This upcoming college football season will see two brand new polls introduced to go alongside the traditional polls used by the Associated Press and the coaches. The only one that will truly matter will be the weekly poll released by the College Football Playoff selection committee later in the season, because that will likely give fans an idea of whre things are heading for the playoff. This offseason also saw a new poll announced by the National Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America, the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll. Now we know who will be casting votes for this brand new power poll.
Today the FWAA and NFF released a list of the voters, ranging from various local and national media outlets, board members and the College Football Hall of Fame.
“We have assembled a group of highly knowledgeable voters who will collectively provide an objective and credible view of the top college football teams each week,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell in a released statement. “We are extremely pleased to partner with the FWAA on the launch of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, which will provide a compelling reference point for fans to follow during the college football season.”
If you are wondering just who will be voting, wait no more. Here is the list of voters, as provided by the NFF and FWAA;
- Mark Anderson*, Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Chris Ault, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002
- Lee Barfknecht*, Omaha World-Herald
- Tony Barnhart*, SEC Network
- David Barron*, Houston Chronicle
- Mark Blaudschun*, AJerseyGuy.com
- Murry Bowden, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2003 and NFF Vice Chairman
- Gil Brandt*, NFL.com
- Chuck Carlton*, The Dallas Morning News
- Gene Corrigan, NFF Board Member
- Brian Davis*, Austin American-Statesman
- Gene DeFilippo, NFF Board Member
- Dennis Dodd*, CBSSports.com
- Bob Epling, NFF Board Member
- Jack Ford, CBS 60 Minutes Sports Correspondent and NFF Board Member
- Teddy Greenstein*, Chicago Tribune
- Andrew Greif*, The Oregonian
- Mike Griffith*, MLive.com
- Wally Hall*, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
- Matt Hayes*, The Sporting News
- Tommy Hicks*, AL.com
- Ron Higgins*, NoLa.com/The Times Picayune
- Dave Jones*, PA Media Group
- Ryan Kartje*, Orange County Register
- Blair Kerkhoff*, Kansas City Star
- Jack Lengyel, NFF Board Member
- Kelly Lyell*, Fort Collins Coloradoan
- Don McPherson, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008
- Matthew Murschel*, Orlando Sentinel
- Chuck Neinas, NFF Board Member
- Randy Peterson*, Des Moines Register
- Jeff Shain*, PrimeSportsNetwork.com
- Phil Steele*, Phil Steele Publications
- Patrick Stevens*, Syracuse.com
- Barry Switzer, College Football Hall of Famer Class of 2001
- David Teel*, Newport News Daily Press
- John Wagner*, Toledo Blade
- Dick Weiss*, Blue Star Media
- Rod West, NFF Board Member
- Reggie Williams, College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007
- Bud Withers*, Seattle Times
Well here’s a bit of a shocker for you this morning. UCLA running back Myles Jack has reportedly withdrawn from UCLA and will prepare to enter the NFL Draft in 2016. The news was first reported, via Twitter, by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.
Jack has played linebacker and fullback for the Bruins, and his decision to turn pro now comes off feeling a bit strange. Head coach Jim Mora certainly questions the decision by Jack.
“I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s a lot of speculation to ….where he fits,” Mora explained, via Thamel. “I’ve been in 25 Draft rooms. I’ve never seen a guys taken off (two games of junior tape)… Myles’ talent is without question. I hope he’s put enough out there where they can get a true evaluation.”
Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury last month in a practice. The injury led USC Athletics Director Pat Haden to send him a letter wishing him well in a sign of good sportsmanship between conference and crosstown rivals. Perhaps the season-ending injury led Jack to consider the consequences of returning in 2016 in a UCLA uniform, with players not being compensated for their play. The question then becomes if Jack is a good enough talent to go in round one, or even round two, considering the latest injury situation for him.
Well, here is the instant opinion of our friend Josh Norris of Rotoworld and an NFL Draft analyst…
Jack was a two-time second team All-Pac-12 selection and Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013.
Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.
Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.
The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.