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College Football Post-Week 11 Award Watch 2013

C.J. Mosley

C.J. Mosley

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
Winston remains in contention for major awards at the end of the season, including the Heisman. While his on-field performance is among the country’s best, the redshirt freshman was revealed this week to be the subject of a sexual battery allegation dating back to late 2012.
Others: Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, 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 at least 119 yards in every game this season, including a 28-carry, 149-yard mark against UCLA last week.
Others: Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, South Carolina’s Mike Davis, Washington’s Bishop Sankey, Boston College’s Andre Williams.

Biletnikoff (Top wide receiver)

Our leader: Texas A&M’s Mike Evans
Evans continued to build on his lead for top receiver honors by catching five passes for 116 yards against Mississippi State. Evans is one of two receivers with 50 receptions averaging better 20 yards per catch.
Others: Fresno State’s Davante Adams, Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, Baylor’s Antwan Goodley, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, Penn State’s Allen Robinson

Mackey (Top tight end)

Our leader: Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro

Amaro still wins the Mackey Award on the Athlon ballot even though the award committee considers him a receiver by his 2012 classification.
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 last week 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: Alabama’s C.J. Mosley

The leader of Alabama’s defense had perhaps his best game of the season with 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and two pass breakups against LSU. Mosley’s 71 tackles is 33 more than anyone else on Alabama’s defense and leads the Tide with seven tackles for a loss.
Others: UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, Missouri’s Michael Sam, Stanford’s Shayne Skov, BYU’s Kyle Van Noy

Lombardi Award (Top lineman or linebacker)

Our leader: Mosley

Others: UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, Stanford’s Trent Murphy, Missouri’s Michael Sam, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, Stanford’s Shayne Skov, BYU’s Kyle Van Noy

Butkus (Top linebacker)

Our leader: Mosley
Others: UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, Stanford’s Trent Murphy, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, Stanford’s Shayne Skov, 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. After an off week, Michigan State faces a Nebraska team without veteran quarterback Taylor Martinez.
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

Lou Groza (Top kicker)

Our leader: Niklas Sade, NC State
Sade has converted 19 of 22 field goals this season, the second-highest rate for anyone who has attempted 20. Only one miss was less than 48 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’s Pat O’Donnell
O’Donnell leads the nation at 47.9 yards per kick as Miami is fourth nationally in net punting.

Others: Ole Miss’ Tyler Campbell, Miami (Ohio)‘s Zac Murphy, Tennessee’s Michael Palardy

Freshman of the year

Our leader: Florida State’s Jameis Winston

Winston is coming off a season-low 5.7 yards per attempt in the 59-3 rout of Wake Forest. The Seminoles freshman has five interceptions in his last four games and a new host of distractions.
Others: Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III, UCLA's Myles Jack

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: 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. Louisville is the only other team that averages fewer than 80 rushing yards per game.
Others: Baylor’s Phil Bennett, LSU’s Cam Cameron, Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt, Texas’ Greg Robinson, Alabama’s Kirby Smart