Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My All-American picks

As a member of the FWAA, I get to vote for both All-American as well as some major awards. If anybody is interested, this is how I voted.

QB- Marcus Mariota, Oregon
RB- Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB- James Conner, Pittsburgh
WR- Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR- Kevin White, West Virginia
TE- Clive Walford, Miami
OL- Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OL- AJ Cann, South Carolina
OL- Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OL- Spencer Drango, Baylor
C-  Reese Dismukes, Auburn

DL- Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL- Shane Ray, Missouri
DL- Leonard Williams, USC
DL- Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
LB- Scooby Wright, Arizona
LB- Shaq Thompson, Washington
LB- Hau'Oli Kakana, Washington
DB- Gerod Holliman, Louisville
DB- Senquez Golson, Mississippi
DB- Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
DB- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

P- Austin Rehkow, Idaho
PK- Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
Return- J.J. Nelson, UAB

Bronco Nagurski Trophy (Best Defensive Player)- Gerod Holliman, Louisville

Outland Trophy (Best Interior Lineman)- Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Eddie Robinson Award (Best Coach)- Dan Mullen, Mississippi State


56 comments:

  1. FWIW, you showed integrity by selecting a derserving Kevin White. And after Gordon, I believe Conner is as good a choice as any other RB.

    bill

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    1. The way I looked at it, Conner, Ameer Abdullah, Tevin Coleman, and Duke Johnson are all equal.

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    2. Disagree. Conner is good but just a step below them. Conner isn't a receiving threat nor does he have blazing speed.

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    3. What the hell does speed have to do with being an All-American? The guy is doing better than three of Tony Dorsett's years.

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  2. Any love for Devon Johnson at Marshall?

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  3. Someday do you think there'll ever be a "Paul Chryst Trophy" awarded for the WORST coach in Division 1A college football?

    Presuming yes, and presuming there's a statue of HCPC atop the trophy, which will show more passion and emotion: The statue? Or Paul Chryst himself?

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    1. C'mon, really ? We are all disappointed this year .. some more that others. I was expecting 5-5 or, at best 6-4, going into the Syracuse game. We aren't far off that, regardless of how good (or bad) we have looked. Let's beat the Orange and head into Miami for an upset. Hail to Pitt !

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    2. Chryst is nowhere near an awful coach. At worst he's mediocre.

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    3. His record, etc shows Chryst "IS Mediocre".
      not "at worst" or "at best".
      He is what he is.
      Tomas,
      The over/under before the season began was 7.5 by all the oddsmakers. So, at a minimum should be 6-4 going into Syracuse and possibly 7-3. Seems all the Chryst supporters have dialed down the expectations this season. I'm very disappointed as I expected 7-8 wins this season.
      Pitt had a very easy schedule this season. Next year is much harder schedule.
      I hope Pitt does NOT extend Chryst.

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    4. Nick Saban was 25-22-1 in his first four seasons at Michigan State. It's too early to say what Chryst is yet. Though I don't think that it's looking good.

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    5. Anon 1:43 ... oddsmakers aren't always right. Other prognosticators had us at #6 in the coastal and everyone said "No Way-we are much better than that". Well, those guys are looking pretty smart now. Anyway, beat Akron and Iowa and we are at your 6-4 going into the Orange game. I'm not sure I "dialed down" expectations - but rather - I didn't think we were a good team. Too many unknowns. Young, new QB, O-line still in flux, lots of key losses on D, no real depth, unproven coach(es).

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    6. Chris, that's a very good point, and one (albeit not about Saban) that I made today when talking to a fellow Pitt alum in my office. I would not be surprised one bit if Chryst goes on to succeed at a MAC/C-USA school after he's let go and then on Illinois / Northwestern / Minnesota or somewhere like that and does quite well. I'm sure he'll be better in his second HC job than he is now. But, he was not the guy for this job. Chryst is 49. When he's 60, I bet he's a pretty decent HC. But Pitt can't afford to keep him anywhere near that long while he's learning.

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  4. You got to love those "Anonymous" experts.

    PittofDreams

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    1. You are anonymous so stop saying you are not.

      PittofDreams

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    2. Have some guts. Pick a name. Stick with it for a few years and we'll see how you stack up.

      PittofDreams

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    3. I've been seriously contemplating changing mine to PittofDispair....

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    4. PittofDreams is my alter ego.

      DreamsofPitt

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  5. Here's my NFL Draft Pick list... TJ Clemmings.

    A year ago projected him to be a LIKELY Third Rounder. Now that he's headed to the Senior Bowl, 1st or 2nd is not outside the Realm of Possibility.

    PittofDreams

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  6. Chris .. any chance of Conner and/or Boyd leaving for the draft ? They are closer to the team situation and may be looking forward and seeing next year as another marginal season. Better to leave now and avoid injury. Plus, can Conner do significantly better next year ? Probably not without a big step-up in the O-line .. which unfortunately, I expected this year. Boyd surely can have a better year next year but, only if Voytik takes a large step forward. Should these 2 wait around for potential improvements ?

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    1. They can't leave until after next season and they probably will.

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    2. ok .. is the NFL requirement 3 years from graduating high school ?

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    3. Yes. Your HS class. Fitzgerald and McCoy spent a year in prep so they could leave after two years at Pitt.

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  7. Chris, who do you think is a better college coach for Pitt Stache or Chryst?

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    1. Well, we know for sure that Chryst is the better OC while the Stache is the better DC

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    2. Stache.
      At least he has a personality when doing pressors which is good for the university brand.
      Stache can recruit also which is half the battle in being successful in college football.
      Chryst has neither skill.

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    3. Stache,

      First 3 years at Pitt was - 5-6, 6-6, 5-7 and his last three years were 9-4. 10-3 & 7-5. With ONE bowl win out of two in SIX yrs. PC already has ONE bowl win and he is only his third year. Give PC 6 years and lets see how he does. A big off season coming and let the young kids develop. Can not go anywhere but up. Btw, never did want to see Stache leave. Just trying to give perspective.

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    4. Chryst may eventually reach a higher level but it's not true that he can't go anywhere but up. He could go down or stay the same.

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    5. Agree .. PC may not go up, but I sure wish he does. Talent is getting better and deeper but unfortunately, next year's schedule is tougher. This could offset any noticeable improvements and put us at 6-6 (or worse).

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    6. Both were terrible game day coaches and made Paterno look like a riverboat gambler by comparison, but Wanny was a far superior recruiter.

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  8. If you had a Heisman vote, who would you vote for?

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    1. Mariota. Although, I can see a strong case for Melvin Gordon. There is no one else that is even close in my mind.

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  9. Fire Paul Chryst and hire Matt Campbell. We'll regret it if we don't.

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    1. Who's Matt Campbell?

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    2. The 34 year old third year HC at Toledo who is already 24-13. He's going to be a very good coach.

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  10. Why does being good at a press conference matter. Some of you are beyond idiotic

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    1. If Chryst was winning, or if his plan going forward was at least kinda/sorta clear -- or if we thought he even had a plan -- I agree it wouldn't matter S much. Bill Bellicheat sucks at pressers too, but there's no doubt BB knows what he's doing, even if he doesn't bother to share it.

      But as far as I can tell, HCPC has no idea what he's doing, and worse yet his demeanor suggests he's not troubled enough to formulate a plan to get a clue anytime soon. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, he simply cannot be as dense as he comes across. So if he could communicate better, maybe he could alleviate those (otherwise) well-founded concerns.

      People will jump to all sorts of conclusions if he doesn't help steel the dialog. Which he cannot. Or at least he doesn't.

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    2. Sports helps admissions.
      It increase the number of applications.
      Sports increases brand awareness which increases admissions, companies seeking Pitt graduates, etc.
      Yes, pressors matter because Chryst is representing Pitt and right now he comes across like a doufus.

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  11. 900K to Muschamps to be our d coord and lets call it a day.

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    1. This would be a major step in the right direction.

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    2. Sorry.....he yells at players ;-)

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  12. Chris,

    Understand on Panther Lair it is stated that the administration is giving HCPC a vote of confidence and is expanding the budget to make Pitt more competitive in ACC. Have you heard anything along these lines?

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  13. Muschamp will be a dc at an sec school.. we can go after his current dc d.j. Durkin, Orlando, or Tom Bradley. ..keeping house would be his demise after next season.

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    1. Muschamp will be a dc at the school who gives him the most money. It is just very likely that will be an SEC school. He also holds more benefit there as his recruiting ties are in that area. 900 to 950 would probably get him to Pittsburgh. Or they an try to get back one of the successful dc at Pitt with Rhoads and Bennett both possibly looking for a job next year.

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  14. pitt just held an opponent to 7 points!!

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  15. I retract the previous comments I made about Voytik. He has MADE nice progress as the season is winding down. He is more DECISIVE about his decisions and throwing the FOOTBALL with more confidence.

    PittofDreams

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  16. I'm flattered "Anonymous." And agree with just about everything EXCEPT for that "retract" part.

    However, keep in mind just how BAD Syracuse is... and how GOOD Tyler Boyd is.

    PittofDreams (The Real One)

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  17. By the way... PITT BEATS MIAMI! Been saying it since August. No reason to "retract" it now.

    Do you agree Mr. "Anonymous?"

    PittofDreams

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  18. I think it's clever on your part how you post a blog so that you can respond to your own one. I hope you're right about the Pitt Miami game.

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  19. Hi Chris,

    Do you plan to offer your post-mortem on the Syracuse game?

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  20. Pitt of Dreams...Do you realize that you are also anonymous? LOL.

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    1. He's doesn't comprehend the obvious. :-)

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  21. Did anyone complete their survey?
    What a joke questionaire.

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  22. We lost a football . Davon Hamilton decommited.

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  23. Dokish,

    What's your current assessment of he two freshman, Slim Johnson and Ryan Luther, given their progress this season?

    HowardR

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    1. I thought they could be good players down the road. After seeing them this season I'm now sure of it. And it's not going to take long to get there.

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