Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My official ballot for postseason awards

As a member of the the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), I vote for All-American, the Bronco Nagurski Award, the Outland Trophy, and the Eddie Robinson Award.


Quarterback- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, Fr.-  I'm almost positive that Collin Klein of Kansas State will be a consensus first team All-American, and may very well win the Heisman, but the Aggie has had a better season, in my opinion.  Klein has a better record, more rushing touchdowns (19-15), and better passing efficiency (167.44-151.17) but Manziel has more touchdown passes (18-12), more yards passing (2,780-2,020), more rushing yards (1,014-748), and a higher rushing average (6.5-4.9).  He also won at Alabama and has had to play against the best defenses in the country with the SEC, while Klein has played against poor Big 12 defenses.

Running Back- Kenjon Barber, Oregon, Sr.-  People are mentioning him as a possible Heisman winner but that's going way too far.  Clearly, his 321 yards, 5 touchdown performance against USC made people excited, but after that he's only run up some numbers against the likes of Fresno State and Washington State.  Because of his outburst against USC he has catapulted to 1,360 yards, a 6.8 avg. and 19 touchdowns.

Running Back- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, So.- I can easily see the current national rushing leader, Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada, or a big name like Montee Ball of Wisconsin, taking this spot but the electrifying Bernard has 1,008 yards in just 8 games, with 11 rushing touchdowns.  He also has an amazing 7.1 avg.  If that's not enough he also has 38 catches, which is the third best total for a running back in the country, and to go with that he has a 10.8 avg. and 4 more touchdowns.  Then there is the return game where he is fourth in the nation in punt returns with a 17.9 avg. and 2 more touchdowns.

Wide Receiver-  Marqise Lee, Southern California, So.-  Hard to believe that he was only a defensive player in high school.  Robert Woods was expected to be the star this season, but the sophomore took over with 98 catches for 1,447 yards, and 13 touchdowns.  He's also No. 13 nationally in kick returning with a 29.4 yard avg. and a touchdown.

Wide Receiver-  DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, Jr.-  Similar to the Lee situation at USC, the main man at Clemson was supposed to be somebody else, in this case Sammy Watkins.  Instead Hopkins took over to the tune of 66 catches for 1,096 yards, a 16.6 avg., and 14 receiving touchdowns (2nd best in the country).

Tight End- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, So.-  His 55 catches leads all tight ends nationally, and he also has 731 yards, a 13.3 avg., and 4 touchdowns.  Chris Coyle (Arizona State), Zach Ertz (Stanford), and Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) were also under consideration.

Offensive Line-  Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, Jr.

Offensive Line-  Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, Jr.

Offensive Line-  Chance Warmack, Alabama, Sr.

Offensive Line-  Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, Sr.

Center-  Barrett Jones, Alabama, Sr.


Defensive Line-  Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, Jr.- His 20 tackles for loss are the most in the country and his 12.5 sacks are tied for the most in the country.  He also added 74 tackles, 6 hurries, 2 pass breakups, a forced fumble, and even a blocked kick.

Defensive Line-  Star Lotuleiei, Utah, Sr.-  His stats won't wow you, but there's a reason why he's expected to be a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft.  The 6'4" 320 pound beast takes on two, three, and sometimes four blockers but still has 32 tackles and 4 sacks.

Defensive Line-  Jadaveon Clowney, South Carolina, So.-  The one time top high school prospect in the country has lived up to his potential this season with 17 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 43 tackles, and 2 forced fumbles.

Defensive Line-  Bjoern Werner, Florida State, Jr.-  The German import has always had the reputation as a stout run defender but this season he has turned up the pass rush.  On the season he has 8 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, 5 hurries, 6 pass breakups, and a forced fumble.

Linebacker-  Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, Sr.-  The heart and soul of the Irish's excellent defense, he has 92 tackles, 4 pass breakups, and 4 hurries. The most amazing stat, though, is his 6 interceptions, which is the second highest number in the country.

Linebacker-  Jarvis Jones, Georgia, Jr.-  He's missed two games but still has 56 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles, which is second in the nation.  A top candidate for defensive player of the year awards.

Linebacker-  C.J. Mosley, Alabama, Jr.-  This one was tough as I almost picked Khaseem Greene of Rutgers, but I chose Mosley because he has had to play against better competition, and played well in those big games.  On the season he has 83 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, a forced fumble, and a recovered fumble.

Defensive Back-  Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, Sr.-  Leads the country with 8 interceptions, and nobody else even has seven.  Even more impressively he's returned 3 of them for touchdowns.  He's also added 73 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.

Defensive Back-  Dee Milliner, Alabama, Jr.-  His 16 pass breakups are only two off the national lead, and he has 2 interceptions, 41 tackles, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.

Defensive Back-  Matt Elam, Florida, Jr.-  The hard hitting emotional leader of the Gators defense with 52 tackles and 3 interceptions.

Defensive Back-   Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, Sr.-  Many in the east may not know about him, but he blankets receivers in the Pac 12.  On the season he has 32 tackles, 5 interceptions, 4 tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble.


Punter-  Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech, Sr.-  The nation's leading punter with a 48.2 avg.

Kicker-  Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Sr.-  He's made 20 of 24 field goals this season and became the ACC's all-time leading field goal maker when he nailed a 56-yarder this season.

Return Man-  Tavon Austin, West Virginia, Sr.-  There were a lot of candidates here but Austin gets the call for me because he did both kick and punt returns, and because he is also an All-American caliber receiver.  He has an 8.9 avg. and a touchdown on punt returns, and a 30.3 avg. and a touchdown on kick returns.


Bronco Nagurski Award (Best Defensive Player)- Manti Te'o, Notre Dame-  This is a three man race between Te'o, Jarvis Jones, and Damontre Moore but the 6 interceptions for a linebacker is something that stands out as special.  You can't go wrong with any of the three, though.

Outland Trophy (Best Interior Lineman)-  Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M-  Barrett Jones won the award last season as a tackle so he's somebody who has to be considered, and Lotuleiei is a great player, but Joeckel has had a great year.

Eddie Robinson Award (Best Coach)-  Bill Snyder, Kansas State-  Anybody who votes for anybody else has to have his head examined.  He turned one of the worst programs in the country into a national power not once but twice.  And the second time he did it, he did it when he was in his 70s.  He's currently 73.


  1. Chris,
    How many were 5star, 4star, 3star by Rivals?
    Just ask'n..
    Do stars matter..

  2. While watching kansas game... i looked some up on offense and defense but could not find all...
    5star - 4
    4star - 6
    3star - 5
    Funny... no 2star and that is 1/2 of what Chryst has recruited for 2013..

    1. I can't imagine how pathetic your life is that you actually spent the time to look that up.

  3. When does Pitt try their own version of Johnny football??? I know they owe it to their seniors to win these next two games but...

    Heard Urban pulled offer fom Foster. I believe he didnt want to be snubbed by D-Rob!!

  4. Chris,

    I know T. Boyd is a big time prospect, but can he get in and stay in school with his grades? Clairton is not known for producing great students. Come to think of it I can't remember the last time one of their "students" was able to stay in a big time program.

    Tom O'Neill