OMFL Hot Stone League - Season 4 Awards, Part I It's our favorite time of the year here at Hot Stone Headquarters, and this means the award races in the OMFL are heating up. In Season 4 we have some familiar faces to keep an eye on and some new faces making big news. This year, we will be breaking our award race breakdown into six parts that will be released daily from Tuesday-Sunday. Remember, these are our top five choices at the current moment, but depending on games the next couple of weeks that could change. Here is our schedule for the week: Tuesday: Rookie of the Year Wednesday: NFC MVP Thursday: AFC MVP Friday: Defensive Player of the Year Saturday: OMFL MVP Sunday: Owner of the Year HOT AWARD WATCH - Rookie of the Year 1) Ryan Matthews, HB, San Diego Chargers (1225 yds, 254 car, 14 TD): The loss of LaDanian Tomlinson was supposed to create a huge gap in the chargers very potent offense. While they struggled through the first half of the season trying to find their new identity, there is no doubt that they've now found it. Matthews has solidified the position and provided the Chargers with one of the more viable ground threats in the OMFL. Throw in that the Chargers have moved into good position to make the playoffs and Matthews proves to be even that much more valuable. 2) Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams (129/291, 2879 yds, 20 TD, 20 INT): If it wasn't for the breakout year by Matthews this award would surely be in the hands of Bradford by seasons end. The rookie QB has outperformed anybody's expectations and is leading the Rams to perhaps another division title. Remember he is doing this with severely limited weapons and the receiver and tight end spots. Bradford may be the cream of his class right now but we are more excited to see what he can show us in a few years! [B][B][B][B][B][B][B][B][B][B][B][B][B][COLOR=rgb(0, 0, 0)][B][B][B][B][B][COLOR=rgb(0, 0, 0)][COLOR=red][COLOR=rgb(0, 0, 0)][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/COLOR][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B] 3) Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinatti Bengals (49 rec, 929 yds, 4 TD): Gresham really makes the Bengals offense go, and if it wasn't for spectacular years by the two guys in front of him he'd be in serious contention for the award. The good news for him is that he has three more games to add to his totals, and with the way Coach DJDunn has his Bengals are playing you can expect Grasham's numers to balloon. If he can get to the 70 catch, 1300 yard range he will be a serious candidate. 4) John Skelton, QB, Arizona Cardinals (131/233, 2226 yds, 16 TD, 12 INT): A very good player on a bad team, Skelton looks like he is the quarterback of the future in Arizona. His numbers are very good, just a bit behind Bradford. However remember that he didn't even start playing until Leinart was benched midseason! That is astounding. If you had given Skelton a full season to work with his numbers might be eye boggling for a rookie. A couple of spectacular finishing weeks and Skelton may just haul in the trophy as a darkhorse. 5) CJ Spiller, HB, Buffalo Bills (545 rush yards, 509 yards, 12 TD): While Matthews is the pure #1 halfback, Spiller is something different. He is a combination back that is as dangerous in the passing game as he is the rushing game. Don't let the low rush yard total scare you, that is mainly a product of his low carries. Spiller is going to be a HUGE force in the furture, there is no doubt about that. IF the Bills get a firmly committed GM and Coach then he is certainly something nice to build around.