I’ve normally in the past split these out in to separate blogs, but I’m combining them into one big one this year.
Offensive Player of the Year – Robert Griffin III : QB : Baylor - No other player was as important for his team than RG3 was. He started the season on fire vs a strong TCU defense lighting them up and ended it 9-3 with a huge performance vs Texas’s strong D. He was a little Michael Vick and Tom Brady all in one leading Baylor to their best season since 1986
Defensive Player of the year –Tyrone Mathieu : DB : LSU – The Honey Badger may have made more plays in college football than any other player this year. It seemed every week there was a pick, forced fumble and recovery or TD for Mathieu, and capped it with a few huge plays in the SEC championship game over Georgia.
Coach of the Year – Mike Gundy : Oklahoma State – Gundy’s a man! The Cowboys had an amazing year that should have ended in the BCS championship game but an overtime loss in Ames, Iowa (and an SEC Bias in human polls) have the 11-1 Big XII champs in the Fiesta Bowl.
Big Ten Player of the Year – Monte Ball : RB : Wisconsin – Mr Touchdown! The Badger back tore through defenses behind the Badger OL for 32 touchdowns and 1759 yards. He was dinged up a bit in the first game vs Michigan State and the Badgers National Title hopes were dashed, but then kept going and helped Wisconsin get to Back-to-Back Rose Bowls.
Big XII Player of the Year – Robert Griffin III : QB : Baylor – Griffin threw for almost 4000 yards and 36 touchdowns to only 6 picks. The Bears QB lead Baylor to its best season since 1986 and an Alamo Bowl berth vs Washington. He also took home the Heisman and Davey O’Brien awards. Want to know something scary…he can come back next year too and the Bears may be even a better team!
Games of the Year (in no particular order)