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College Football Editor Luke Byrnes gives out awards at the season’s halfway point

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We have reached the halfway point of the 2014 college football season and as usual there is a lot of talk about who will eventually take home the Heisman Trophy (can you say “Marcus Mariota?”), but little conversation about the other hardware that will be handed out at season’s end.

Much like Heisman, Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards are all given to, essentially, the nation’s most outstanding player, a few of the other individual awards have some redundancy as well.

For example, the Bronco Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards are both given to the Defensive Player of the Year.

Rather than list a winner for each award, I’ll name one player for each award in a given category – so you’ll see two players recognized as DPOYs.

We here at Football Insiders already release weekly Heisman Trophy and Coach of the Year rankings (done by my imitable colleague, Charlie Bernstein), the latest of which you can find here – https://www.footballinsiders.com/1012-ncaa-heisman-rankings/ – and here – https://www.footballinsiders.com/10-12-14-ncaa-coach-of-the-year-rankings/

Let’s get started on the rest.

Top Running Back (Doak Walker Award)

Tevin Coleman, Indiana

Coleman gets the nod over the rest of a terrific field based on his consistency and overall productivity. At 6-foot, 210 pounds, Coleman has used a mix of both power and speed to lead the nation with 1,060 yards rushing through six games, putting him on pace for a 2,000-yard campaign. He also ranks No. 1 in the FBS (amongst players with more than 60 carries) by averaging 8.8 yards per carry and No. 3 with 11 rushing touchdowns. Coleman has rushed for at least 100 yards and one score in each game this season, including 132 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries in Indiana’s road-upset of then-No. 18 Missouri on Sept. 20.

Top Quarterback (Davey O’Brien; Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, given to the top senior)

Connor Halliday, Washington State

While his play on the field hasn’t resulted in many wins for Washington State to this point, it is impossible to overlook Halliday’s remarkable productivity. The 6-foot-4 senior leads the FBS in attempts (438) completions (292) passing yards (3,344) and touchdown passes (28) – Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill is a distant second, trailing by five touchdowns and more than 800 yards passing. On Oct. 4, in a 60-59 loss to Cal, Halliday passed for six touchdowns and an FBS-record 734 yards. He has thrown for at least 300 yards in every game but one this season, a 292-yard, two-touchdown performance in a loss to Stanford, one of the best defenses in the nation.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Some players (like Halliday) have put up more gaudy numbers than Mariota, but Oregon’s signal caller has been incredibly efficient despite constantly being pressured behind an offensive line that has been ravaged by injuries. The 6-foot-4 junior ranks first in the FBS (amongst players with at least 150 attempts) in passer efficiency (193.7) and fourth in completion percentage (69.7). He has thrown for 1,621 yards and 17 touchdowns and is the only quarterback in the Top 100 in passing yards without an interception.

Top Wide Receiver (Fred Biletnikoff Award)

Kevin White, West Virginia

White leads the FBS with 888 yards receiving and is second with 61 receptions. Big (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and fast (clocked as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40-years dash), White had also been remarkably consistency. He has at least six receptions and 100 yards receiving in every game this year and has double-digit catches in four of West Virginia’s six contests. The Mountaineers’ only two losses have come against Alabama and Oklahoma but to no fault of White. The senior totaled 19 receptions for 316 yards and two scores against the Crimson Tide and Sooners.

Top Lineman (Outland; Vince Lombardi; Rimington)

Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State

There isn’t much to say about Bosa outside of the fact that he is just about unblockable. The 6-foot-5, 275 pound sophomore lines up inside and outside, playing from both a three-point stance and a stand-up position. His versatility is on full display against the run and the pass and he draws consistent double-teams, despite playing next to Michael Bennett who was a second team all-Big Ten selection last season. He has seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in five games this season.

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Thompson’s raw tackle numbers might not jump out at anyone, he has 45 total tackles in six games, but he has proven to be a playmaker in the biggest sense of the word. The senior from Sacramento, California has scored four defensive touchdowns (three on fumble returns – including a 100-yard return for a score against Cal on Oct. 11 – and one interception return) to go along with three passes defended, two forced fumbles and two tackles for loss, including one sack. For good measure, Thompson also has 84 yards rushing and one touchdown on nine carries.

Hroniss Grasu, Center, Oregon

With all the instability along the Oregon offensive front, the one constant has been the outstanding play of center Hroniss Grasu. Injuries along the offensive line led to Oregon quarterback, and Heisman Trophy candidate, Marcus Mariota being sacked seven times against a mediocre (at best) Washington State defense and limited an explosive Ducks offense in a home loss to Arizona a couple of weeks ago. Grasu, a possible first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has played at an All-America level throughout it all.

Outstanding Defensive Player (Chuck Bednarik; Bronco Nagurski; Lott IMPACT Award)

Hau’oli Kikaha, Defensive End/Line Backer, Washington

As the Washington defense has blossomed over the course of the first six games, Kikaha has been a consistent presence in opposing offensive backfields. The senior currently leads the nation with 10 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss; he also has two forced fumbles and a pass defended. He was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award preseason watch list for a reason.

Gerod Holliman, Safety, Louisville

Holliman, a redshirt sophomore, has emerged as a star for a Louisville program in flux after the departures of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft) and coach Charlie Strong (who left to take over as head coach at Texas). All Holliman has done is lead the nation with seven interceptions and help the Cardinals’ defense become one of the best in the country, allowing the fewest yards per game (230.8) in the FBS.

Vic Beasley, Defensive End, Clemson

Beasley has been a consistently disruptive player this season, recording eight sacks (3rd in the FBS) in six games. Dating back to last season, the 6-foot-3, 235 pound senior has at least one sack in eight consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Kakahi’s 10-straight. Beasley, who graduated with a degree in Sociology on Aug. 14, is the heart and soul of the Clemson defense, which ranks among the best in the country, with nine tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Luke Byrnes, the College Football Editor at Football Insiders, has had a life-long love affair with sports (much like with the fairer sex, however, that love has often gone unrequited). He played both basketball and football at the collegiate level and was an all-conference selection at offensive tackle each season. Luke spent four years in the now-defunct af2 _ first as a player then as an offensive coordinator _ before deciding to grow up and get a real job. He currently serves as Newsperson/College Desk Editor for the Associated Press, covering NCAA football and basketball, is the host of 'Spokane's Saturday Sports' (8-10am Pacific) on 1510 KGA in Spokane, Wash., and is the defensive line coach at Lewis and Clark High School.

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