COW Part 2 - All The Award Finalists & Picks
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
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Posted Nov 20, 2012


Breaking down and analyzing all the finalists for the top awards

Cavalcade of Whimsy

Part 2, Nov. 20, 2012

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The C.O.W. airing of the grievances followed by the feats of strength
The main awards, the finalists, who’ll win, and who deserves to win …

12. Lou Groza – Best Kicker
Finalists: 1. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 2. Cairo Santos, Tulane, 3. Caleb Sturgis, Florida
The vote will be: 1. Santos, 2. Hopkins, 3. Sturgis

My vote: 1. Santos, 2. Hopkins, 3. Sturgis
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State, 2. Anthony Cantele, Kansas State, 3. Austin Lopez, San Jose State

Santos should be a lock, nailing all 20 of his field goal attempts while going 12-of-12 from beyond 40 yards. Hopkins has hit 22-of-26 field goals with 9-of-12 from beyond the 40. Sturgis has connected on 20-of-24 attempts with three of the misses on blocks. He hit 7-of-8 from beyond the 40.

11. Ray Guy – Best Punter
Finalists: 1. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech, 2. Kyle Cristy, Florida, 3. Scott Kovanda, Ball State
The vote will be: 1. Allen, 2. Cristy, 3. Kovanda

My vote: 1. Cristy, 2. Allen, 3. Kovanda
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Riley Stephenson, BYU, 2. Darragh O’Neill, Colorado, 3. Josh Hubner, Arizona State

Putting kicks inside the 20 might be the most underappreciated skill in all of college football. Considering what Florida’s offense does, and with field position vital, Cristy has been a key part to the puzzle. Allen is averaging 48.1 yards per kick with 19 inside the 20 on 41 kicks. Christy is averaging 46.3 yards per kick with 25 inside the 20 on 58 kicks. Kovanda is averaging 40.5 yards per kick with 23 inside the 20 on 38 kicks.

10. Mackey – Best Tight End
Finalists: 1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 2. Zach Ertz, Stanford, 3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
The vote will be: 1. Eifert, 2. Ertz, 3. Seferian-Jenkins

My vote: 1. Ertz, 2. Eifert, 3. Seferian-Jenkins
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Chris Coyle, Arizona State, 2. Zane Fake, Ball State, 3. Ryan Otten, San Jose State

Eifert doesn’t have the numbers, but he has the big plays for an offense that underutilizes his talents. Seferian-Jenkins has a few more yards than Ertz, but Ertz has two more touchdowns including the season-changer against Oregon.

9. Lott – Best Defensive Back
Finalists: 1. Johnathan Banks, Mississippi State, 2. Dee Milliner, Alabama, 3. Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
The vote will be: 1. Milliner, 2. Banks, 3. Thomas

My vote: 1. Thomas, 2. Banks, 3. Milliner
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, 2. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, 3. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Thomas led the nation with eight picks, taking three for scores, while no one else came up with more than six interceptions. Milliner has been fantastic with a whopping 14 broken up passes, while Banks has a few more picks and tackles. Jefferson has been like another linebacker against the run.

8. Nagurski – Best Defensive Player
Finalists: 1. Jaedevon Clowney, DE South Carolina, 2. Jarvis Jones, LB Georgia, 3. Dee Milliner, CB Alabama, 4. Manti Te’o, LB Notre Dame, 5. Bjoern Werner, DE Florida State
The vote will be: 1. Te’o, 2. Jones, 3. Milliner, 4. Clowney, 5. Werner

My vote: 1. Te’o, 2. Jones, 3. Clowney, 4. Milliner, 5. Werner
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Khaseem Greene, LB Rutgers, 2. Damontre Moore, DE Texas A&M, 3. Dan Molls, LB Toledo

Greene has been the best defensive player in college football this year. Jones has been the most dynamic defender, but Te’o should win this going away.

7. Outland – Best Interior Lineman
Finalists: 1. Jonathan Cooper, OG North Carolina, 2. Barrett Jones, C Alabama, 3. Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
The vote will be: 1. Jones, 2. Joeckel, 3. Cooper

My vote: 1. Joeckel, 2, Cooper, 3. Jones
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Jesse Williams, DT Alabama, 2. Star Lotulelei, Utah, 3. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

Jones isn’t even the best lineman on his own team – I’m an unabashed fan of Williams - and might be the fourth best blocker on his O line. Cooper has been fantastic, but Joeckel has come up with an outstanding year helping protect Johnny Manziel.

6. Davey O’Brien – Best Quarterback
Finalists: 1. Collin Klein, Kansas State, 2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
The vote will be: 1. Klein, 2. Manziel, 3. Miller

My vote: 1. Miller, 2. Manziel, 3. Klein
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 2. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, 3. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

It would be a toss-up between Miller and Boyd if Boyd was on the ballot. A lot will depend on the final weekend with Miller dealing with Michigan and Boyd playing South Carolina.

5. Doak Walker – Best Running Back
Finalists: 1. Montee Ball, Wisconsin, 2. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 3. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
The vote will be: 1. Barner, 2. Ball, 3. Franklin

My vote: 1. Franklin, 2. Ball, 3. Barner
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona, 2. Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, 3. Dri Archer, Kent State

I’m fortunate enough and honored to be one of the consultants for this, and it has been amazing how this went from being a slam-dunk for Barner to a wide-open field with lots and lots and lots of options. I pushed for North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard, but how can anyone pick against Carey, the nation’s leading rusher? In an all-around aspect, Archer deserves a much bigger audience. Partly depending on what happens against Stanford, I’m likely going to pick Franklin in a Most Valuable Player sort of way.

4. Bednarik – Best Defensive Player
Finalists: 1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina, 2. Jarvis Jones, LB Georgia, 3. Manti Te’o, LB Notre Dame
The vote will be: 1. Te’o, 2. Jones, 3. Clowney

My vote: 1. Te’o, 2. Jones, 3. Clowney
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Khaseem Greene, LB Rutgers, 2. Damontre Moore, DE Texas A&M, 3. Dan Molls, LB Toledo

Jones has been a dominant pass rusher and a terror into the backfield, and Te’o might be a big more hype than actual production, but it’s hard to argue with the signature star on the No. 1 team in the nation. I’m going with the nebulous “great leader” tag for a defense that carried the Irish to a potential dream season.

3. Biletnikoff – Best Receiver
Finalists: 1. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, 2. Marqise Lee, USC, 3. Terrance Williams, Baylor
The vote will be: 1. Lee, 2. Bailey, 3. Williams

My vote: 1. Lee, 2. Bailey, 3. Williams
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Tavon Austin, West Virginia, 2. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech, 3. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

This is harder than it appears. Lee seems like the obvious answer, and he might be after the Notre Dame game, but the raw numbers for Austin and Bailey are amazing. Williams might be the best on the lot, leading all the top receivers averaging 18.51 yards per catch. I’m going with Lee mainly because he has been the signature wide receiver of the 2012 season.

2. Maxwell – Best Player
Finalists: 1. Collin Klein, QB Kansas State, 2. Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M, 3. Manti Te’o, LB Notre Dame
The vote will be: 1. Klein, 2. Manziel, 3. Te’o

My vote: 1. Not sure, 2. No idea, 3. No clue
Who Got Hosed?: 1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 3. Marqise Lee, USC

The Maxwell usually goes to one top player, and the Heisman goes to another. Manziel will get one, Klein will get the other.

1. Heisman – Best Player
Projcted Finalists: 1. Collin Klein, Kansas State, 2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 3. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
The vote will be: 1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 2. Collin Klein, Kansas State, 3. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

My vote: 1. Not sure, 2. No idea, 3. No clue
Who Is Going To Get Hosed?: 1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 3. Marqise Lee, USC

This might be the worst Heisman race ever, opening up the door for an unprecedented win by a freshman. No one is doing jumping jacks over the idea of voting for Klein, and Te’o just isn’t splashy enough – at least before the USC game. Manziel’s performance in the win over Alabama could be enough to get him the honor.

Random Acts of Nutty … Provocative musings and tidbits to make every woman want you and every man want to be you (or vice versa) a.k.a. things I didn’t feel like writing bigger blurbs for.

- It’s going to be really, really close – there might not be enough bowl eligible teams to fill all the spots. Watch out for the minor bowls to get whatever they can as soon as humanly possible.

- The No. 1 hot head coaching prospect will soon be Northern Illinois head man Dave Doeren. Not only is he a young, rising star, but he was also able to rebuild in a hurry to keep the defending MAC champion dominant. The Huskies are a late stop against Iowa away from being unbeaten.

- In case you were wondering, Alabama is 1-5 all-time against Notre Dame. Georgia has only faced the Irish once in the classic 17-10 win in the 1981 Sugar Bowl to take the national title. Notre Dame beat Florida in the 1992 Sugar Bowl in the only meeting between the two.

- Oregon State faced one Doak Walker finalist, Montee Ball, and held him to 61 yards in a win over Wisconsin. The Beavers faced another finalist, Johnathan Franklin, and gave up a mere 45 yards in the win over UCLA. The third finalist, Kenjon Barner, is up next for the Beavers after being held 65 yards against Cal and 66 against Stanford.

C.O.W. shameless gimmick item … The weekly five Overrated/Underrated aspects of the world
1) Overrated: Jeff Driskel … Underrated: Jacoby Brissett
2) Overrated: Miami vs. Duke … Underrated: Georgia Tech vs. Florida State
3) Overrated: Maryland ... Underrated: Rutgers
4) Overrated: Screamy, overbearing, jerkweed head football coaches ... Underrated: John Gagliardi
5) Overrated: WAC football in 2013 ... Underrated: Big East football in 2014

“If it were me, I'd bet everything. But that's me. I'm an aggressive gambler. Mr. Vegas. Come on. Go for it. Go for it. Yes, yes, there we go. I'm in.” … Ah yes, the Double Digit Home Dog keeps on rolling – Maryland +31, West Virginia +10.5, Baylor +11.5, and with Stanford and UCLA thrown in for good measure, on the way to a nice 6-1 day and 13-2 two-week span to jack up the record to a gaudy 38-20 ATS. Like I’m going to mess with a streak – all in on all the DDHDs.

- Iowa +15 over Nebraska
- UMass +11 over Central Michigan
- Eastern Michigan +20 over Northern Illinois
- Arkansas +12.5 over LSU
- Colorado +23 over Utah
- Washington State +11.5 over Washington
- Wake Forest +12.5 over Vanderbilt
- New Mexico State +29.5 over BYU
- Oregon State +10 over Oregon
And one more, just to throw it out there …
- USC +6 over Notre Dame

Sorry this column sucked, it wasn’t my fault … but this was a spectacular group of blurbs. You go find them, you throw your arms around them and you give them a big kiss on the mouth. And no, you don’t have to be a girl.

- Nov. 20, Part 1 - If OSU is 12-0, the Bush Push & Max Wittek