The Other Awards

My top candidates for the Heisman are on the left (click on the eye!), but what about the other awards in college football? 

Here are my top candidates for some of the other honors:

Outland–Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma.  This should be a no-brainer.  He’ll probably be the first player taken in the next draft, too.

Lombardi–Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas.  A burgeoning star who should have a monster season for the Longhorns.

Biletnikoff–Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois.  Super-talent whose numbers will get even better this year due to his quarterback’s overall improvement as a passer.

Doak Walker–LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon.  Had 1,002 yards and 17 touchdowns while sharing time last year.  What will he do with most of the carries this year?

Mackey Award–Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma.  The fact that he did not win this award last year is almost criminal.  Easily the nation’s best tight end.

Butkus Award–Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida.  The leader of one of the top defenses around, he will win this award with a good season.

Hendrick Award–Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida.  A real freak of an athlete who could be a top five draft pick next season.

Thorpe Award–Taylor Mays, S, USC.  Will become the most decorated player in USC history–and that’s saying a LOT–if all goes well as a senior.

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