Tag:Maxwell Award
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:12 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 11:24 pm
 

2011 College Football Award Winners

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the Heisman gets its own show, the rest of the major awards in college football will be given out tonight. And while, by most accounts, the Heisman Trophy's destination is seriously lacking in drama, there could be a few surprises in tonight's ceremony.

Awards like the Davey O'Brien, the Doak Walker, the Bednarik and many more are all going to be given away tonight, and we'll be updating this post all night long as every award is handed out.

DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD (best quarterback)

WINNER: Robert Griffin
, Baylor

This is a pretty good sign for the man considered to be the Heisman front-runner. Griffin emerged victorious in a group consisting of Andrew Luck and Case Keenum, and it's hard to argue with him winning the award. Griffin had a monster season for Baylor throwing for 3,998 yards, 36 touchdowns and set an NCAA record with a QB rating of 192.3.

CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD (best defensive player)

WINNER
: Tyrann Mathieu, defensive back, LSU

The Bednarik Award belongs to LSU and the number 7. Last year it was Patrick Petersen claiming the award, and this year the Honey Badger took it. Mathieu has been a force on what could be the best defense in the country all year long. Seemingly every time there was a game-changing play created by the LSU defense, Mathieu was either starting it or finishing it. Often times both. 

BILETNIKOFF AWARD (best wide receiver)

WINNER: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

Justin Blackmon liked winning the Biletnikoff Award so much in 2010, he decided to do it again in 2011. Blackmon didn't have as amazing a season in 2011 as he did in 2010, but finishing the year with 113 catches for 1,336 yards and 15 touchdowns is a superhuman way to regress. Blackmon is only the second person to ever win the award in consecutive seasons, with Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree being the first.

RAY GUY AWARD (best punter)

WINNER: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech

Ryan Allen is the first player in Louisiana Tech history to win the Ray Guy Award. Allen finished the season averaging 46.3 yards per punt, and downed more punts inside the 20 and 10-yard lines than any other punter in the country.

LOU GROZA AWARD (best kicker)

WINNER: Randy Bullock, Texas A&M

Randy Bullock is the first Texas A&M kicker to win the Lou Groza Award. Bullock made more field goals (25) than any other kicker in college football this season, converting on 86.2 % of them, and hitting 11 of 13 from 40 yards or more.

DOAK WALKER AWARD (best running back) 

WINNER
: Trent Richardson, Alabama

Alabama may have a Heisman-winning running back in its history, but Trent Richardson is the first running back in school history to win the Doak Walker Award. Richardson edged out Montee Ball and LaMichael James for the award. He finished the 2011 season with 1,910 total yards and 23 total touchdowns.

COACH OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Les Miles, LSU

Hard to argue with this one, isn't it? After all, no matter where you fell on the debate between Alabama and Oklahoma State, there's little question who the best team in the country was this season, and that was LSU. So it only makes sense that the man in charge of all that would win the Coach of the Year.

JIM THORPE AWARD (best defensive back)

WINNER: Morris Claiborne, LSU

LSU once agains wins a second consecutive award that Patrick Peterson won last season, but this time it's Morris Claiborne taking the trophy, not Tyrann Mathieu. Not exactly a shock, as Claiborne intercepted 6 passes this season and nearly 30 yards per interception return.

OUTLAND TROPHY (best interior lineman)

WINNER: Barrett Jones, Alabama

Jones is the third player in Alabama history to win the Outland Trophy. Trent Richardson has gotten a lot of attention and acclaim for his performance this season, but somebody had to open those holes for him. Barrett Jones was the best player on a strong Alabama offensive line this season.

MAXWELL AWARD (best all-around)

WINNER: Andrew Luck, Stanford

Andrew Luck joins Jim Plunkett as the second Stanford quarterback to win the Maxwell Award. Luck also won the Walter Camp Award on Thursday. Luck threw for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns for Stanford in 2011.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:17 am
 

Maxwell Award watch list released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's that special time of year when the watch lists for all the major college football awards are released, and once again this summer we begin with the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the nation's most outstanding collegiate fooball player by the Maxwell Football Club. Last season the award went to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Who will it go to this season? Your guess is as good as mine, but these are the 66 players you should be looking at now.

PLAYER NAME, SCHOOL, POSITION, CLASS

Edwin Baker, Michigan State, RB, Jr.
Montee Ball, Wisconsin, RB, Jr.
Vick Ballard, Mississippi State, RB, Sr.
Matt Barkley, USC, QB, Jr.
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR, Jr.
Tyler Bray, Tennessee, QB, Soph.
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma, WR, Sr.
Greg Childs, Arkansas, QB, Sr.
Marcus Coker, Iowa, RB, Soph.
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati, QB, Sr.
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, QB, Sr.
Juron Criner, Arizona, WR, Sr.
Dayne Crist, Notre Dame, QB, Sr.
Dominique Davis, East Carolina, QB, Sr.
Knile Davis, Arkansas, RB, Jr.
Michael Dyer, Auburn, RB, Soph.
Andre Ellington, Clemson, RB, Jr.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, WR, Sr.
Nick Foles, Arizona, QB, Sr.
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, RB, Jr.
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M, WR, Sr.
Stephen Garcia, South Carolina, QB, Sr.
Mike Glennon, NC State, QB, Jr.
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh, RB, Jr.
Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M, RB, Sr.
Robert Griffin, Baylor, QB, Jr.
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois, QB, Sr.
Montel Harris, Boston College, RB, Sr.
Jared Hassin, Army, RB, Jr.
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, RB, Soph.
LaMichael James, Oregon, RB, Jr.
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, WR, Jr.
Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, WR, Sr
Landry Jones, Oklahoma , QB, Jr.
Case Keenum, Houston, QB, Sr.
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, RB, Soph.
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, QB, Sr.
Zach Line, SMU, RB, Jr.
Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB, Jr.
E.J. Manuel, Florida State, QB, Jr.
Doug Martin, Boise State, RB, Sr.
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, QB, Soph.
Bryant Moniz, Hawaii, QB, Sr.
Kellen Moore, Boise State, QB, Sr.
Aaron Murray, Georgia, QB, Soph.
Danny O'Brien, Maryland, QB, Soph.
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati, RB, Sr.
Dan Persa, Northwestern, QB, Sr.
Chris Polk, Washington, RB, Jr.
Tauren Poole, Tennessee, RB, Sr.
Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky, RB, Sr.
Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB, Jr.
Denard Robinson, Michigan, QB, Jr.
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois, QB, Soph.
Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB, Jr.
Rodney Stewart, Colorado, RB, Sr.
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, QB , Sr.
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, RB, Jr.
Darron Thomas, Oregon , QB, Jr.
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, QB, Sr.
Ed Wesley, TCU, RB, Jr.
James White, Wisconsin, RB, Soph.
David Wilson, Virginia Tech, RB, Jr.
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin, QB, Sr.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, QB, Jr.
Robert Woods, USC, WR, Soph.
 

Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Eddie George elected to CFB Hall of Fame

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Ohio State great Eddie George will be one of tomorrow's 16 new inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced this afternoon.

George joins a fellow veteran of the Michigan-OSU rivalry, former Wolverine head coach Lloyd Carr, in the 2011 class. The other 13 players and one other coach that make up the class will be named in a ceremony in Times Square tomorrow at 11:30 EDT, which fans can watch online at footballfoundation.org.

The Foundation also issued the following bio recapping George's remarkable career in Columbus:
Winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy, Ohio State's Eddie George is the latest in the storied lineage of Buckeye ball carriers to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

George enjoyed many successes under College Football Hall of Fame coach John Cooper at Ohio State. He helped the Buckeyes to an overall 38-9-2 record, and a 24-6-2 mark in Big Ten play, where Ohio State never finished lower than second during George's tenure. He ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards (3,768), rushing touchdowns (44), 100-yard games (20) and holds school records with five 200-yard outings and 12 consecutive 100-yard games. As a senior, George set a single-season school record with 1,927 rushing yards en route to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Doak Walker Award and Jim Brown Award while leading the nation in scoring, placing fourth in all-purpose yards and fifth in rushing yards per game and yards per carry.

The fourteenth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he ranks 23rd in NFL history with 10,441 rushing yards compiled over nine seasons ... George shares the title with Jim Brown as the only 10,000 yard runners in NFL history to never miss a start.
Eye on College Football will provide full coverage of tomorrow's induction announcement. Stay tuned, as they say.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:25 pm
 

Maxwell semifinalists released; where are RBs?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There has been one good piece of news to come out over the past 24 hours for Cam Newton : the Maxwell Football Club named him one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award , the organization's honor for the best player in college football. And though Newton has accumulated the stats and highlight reels of an All-American running back this season, it's perhaps for the best for him he doesn't actually play the position. That's the way it looks from the complete list of semifinalists:

WR Justin Blackmon , Oklahoma State, So.
WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma, Jr.
QB Andy Dalton , TCU, Sr.
QB Robert Griffin III , Baylor, So.
RB Kendall Hunter , Oklahoma State, Sr.
RB LaMichael James , Oregon, So.
QB Colin Kaepernick , Nevada, Sr.
QB Andrew Luck , Stanford, So.
QB Ryan Mallett , Arkansas, Jr.
QB Taylor Martinez , Nebraska, Fr.
QB Kellen Moore , Boise State, Jr.
QB Cam Newton , Auburn, Jr.
QB Terrelle Pryor , Ohio State, Jr.
QB Denard Robinson , Michigan, So.
QB Ricky Stanzi , Iowa, Sr.
QB Tyrod Taylor , Virginia Tech, Sr.

All right, so it's also a little odd that none of the top 16 players in the nation by the Maxwell's estimation happen to play defense. But it's nothing unusual for defenders to get snubbed in the national Player of the Year talk, and since the Maxwell Club also hands out the Bednarik Award to the nation's best defensive player, the Maxwell itself appears to be a de facto offensive players-only honor; even the great Ndamokung Suh didn't crack the semifinalists list last season .

So the much bigger surprise is that among a list of the nation's top 16 offensive players, only two running backs, Hunter and James, make the cut next to two wide receivers and a whopping 12 quarterbacks. Since when has the the second-most high-profile position on the football field been this devoid of stars?

Since 2010, apparently. Last year's Maxwell semifinalist list included seven tailbacks, including a pair of Heisman finalists in Toby Gerhart and Mark Ingram and several who returned to college football for this 2010 season: Ingram, Noel Devine , Jacquizz Rodgers , Dion Lewis . Unfortunately for those four players, the season hasn't played out as expected for any of them; not one currently ranks among even the top 30 rushers in the nation at present, with Rodgers' 803 yards (good for 33rd) the best year to-date of the bunch.

Why the sudden downturn in the fortunes of the nation's top tailbacks? Some of it is probably a simple fluke. But some of it is the continuing rise of the spread offense, which revolves around the all-purpose quarterback at the expense of pounding along with the traditional bruising tailback. Auburn , Nevada , Michigan , TCU , Baylor -- these are all some of the most explosive offenses in the country, and all five begin with a mobile QB. It's no wonder all five placed their quarterbacks on the list above despite the presence of top rushers like Nevada's Vai Taua , Baylor's Jay Finley , and TCU's Ed Wesley . This year's top pro-style attacks, meanwhile, are all quarterback-dominated as well: Stanford and Luck, Arkansas and Mallett, Boise and Moore. Offenses like the 2009 Cardinal and Tide attacks that turned Gerhart and Ingram into superstars just aren't out there this year.

They'll probably be back next year. But that doesn't mean they'll be back in the same numbers we've seen in the past; as long as the spread remains as in vogue as it is today, the kind of bludgeoning workhorse tailback that makes award lists is going to stay an increasingly endangered species.
 
 
 
 
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