HP’s Mid-Season Awards

The season is half way over, so it’s time to recognize those who have excelled (or stunk it up) to date:

Best Team — Alabama

The Tide have the best defense in college football and one of the best players in Trent Richardson. The transition to the A.J. McCarron era has been seamless and whatever young talent has needed to step up has done just that. Bama is the odds-on favorite to make it six BCS titles in a row for the SEC.

Honorable Mention: Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Stanford

Worst Team: (tie) Kansas and Kentucky. Two perennial basketball powers are stinking it up on the gridiron. The 2-4 Jayhawks are giving up an NCAA-worst 49 points per game, while the 2-4 Wildcats are scoring a BCS-conference worst 13 points per game.

Honorable Mention: Memphis, Boston College, Minnesota

Best Coaching Job — Bill Snyder, Kansas State

Who would’ve thought he still had it in him? Back for his second go-around in Manhattan, the 72-year-old Snyder has the Wildcats at 6-0 and in contention for the Big 12 title.

Honorable Mention: Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Brady Hoke

Worst Coaching Job: Jimbo Fisher. All that talent in place and the 3-3 Noles have one win over a BCS conference team–Duke.

Honorable Mention: Turner Gill, Will Muschamp

Best Player — Robert Griffin III

Readers of HP should be very familiar with RG3’s exploits by now. Not only is he a physical specimen, with great speed and running ability, he’s a phenomenal passer with superlative accuracy, arm strength and timing. When you watch him for an extended period of time, you are struck by how few mistakes he makes. Consequently, his numbers in the first half of the season have been off the charts. He looks like a sure-fire first-round NFL draft pick to me.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson, Russell Wilson

Best Freshman — Sammy Watkins

Another  HP fave. He’s got everything you look for in a receiver: speed, hands, size, strength and ‘magic’. He is one of the main reasons why Clemson is a dark-horse title contender and has one of the best offenses in the country. It’s scary to think of him getting better in the coming years.

Honorable Mention: De’Anthony Thomas, Vinny Sunseri, Chuckie Keeton

Play of the First Half of the Year: Kendall Wright passes to Robert Griffin III over the middle between two defenders for a first down on third and long on Baylor’s game-winning drive to beat TCU.

Best Game of the First Half of the Year: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31.  As exciting a game and as crazy a finish as you will ever see.

Honorable Mention: Baylor 50, TCU 49

Most Disappointing Team: Mississippi State. Most people will list Florida State, but I never bought into the ‘Noles in the first place. I thought that Dan Mullen had gotten the Bulldogs (3-4) over the hump, but an early, close loss to Auburn seems to have taken a lot of the air out of their season.

Honorable Mention: Florida State

Most Disappointing Player: Taylor Martinez. For whatever reason, he has never been able to recapture the magic he showed in the first half of last season.

Honorable Mention: Dominique Davis, ECU

Most Surprising Team: Clemson. I have to admit that I did not see this coming. Not only are the Tigers undefeated, they are one of the most exciting teams to watch in college football.

Honorable Mention: Georgia Tech, Washington

Most Surprising Player: (tie) Keith Price and Tajh Boyd. Price has thrown 21 TD passes for Washington and is fifth nationally in passing efficiency. Jake Locker who? Meanwhile,  Clemson’s Boyd is throwing for 287 yards per game, with 19 TD passes and his team is undefeated and the ACC favorite.

Honorable Mention: Keenan Allen, Nordly Capi

My Mid-Season All-Americans

QB — Robert Griffin III, Baylor

RB — Trent Richardson, Alabama

FB — Alexander Teich, Navy

WR — Robert Woods, USC

WR — Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

TE — Coby Fleener, Stanford

OL Unit — Wisconsin

DE — Vinny Curry, Marshall

DT — Devon Still, Penn State

DT — Kendall Reyes, Connecticutt

DE — Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

OLB — Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

OLB — Sean Spence, Miami

MLB — Luke Kuechly, Boston College

CB — Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

CB — Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

SS — Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

FS — Mark Barron, Alabama

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3 Responses to HP’s Mid-Season Awards

  1. SEC Fan October 22, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I can’t argue with your selection of Alabama, and Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Stanford are all great teams, but no mention of LSU??? Surely LSU has shown that it deserves to at least be an honorable mention?

  2. AUman76 October 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Nice selections thar ol hp. Do you really buy into Chokelahoma every year? Then there’s Wisky from
    a non relavent conference? Come on HP you gotta be smarter than that by now or do you really
    bvelieve someone will actually beat the SEC in the NC Game? No LSU is plain stupid frpm someone that makes his living as a football talkin head. Stanford looks good against nobodies but bring em on down south
    for a full conference schedule and then tell me how good they are.
    I admit from top to bottom the SEC isn’t as strong but we also have a lot of young teams or young QB’s. Next
    season we’ll be back o our normal 6 or 8 good teams. Right now UGA would beat BSU but that’s water under the bridge. Problem is other than UGA who does BSU play to deserve a top ten ranking? A middle of the road SEC ream is their best win and that get’s em a possible shot at the NC? Now that’s some funny stuff right there.
    bammer-lsu winner will win #6 for the SEC.
    Grow a set and select OL not an entire squad that just lost a game. Last I checked scouts are able to figure out who can play on the OL so why can’t you take the time and not be so lazy and select an entire squad?
    Other than that your opinions are as good as mine or anyone elses.

  3. LOLatTheSouth October 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    They teach some high-quality grammatical skills down there at Auburn, don’t they?