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2011 College Football Award Winners

Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:12 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 11:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the Heisman gets its own show, the rest of the major awards in college football will be given out tonight. And while, by most accounts, the Heisman Trophy's destination is seriously lacking in drama, there could be a few surprises in tonight's ceremony.

Awards like the Davey O'Brien, the Doak Walker, the Bednarik and many more are all going to be given away tonight, and we'll be updating this post all night long as every award is handed out.

DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD (best quarterback)

WINNER: Robert Griffin
, Baylor

This is a pretty good sign for the man considered to be the Heisman front-runner. Griffin emerged victorious in a group consisting of Andrew Luck and Case Keenum, and it's hard to argue with him winning the award. Griffin had a monster season for Baylor throwing for 3,998 yards, 36 touchdowns and set an NCAA record with a QB rating of 192.3.

CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD (best defensive player)

: Tyrann Mathieu, defensive back, LSU

The Bednarik Award belongs to LSU and the number 7. Last year it was Patrick Petersen claiming the award, and this year the Honey Badger took it. Mathieu has been a force on what could be the best defense in the country all year long. Seemingly every time there was a game-changing play created by the LSU defense, Mathieu was either starting it or finishing it. Often times both. 

BILETNIKOFF AWARD (best wide receiver)

WINNER: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

Justin Blackmon liked winning the Biletnikoff Award so much in 2010, he decided to do it again in 2011. Blackmon didn't have as amazing a season in 2011 as he did in 2010, but finishing the year with 113 catches for 1,336 yards and 15 touchdowns is a superhuman way to regress. Blackmon is only the second person to ever win the award in consecutive seasons, with Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree being the first.

RAY GUY AWARD (best punter)

WINNER: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech

Ryan Allen is the first player in Louisiana Tech history to win the Ray Guy Award. Allen finished the season averaging 46.3 yards per punt, and downed more punts inside the 20 and 10-yard lines than any other punter in the country.

LOU GROZA AWARD (best kicker)

WINNER: Randy Bullock, Texas A&M

Randy Bullock is the first Texas A&M kicker to win the Lou Groza Award. Bullock made more field goals (25) than any other kicker in college football this season, converting on 86.2 % of them, and hitting 11 of 13 from 40 yards or more.

DOAK WALKER AWARD (best running back) 

: Trent Richardson, Alabama

Alabama may have a Heisman-winning running back in its history, but Trent Richardson is the first running back in school history to win the Doak Walker Award. Richardson edged out Montee Ball and LaMichael James for the award. He finished the 2011 season with 1,910 total yards and 23 total touchdowns.


WINNER: Les Miles, LSU

Hard to argue with this one, isn't it? After all, no matter where you fell on the debate between Alabama and Oklahoma State, there's little question who the best team in the country was this season, and that was LSU. So it only makes sense that the man in charge of all that would win the Coach of the Year.

JIM THORPE AWARD (best defensive back)

WINNER: Morris Claiborne, LSU

LSU once agains wins a second consecutive award that Patrick Peterson won last season, but this time it's Morris Claiborne taking the trophy, not Tyrann Mathieu. Not exactly a shock, as Claiborne intercepted 6 passes this season and nearly 30 yards per interception return.

OUTLAND TROPHY (best interior lineman)

WINNER: Barrett Jones, Alabama

Jones is the third player in Alabama history to win the Outland Trophy. Trent Richardson has gotten a lot of attention and acclaim for his performance this season, but somebody had to open those holes for him. Barrett Jones was the best player on a strong Alabama offensive line this season.

MAXWELL AWARD (best all-around)

WINNER: Andrew Luck, Stanford

Andrew Luck joins Jim Plunkett as the second Stanford quarterback to win the Maxwell Award. Luck also won the Walter Camp Award on Thursday. Luck threw for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns for Stanford in 2011.

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:07 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

Bama sucks.

LSU 38  Bloody Tide 12 

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:58 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

Keep in mind that out of all the top 10 rushers this season, Montee Ball was the only one who had the luxury of playing with a QB who is in the top 10 most efficient QB's. In fact, Russell Wilson's 191 rating is just behind RGIII at 192 but well ahead of #3 Kellen Moore at 176. Teams that played Wisconsin had to play off the line because of Russell Wilson versus a defense that could stuff the line against Alabama. Even though AJ McCarron has a 150 pass efficiency, he rarely went deep and the safeties and defensive ends were close to the line of scrimmage. Even so, Richardson only trailed Ball by 15 yards per game. No telling what Richardson could have done if he played with a top QB.

You could just as easily say that Wilson's numbers were so good because Ball forced defenses to play the run first.  Wisconsin had the 59th ranked passing offense and the 10th ranked rushing offense.  They averaged more ypg running the ball than they did passing the ball. 

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:32 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

I"m not trying to step on 'Bama fans toes but as far as I'm concerned the national championship is already determined.  I think most everyone would agree that LSU has proven they're the best team in the country by thrashing the third and forth best SEC teams, Arkansas and Georgia and beating the second best in the conference and likely second best team in the country, Alabama, at Alabama, already.  LSU also played a better nonconference schedule.  

I don't think it's fair to LSU to have to beat Alabama on a neutral field (and it is neutral because 'Bama will get the same number of tickets in New Orleans) after already beating them in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama only has to be 1-1 against LSU while LSU has to go 2-0 against what's likely their toughest competition in the country. 

I guess if you're a fan of a lesser SEC team you'll like it because it locks up the national title but LSU would likely win against anyone else anyway.

LSU is a deserving number one. 



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:53 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

LSU has so much talent coming should be fun to watch them repeat!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:46 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

Keep lying to yourself BamaFan if it makes you feel better, but the whole country saw the great int on the part of LSU.  I realize many of you Bama fans do not get this, but the only thing that matters in football is the score.  The team with the most points wins.  That is how it works.  LSU has been outgained in yards by scores of opponents over the years, and still won most of those games.  Yards are for fantasy players, points are for winners.  There is one more thing I feel obligated to educate you on.  There are really three units for each football team.  There is offense, defense, and what is called special teams.  Yours are not so special and that is why you lost.  Plus, Bama clearly got outcoached by LSU and Les Miles.  So, you gained more yards, but you did nothing with them.  LSU would not let you anywhere near the endzone and your kickers totally suck.  Why your coach would lose the battle of field position by putting a crappy kicker out there is beyond me, but we in the LSU family surely appreciate it. 

I am not sure what real good teams you are talking about, but the only good team Bama beat all year was Arkansas, and LSU beat them also.  You beat an average Penn State team, while LSU beat WVU, who is better than PSU this year.  LSU also beat Oregon while Bama was playing North Texas or whoever.  LSU also beat UGA, and they were coming off a 10 game winning streak.  The schedule for Bama was not comparable to LSU.  The teams we did have in common on the schedule were decided by comparable margins, but you did not play near as good of teams as we did.  LSU put itself out there to be tested, while Bama took the easy way out and then Saban pandered for votes.  For him to say be fair, and then put OSU fourth on his ballot is classless. 

I think LSU wins the rematch by 10 as Miles has proven to be a much better bowl game coach than Saban.  I hate having to wait a month for this, but it works for Miles, so I will be patient. 

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:31 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

Did you even WATCH that game?  Trent was the best player on the field, while Matthieu was a non-factor.  The only note-worthy thing the Honey Weasel did was the Bush-league cheap shot on Dre Kirkpatrick which should've landed his classless butt out of the game.  Trent had over 170 yards total offense against the SECOND best defense in the country; Matthieu got smoked twice that game on slants -- sorry, I guess I shouldn't have used the word "smoked", I know that's a touchy subject for him.  For the record, Alabama played the same "real good teams" that LSU did and had nearly identical scores in them.  Bama has scheduled plenty of great out of conference foes since Saban arrived -- who knew that Penn State would not be as good as normal?

Anyone who watched the game of two very evenly matched squads saw that Alabama outplayed the Bayou Bengals for that entire game, but did not in overtime.  LSU was very lucky to get to overtime with that phantom interception of a man on the ground -- even if he wasn't on the ground yet, it was a misapplication of the simulatneous posession rule.  If not for that, no overtime meltdown and the Hatter's luck runs out.  Oh, and Trent plays last week instead of sitting home and probably brings another Heisman to Alabama in three years.

LSU is a great football team this year; so is Alabama.  They are clearly the two best squads in college football this year.  It will be a fantastic game on January 9th.  If LSU wins, they are a great and deserving national champion.  If Alabama wins, they are a great and deserving national champion.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:06 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

At least most fans can recognize that Mathieu helped LSU win a few games this year.  He did smoke the fake marijuana and he was suspended correctly for that.  There is no LSU rule that says two game suspension.  The rule said up to 15% of the season.  Two games would have been more than 15%, and that is not what our rule stated.  Don't know if Bama even tests for that.  I can understand why Bama fan would be upset that Mathieu played, as we WON the game and Trent lost the Heisman on that same day.  LSU was the only real good team Bama played, and Trent averaged less than 4 YPC.  Hardly Heisman worthy.  Trent will be a fine pro, but he does not deserve the Heisman by any means.  Bama's record without Richardson this season would be exactly what it is now.  Maybe Bama should take a cue from LSU and start scheduling better OOC competition.  Just a thought.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:54 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

i didn't notice him at all in the Bama game. Unless he was crying, Trent ran his little a s s  over. He is a good player but the great ones step up in then biggest games, he will be a nonfactor in the next one too, unless he gets penalized then he will be a factor. 

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:50 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

He did great!  Bet he went and did some more drugs right after the game to celebrate...  If LSU had class they would have stuck by their own rules and suspended him for two games like the school rules say, but hey...  that second game would be Bama...  we can't suspend him for that game... are you people crazy.....

Congratulations NCAA you just awarded a druggie as one of the greatest players this year...  good example!!!!! 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:55 pm

2011 College Football Award Winners

Nice to see so many LSU Tigers getting credit and accolades for their accomplishments this season.  One more win, and this will be the greatest year in LSU football history.  To get the opportunity to do it against Saban is just all the better.  Congrats to Miles, Mathieu, and Claiborne.  Geaux Tigers!

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