Well, we have reached the halfway point of the college football season, so here our my mid-season awards. As we all know, things can change from game to game, but here are my top picks for NCAA football at the midway point of 2014.
Heisman Trophy Front Runners
1. Dak Prescott/QB/Mississippi State
2. Marcus Mariota/QB/Oregon
3. Shane Carden/QB/East Carolina
4. Rakeem Cato/QB/Marshall
5. Bo Wallace/QB/Mississippi
As you can see, these are all quarterbacks here. Prescott may not technically be the best player in the nation, but he is the biggest difference maker on the best team, so right now, is the Heisman Trophy leader in the clubhouse. Mariota and his Ducks will probably have to settle for the Rose Bowl again.
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Senquez Golson/DB/Mississippi
2. Damien Wilson/LB/Minnesota
3. Paul Dawson/LB/TCU
4. Gerod Holliman/S/Louisville
5. Nate Orchard/DE/Utah
Senquez Golson is causing all sorts of problems in that Mississippi secondary for opposing quarterbacks. He is second in the nation in interceptions. Damien Wilson has been one the reasons for Minnesota’s defense holding strong despite a lackluster offense at times. Paul Dawson is yet another one of Gary Patterson’s excellent linebackers.
NCAA Football Coach of the Year
Dan Mullen/Mississippi State
Ruffin McNeill/East Carolina
Right now Dan Mullen is the runaway favorite for coach of the year followed by his in state counterpart Hugh Freeze. Ruffin McNeill has kept the Pirate focused since the big win over Virginia Tech and Marshall is having the best season that nobody cares about.