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I--IOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009 PAGE 7 College Football News, Analysis and Prognostications i ]: Gridiron Gazette * 1690 Calls Creek Circle, Watkinsville GA, 30677* gridirongazette@bellsouth.net 706-255-0222 QB, KELLEN MOORE, BOISE STATE The sophomore th=_ , Ibr 3,325 yards, 39 touchdowns, and only 3 INTs. He finished the season ranked first m passing effici:i%, and led the Broncos to an undefeated, season RB, ARK INGtCM, ALABAMA [ngram, a sophomore, rushed for an SEC-best 1,542 yards and 15 touchdowns on his way' to leading the Crimson Tide to a perfect season RB, C.J. SPILLER, CLEMSON Spiller gamed 2,508 all-propose yards, averaging 192 yards per game and 9.52 yards per play. He has accounted for 7,448 career all-purpose yards. WR, JORDAN SttlPLE; TEXAS Shipley scored 13 touchdowns and averaged 104 yards per game and 12.86 yards per catch.. WR, DENARIO ALEXANDER, MISSOURI Alexander averaged 137 yards per game, and led the counry with 1,644 yards receiving tlfis season. TE, DENNIS PI'FTA, BRIGHMAM YOUNG Pitta averaged over 14 yards per reception for 784 yards and seven touchdowns. OL, RUSSELL OKUNG, OKLAHOMA STATE Okung is rated as the top tackle m college football the will likely be the first offensive lineman taken in the draft OL, MIKE IUPATI, IDAHO Six-toot-six, 330-pound senior guard has helped the Vandals average over 30 points per game. He is projected as a high NFL draft pick. C, MAURKICE POUNCe, FLORIDA Pouncy was the center piece of an offensive line that helped the Gators average 442 yards per game. OL, SERGIO RENDER, VIRGINIA TECIt Render helped pave the way for the Hokie freslunan Ryan Williams to gain 1,538 yards rushing, tops m the ACC. OL, MIKE JOHNSON, ALABAMA Jolmson is the leader of an offensive line that might be the most dominating in college ibothall and opened holes fbr Alabama running backs all season. DEFENSE DL, VON MILLER, TEXAS A&M Miller was 'one of the @w bright ots on a defense that, fanked'i !C7th ,iatignal!z,, Miller led. the nation with 17 sacks' and had 21 TFL. DL, NDAMUKONG SUH, NEBRASKA Sub was the most dominating defeasive lineman m the country, and led a Cornhusker defense that raed 3rd nationally in point allowed. He is the likely No. 1 overall pick in the NF'L draft. DL, TERRENCE CODY, ALABAMA 'Mount'" Cody as he came to be known because of his se and immovabiliW led a Alabanm defense that ranked 2nd nationally against the rmL DL, DERRICK MORGAN, GEORGIA TECH Morgan had 12.5 cks, 18 TFL and he was named the ACe's Defmive P!ayer Of The Year. LB, ROLANDO MCCLA1N, ALABAMA McClain was the linchpin of the nation's stingiest defense. He collected 101 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 sacks, and 12.5 TFL. LB, GREG JONES, MICHIGAN STATE Jones ranked tltird nationally with 141 total tackles. He also accounted for 9 sacks and 13.5 TFL. LB, CARMEN,MESSINA, NEW MEXICO ALL-AMERICANS CONT. DB, JOE IIADEN, FLORIDA Haden made four intereptions m 2009, and had 13 passes defended, despite the unwillingness of quarterbacks to throw to his side of the field. DB, EARL THOMAS, TEXAS Thomas ranked 2nd nationally with 8 INTs for 149 ,ards in returns and one touchdown. He also had 10 defended. DB, ERIC BERRY, TENNESSEE 3erry might be 'the most versatile and talended defensive back m the country. He is skilled at defending the pass and physical agam the run. DB, DEANDRE MCDANIEL, CLEMSON McDaniel had 8 INTs for 182 yards in returns and TD He led a Clemson defense that ranked llth In handling Florida 32 - 12, Alabama's offensive line gashed the Gators defensive front, allowing the Crimson Tide to gain 490 yards. Alabama quarterback Greg McEIroy went 12 for 18 for 239 yards. ..... T}" 'a s "ci[mp o'a'lp" w;eekend on tie "coiie ge'g}liron: "ant'iie "g'es "Id;i'disaploi'nil No" ]" )klalaa" and INo. 2 Florida lhet in the SEC Championship Game, described as a national semifinal, and the Crimson Tide dominated the Gators 32 - 12. The Alabama offensive line pushed the nurnber one ranked defense in college football all over the Georgia Dome to the tune 490 yards, including 251 yards rushing. Alabama running back Mark Ingrain made a strong case lbr the Heisman Trophy by rushing for 113 yards and 3 TDs, and made a 69-yard catch-and-run to set up a fourth touchdown in the biggest game of the season. The other national semifinal of college football was the Big 12 Championship, where No. 3 Texas needed a last-second 46-yard field goal by Hunter Lawrence to get past No. 22 Nebraska 13 - [2. The story of, this game was the Cornhusker defense, which held the explosive Longhorn offense to 202 yards. Nebraska DT Ndumakong Suh sacked Texas All-Americma quarterback Colt McCoy 4 times despite being repeatedly double and triple- teamed. Suh put on the most dominating and disruptive performance by an interior defensive lineman that we have witnessed in years, tossing Longhorn linemen like they were Raggedy Ann dolls, and he might be the best defensive tackle the college game has seen since the days Reggie White ,'it Tennessee. So, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas will meet in the BCS Championship in Pasadena on January 7, 2010. Pasadena is the site of Alabama's first ever bowl game played in 1926, and of Texas' 2006 BCS Championship. We will have much more on Alabama's 1926 trip to Pasadena in next week's issue of The Gridiron Gazette. The Longhom's one-point, last-second victoB means that No. 3 TCU, No. 4 Cincinnati, and No. 6 Boise State, all undefeated, have no chance to win college football's crown jewel, and will no doubt reignite the debate for a playoff. In the ACC championship No 11 Georgia Teeh defeated Clemo, 39 - 34 on an 86-yard drive that culminated m a 1 -yard touchdown bx Yellow Jacket rtnu-m-- "back, oi]n 13a;etwatk,l:20 remammg. The wm overshadowed, another amazing perfommnce by' Clemson's" C.J. Siflldr, ;ti5 gffrpe.gr0uiad the field on a sore a. ............... SPECIALISTS P, DREW BUTLER, GEORGIA Butler punted fifty times for a total of 2,441 yards. He averaged 48.84 yards per punt PK, BLAIR WALSH, GEORGIA Walsli has made .905 percent of his field goil attempts, and he was a perfect 4 for 4 from beyond 50 yards. Also he is a perfect 34 - of 34 m PATs. PR, GREG REID, FLORIDA STATE Reid leads the mtion in punt returns, averaging 18.42 yards for 350 yards and one touchdown. KR, C.J. SPILLER, CLEMSON Spiller averaged 33.71 yards per kickoff return, 4th m college football, and scored four touchdowns. MARK INGRM, RUNNING BACK, ALABAMA Ingrain, just a sophomore, rushed for 1,542 yards and ,scored a 18 total touchdowns, including (5 on the ground. He was extra special m big games. He gained 248 yards against South Carolina, 145 yards against I, SU, and l 15 yards and ,scored 3 TDs in the SEC Championship. What makes Ingram even more amazing is was tackled for a total loss of only 20 yards during the entire season. GARY PATTERSON, TCU Patterson led the Homed Frogs to a 12 - 0 record that includes wins at ACt2 ''Atlantic Division Champion Clemson, No. 16 BYIJ,'ffNb'.'I'6'LffaR.'TCU'I'tked" 7 4th nationally in total offens and-3.gthafi0flally in total defense. OFFENSIVE TIM TEBOW, QB, FLORIDA Tebow ranked second in the SEC with 3,272 total yards and scored 31 total touchdowns on his way to leading Florida to a 12 - 1 regular season record. DEFENSIVE ROLANDO MCCLAIN, LB, ALABAMA McClam is the leader of a Crimson Tide defense that finished first of second nationally in every major defensive catagory. OFFENSIVE 4-4 8.4 RYAN WILLIAMS, RB, VIRGINIA TECH .'5 7'5 " Nohar01in 4-4 : 8;4 Williams, a freshman, led the ACC with 1,538 yards 3-5 7-5 Duke 325 527 rushing, 128 yards per game, and scored 18 TDs. DEFENSIVE averaged 13.50 tackles per game. He had 19 tackles twice this season, tte also had 8 TFL and 3 sacks. College Football News and Notes Temple will play either Army or UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29 at RFK Stadimn m the nation's capital. If Amy beats Navy, the Cadets will play in their first bowl game since 1996. If Army loses, Temple will play UCLA (6-6). It is the Owls' first bowl invitation in 30 years... Idaho'is headhg back to a bowl game for the first time m more than a decade and will play Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. The Vandals (7-5) amounced Sunday they'll stay in their home state to face the Eagles on Dec. 30 m Boise, Idaho. Idaho's last bowl appearance was also in the ttumanitarian Bowl - m 1998... Charlie Wets has apologized to Southern California coach Pete Carroll for connnents that he says were taken out of context In an interview transcript posted on kishIlluslrated.com Saturday, the tbrmer Notre Dame coach was quoted internping a question featuring Carroll's name with a lengthy answer that suggested Carroll doesn't live with his wife, yet the media never mentions it. Carroll told the Los Angeles Times that Weis' comments were Messina led the coantry with an amazing 162 total LUKE KUECHLY, LB, BOSTON COLLEGE tackles, 20 more than the second place fmislier. He ................................................................................................................................................. Kuechly ranked 2nd nationally with 142 tackles and ranked 5th in the ACC with 12.5 TFL. He recorded 19 The Gridiron Gazette To:00 25 tackles against Noah Carolina. Tales From The Gridiron Ranking Power Rating Ranking Power Rating  November 16, 1957 Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma 1. Alabama 157.0 14. Northwestern 133.7 Sooners were on a 47-game winning streak, ranked No. 2 in the nation, and an 18-point favorite over ................................................................................................ .......... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ visiting Notre Dame, It was such a mismatch that 3. TCU 155.4 ! 16. Iowa 133.0 one sports writer wrote, "The sellout crowd of 62,000 came out for a Roman holiday." But Terry Brennan's 5. Florida 151.8 i 18. Stanford 131.6 Fighting Irish squad had something else in mind. Notre Dame's defense held the Sooners to a paltry' 145 total yards and ended Oklahoma's winning streak and 123-game scoring streak, shattering the Sooners' chances of a third straight national title in the process. 9. LSU 137.7 i 22. Houston 123.9 Irish fullback Nick Pietrosante steamrolled for 169 yards, and halfback Dick Lynch scored the game's only touchdown on a three-yard pitch with 3:50 to play in the game. The Sooners desperate final dive  ended with an interception, and Notre Dame prevailed 13. Pittsburgh 13 7.5 : Proostications mad rankings updated weekly 7 - 0. Oklahoma's 47-game winning streak remains a "untrue" and "irresponsible." modem-day record. [llllll[lllll[lll[lll[ll [ ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 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