- Matt Fortuna, College Football
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The season is a little more than three months away, but with spring ball in the rearview mirror and most players dismissed for summer break, we figure now is as good of a time as any to start forecasting some honors for the 2013 campaign.
The blog will host a new poll every day this week, checking in with you guys to see who looks like the favorite for each honor. Today's poll? Offense player of the year.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: The reigning winner of this award is the frontrunner to repeat heading into this fall, and the junior has seen his name pop up all over the place this offseason as early NFL draft and Heisman Trophy predictions dominate talk. Bridgewater completed 68.5 percent of his passes last season for the 11-2 Cardinals, throwing for 3,718 yards with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
Blake Bortles, QB, UCF: The Knights are conference newcomers, but Bortles will likely already begin as the second-best quarterback in the league behind Bridgewater. The redshirt junior completed 62.9 percent of his passes last season for 3,059 yards with 25 touchdowns and just seven picks. He added 285 rushing yards and eight more scores on the ground.
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers: The redshirt junior sat out this spring while recovering from minor offseason knee surgery but should be fine come fall. He has seen his name pop up all over early 2014 mock drafts following a season that saw him catch 60 passes for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder will be the go-to target for quarterback Gary Nova this season.
Lyle McCombs, RB, UConn: The redshirt junior returns this fall with more career carries than any other active running back in college football (518). After rushing for 1,151 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season of playing in 2011, McCombs managed just 860 yards and six scores in 2012 on a struggling Huskies offense. But UConn returns its entire starting offensive line in 2013, and few backs in the league are as proven as McCombs, giving him the chance for another strong season as the backbone of his team's offense.
Other: Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay? SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert? Houston receiver Deontay Greenberry? Someone else who has flown under the radar? Be sure to send in your suggestions to the mailbag if you choose "other."