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Here's who I think should win this year's top awards. Some choices will feature analysis and explanations (many will not) and some actual research and merit will factor in - occasionally - but mostly I'll make my choices based on affiliation, good looks, name recognition/admiration and/or distain for the other candidate(s) - But then, that's my general criteria whenever I vote...
Heisman Trophy - Top Overall Player
Tim Tebow, Florida Quarterback. Little Timmy Tebow is an amazing phenomenon (not a normal one - amazing). 2007 offered the right combination of factors to allow him to have a record breaking year - the team dynamic along with his talent and determination resulted in Tebow scoring 51 touchdowns in the regular season - . His team did lose 3 games; however, in each loss he accounted for at least 21 points. Tebow's cuteness/fitness level is high - and he's also a good student and a God fearing kid - it's almost too much.
Chase Daniel - Missouri Quarterback. Daniel led his Missouri team to the most unlikely of places (and somewhere none of the other candidates inhabited) - the top of the polls. Albeit a short tenure as the #1 team, Daniel and the Tigers won their conference division and fell only to the Oklahoma Sooners (twice). Chase had a Ben Roethlisberger thing goin' on Saturday night - not saying that's a good or bad thing - I'm just saying.
Darren McFadden - Arkansas Running back - most likely the all-around best athlete - with stellar performances against some of the nation's top teams (LSU, I'm looking at you) - of course, he did have some "meh" outings as well and his team did rack up 4 losses - but there is no denying his contribution to his team and college football - He's a hometown kid done well - not too bad looking either.
Colt Brennan - Hawaii Quarterback - when considering a "body of work" versus one season of glory - Colt Brennan has really had both in 2007. Career college passing records and an undefeated season. Also, he led his team to its first BCS bowl. Brennan's appearance has been a little suspect at times - but over all, there's a handsome young man hiding in there.
Tim Tebow has had the most outstanding year, but he's a sophomore - so I'm biased against him; Brennan has had the most record worthy career, but perhaps against less worthy opposition. My vote goes to Darren McFadden- he had the most impressive performances, against the most impressive opponents - It was a tough year at Arkansas - and he had his down moments - but he rallied like no other.
Maxwell Trophy - Top All Around Player
Tim Tebow - Florida Quarterback
Dennis Dixon - Oregon Quarterback. Dixon had a fantastic year up to his season (and award run) ending injury. While he is not individually responsible, he can never be forgiven for those dang uniforms.
Darren McFadden - Arkansas Running back.
Walter Camp Trophy - Top Player of the Year
Tim Tebow - Florida Quarterback - cause he's gotta win something. The kid broke his hand in the 1st quarter of the fsu game with a broken hand - and still scored 5 touchdowns. I'm starting to wonder if he isn't part android.
Darren McFadden - Arkansas Running Back
Chase Daniel - Missouri Quarterback
Outland Trophy (Best Lineman)
Glenn Dorsey - LSU
Anthony Collins - Kansas
Jake Long - Michigan
Bednarik Award (Best Defense)
Dan Connor - Penn State - Do I really even need to list the other finalists? Not really - Of course Connor is my choice - Plus - he deserves it.
Glenn Dorsey, LSU.
James Laurinaitis, tOSU. This kid is just a trivial cough due to cold. He's not going to develop into BronkoNagurskitis (even if he did win their award) - seriously, he's not even the best LB on his team.
Thorpe Trophy (Best DB)
Antoine Cason - Arizona
Jamie Silva - Boston College
Craig Steltz - LSU
O'Brien Trophy (Best QB)
Tim Tebow - Florida
Chase Daniel - Missouri. Wah? Daniel is a quarterback - he's not a running back or a receiver or a punter - he's a quarterback and he had a great year.
Dennis Dixon - Oregon
Doak Walker Trophy (Best Running Back)
Darren McFadden - Arkansas. Duh.
Mike Hart - Michigan. Hart should get a "I never fumble and it really angers PSUgirl" award. But that's all.
Ray Rice - Rutgers. Rice has had such a wonderful career - and he's been such a huge impact on Rutgers Football. But this wasn't a great year for the Knights - and Ray won't be reaping any awards.
Groza Trophy - Top Place Kicker
Jose Martinez, UTEP - Made a 57 yard field goal - not too shabby.
Austin Starr, Indiana
Thomas Weber, ASU. Probably the best looking and the most successful this season - but I'm off ASU this year, so, sorry.
Biletnikoff Award - Top Wide Receiver
Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech. Definitely gets points for not being Mario.
Mario Manningham, Michigan. Anyone but Mario.
Jordy Nelson, Kansas State - I have really no basis for this other than I like his name and - he's not Mario.
Ray Guy Award - Top Punter
Durant Brooks, Ga Tech. Senior. Cutie. nuf said.
Kevin Haber, Cincinnati
Brett Kern, Toledo. I still ain't made up my mind about Toledo.
Butkus Award - Top Linebacker
Dan Connor, Penn State. Danny really is the best linebacker. He had 2 games this season in which he recorded 18 tackles. For his career (playing alongside Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee!!!!! - as well as some other kids who can tackle) - Connor has made over 400 tackles - that's amazing.
James Laurinaitis, tOSU
Jordan Dizon, Colorado.
Hendricks Award - Top DE
Chris Long - UVA. His father is easily the best thing that has ever graced this planet - at least during my lifetime. But, he's up against at Penn Stater - so he's doomed.
Maurice Evans - PSU. Maurice, the one shoe wonder, had a breakout year for Penn State. Well ahead of schedule and much to the chagrin of many an offensive opponent. He's the winner in my book.
Eric Bakhtiari - USD
Vernon Gholston - tOSU
Greg Middleton (Ind)
Nick Reed - Oregon
Jonal Saint-Dic, Michigan State. Easily, one of the best names in college football.
George Selvie, USF
Mackey Award - Top TE
Travis Beckum - Wisconsin
Fred Davis - USC
Martin Rucker (Missouri)
Lombardi Award (Best Lineman or Linebacker)
Glenn Dorsey - LSU
James Laurinaitis - tOSU
Chris Long - UVA. Here's where Crissy gets my vote. He's quietly amassed an amazing resume as he finishes his college career.
Jake Long - Michigan