If Mountaineers are going back to the BCS this season, they will need Smith to have a epic year. Considering we are picking WVU to win the league, it only makes sense he wins this award.
Others Considered: Zach Collaros, Ray Graham
Quarterback of the Year: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Others Considered: Zach Collaros
Running Back of the Year: Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
Last year's breakout star is looking for an even bigger 2011. It should happen now that he is the lone star in the Panther backfield. Look for Graham to be active in the passing game as well.
Others Considered: Isaiah Pead, Victor Anderson
Wide Receiver of the Year: Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Many are expecting Justin Blackmon-like numbers for Austin in the Dana Holgorsen system. Though smaller in size, Austin can go get it anywhere, and will plenty this season.
Others Considered: Mohammed Sanu, Mark Harrison, Mike Shanahan, D.J. Woods
Tight End of the Year: Josh Chichester, Louisville
This is a bit of a reach, but Chichester easily has the most potential at this position. The former wideout should be used more often in 2011, and his size makes him nearly impossible to defend.
Others Considered: Nick Provo, Ryan Griffin
Lineman of the Year: Moe Petrus, Connecticut
Hard to go against a guy that has started every game of his career. Look for him to be a multiple award-winner at the end of this season.
Others Considered: Justin Pugh, Mike Ryan
Place Kicker of the Year: Dave Teggart, Connecticut
This man has ice in his veins. The most clutch kicker in the league is poised for another big year, especially with an offense that won't find the end zone too often.
Others Considered: Ross Krautman, Chris Philpott