Midseason awards: And the winner is ...

Now that we've reached the half pole, it's time to hand out some midseason awards for the best player, team and coach of 2006, writes Craig James.

Originally Published: October 11, 2006
By Craig James | ESPN Insider
I've been reading some of my fellow colleagues' comments about who's this and who's that at the midseason turn.

So I figured what the heck, let's talk about some of the things that have made an impact as we enter Week 7.

Player of the Year

Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State:Here's a guy who I thought would be a top contender for the Heisman. Yet, how many of us expected he'd be this good without running very often? Not me. Smith is a QB, he's not an athlete and he's not a gamer. Smith is a leader and extremely careful with the football. No surprise the Buckeyes are the No. 1 team in the country.