Welcome to the 1st Annual Academically Ineligibles Awards Show (or The Ineligibles) presented by the Academically Ineligibles. We are going to present awards in ten different categories to commemorate the 2012 BYU Football Season.
Most underrated player – Brandon Ogletree
For all the accolades KVN gets, Ogletree was the glue keeping all of KVN’s flashes of greatness together. He accounted for the most tackles in 2012 and was clearly the leader of the defense with his ‘bring your lunch to work’ kind of attitude.
Best unit – Linebackers
Likely the greatest combination of players ever to play linebacker at BYU. They dominated the line of scrimmage and were responsible all season for forcing teams into offensive plays that BYU could then dominate. The best part is both of the outside linebackers are back for 2013 and players like Manoa Pikula are sure to help pick up the middle where Ogletree and Uona Kaveinga will leave off.
Most improved player – Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah
We’ve heard his name for three seasons now and what a freak of an athlete he was but we never got to see the man who didn’t know how to put pads on three years ago until he was given his chance this season. And he seized control quickly and very effectively. From not playing meaningful reps outside of special teams to becoming the starter on the weak side defensive line is very impressive.
Most surprising player – Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah
Again, he gets the award here. From a track athlete with no knowledge of football to a 1st or 2nd round draft pick in only three years is an unbelievable story and certainly surprised all of Cougar Nation.
New comer of the year – Jamaal Williams
We heard he was smooth and elusive, but freshmen never get a good shake at BYU. An unfortunate injury to Michael Alisa against Hawaii clears the path for Williams to take over and he did so in dominating fashion, returning hope to BYU faithful that the running back position at BYU is in good hands for several more years.
Game of the year – Georgia Tech
If this were “Best win” it would go to the Utah State game or even the San Diego State game, but game of the year has to be the game in which everyone expected a let down after the brutal loss to Notre Dame. But Mendenhall’s team was prepared and it was the one game all season where you saw Bronco’s boys prepared to play every possession from every position from kickoff to final whistle.
Offensive MVP – Cody Hoffman
How could it not be? 100 receptions and over 1000 yards receiving for the first time in his career and first time at BYU since Austin Collie did it 2009. And to make it even better, he is coming back to play in a new system that will be designed to help his quarterback be a more effective thrower. Hoffman has to be salivating now.
Defensive POY – Kyle Van Noy
He’s such a special talent that is rarely seen anywhere, much less at BYU. His ability to single-handedly take over a game from the linebacker position is amazing.
Special Teams POY – Riley Stephenson
If quarterback version Riley had thrown four fewer INTs while trying to “make something happen” and allowed punting version Riley to punt, BYU could have won at least two more games. That’s how good Stephenson was keeping opponents with lots of green to work with. And his work in the bowl game was nothing short of a work of art.
Team MVP – Kyle Van Noy
You could make a case for Cody Hoffman, but its hard to be the top dog from a position so dependent upon someone else giving you the ball while Van Noy was able to make plays happen from his position all season long.