12th annual Herbie Awards
Editor's note: Check out "The Herbie Awards" airing on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.
It's that time of the year again, a chance to honor the best of the best. Welcome back to the Herbie Awards, where the elite players and coaches of college football are celebrated.
A reminder: This is just my list. These are my choices, and not everyone will agree. That's what makes it so fun.
With that being said, let's get the 12th annual Herbie Awards started.
END GAME: DEFENSIVE ENDS -- THE DIRTY DOZEN (I'm allowing myself to exceed the limit of five per category!)
Sam Montgomery can cause havoc for opponents.
(Photo by Derick E. Hingle/US Presswire)
1. Sam Montgomery, LSU
2. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
3. William Gholston, Michigan State
4. Barkevious Mingo, LSU
5. Bjoern Werner, Florida State
6. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
7. Corey Lemonier, Auburn
8. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
9. Dion Jordan, Oregon
10. Alex Okafor, Texas
11. John Simon, Ohio State
12. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
SURPRISE PARTY: TEAMS
1. Mississippi State
3. Boise State (Chris Petersen!)
Chris Petersen will keep Boise State relevant.
(Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US Presswire)
SUDDEN IMPACT: BEST COORDINATOR HIRES
1. Mike Stoops, Oklahoma
2. Doug Nussmeier, Alabama
3. Sal Sunseri, Tennessee
4. Brian VanGorder, Auburn
5. Justin Wilcox, Washington
Doug Nussmeier takes over Alabama's offense.
(Photo by AP Photo/Butch Dill)
MOVIN' ON UP: HEAD COACHES WHO WILL GET HIGHER-PROFILE OPPORTUNITIES
Charlie Strong may find his way into a bigger spotlight.
(Photo by AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
1. Charlie Strong, Louisville
2. James Franklin, Vanderbilt
3. Skip Holtz, South Florida
4. Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois
5. Mario Cristobal, FIU
ALL-HERBIE TEAM: WHAT A COLLEGE TEAM SHOULD LOOK LIKE
|QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech||DL William Gholston, Michigan State|
|RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina||DL Sam Montgomery, LSU|
|RB Rex Burkhead, Nebraska||DL Corey Lemonier, Auburn|
|WR Marqise Lee, USC||DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina|
|WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia||LB Shayne Skov, Stanford|
|WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee||LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia|
|TE Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State||LB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss|
|T Oday Aboushi, Virginia|
|T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M||CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech|
|C Barrett Jones, Alabama||CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State|
|G Chance Warmack, Alabama||S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas|
|G Braden Hansen, BYU||S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma|
|Conference||Champion||Player of the Year|
|ACC||Florida State over Virginia Tech||Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech|
|Big 12||Oklahoma||Tavon Austin, West Virginia|
|Big East||Pitt||Ray Graham, Pitt|
|Big Ten||Michigan State over Wisconsin||Montee Ball, Wisconsin|
|Conference USA||Southern Miss over SMU||Jamie Collins, Southern Miss|
|MAC||Ohio over Western Michigan||Alex Carder, Western Michigan|
|Mountain West||Boise State||Robbie Rouse, Fresno State|
|Pac-12||USC over Oregon||Matt Barkley, USC|
|SEC||Alabama over Georgia||Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina|
|Sun Belt||Florida International||Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State|
|WAC||Louisiana Tech||Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech|
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