This is Kirk "Tips and Dove Bodywash" Herbstreit live from Bristol CT with a roundup of potential award winners. We will make our way through the top 3 for each award and give you a better look at some of the best players in college football. First up is the Maxwell Award. The Maxwell Award is given to the best offensive player in college football and this years Finalists will be 1. Bret Davis- JR RB from Nebraska has had an incredible year rushing for 1880 yards and 19 TD's through the end of this week. It is only a matter of time before Davis crosses the 2000 yard mark. Current Stats: 276 carries for 1880 yards and 19 TD for a 6.8 yard average 2. Justice Hayes- JR RB from Michigan has also had a dominant year rushing for 1300 yards and 13 TD through the end of last week. Hayes is the second leading rusher in the Big 10 and has been an important cog in Michigan's offensive machine this season. Current Stats: 161 carries for 1121 yards and 13 TD for a 7.0 yard average 3. Mike Bellamy- SR RB from Clemson has 2321 all purpose yards which leads the nation. He has also racked up 20 TD's but he has more yards returning kicks than he has rushing. Current Stats: 149 carries for 996 yards and 13 TD for a 6.7 yard average Herbie's Pick: Bret Davis. I expect Davis to win this award. At times he has put the enitre state of Nebraska on his back and carried them to victory. Don't forget this young man put up 400 yards runshing against a very good Iowa team in a triple OT thriller. The Walter Camp Trophy is given the college football's most outstanding player. 1. Bret Davis- JR RB from Nebraska 2. Justice Hayes- JR RB from Michigan 3. Mike Bellamy- SR RB from Clemson Herbie's Pick: Bret Davis again for the same reasons I listed earlier. He has had the best season in college football this year. The Chuck Bednarik Award is given to the best defensive player in College Football. 1. Bashaud Breeland- SR CB from Clemson has intercepted 8 passes and defended 5 more and also has 22 tackles and 1 for a loss. He is leading the defensive charge for the "Other Tigers from Death Valley." Current Stats: 22 tackles, 1 TFL, 17 Assisted Tackles, 8 Int. 2. Dominic Holmes- JR DT from Penn State. Holmes has 28 tackles and 16.5 sacks he has been flat out dominant in the middle allowing the LB from LBU to run free and make tackles. Current Stats: 28 tackles, 18 TFL, 13 Assisted Tackles, 16.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles 3. Zachary Allen- SR ROLB from Wake Forest. Allen has 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble this season to lead the surprising Demon Deacons to a top 10 record and possible ACC title. Allen has been the MVP for his team this year and may be the most dominant LB in college football right now. Current Stats: 40 tackles, 16 TFL, 22 Assisted Tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 Interceptions, 4 deflections, 1 Forced Fumble Herbie's Pick: I have to go with Holmes. He has a chance to break the single season record for sacks in college football, and if he can do that he should win it. But at the same time it's hard to pick against a guy who has 8 interceptions with 3 games to go. He could end up setting a few records of his own. The Bronco Nagurski Award is given to the best defensive player in college football by the Football Writer's Association of America 1. Dominic Holmes- JR DT from Penn State 2. Zack McCray- SR DE from VA. Tech. McCray has 23 tackles this season, and the amazing part about it is that all 23 have come in the offensive backfield. He has 11.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles 2 recoveries and 1 TD on defense. He has done a little of everything for the Hokies this year and it's nice for him to get some recognition. Current Stats: 23 tackles, 23 TFL, 30 Assisted Tackles, 11.5 sacks, 1 TD, 4 deflections, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries. 3. Steven Fisher- SO DT from Wisconsin. Fisher has 25 tackles, 8 sacks 1 TD, 3 forced fumbles and 3 recoveries. This is Fisher's first as a starter and he has made it count for the Badgers. Fisher is a little undersized for the DT position, but he makes up with it with his huge motor. Current Stats: 25 tackles, 12 TFL, 19 Assisted Tackles, 8.0 sacks, 1 TD 3 deflections, 3 forced fumbles 3 fumble recoveries. Herbie's pick: Dominic Holmes DT from Penn State. The Davey O'Brien Award is given to the most outstanding QB in college football. 1. Kevin Sousa- JR QB from Wake Forest. Wake has made huge strides as major college football power under Coach Kasper and Sousa has benefitted the most so far. He has been a 3 year starter for the Demon Deacons and has improved his numbers every season. Current Stats"122-213 for 2434 yards and 24 TD vs just 6 interceptions. 2. Daxx Garman- SR QB from Arizona. He has to be a douche who names their kid Daxx with 2 X's. Current Stats: 125-233 for 1884 yards 18 TD's and 4 Picks 3. Sean Mannion- SR QB from Oregon State. He's not winning either. 144-291 for 2066 yards 24 TD's vs just 4 picks Herbie's Pick: Kevin Sousa. Sousa has had a phenomenal year, but to me the battle for best QB in the country is being played out in ACC country between Marquise Williams from UNC and Sousa. And there's a chance we could see them settle it on the field in the ACC title game. The Doak Walker Award is given annually to the best RB in college football 1. Bret Davis- JR RB from Nebraska 2. Justice Hayes- JR RB from Michigan 3. Demarcus Robinson- SR RB from Kansas State. Current Stats: 187 Carries for 1010 yards and 18 TD's for a 5.4 yard average Herbie's Pick: Again with Davis. He's got the best resume this year of all the backs in college football. Any other year it would be Hayes' to lose, but it's a tough year to be a top flight back in college football. The Biletnikoff award is given annually to the best WR in college football. 1. Quinton Dunbar- SR WR from Florida. Current Stats: 52 catches for 897 yards 12 TD's 2. Matt James- SR WR from Wake Forest. James is on his way to a 1000 yard 15 TD season which would make him a lock for this trophy. James has benefitted from having Sousa as his QB and looks to continue his success in the NFL. One thing is for sure, he has set a new standard for WR at Wake Forest. Current Stats: 34 catches for 913 yards and 11 TD 3. Andy Smith- SO WR from UNC. Amith has had a great year and is also on pace for 15 TD's but he'll have to pick up his game to get to 1500 yards. 35 catches for 744 yards and 11 TD Herbie's Pick: Mstt James. He has some big time games left and can use them to make a mark on voters. The Mackey Award is given to the Country's best TE 1. AC Leonard- JR TE from Florida Current Stats: 31 catches for 550 yards and 70 TD 2. Brandon Hill- SR TE from Mississippi State Current Stats: 28 catches for 391 yards and 6 TD 3. Curtis White- SR TE from Arizona Current Stats: 37 catches for 519 yards and 4 TD Herbie's Pick: AC Leonard. His name is AC he's always cool under pressure. The Outland Trophy goes to College Football's best interior lineman. 1. Siaosi Aiono- SR RT from Utah Current Stats: 41 pancakes, 5 sacks allowed 2. Nick Redmond- SR LT from Mississippi State Current Stats: 24 pancakes, 0 sacks allowed 3. David Andrews- SR C from Georgia Current Stats: 23 pancakes, 2 sacks allowed Herbie's Pick: Siaosi Aiono just because I like his name. The Rimington Trophy is given to the Nation's best Center 1. David Andrews- SR C from Georgia 2. Dillon Day- SR C from Mississippi State Current Stats: 23 pancakes, 3 sacks allowed 3. Nick Williams- FR C from UCF Current Stats: 34 pancakes, 5 sacks allowed Herbie's Pick: Andrews is one of the best linemen in the country, and no doubt he's the best center. The Lomnbardi Award is given to college football's best defensive lineman or linebacker. 1. Dominic Holmes- JR DT from Penn State 2. Steven Fisher- SO DT from Wisconsin 3. Zack McCray- SR DE from Va. Tech Herbie's Pick: Got to go with Holmes again. So many sacks. The Butkus Award is given to College Football's top Linebacker 1. Chase Williams- SR LB from Va. Tech. Williams is going to be a star in the NFL and is trying to make the most of his last season in Hokieland. It's his second year as a starter and he has improved on last season's low numbers. Current Stats: 20 tackles, 8 TFL, 12 Assisted Tackles, 1 Sack, 5 Picks, 1 TD, 1 deflection, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries. 2. Lamar Davis- SO LB from Michigan. Davis has shown great growth in Ann Arbor and this season has shown what Coach Philstyle saw in a small town kid from Cut Bank, MT. Current Stats: 27 tackles, 7 TFL, 26 Assisted Tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 1 TD, 2 deflections, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery 3. Zachary Allen- SR LB from Wake Forest Herbie's Pick: I like Allen to sneak up and get this one. His tackles are just too much, the last 2 seasons he has had at least 60 and with numbers like that it will be tough to beat him. The Thorpe Award is given to the Nation's best Defensive Back 1. Bashaud Breeland- SR CB from Clemson 2. Marcus Roberson- SR CB from Florida Current Stats: 13 tackles, 3 TFL, 19 Assisted Tackles, 6 picks, 10 deflections 3. Marvin Robinson- SR SS from Michigan. Robinson is a penomenal SS for the Wolverines. He has made lots of plays over the last 3 seasons and this looks almost like a lifetime achievement award nomination for him. Current Stats: 31 tackles, 5 TFL, 25 assisted tackles, 1 Sack, 2 picks, 1 TD, 2 deflections 2 fumble recoveries. Herbie's Pick: I am going with Breeland here. He looks like the best player in the defensive backfield in all of college football. The Lou Groza Award is given to the nations' best placekicker. 1. Cody Rogers- SO K from Florida Current Stats: 20-24 FG with a long of 56, 42-43 on PAT 2. Matt Wile- JR K from Michigan Current Stats: 12-12 FG with a long of 52, 47-47 on PAT 3. Justin Sorenson- SR K from BYU Current Stats: 16-17 FG with a long of 53, 37-37 on PAT Herbie's Pick: I don't like the finalists at all, I think there are better kickers than the guys that have been nominated, but Wile has had the best season. Only 1 miss all year and a strong leg. The Ray Guy Award goes to the NAtion's best Punter 1. Ethan Keyserling- SR P from Va. Tech Current Stats: 29 punts for a 52.2 avg, a long of 79 yards and 10 downed inside the 20 2. Bobby Jackson- SO P from Wake Forest Current Stats: 26 punts for a 43.7 yard average, a long of 54 and 18 downed inside the 20. 3. Mark Patterson- FR P from UNC Current Stats: 25 punts for a 48.7 yard average, a long of 61 and 5 inside the 20 Herbie's Pick: Again I feel like there are some guys better than these 3 but I have to go with Keyserling. He has the longest punt, and gets a high percentage downed inside the 20. The Top Returner in College Football 1. Mike Bellamy- SR KR from Clemson Current Stats: 29 returns for 1030 yards a 35.5 yard average and 4 TD's 2. TJ Thorpe- JR KR from UNC. Thorpe has had a great year returning kicks. This is Thorpe's first year returning kicks and it looks like the role might stick for him. Current Stats: 32 returns for 850 yards a 26.6 yard average and 1 TD 3. Willie Byrn- SR KR from Va Tech. Byrn burns on returns. He joins Thorpe as 1st year finalists, but he is headed to the NFL next season. Current Stats: 23 returns for 576 yards a 25.0 average and 1 TD Herbie's Pick: Bellamy will finally get an award. To be having the season he is all over the field is a testament to his athleticism and hard work. It's nice to see him get rewarded even if it is the best returner award.