Ryan Mallett: 2009 National Performer of the Year?
Reference below, how does any player on an 8-5 team (3-5 in the SEC) that barely won its bowl game merit such an award over the likes of Tebow (13-1), Colt McCoy (13-1), and the Alabama (14-0) running back who won the Heisman?
This kid is good, maybe great if he ever learns to put a touch on the ball and move his feet, but he was hardly the MVP of the Liberty Bowl (15 for 36 41.7% while the unheralded ECU QB threw for more yards) even though the announcers gave it to him, and his play at times in 2009 was mediocre and borderline awful (e.g., am I the only one who remembers his "performance" in the first half of the LSU game?). Oh, well, this is what 24/7/365 coverage by all the ESPN channels has wrought . . .
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After an extensive review of the existing data, literature and evidence (say what?), the College Football Performance Awards has announced Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett as the 2009 National Performer of the Year. (Who or what is the CFPA? Like Hollywood, everyone and his brother now have an award to hand out).
The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. (So, in other words, if Tyler Wilson (who arguably had the best Spring last year) had been the Hog starting QB in 2009, they'd have been 0-12?)
By being named the CFPA National Performer of the Year, Mallett will receive the world's largest crystal football award - the 'Philosopher's Trophy' - a 32 inch K9 optic crystal pyramid with a 13 inch K9 optic crystal football on top.
Mallett finished the 2009 season by matching or breaking 16 different school records. He completed 225-of-403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns with just seven interceptions this past season.
2009 Trophy Recipients:
2009 National Performer of the Year Trophy - Ryan Mallett (Arkansas)
2009 Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy - Adrian Clayborn (Iowa)
2009 Freshman Performer of the Year Trophy - LaMichael James (Oregon)
2009 Quarterback Trophy - Case Keenum (Houston)
2009 Running Back Trophy - Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss)
2009 Wide Receiver Trophy - Golden Tate (Notre Dame), Danario Alexander (Missouri)
2009 Tight End Trophy - Dennis Morris (Louisiana Tech)
2009 Defensive Lineman Trophy - Brandon Graham (Michigan)
2009 Linebacker Trophy - Greg Jones (Michigan State)
2009 Defensive Back Trophy - Earl Thomas (Texas)
2009 Placekicker Trophy - Blair Walsh (Georgia)
2009 Punter Trophy - Drew Butler (Georgia)
2009 Kickoff Specialist Trophy - Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State)
2009 Kickoff Returner Trophy - C.J. Spiller (Clemson)
2009 Punt Returner Trophy - Damian Williams (USC)
2009 Elite Tight End Trophy - Dennis Pitta (BYU)
2009 Elite Running Back Trophy - Jahvid Best (California)
2009 Elite Wide Receiver Trophy - Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green)
2009 Elite Tight End Trophy - Cody Slate (Marshall)