This is the first annual Collegefootballtopten.com Year End Awards. This year’s awards are based mostly on numbers. There is no attempt to interpret numbers based on any context. However, a number of different categories were considered.
Offensive Player of the Year– Graham Harrell–Texas Tech, QB
I think everyone knows who Harrell is, and I know he plays in a pass happy offense. Here are the numbers. Harrell was number 1 nationally in Passing (passing attempts), Total Passing Yards, Passing Yards per game, and Total Offense. Harrell was number 3 in Points Responsible For and number 5 in Passing Efficiency. Number 5 in Passing Efficiency is not bad when you attempt 644 passes. Graham had 5298 yards passing while completing 72.7 % of his passing. In era in which the QB means so much to the offense, there were few better than Harrell.
Defensive Player of the Year–George Selvie–University of South Florida, DE
When you are looking for an impact player on defense, Selvie fits the bill. Selvie was number 1 nationally in Takles for a Loss, number 2 in Sacks, and number 28 in Forced Fumbles. Selvie was a big reason that USF became a contender in the Big East and nationally rising to number 2 in the polls at one point. Selvie is just a Sophomore, so the Bulls can build on his talent toward a possible birth in a BCS bowl in the next couple of years.
Coach of the Year–Mark Mangino–Head Coach, Kansas
In the previous five years as head coach in Kansas, Mangino’s Jayhawks went to only two bowl games. Mangino’s teams were 4-7 (2004), 7-5 (2005) and 6-6 (2006) before rushing to a 11-1 record and a BCS birth in the Orange Bowl.
Resilient Team of the Year–Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech began the season with a heavy heart following the shootings that shocked their campus in the spring. Several students and staff were killed, and the Hokies were playing for their community and their school. Early in the season they suffered a lopsided loss at LSU. The Hokies rebounded winning the ACC Costal Division. In the ACC Championship game, Virginia Tech avenged their lone conference loss to Boston College by beating the Eagles 30-16 and securing the ACC Championship and a BCS birth in the Orange Bowl.
Happy New Year!