Thursday's action vaults Winston to top QB spot
The Heisman is but one award, and one award isn’t enough to contain the best of college football.
While we love prognosticating who will win college football’s most coveted individual trophy, we also love the glut of postseason awards that go to each position, each with a nod to the game’s history from Davey O’Brien and Doak Walker to Bronko Nagurski and Jim Thorpe to Ray Guy and Lou Groza.
Everyone tracks the progress in the Heisman race, but Athlon Sports will try to keep an eye on who will take home college football’s positional awards.
Here’s our look at the “other” trophies through the ninth week of the season.
Davey O’Brien (Top quarterback)
Our leader: Florida State’s Jameis Winston
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota was ailing against Stanford, but Stanford’s pass rush was suffocating. Winston may finish the week as the Heisman and Davey O’Brien frontrunner after the out-of-character game by the Oregon quarterback. Of course, Winston is plenty deserving. He’s second in the nation to Bryce Petty passing efficiency and yards per attempt.
Others: Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Florida State’s Marcus Mariota, Baylor’s Bryce Petty
Doak Walker (Top running back)
Our leader: Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey
Carey has rushed for 1,072 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games as Arizona is a surprise at 6-2. Carey is the only player in the country averaging better than 150 rushing yards per game.
Others: Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, South Carolina’s Mike Davis, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Washington’s Bishop Sankey, Boston College’s Andre Williams.
Biletnikoff (Top wide receiver)
Our leader: Texas A&M’s Mike Evans
Both Evans and Brandin Cooks have had two sub-100-yard games in the last two weeks. Evans did so in two lopsided games (and still had five catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns against Vanderbilt) while Cooks and the Oregon State passing game has struggled. Evans has 1,147 yards and 12 touchdowns on 52 catches.
Others: Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, Baylor’s Antwan Goodley, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, Baylor’s Tevin Reese, Penn State’s Allen Robinson
Mackey (Top tight end)
Our leader: Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro
The Mackey Award still hasn’t acknowledged Amaro due to his 2012 classification as a receiver. However, Amaro is third in the nation with 79 receptions along with 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.
Others: North Carolina’s Eric Ebron
Outland (Top interior lineman)
Our leader: Stanford’s David Yankey
The Cardinal’s grinding run game took control against Oregon on Thursday as Stanford rushed for 274 yards on 66 carries behind Yankey and the Stanford line.
Others: Oregon’s Hroniss Grasu, Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, Baylor’s Cyril Richardson
Nagurski/Bednarik (Defensive player of the year)
Our leader: Stanford’s Shayne Skov
Skov is the leader of one of the nation’s best defenses (other than the one at Michigan State). In a Thursday night game against Oregon’s prolific offense, Skov took control, pressuring Marcus Mariota and forcing a fumble at Stanford’s 3 to end an Oregon scoring opportunity.
Others: UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Clemson’s Vic Beasley, Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, Missouri’s Michael Sam, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, BYU’s Kyle Van Noy
Lombardi Award (Top lineman or linebacker)
Our leader: Skov
Others: UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Clemson’s Vic Beasley, Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, Stanford’s Trent Murphy, Missouri’s Michael Sam, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, BYU’s Kyle Van Noy
Butkus (Top linebacker)
Our leader: Skov
Others: UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, Stanford’s Trent Murphy, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, BYU’s Kyle Van Noy
Thorpe (Top defensive back)
Our leader: Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard
Dennard had an interception and a forced fumble in Michigan State’s dominant defensive performance against Michigan.
Others: Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller, Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner, TCU’s Jason Verrett
Lou Groza (Top kicker)
Our leader: Niklas Sade, NC State
Sade is 17 of 19 on field goals this season, including 5 of 6 between 40 of 49 yards.
Others: Florida State’s Robert Aguayo, Texas Tech’s Ryan Bustin, Maryland’s Brad Craddock, Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez, Oklahoma’s Michael Hunnicutt
Ray Guy (Top punter)
Our leader: Miami (Ohio)’s Zac Murphy
Murphy leads the nation at 48 yards per kick on 6.6 punts per game.
Others: Ole Miss’ Tyler Campbell, Tennessee’s Michael Palardy, Iowa State's Kirby Van Der Kamp
Freshman of the year
Our leader: Florida State’s Jameis Winston
Winston had two bad throws for interceptions against Miami, but the Seminoles still won 41-14. Winston completed 21 of 29 passes for 325 with a touchdown on a long screen pass.
Others: Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III
Coach of the year
Our leader: Baylor’s Art Briles
Baylor has only won one of its toughest four games down the stretch, but defeating Oklahoma, especially in a game where the offense started slow, signaled Baylor is as much of a national championship contender as Ohio State. Yes, that Baylor.
Others: Boston College’s Steve Addazio, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Tulane’s Curtis Johnson, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, North Texas’ Dan McCarney, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel
Broyles Award (Top assistant)
Our leader: Michigan State’s Pat Narduzzi
Narduzzi may have one of the best defenses of the BCS era with numbers that stack up with 2011 Alabama, 2008 TCU and 2008 USC. Michigan State pushed Michigan back for minus-48 yards rushing to improve its rush defense to 43.4 per game. No one else averages less than 80.
Others: Baylor’s Phil Bennett, LSU’s Cam Cameron, Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt, Texas’ Greg Robinson, Alabama’s Kirby Smart