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Penn State's John Urschel and Wisconsin's Chris Borland were named two of 10 finalists from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football. The Senior CLASS Award honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 16. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Jeff Heuerman's career-best receiving day last Saturday vs. Purdue has earned the junior from Naples, Fla., and Barron Collier High School, the John Mackey Tight End of the Week award. Heuerman tied a career-best with five receptions vs. the Boilermakers and he set personal bests with 116 receiving yards and with a long reception of 40 yards. His 40-yard gain was the first score for the Buckeyes and it came on the team's second offensive play from scrimmage. Heuerman gained four first downs on the afternoon and had additional catches covering 24, 34 and 18 yards. The game marked the first time an Ohio State tight end had topped 100 receiving yards since Rickey Dudley recorded 106 against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Heuerman's 116 yards were also the most by an Ohio State tight end in 30 years, or since John Frank had 123 receiving yards vs. Michigan in 1983. Heuerman is fourth on the team with 20 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis Colts (Iowa) - Tallied a team-high 12
tackles, including seven solo and one for loss, and a pass deflection in the
Colts' 27-24 win over the Texans
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 432 yards on 23-of-33 passing and four touchdowns in the Patriots' 55-31 victory over the Steelers
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 382 yards on 30-of-51 passing and two touchdowns in the Saints' 26-20 loss to the Jets
Jack Crawford, DE, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) - Recorded one sack and two tackles in the Raiders' 49-20 loss to the Eagles
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Notched 11 tackles, including five solo, in Tampa Bay's 27-24 loss to Seattle
Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Totaled six solo tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Eagles' 49-20 defeat of the Raiders
Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Ran for 38 yards and a touchdown and recorded a 28-yard catch in the Titans' 28-21 win over the Rams
Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City Chiefs (Penn State) - Recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, along with posting four tackles, including one for loss, in the Chiefs' 23-13 defeat of the Bills
David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Registered a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss, in the Jets' 26-20 win over the Saints
A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Recorded eight tackles in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to Chicago
Nick Hayden, DT, Dallas Cowboys (Wisconsin) - Made six tackles, including four solo, in the Cowboys' 27-23 win over the Vikings
Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Collected five tackles and one sack in the Steelers' 35-31 loss to the Patriots
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded a team-high nine solo tackles and one sack in the Rams' 28-21 loss to the Titans
Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Penn State) - Led the team with nine tackles, including four solo, in the Cowboys' 27-23 win over the Vikings
Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Notched two pass deflections, a blocked kick and three tackles, including one for loss, in the Chargers' 30-24 overtime loss to the Redskins
Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay (Purdue) - Registered seven tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to Chicago
Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Tallied five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the Patriots' 55-31 win over the Steelers
Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Notched six solo tackles and one pass deflection in the Titans' 28-21 win over the Rams
Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Tallied six solo tackles and one sack in Oakland's 49-20 loss to Philadelphia
Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Recorded eight tackles, including seven solo, in Minnesota's 27-23 loss to Dallas
Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Notched three sacks and five solo tackles in the Dolphins' 22-20 win over the Bengals
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Recorded four tackles, one sack, one blocked kick and one pass deflection in the Texans' 27-24 loss to the Colts
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw 217 yards on 19-of-26 passing and two touchdowns in Seattle's 27-24 victory over Tampa Bay
LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan) - Posted eight tackles in the Steelers' 55-31 loss to the Patriots
Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Tallied eight tackles, including five solo, in Oakland's 49-20 loss to Philadelphia
Minnesota's Philip Nelson has been selected as one of eight quarterbacks as "Stars of the Week" by the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Nelson completed 16 of 23 passes for a career-best 298 yards and four passing touchdowns, including the game-winning 50-yard scoring toss with just over three minutes to go to lead the Gophers to a road win at Indiana.
College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click on this link to vote for the top performer. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.