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Week ten continues with crucial matchups in the SEC as Tennessee faces Georgia and Alabama faces LSU. After this week, three weeks remain for players to be named finalists. 


Chuck Bednarik/Bronco Nagurski Award

The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive player in college football.

1. Will Anderson 

Junior, Alabama

  • Week 9 Stats: N/A - Bye Week
  • Season Stats: 36 Tackles, 6 Sacks, 1 Interception

2. Daiyan Henley

 Senior, Washington State

  • Week 9 Stats: 12 Tackles, 1 PD 
  • Season Stats: 80 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 2 FFs, 2 FRs, 1 INT, 1 PD

3. Ivan Pace Jr

 Senior, Cincinnati

  • Week 9 Stats: 11 Tackles, 1 PD
  • Season Stats: 82 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 1 FF, 3 PDs

4. Ji'Ayir Brown

Senior, Penn State

  • Week 9 Stats: 8 Tackles
  • Season Stats: 49 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 FF, 2 PDs, 3 INTs

5. Clark Phillips III

 Sophomore, Utah

  • Week 9 Stats: 3 Tackles
  • Season Stats: 19 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 PDs, 5 INTs

Will Anderson is Will Anderson. Daiyan Henley closed the gap and is making a case for the top spot. Ivan Pace Jr dominated this week, creating a potential 3-way battle for #1. Drew Sanders and Tyrice Knight are players to watch. 

Oct 8, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) attempts a pass while Washington State Cougars linebacker Daiyan Henley (1) tackles him.

Oct 8, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) attempts a pass while Washington State Cougars linebacker Daiyan Henley (1) tackles him.


Outland Trophy

The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best college football interior lineman.

1. Peter Skoronski 

Junior, Northwestern

2. Jarrett Patterson 

Senior, Notre Dame

3. John Michael Schmitz 

Senior, Minnesota

4. Bryan Bresee 

Sophomore, Clemson

5. Steve Avila 

Senior, TCU

The list does not change this week. Peter Skoronski and Jarrett Patterson are unstoppable this year. Skoronski holds a healthy lead over the Irish center, but there is still time for Patterson to close the gap. Bryan Bresee is enduring a challenging time, yet he's out there every game making a massive impact for Clemson. Avila continues to rise on draft boards and finds himself at #5. Cooper Beebe is a name to watch in the closing weeks. 

Oct 22, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA; Northwestern Wildcats offensive lineman Peter Skoronski (77) prepares to block against the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium.

Oct 22, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA; Northwestern Wildcats offensive lineman Peter Skoronski (77) prepares to block against the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium.


Dick Butkus Award

The Butkus Award is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels of football.

1. Drew Sanders

Junior, Arkansas

  • Week 9 Stats: 2 Tackles 
  • Season Stats: 65 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks, 3 FF, 3 PDs

2. Daiyan Henley

Senior, Washington State

  • Week 9 Stats: 12 Tackles, 1 PD
  • Season Stats: 80 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 2 FFs, 2 FRs, 1 INT, 1 PD

3. Ivan Pace Jr

Senior, Cincinnati

  • Week 9 Stats: 11 Tackles, 1 PD
  • Season Stats: 82 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 1 FF, 3 PDs

4. Tyrice Knight

Senior, UTEP

  • Week 9 Stats: 11 Tackles, 1 PD, 1 FF
  • Season Stats: 75 Tackles, 1 Sack, 3 FFs, 1 FR, 3 PDs, 1 INT

5. Tommy Eichenberg

Senior, Ohio State

  • Week 9 Stats: 15 Tackles
  • Season Stats: 72 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 2 PDs, 1 INT
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Drew Sanders is proving himself by leading this Arkansas defense. Daiyan Henley has closed the gap on Sanders in the closing weeks. Ivan Pace Jr slides into #3, inches above Tyrice Knight and Tommy Eichenberg. Jack Campbell is a dark horse candidate for this award. 

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer (87) runs after the catch as Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) defends during the third quarter at Ohio Stadium.

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer (87) runs after the catch as Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) defends during the third quarter at Ohio Stadium.


Thorpe Award

The Jim Thorpe Award is presented to the top defensive back in college football.

1. Ji' Ayir Brown

Senior, Penn State

  • Week 9 Stats: 8 Tackles 
  • 2022 Stats: 49 Tackles, 3 PDs, 1 Sack, 3 INTs, 1 FF

2. Gervarrius Owens

Senior, Houston

  • Week 9 Stats: 8 Tackles 
  • Season Stats: 45 Tackles, 4 PDs, 1 FF, 2 FR, 1 INT

3. Clark Phillips III

Sophomore, Utah

  • Week 9 Stats: 3 Tackles 
  • Season Stats: 19 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 PDs, 5 INTs

4. Jartavius "Quan" Martin

Senior, Illinois

  • Week 9 Stats: 4 Tackles, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 INT
  • Season Stats: 37 Tackles, 9 PDs, 3 INTs, 3 FFs, 2 FR

5. Gabe Taylor

Sophomore, Rice

  • Week 9 Stats: 4 Tackles, 1 PD
  • Season Stats: 36 Tackles, 3 PDs, 2 INTs

Ji'Ayir Brown is having an impressive season for the Nittany Lions and is one of three Penn State players in my top 15 for this award. Gervarrius Owens stays at #2 with solid performances over the past four weeks. Clark Phillips and Jartavius "Quan" Martin impressed, allowing Gabe Taylor to close the gap; however, Taylor had an ok week and stayed at #5. 

Sep 24, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Utah Utes cornerback Clark Phillips III (1) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Charles Hall IV (0) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium.

Sep 24, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Utah Utes cornerback Clark Phillips III (1) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Charles Hall IV (0) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium.


Ray Guy Award

The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to college football's most outstanding punter. Rest in peace Ray Guy. 

1. Bryce Baringer

Senior, Michigan State

  • Week 9 Stats: 4 Punts, 39.8 AVG, 50 Long, 1 In 20
  • Season Stats: 34 Punts, 50.0 AVG, 70 Long, 14 In 20

2. Joe Doyle

Senior, Memphis

  • Week 9 Stats: N/A- Bye Week
  • Season Stats: 32 Punts, 47.9 AVG, 64 Long, 8 In 20

3. Mason Fletcher

Sophomore, Cincinnati

  • Week 9 Stats: 6 Punts, 44.7 AVG, 51 Long, 3 In 20
  • Season Stats: 37 Punts, 47.2 AVG, 84 Long, 19 In 20

4. Tory Taylor

Junior, Iowa

  • Week 9 Stats: 1 Punt, 12.0 AVG, 12 Long, 0 In 20
  • Season Stats: 47 Punts, 44.9 AVG, 63 Long, 21 In 20

5. Ben Kiernan

Senior, UNC

  • Week 9 Stats: 4 Punts, 46.0 AVG, 52 Long, 3 In 20
  • Season Stats: 25 Punts, 47.4 AVG, 70 Long, 9 In 20

Bryce Baringer is undoubtedly the best punter this year, averaging over 50 yards per punt, with 13/30 landing inside the 20. Joe Doyle received the nod over Fletcher due to his average punt yards. Mason Fletcher is there and can overtake him soon. Tory Taylor is at #4 as he is the MVP of Iowa football this year and deserves love. South Carolina Punter Kai Kroeger is a name to watch. 

Sep 17, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger (39) passes for a first down on a fake punt against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Sep 17, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks punter Kai Kroeger (39) passes for a first down on a fake punt against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium.