|LYNCH - TE'O - SNYDER - MILLER - KLEIN|
Defensive Player of the Year - Manti Te'o - LB - Notre Dame : I don't know if any player meant more to their team than Te'o did this year. Not only did he make big plays in big games and key situations, he IS the heart and soul of this year's Irish. If Te'o isn't there the Irish are probably and 8-4 team. Instead they are 12-0 and playing for the BCS Championship. Te'o had 7 picks for the Irish and 93 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Coach of the Year : Bill Snyder - Kansas State : Snyder has to be up for coach of the millennium What he did his first go around at KState almost having them in the title game in 1998 and continuing success in the early 2000s. Then to retire and comeback and have them 11-1 this year and a loss to Baylor away from playing Notre Dame for the title is amazing.
Big Ten Player of the Year - Braxton Miller - QB - Ohio State : Miller in year 1 under Urban Meyer has given the rest of the Big Ten a glimpse of what the Buckeyes will have the next few years, and it looks dangerous. Miller accounted for 3200+ total yards for the Buckeyes and 28 touchdowns as the Buckeyes went 12-0 in their self imposed no post season year.
Big XII Player of the Year - Collin Klein - QB - Kansas State : How much would Klein and KState like to have the Baylor game back. If they win in Waco they are playing in Miami for a title and Klein is the Heisman Winner. Klein passed for 2490 yards, a 15-7 TD-INT ratio and added 890 on the ground with 22 scores. while leading the 'Cats to a Big XII title and Fiesta Bowl bid.