Since we are on RBs:
Benson..no, not even the best player on his team...that would be DJ!
Peterson has solid numbersdespite the fact that OU spreads the ball....Benson is the main focus of UT....don't even mention VYoung!
JJ Arrington is my candidate (RB that is). 1845 yrds, 7.0 avg, 14 TDs..played big in big games, most consistent (11 straight 100 yrd games, 7 - 150+ yrd games, scored in 9 of 11 games (3 multiple TD games). On a top team, in a top division. Carried team when star QB struggled.
It all depends on the criteria you set. Is it the QB of the top team? Best player overall (no matter position, class, or team/conference)?
I would love to see both pairs from USC & OU split the votes, and Alex Smith win it. That guy IS the reason Utah is where they are, not so much the coach as it is the player executing the plays.
Look at Alex Smith's numbers:
120- 563 yrds (4.7 avg)
Team is 11-0 ranked in top 10 (BCS & Polls).
To me, he is the best player, hands down.
As for the West Coast media...come on, everyone knows that the voting lies with the East Coast!
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