Football Writers Association of America

Football Writers Association of America

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) is one of the organizations whose College Football All-America Team is recognized by the NCAA. The organization also selects the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, the Outland Trophy winner, the Grantland Rice Award winner, a freshman All-America team, and weekly defensive player of the week, as well as developing scholarship programs and surveys for better working conditions. Since 1954, the association has awarded the Grantland Rice Trophy to the college football team they choose to be the National Champion.

Overview

The FWAA, composed of approximately 850 sports writers from both print and Internet media outlets, strives for better working conditions for sports writers in college football press boxes, and deals with access issues to college athletes and coaches.

Celebrating its 66th year, the Football Writers Association of America consists of the men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards and an All-America team. The FWAA also sponsors scholarships for aspiring writers and an annual writing contest.

2008 All-America Committee

*Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette
*Frank Coyle, draftinsiders.com
*Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman
*Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
*Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle
*Antonya English, St. Petersburg Times
*Maureen Fulton, Toledo Blade
*Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
*Tom Kensler, Denver Post
*Lenn Robbins, New York Post
*George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard
*Phil Steele, Phil Steele Magazine
*Paul Strelow, The State
*Phil Stukenborg, The Commercial Appeal

2007 All-America Committee

*Mark Blaudschun, Boston Globe
*Chip Brown, The Dallas Morning News
*Bob Clark, Eugene Register-Guard
*Buddy Davis, Ruston Leader
*Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
*Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
*Steve Irvine, Birmingham News
*Michael Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune
*Matt Markey, Toledo Blade
*Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune

2006 All-America Committee

*Eric Bailey, Tulsa World
*Chad Cripe, Idaho Statesman
*Scott Ferrell, Shreveport Times
*Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
*Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune
*Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register
*Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger
*Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic
*George Schroeder, Daily Oklahoman
*Norm Wood, Daily Press

Awards Sponsored

Currently the FWAA sponsors seven awards and those are affiliated with the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).
*All-America and Freshman All-America Teams
*Bronko Nagurski Trophy
*Outland Trophy
*Grantland Rice Award
*Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
*FedEx Orange Bowl Courage Award
*Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week

Bert McGrane Award Winners

Presented to a member of the FWAA for "outstanding contribution to the organization". [ [http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/index.html FWAA > Awards ] at www.sportswriters.net] 1974 Charley Johnson, Minneapolis Star
1975 Wilfrid Smith, Chicago Tribune
1976 Paul Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times
1977 Dick Cullum, Minneapolis Tribune
1978 Wilbur Evans, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association
1979 Tom Siler, Knoxville News-Sentinel
1980 Maury White, Des Moines Register
1981 Fred Russell, Nashville Banner
1982 Furman Bisher, Atlanta Journal
1983 John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune
1984 Si Burick, Dayton News
1985 Blackie Sherrod, The Dallas Morning News
1986 Raymond Johnson, Nashville Tennessean
1987 Tim Cohane, Look Magazine
1988 Dave Campbell, Waco Tribune Herald
1989 Jim Brock, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association
1990 Jack Hairston, Gainseville Sun
1991 Murray Olderman, Newspaper Enterprise Association
1992 Volney Meece, The Daily Oklahoman
1993 Bob Hentzen, Topeka Capital Journal
1994 Edgar Allen, Nashville Journal
1995 Dick Herbert, Raleigh News & Observer
1996 Bob Hammel, Bloomington Herald-Times
1997 Bill Lumpkin, Birmingham Post-Herald
1998 Don Bryant, University of Nebraska
1999 Field Scovell, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association
2000 Jimmie McDowell, All-American Football Foundation
2001 Edwin Pope, Miami Herald
2002 Orville Henry, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
2003 Dan Foster, Greenville News
2004 Pat Harmon, Cincinnati Post
2005 Steve Richardson
2006 John Junker, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
2007 Mark Blaudschun, Boston Globe

Notes

External links

* [http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/ Football Writers Association of America official website]


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