifth national finalist honor, as he was previously announced as a finalist for the Davey O’Brien, Manning, Maxwell and Johnny Unitas Player of the Year awards
  • One of college football’s top passers who leads the nation in seven separate categories including total QBR, PFF offensive grade for a quarterback, adjusted completion percentage, completion percentage, NFL passer rating, collegiate pass efficiency rating and yards per pass attempt
  • Thrown for the second-most passing yards in the nation (3,739)
  • Owns four of Alabama’s 10 all-time 400-plus yard passing performances, the most by any one quarterback at UA and a number that ties the SEC record for a single season
  • Totaled 18 touchdowns and 1,572 yards with a 219.10 passer rating against ranked opponents (Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Florida)

 

DeVonta Smith

  • Picks up this fourth national finalist honor after being announced as a finalist for the Biletnikoff, Hornung and Maxwell Player of the Year awards
  • The national leader in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,511) and yards after the catch (768) while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (137.4)
  • Pro Football Focus’ top-rated wide receiver this season and in the history of the site at 93.7
  • Holds program record in both career receiving yards (3,620) and single-season receiving scores while sitting at second in the Tide record book for receptions (98) in a season
  • Totaled four 200-plus yard receiving games for his career, including two this season, to set the Alabama career mark

 

The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner will be announced starting at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. The announcement will take place virtually.

Alabama Leads the Way on the AP All-SEC Honors

12/5/20 MFB Alabama vs Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) Photo by Kent Gidley

DeVonta Smith named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award while Nick Saban selected as a semifinalist for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team led the All-Southeastern Conference honors as voted on by a panel of members of The Associated Press on Wednesday.

 

Also on Wednesday, wide receiver DeVonta Smith was named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award and head coach Nick Saban was selected as a semifinalist for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

 

AP All-SEC

Saban was voted the league’s Coach of the Year, Smith tabbed SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors and cornerback Patrick Surtain II is the Defensive Player of the Year. The only individual award the SEC champions were not selected to was Newcomer of the Year.

 

Five Alabama players were named to the first-team All-SEC offense. Quarterback Mac Jones, Smith and SEC-leading rusher Najee Harris were voted to the first team, along with center Landon Dickerson and tackle Alex Leatherwood. Surtain II and defensive lineman Christian Barmore were on the defensive first team.

 

Guard Deonte Brown was a second-team selection, while a pair of freshmen were voted to the second-team defense in linebacker Will Anderson and defensive back Malachi Moore.

 

2020 Paul Hornung Award Finalists

Smith was named one of five finalists for the 2020 Paul Hornung Award. The Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football.

 

Smith is joined by Michael Carter (North Carolina), D’Wayne Eskridge (Western Michigan), Travis Etienne (Clemson) and KadariusToney (Florida).

 

The senior touched the ball four different ways, compiled 160.6 all-purpose yards per game (ninth nationally), while averaging an astounding 25.6 yards per punt return; and scored receiving, rushing and returning a punt. Smith led the nation in yards after a catch and nearly 50 percent of his catches went for scores or first downs.

 

The winner and his family will be honored in March 2021 at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet at The Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.

 

2020 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award

Saban is one of 12 semifinalists for the 2020 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award. Saban previously won the award presented to the best head coach in college football in 2016.

 

In his 14th season, Saban has led the Crimson Tide to a perfect 11-0 record, the school’s 28th SEC championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff this season. He has coached more games (84) as the Associated Press’ No. 1 team than any other active head coach.

 

Saban is joined as a finalist by Tom Allen (Indiana), Brent Brennan (San Jose State), Matt Campbell (Iowa State), Jamey Chadwell (Coastal Carolina), Ryan Day (Ohio State), Luke Fickell (Cincinnati), Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M), Hugh Freeze (Liberty), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Kalani Sitake (BYU) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

 

Semifinalist voting for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year award will begin on Thursday Dec. 24th and close on Sunday, January 2nd. The finalist round will include the top three coaches as selected in the semifinalist round. Finalist voting will open Jan. 3rd and run until January 12th. The winner will be announced Jan. 15th.