Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Herbie Awards could have B1G flavor
By Adam Rittenberg
The 13th annual Herbie Awards come your way tonight (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET), as ESPN colleague Kirk Herbstreit recognizes some of the top players around college football.
A Herbie Awards primer is out, and several Big Ten players are in the mix for honors. You can vote for who you think deserves the award and then check back to see who Herbstreit picks.
Who's in the mix?
Most Exciting Player: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
Do-it-all QB: Ohio State's Miller, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez
Best Kept Secrets: Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon
Throwback: Wisconsin LB Chris Borland
Ahead of the Curve: Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
Fresh Faces: Ohio State WR/RB Dontre Wilson, Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, Michigan RB Derrick Green
Taking it to the Next Level: Michigan QB Devin Gardner, Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah
Backyard Football: Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis
Ankle Breaker: Northwestern RB/PR Venric Mark
Foxhole Player: Michigan State LB Max Bullough, Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier
Lockdown Corner: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby
Top Quarterback: Ohio State's Miller
Top Wide Receiver: Penn State's Allen Robinson
Team on the Rise: Michigan State
Most Intriguing Storyline: Ohio State in Year 2 under Urban Meyer
Herbstreit also has selected his All-Herbie team, which includes three Big Ten players: Michigan LT Taylor Lewan, Northwestern PR Venric Mark and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby. He has Ohio State beating Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and advancing to play Alabama in the BCS national championship before falling there. Wisconsin is his sleeper pick.
Some interesting observations from Herbie, who clearly thinks Michigan State will have a bounce-back year after losing five Big Ten games by a total of 13 points last fall. He's also high on Wisconsin despite the transition from Bret Bielema to Gary Andersen.
He covers most of his bases on the Big Ten nominees, although I would have liked to see Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard up for "Lockdown Corner." It appears to be a good sign that three of the five "Fresh Faces" nominees are from Big Ten teams.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 ET.