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2018 PAC-12 Awards

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PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington

Burr-Kirven (25), tough and smart, the linebacker has a 3.69 gpa.
Photo: Dean Rutz|The Seattle Times

Burr-Kirven, a senior from Menlo Park, Calif., anchored the Husky defense that led the Pac-12 and was 12th in the nation in total defense (301.8 yards allowed per game), led the Pac-12 in pass defense (185.4 yards allowed per game), and second in rush defense (116.4 yards allowed per game). He led the Pac-12 with 165 tackles and his 12.7 tackles per game ranked third-best in the FBS. Burr-Kirven is the first Pac-12 player to earn both Conference Player of the Year and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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Offensive Player of the Year: Gardner Minshew II, Washington State

Minshew is the PAC-12 single season passing leader in yards and completions.
Photo: Young Kwak|The Associated Press

Minshew, from Brandon, Miss., not only led the Pac-12 in passing, but the FBS as well, averaging 373.1 yards per game. Heading into the Alamo Bowl, Minshew, a fifth-year graduate transfer from East Carolina, needed just 238 yards to break Jared Goff’s Pac-12 single-season record of 4,719 yards set in 2015. Against Iowa State, the record-breaker came on a 20-yard toss to Tay Martin in the fourth quarter of WSU’s 28-26 win over the Cyclones.

In the regular season, he completed 433 of 613 pass attempts for 4,477 yards and 36 touchdowns, with just nine interceptions. He threw for 300 or more yards in 11 games, including a season-best 473 yards in Washington State’s 69-28 win over Arizona, where he tied a Pac-12 record with seven touchdown passes in regulation play.

NOTEWORTHY DRAFTABLES: Bryce Love won the award in 2017; Jake Browning took home the award in 2016.

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Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State

Oregon State knew they had something special in Jermar Jefferson.
Image: Oregon State Athletics

Jefferson, a freshman from Harbor City, Calif., topped all FBS freshmen in rushing with 1,380 yards (5.8 yards/carry) and an average of 115.0 yards per game (7th overall in the FBS). His 12 rushing touchdowns were tied for second most in the Pac-12. Jefferson’s 1,380 rushing yards set an Oregon State true freshman rushing record and is the sixth-best single-season total. He twice rushed for 200 or more yards in a game, including a Pac-12 freshman single-game record 254 yards vs. Arizona State.


Honorable Mention Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: CJ Verdell, RB, Oregon; Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC; Max Borghi, RB, Washington State.

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Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Merlin Robertson, Arizona State

Robertson played more snaps than any true freshman in the Pac-12 (749).
Photo: @_Merlin_2/Twitter

Robertson, a freshman from Gardena, Calif., ranked 20th in the Pac-12 with 6.4 tackles per game, while his team-leading 77 total tackles led all Pac-12 freshmen. Named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after he tallied nine tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 16-13 win over Michigan State. Posted a season-best 11 tackles at Washington. In all, Robertson had 77 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and an interception. Robertson’s play kept the Sun Devils in every game as their five losses were by seven or fewer points.

Honorable Mention Freshman Defensive Player of the YearPaulson Adebo, DB, Stanford; Jay Tufele, DL, USC.

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Coach of the Year: Washington State’s Mike Leach

Washington State University head football coach Mike Leach.
Photo: Dean Lutz|Seattle Times

Leach guided his Cougars to their sixth 10-win season, and first since 2003. Washington State won seven straight Pac-12 games and finished tied atop the Pac-12 North Division standings with a 7-2 league record and 10-2 overall.

Under Leach, the Cougars climbed to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings where they sat for four weeks (Oct. 30 – Nov. 20). The Cougars led the Pac-12 in scoring (38.3 ppg), total offense (461.8 ypg) and passing offense (379.8 ypg). It’s the second time Leach has earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors (Co-Coach with Stanford’s David Shaw in 2015).

Who will shine? Quarterbacks at the Combine

Who was invited and who will have to wait until Pro Day?

An Easton Stick cut-up vs rival So. Dakota State.
Video Credit: Caddy to the Lama

17 Invited:

  • Jake Browning, Washington
  • Ryan Finley, NC State
  • Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
  • Will Grier, West Virginia
  • Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
  • Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
  • Daniel Jones, Duke
  • Drew Lock, Missouri
  • Trace McSorley, Penn State
  • Gardner Minshew II, Washington State
  • Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  • Brett Rypien, Boise State
  • Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt
  • Easton Stick, No. Dakota State
  • Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
  • Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi
  • Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Questions to be answered?

Browning threw 43 touchdowns in 2016, but only 35 over the next two seasons.
Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer

Did Jake Browning peak his sophomore year? And does he still have what it takes to move up to the next level?

How much does Ryan Finely weigh? Is he big enough to take repeated shots and hold up?

Does the athletic Nick Fitzgerald have enough accuracy to transition to the pro game?

Scouts keep looking at Trace McSorley, there are questions about his height and accuracy, but he’s scrappy. Will he interview well enough to convince a team he’s got what it takes?

How tall is Kyler Murray? How much does he weigh? And does he really have 4.3 speed?

Can Kyle Shurmer perform well enough in the position drills to move up the draft boards?

Is Easton Stick a novelty or the next generation of quarterback?

Does Jarrett Stidham have enough arm strength?

Has Jordan Ta’amu been mistakenly ignored?

Can the workman-like Clayton Thorson wow scouts?

Pro Day watch list:

Cornelius and Blough both displayed good arm-strength and poor decision-making (aka: turning the ball over) at the East-West Shrine Game. Can they convince teams they can overcome adversity?

McMaryion also played at the East-West Shrine Game. He met with the LA Rams and NO Saints. Coming in somewhere around 6-1, 196, he has a small frame which could be a concern at the next level.

Same could be said of Amir Hall, an outstanding DII player from Bowie State. He’s listed at 6-4, 195, and also looks thin-framed.

Justice Hansen has a quick release, but has played in an spread offense that throws a lot of screens and bubble routes. He wasn’t invited to participate any post-season games, so his Pro Day will be big.

It’s been said a number of times, that while No. Dakota State’s Easton Stick has had more team success, So. Dakota State’s Taryn Christion has certainly put up better individual stats. A good Pro Day for Christion and he could find himself getting drafted.

Devlin Hodges broke Steve “Air” McNair’s all-time passing record; he beat out Easton Stick to win the Walter Payton Award and was named the FCS Player of the Year Award; and still, he wasn’t invited to the Combine?

Check out Devlin Hodge’s interview with Emory Hunt:

Devlin Hodges talks with Emory Hunt at the 2018 Tropical Bowl.
Video Credit: footballgameplan.com

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2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST SENIOR OR FOUR-YEAR QUARTERBACK

The 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® is given annually to the nation’s top senior or four-year quarterback who best exemplifies character, scholastic and athletic achievement.

The Johnny Unitus Golden Arm Trophy.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

GARDNER MINSHEW II, QUARTERBACK, WASHINGTON STATE

Image: Washington State Althetics

Minshew completed 433 of 613 passes for a total of 4,477 yards (71% completion rate), throwing for 36 touchdowns with just nine interceptions and a QB rating of 148.4.

He became one of the most popular players across the country, not only because of the “Minshew Mustache”, rather, because of his penchant for late game heroics. He has led WSU on game-winning, fourth quarter drives against Utah, Stanford and California. In the fourth quarter this season, Minshew completed 92 of 127 passes (72% completion rate) for 1,169 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.

The 2018 Unitas Award finalists included:

  • West Virginia – Will Grier, senior
  • Missouri – Drew Lock, senior
  • UCF – McKenzie Milton, redshirt junior
  • Washington State – Gardner Minshew II, senior
  • Michigan – Shea Patterson, redshirt junior

2018 Lombardi Award

THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER

The Lombardi Award is awarded by the Lombardi Foundation annually to the best college football player, regardless of position, based on performance, as well as leadership, character, and resiliency.

From 1970 until 2016 the award was presented by Rotary International specifically to a lineman or linebacker.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

UGOCHUKWU AMADI, S, OREGON DUCKS

Amadi returned 14 punts for 223 yards with an impressive 15.93 average.
Photo: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports

Oregon safety Ugochukwu Amadi won the Lombardi Award as the top college football player in the nation, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency

Amadi began his career in Eugene, Oregon, as a cornerback, but successfully switched to safety his junior season. This past year, he became the first Power 5 player since 2015 to return two interceptions as well as a punt for a touchdown in the same season. He had 55 total tackles, 43 solo, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble.

In addition to the Lombardi, Amadi was Jim Thorpe semi-finalist, a AP PAC-12 All-Conference second team, a Coaches PAC-12 All-Conference honorable mention, a PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 5) and made the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. The 5’10” 185 pound safety from Nashville, Tennessee, played in all 51 games from 2015-2018 and now enters the NFL draft in pursuit of a professional career. 

MORE: Ugo Amadi looked to be a key player in the Redbox Bowl.

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The 2018 Lombardi Award finalists included:

  • Oregon – S Ugo Amadi
  • Notre Dame – CB Julian Love
  • Clemson – DT Christian Wilkins
  • Washington State – QB Gardner Minshew Ii
  • Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray
  • Kansas State – OT Dalton Risner
  • Alabama – OT Jonah Williams

2018 Walter Camp Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The award is named for Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” who played at Yale from 1877-82 and is credited with creating many strategy features which led to the development of the organized game.

The Walter Camp Trophy

Who Votes?

The winner is decided by a group of NCAA Division I FBS head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

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THIS YEARS WINNER IS…

TUA TAGOVAILOA, QUARTERBACK, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Tagovailoa played in 15 games this year completing 69 percent of his passes for 3,966 yards and is averaging 265.4 yards per game. Of his 199 completions, 43 were touchdowns. Only six of his 355 passing attempts were interceptions. He finished this season with an amazing passing efficiency rating of 199.4. He has also rushed for six touchdowns and 355 yards.

Along with being named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Tagovailoa was more recently name to the 2018 consensus All-American team (Jan. 8th, 2019) edging out Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.  

There are five outlets is used to determine consensus All-Americans: the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation. 

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The 2018 Walter Camp Award finalists included:

  • West Virginia – QB Will Grier, senior
  • Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray, junior
  • Washington State – QB Gardner Minshew II, senior
  • Alabama – QB Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore
  • Kentucky – LB Josh Allen, senior

2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

Rosters for the 70th Reese’s Senior Bowl were released on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The game will be played on Saturday, January 26th.

Football Gameplan with Emory Hunt “The Czar of the Playbook”

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SOUTH TEAM

Coached by: San Francisco 49ers

QB: Will Grier, 6-2, 223, West Virginia; Tyree Jackson, 6-7, 245, Buffalo; Gardner Minshew II, 6-2, 220, Washington State; Jarrett Stidham, 6-3, 215, Auburn

RB: Ryquell Armstead, 5-11, 215, Temple; Bruce Anderson, 5-11, 211, No Dakota State; Wes Hills, 6-2, 218, Slippery Rock

Being named the MVP of the NFLPA Bowl got Hills a ticket to the Sr. Bowl.
Photo: Slippery Rock Athletics

FB: Trevon Wesco, 6-4, 274, West Virginia

WR: Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3, 206; Travis Fulgham, 6-3, 215, Old Dominion; Anthony Johnson, 6-2, 210, Buffalo; Hunter Renfrow, 5-10, 180, Clemson; Deebo Samuel, 6-0, 210, South Carolina; David Sills V, 6-4, 210, West Virginia; Gary Jennings, 6-1, 210, West Virginia

TE: Foster Moreau, LSU, 6-6, 256; Josh Oliver, 6-5, 250, San Jose State; Dax Raymond, 6-5, 250, Utah State

OT: Oli Udoh, Elon, 6-5, 356; Dennis Daley, 6-6, 324, South Carolina; Andre Dillard, 6-5, 306, Washington State; Tytus Howard, 6-6, 311, Alabama State

OG: B.J. Autry, 6-5, 340, Jacksonville State; Ben Powers, 6-4, 313, Oklahoma; Dru Samia, 6-5, 303, Oklahoma; Javon Patterson, 6-3, 314, Mississippi

OC: Elgton Jenkins, 6-4, 316, Mississippi State; Ross Pierschbacher, 6-4, 309, Alabama

K: Cole Tracy, 5-11, 188, LSU

DE: Jaylon Ferguson, 6-5, 262, Louisiana Tech; Carl Granderson, 6-5, 261; Wyoming; Jonathan Ledbetter, 6-4, 280, Georgia; Oshane Ximines, 6-4, 255; Old Dominion; Montez Sweat, 6-6, 245, Mississippi State

Sweat has been showing out at the Senior Bowl.
Photo: MSU Athletics

DT: Isaiah Buggs, 6-2, 286, Alabama; Dontavius Russell, 6-3, 320, Auburn;  Kingsley Keke, 6-4, 305, Texas A&M; Daylon Mack, 6-1, 320, Texas A&M; Demarcus Christmas, 6-4, 305, Florida State

OLB: Terrill Hanks, 6-2, 230, New Mexico State; Gerri Green, 6-4, 255, Mississippi State; Sione Takitaki, 6-2, 230, BYU

ILB: Bobby Okereke, 6-3, 234, Stanford; David Long, Jr., 5-11, 221, West Virginia; Deshaun Davis, 5-11, 246, Auburn

CB: Isaiah Johnson, 6-4, 203, Houston; Lonnie Johnson Jr., 6-3, 206, Kentucky; Rock Ya-Sin, 6-2, 190, Temple; Shedrick Redwine, 6-1, 195, Miami; Mark Fields, 5-11, 180, Clemson; Jimmy Moreland, 5-11, 175, James Madison

S: Johnathan Abram, 6-0, 215, Mississippi State; Mike Edwards, 6-0, 201, Kentucky; Juan Thornhill, 6-0, 210, Virginia; Darius West, 6-0, 210, Kentucky; Jaquan Johnson, 5-11, 195, Miami

P: Jake Bailey, 6-2, 202, Stanford

LS: Nick Moore, 6-3, 250, Georgia

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NORTH TEAM

Coached by: Oakland Raiders

QB: Ryan Finley, 6-4, 212, North Carolina State; Trace McSorley, 6-0, 203, Penn State; Drew Lock, 6-4, 225, Missouri; Daniel Jones, 6-5, 220, Duke

RB: Karan Higdon, 5-10, 202, Michigan; Dexter Williams, 5-11, 215, Notre Dame; Tony Pollard, 5-11, 200, Memphis

Michigan’s Karan Higdon is looking to power his way up the draft boards.
Photo: AP/Paul Sancya

FB: Alec Ingold, 6-2, 242, Wisconsin

WR: Alex Wesley, 6-0, 184, Northern Colorado; Penny Hart, 5-8, 180, Georgia State; Terry McLaurin, 6-1, 204, Ohio State, 6-1, 204; Keelan Doss, 6-3, 206, UC Davis; Andy Isabella, 5-10, 195, UMass; Jaylen Smith, 6-4, 220, Louisville; Jakobi Meyers, 6-2, 203, NC State

TE: Donald Parham, 6-8, 240, Stetson; Drew Sample, 6-5, 251, Washington; Tommy Sweeney, 6-5, 260, Boston College

OT: Kaleb McGary, 6-8, 324, Washington; Dalton Risner, 6-5, 308, Kansas State; Max Scharping, 6-6, 320, Northern Illinois; Chuma Edoga, 6-4, 295, USC

OG: Chris Lindstrom, 6-4, 310, Boston College; Nate Davis, 6-3, 311, Charlotte; Mike Deiter, 6-6, 310, Wisconsin; Beau Benzschawel, 6-6, 315, Wisconsin

OC: Garrett Bradbury, 6-3, 300, North Carolina State; Eric McCoy, 6-4, 315, Texas A&M

K: Austin Seibert, 5-9, 214, Oklahoma

DE: John Cominsky, 6-5, 275, Charleston; Zach Allen, 6-5, 285, Boston College; L.J. Collier, 6-4, 276, TCU; Charles Omenihu, 6-6, 275, Texas; Bryon Cowart, 6-4, 293, Maryland; Jalen Jelks, 6-6, 245, Oregon; Anthony Nelson, 6-7, 271, Iowa

DT: Greg Gaines, 6-2, 310, Washington; Khalen Saunders, 6-2, 310, Western Illinois; Renell Wren, 6-6, 297, Arizona State

Khalen Saunders makes Western Illinois University history as first Senior Bowl invitee.
Photo: Larry Dean/WIU Athletics

OLB: Ben Banogu, 6-4, 249, TCU; Drue Tranquill, 6-2, 233, Notre Dame; Sutton Smith, 6-1, 237, No Illinois; Dre Greenlaw, 6-0, 229, Arkansas

ILB: Te’Von Coney, 6-1, 240, Notre Dame; Germaine Pratt, 6-3, 240, North Carolina State; Cameron Smith, 6-2, 250, USC

CB: Corey Ballentine, 6-0, 204, Washburn; Kris Boyd, 6-0, 195, Texas; Amani Oruwariye, 6-1, 201, Penn State; Jordan Brown, 6-1, 195, So Dakota State; Iman Marshall, 6-1, 205, USC

S: Nasir Adderley, 6-0, 200, Delaware; Marquise Blair, 6-2, 195, Utah; Darnell Savage, 5-11, 200, Maryland; Khari Willis, 6-0, 215, Michigan State; Will Harris, 6-2, 210, Boston College

P: Mitch Wishnowsky, 6-2, 220, Utah

LS: Dan Godsil, 6-4, 233, Indiana

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THE REESE’S SENIOR BOWL
DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2019
TIME: 1:30pm CT
WHERE: Mobile, Alabama
STADIUM: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (38,888)
TELEVISION: NFL Network

2018 Davey O’Brien Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALLS MOST OUTSTANDING QUARTERBACK

The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.


Davey O’Brien was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956.

Originally, the Davey O’Brien Memorial Trophy was presented annually to the most outstanding player in the Southwestern states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Four years later, the award was expanded nationally in scope and limited to quarterback, the primary position of our namesake. The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

KYLER MURRAY, QB, OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Murray is to report in Arizona this spring to begin his Major League Baseball career with the Oakland Athletics.
Photo: Sooner Sports

Murray, the 2018 Davey O’Brien winner, has amassed more than 4,000 total yards of offense (3,310 passing and 739 rushing). The junior has completed 196 of 279 passes with 34 touchdowns, and has also scored 10 rushing touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per carry.

Nationally, Murray ranks second in points responsible for (264), passing efficiency (205.8), total quarterback rating (95.5) and passing yards per attempt (11.9). He also is among the NCAA top 10 in total offense per game (3rd, 368.1), touchdown passes (4th, 34), completion percentage (6th, .703) and passing yards (8th, 3,310).

The product of Allen, Texas, has accounted for at least four touchdowns on eight occasions, highlighted by a game against Baylor when he totaled 477 total yards and seven scores. He was named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week on Sept. 13.

Oklahoma finished the season with a 12-2 record and were ranked No. 4 at the end of the regular season. Murray joins Mayfield (2017), Bradford (2008), White (2003, 2004) as the Sooners’ winners all time.

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The 2018 Davey O’Brien Award finalists included:

  • Washington State – Gardner Minshew II, senior
  • Oklahoma – Kyler Murray, junior
  • Alabama – Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore
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