Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Poll: Who's most likely to win an award?
By Ted Miller
This morning we provided you with a "watch list breakdown" -- with an assist from Arizona State -- that provided some perspective on how things spread out by program and player.
But who's most likely to go from watch list to winner?
There are a lot of good choices, but our polls only allow for five, so here's our top five from the Pac-12 who might take home awards hardware at the end of the season.
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: He's a likely top-10 NFL draft pick in the spring of 2014, so that makes Barr a top candidate for the Bednarik & Bronko Nagurski Awards (most outstanding defensive player), Lombardi Award (most outstanding down lineman/linebacker) and Butkus Award (top linebacker). He's on seven watch lists -- surely he'll end up on top of one.
Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: He's on six watch lists and he beat out Barr for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.
Marqise Lee, WR, USC: He's the favorite to win the award he won last year, Biletnikoff, for the nation's best receiver. But might he step up to the Player of the Year awards, such as the Maxwell or Walter Camp Awards?
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: He's a solid favorite for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end.
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: Carey, a consensus All-American, led the nation in rushing a year ago, so that makes him an automatic leader for the Doak Walker Award.