Tiger Trio Semi-finalists For National Awards

Auburn, Ala.–-The attention continues to grow for the third-ranked Auburn Tigers as Coach Tommy Tuberville, Carnell Williams and Carlos Rogers have all been named semi-finalists for awards by the Robert W. Maxwell Football Club.

Guiding Auburn to a perfect 9-0 record this season and third-place standing in the current Bowl Championship Series rankings, Tuberville is one of nine semi-finalists for the George Munger Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate coach.

Auburn's record this season is the best start for a Tiger team since 1994. Auburn has already clinched a berth in the Dec. 4 SEC Championship game in Atlanta, the earliest a team has done so since the game originated in 1992.

Also up for the Munger Award are Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, Florida State's Bobby Bowden, USC's Pete Carroll, Miami's Larry Coker, Utah's Urban Meyer, Georgia's Mark Richt, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and California's Jeff Tedford.

Carnell Williams

Williams is one of 12 candidates for the Maxwell Award, given to the Collegiate Player of the Year. He leads Auburn with 862 yards rushing this season and has nine touchdowns. He has also caught 11 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. The senior leads the Southeastern Conference and is 33rd in the nation in all-purpose yards at 132.7 per game. Williams is currently second on Auburn's all-time rushing list behind 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson. He also is second to Jackson in career touchdowns with 42, just three away from the school record.

The other candidates for the award are Texas running back Cedric Benson, USC running back Reggie Bush, Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards, Georgia quarterback David Greene, USC quarterback Matt Leinart, Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, Utah quarterback Alex Smith, California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Oklahoma quarterback Jason White and Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams.

A shut-down corner in every definition, Rogers is a semi-finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Collegiate Defensive Player. The senior has broken up five passes this season and has one interception, but teams have thrown his way just 54 times this season out of 252 attempted passes against Auburn this year. Opponents have completed just 15 passes on Rogers' side of the field. He has 31 total tackles this season with three going for a loss.

Rogers is also a standout on special teams.

Carlos Rogers

Other candidates for the Bednarik Award are Southern Miss linebacker Michael Boley, Tennessee linebacker Kevin Burnett, Oklahoma defensive lineman Dan Cody, USC defensive lineman Shaun Cody, Georgia safety Thomas Davis, Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk, Wisconsin defensive lineman Erasmus James, Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson, Georgia defensive end David Pollack, Miami safety Antrell Rolle and LSU defensive end Marcus Spears.

The top three candidates for each award will be invited to the ESPN College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9 where each winner will be announced.

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