2016 College Football Awards: The Ones That Matter


The 2016 College Football Regular Season is over. Bowl season is upon us and it is that time of year for awards and articles about awards (YAY!). With the award shows around the corner I decided to give you the only 5 awards that truly matter in College Football. Sorry Ray Guy, punter’s aren’t real people. Let’s get!


CFB Offensive Player Of The Year:   


Lamar Jackson.

Yes, he will probably win the Heisman Trophy but he isn’t my Heisman winner. What Lamar did in the first half of this year was nuts. He had 25 total touchdowns in the month of September! Looking like an unstoppable force all season long he looked like the best player in the country, then November happened.

Jackson accounted for just 6 Td’s in the last 3 games along with back to back losses including one to lowly rival Kentucky. Lamar had an amazing season, 51 total TD’s is unreal but I’m a firm believer that the Heisman Winner should be the best player on a championship contending team. Dropping your last two games doesn’t help your case and it made Louisville look like a flash in the pan. He will still win the Heisman but it will be a lot closer than most people thought a month ago. Still a terrific season by Jackson and the Cardinals.


CFB Defensive Player Of The Year:


Jonathan Allen.

Honestly I wanted to give this to the entire Alabama Defense but this is an individual award so we will give it one of their leaders. This is one of the best defenses in recent memory, their defense and special teams have scored 14 total touchdowns and they have only given up 14 touchdowns all year! Yeah…you do the math. If Bama’s offense never took the field this year they still might have went undefeated. Allen is one of the leaders on this historic defense with 9 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and an awesome fat guy touchdown in their toughest game this year.

It goes back to my point earlier. These awards belong to great players on great teams, so Allen or Reuben Foster deserve this one.


CFB True Freshman Of The Year:


Ed Oliver.

This manboy is an absolute machine. I’m still not convinced he is 18. I love this award because I don’t think we give kids enough credit for coming straight from High School Football to College Football and make an immediate impact. Oliver made his presence felt this year with 18.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and he never comes off the field! I marveled all year-long at this kids motor and just impact from the jump. He is a future top 10 pick and he is one of the rare cases where it’s unfortunate that he has to play in college for 3 years.


CFB Guy You Need To Know Next Year:  


Trace McSorley.

Ok, I’m not a huge fan of this kid and I know a lot of people probably know who he is because he just led Penn State to the Big Ten Championship BUT he might make a lot of national noise next year. He is a good college QB, mobile QB who likes to throw the deep ball. Cut from the Baker Mayfield cloth McSorley with be a Junior next season and with his stud RB Saquon Barkley back to open up the play action pass. Trace will be lobbing it up to his tall wide outs like he did much of the second half this season. I expect big numbers from Trace and the Nitty Lions next season.


Fundamental Dad’s Heisman Winner:

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Deshaun Watson.

He is the best player in College Football. Period. Watson led the Tigers to their second straight trip to the College Football Playoff. Deshaun is the perfect college QB. Mobile, elusive, big, strong, and rocket arm. Yes he has thrown 15 INT’s this year but that was when Dabo was asking him to throw it 50-60 times a game. (Not an exaggeration) When the offense is balanced, Watson and Clemson are almost impossible to stop. Remember this guy dropped 40 on Bama last season. Watson has 43 total TD’s this year and since he out dueled Lamar Jackson and Louisville and he is back in the CFB Playoff I give him the nod of Lamar.


Who’s ready for Bowl Season?