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Nov232005

A bit of awards projection

I found this fan ballot for various CFB awards this year on ESPN.com.  The finalists have been decided, so now the fun task of picking winners is at hand.  Review the list and projections below, and be sure and tune into the "College Football Awards Show" on ESPN on Thursday December 8 from 7-9 PM Eastern.

The awards process is part of the run-up to the Heisman ceremony (December 10) and bowl season. 

Bednarik Award-Outstanding defensive player

Nominees:

  • A.J. Hawk, Ohio State linebacker
  • D'Dqwell Jackson, Maryland linebacker
  • Paul Posluszny, Penn State linebacker

Who will win: Tossup between Hawk and Posluszny.  If pressed I'll say Posluszny because there's some Penn State tradition in winning the award already.

Who should win: Hawk

Biletnikoff Award-Outstanding wide receiver

Nominees:

  • Mike Haas, Oregon State
  • Dwayne Jarrett, USC
  • Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame

Who will win: Jarrett

Who should win: Jarrett.  Has had an amazing season.

Lou Groza Award-kicker

Nominees:

  • Mason Crosby, Colorado
  • Jad Dean, Clemson
  • Alexis Serna, Oregon State

Who will win: Crosby

Who should win: Crosby, although Serna is an amazing story considering that he started his career by missing three extra points against LSU last year in a narrow loss.

Ray Guy Award-punter

Nominees:

  • Danny Baugher, Arizona
  • Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest
  • John Torp, Colorado

Who will win: Baugher

Who should win: Baugher.  His efforts against USC alone made him nomination-worthy.

Maxwell Award-outstanding player

Nominees:

  • Reggie Bush, USC
  • Matt Leinart, USC
  • Vince Young, Texas

Who will win: Leinart

Who should win: Young.  Carved out a name for Texas in a season more or less dedicated to USC.

Davey O'Brien Award-outstanding quarterback

Nominees:

  • Matt Leinart, USC
  • Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
  • Vince Young, Texas

Who will win: Leinart

Who should win: Leinart.  Best quarterback the college game has seen to this point.

Outland Trophy-interior lineman

Nominees:

  • Marcus McNeill, Auburn offensive tackle (how is this interior line?)
  • Greg Eslinger, Minnesota offensive center
  • Haloti Ngata, Oregon defensive tackle

Who will win: McNeill

Who should win: Eslinger.  Minnesota's offense will never be the same when he's gone.

Jim Thorpe Award-defensive back

Nominees:

  • Michael Huff, Texas
  • Tye Hill, Clemson
  • Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech

Who will win: Huff

Who should win: Williams.  Dominant at both corner and safety.

Doak Walker Award-running back

Nominees:

  • Reggie Bush, USC
  • Jerome Harrison, Washington State
  • DeAngelo Williams, Memphis

Who will win: Bush

Who should win: Bush.  Harrison and Williams had unbelievable seasons, but Bush is a can't-miss choice here.

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