So, who is the best quarterback in the country? Who is the best running back? What about the best defender?

Chuck Bednarik Award – Best defensive player: The nominees are Donta’ Hightower, Alabama; Tyrann Mathieu, LSU; Devon Still, Penn State. So, who is going to win? My vote goes with Tyrann Mathieu. The honey badger has taken what he wants at will this season. He has 71 tackles, 6 1/2 for loss, 1 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and seven pass break ups. Add to that five fumble recoveries and six fumble recoveries (two for touchdowns). Lastly, he averages 16.2 yards per return and has two punts returned for a touchdown. He don’t care, he just does what he wants.

Biletnikoff Award – Best Receiver: The nominees are Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State; Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma; Robert Woods, USC. If Broyles hadn’t gone down with an injury, he would probably be hoisting the trophy tonight. Due to that, I think Blackmon is the winner. Blackmon is the leading target for the second-best passing offense in the nation. He finishes the regular season with 113 receptions for 1,336 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has 9.4 receptions and 111.3 yards per game.

Maxwell Award – Best All-Around Player: The nominees are Andrew Luck, Stanford; Kellen Moore, Boise State; Trent Richardson, Alabama. This will be a tough call between Luck and Richardson. I think Luck will have the edge, simply because he facilitates so much and has been such a game changer for Stanford. Luck completed 70 percent of his passes for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has done all of this without much of a receiving core. So, I think Luck has the edge here.

Davey O’Brien Award – Best Quarterback: The nominees are Robert Griffin III, Baylor; Case Keenum, Houston; Andrew Luck, Stanford. Who is going to win? You know, this award will probably go to Keenum (because he is a freakish quarterback who has, and will, set all kinds of FBS records this year), but let’s take a look at RG3 for a minute. I remember sometime in mid september when my cousin came up to me and said, “did you know that Baylor’s quarterback has more touchdowns than incompletions so far.”

I couldn’t believe it, so I had to look it up. Sure enough, as of September 16 RG3 had 13 touchdowns and 12 incompletions. So as a result of that, Griffin III had completed 85.4 percent of his passes at that point. Later in the season, he led the Bears to upsets against TCU, Texas and Oklahoma. He ended up completing 72,4 percent of hius passes, threw for 36 touchdowns, had six interceptions and rushed for 644 yards (and nine touchdowns). Holy cow! This guy is nuts. He would be getting the award if it wasn’t for Abilene, Texas’ own Case Keenum. He will break records with 18,312 career passing yards, 19,217 yards of total offense, 150 touchdown passes, 173 total touchdowns, 1,460 completions and 37 300-yard games. Yeah, Keenum will win.

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