The 2013 OurDailyBears Season Awards

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ODB proudly presents the 2013-2014 Baylor Football season awards as voted by an "expert" panel chosen for their expertise in all things Baylor.

About 10 days ago, I sent a mass communique to all of ODB's contributors, both football and otherwise, for their selections for the 2013 OurDailyBears Season Awards.  I've now managed to include all of ODB's contributors in the voting, and if you want to be a part of this next year, you should probably email me and talk about it.

In going back and forth in our emails, we eventually settled on the following categories for the first-ever ODB Awards.  This is something I've wanted to do in seasons past and never put together, so I'm proud to bring it to you now.  I'll introduce each of the categories first, then at the bottom of the post there will be a chart listing how everyone voted in every category except "Best Moment."  There the responses were just a bit too long to fit into the chart itself.  Without further ado...

The 2013 OurDailyBears Season Awards!

Team MVP -- QB Bryce Petty

The voting for this one was pretty straightforward.  We had 9 respondents, 7 of whom voted for Petty.  One other vote went to Tevin Reese.  I suppose when you throw down the following stats, you deserve a nod for Team MVP, even if you are robbed as a Heisman finalist.


Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
2013 - Bryce Petty 12 93.0 221 357 61.9 3854 321.2 10.8 30 2 83 192 16 2.3 11 - -

Offensive Player of the Year -- QB Bryce Petty

Surprise!  It's Bryce Petty again.  This time he received 9 of 10 votes for the award.  Once again the other went to Tevin Reese.  Because Bryce's stats have already been included, now is a good time for Tevin's, I'd say.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
7 33 824 117.7 25.0 8 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Tevin is listed as having appeared in 7 games because he was injured before catching a pass vs. Oklahoma.  What might have been...

Defensive Player of the Year -- LB Eddie Lackey

Baylor's senior All-Big 12 performer at LB earns the nod with 8 of 10 votes.  Ahmad Dixon and K.J. Morton both received one vote to tie for second place.


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Total Solo TFL
2013 - Eddie Lackey 12 4.5 50 2 54 1 97 58 13.5

I have no qualms with this.

Special Teams Player of the Year -- WR/KR Levi Norwood

The only unanimous selection in our entire voting, and he earned it.  Norwood was the star of a slightly-improved Baylor special teams unit in punt returns.  His return against Texas Tech, in particular, probably won him this award.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
12 43 670 55.8 15.6 7 11 223 20.3 32 0 24 241 10.0 58 2

Game of the Year: Baylor vs. Oklahoma

With Hammer's votes now counted, the tie between Baylor vs. OU and Baylor vs. UT has now been broken.  The OU game received 4 votes to UT's 3, leaving 3 more to be split between Iowa State, TCU, and Kansas State.  The links above go to the ODB Game Hubs for each game, where you should be able to find stats, highlights, and everything else that might suit your fancy.  I'll keep the gifs from each of the top two selections in place because I like them.

Worthy choices, all.

Play of the Year: TIE -- Seastrunk 80-yard TD vs. WVU, Burt INT vs. TCU

The voting for this award was particularly scattered; no single play earned more than 2 votes and 7 different plays were represented in the voting.  The top 2:

Check the chart below for links to the other plays receiving votes.

Offensive Lineman of the Year:  LG Cyril Richardson

I expected this one to be unanimous, but two votes snuck in for Spencer Drango and caught me off guard.  I don't have any stats for Cyril to show you other than those Hammer has done all year, but I do have this:

Defensive Lineman of the Year: DE Chris McAllister

McAllister took 7 of 10 votes for this award, leaving 3 for true freshman Andrew Billings and sophomore Beau Blackshear to split between them.


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Total Solo TFL
2013 - Chris McAllister 12 6 42 1 25 1 39 22 11.5

Favorite Uniform: Chrome Helmet, Black Jerseys/Pants

This was the combination we wore in the game against West Virginia, a.k.a. the debut of the chrome helmets.

Let me add that by far my least favorite was the Black/White/Black combo vs. Oklahoma State, and it really has nothing to do with the game at all.  I promise.

Most Improved: CB K.J. Morton

KJ took the "Most Improved" title on his strength in run support all season, his continued dominance of Case McCoy, and, oh yeah, possibly the best interception I've ever seen.  Andrew Billings received 2 votes, presumably from the "improved most through the season" voters, and the last 4 went to Goodley, Clay Fuller, Sam Holl, and Blackshear, respectively.  K.J's interception:


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Total Solo TFL
2013 - K.J. Morton 2 1.5 10 3 61 0* 46 35 6.5

*Should have been 1.

Breakout Player: WR Antwan Goodley

When you lead your team in all-purpose yards on the season with 1355, including 1319 receiving in your first year as a go-to threat, you're probably going to win a Breakout award or two.  Redshirt freshman RB Rashodrick Linwood received 3 votes, followed by ODB favorite Shawn Oakman's 2.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
12 67 1319 110.8 19.7 13 1 25 25.0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0

Unsung Hero: NB Sam Holl

I was very glad to be able to cast the third vote for Holl in this award.  Others receiving votes included sophomore safety Terell Burt, sophomore OT Spencer Drango, the combination of freshman DTs in Andrew Billings and Byron Bonds, senior jack-of-all-trades OL Kelvin Palmer, and senior defenders Morton and Lackey.


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Total Solo TFL
2013 - Sam Holl 12 3.5 15 1 17 0 57 35 10.0

Holl got my vote for finding his place in our defense at nickelback.  I wrote extensively before this season about how the Holl-Dixon switch could backfire on the Bears, and instead both excelled in their new spots. 

Most Missed: TIE -- S Ahmad Dixon, OG Cyril Richardson

Dixon and Cyril managed to tie for this award with 3 votes apiece, followed by Demetri Goodson with 2.  Senior RB Glasco Martin picked up a vote, as did Lackey. From last season, but whatever...

I like to think that he's saying he'll miss us, too.

*****

So there they are, the 2013 ODB Season Awards.  Contributors, since this post was already 1600+ words, I decided not to include the "Best Moments" submissions.  If you like, please post them in the comments!

The Voting

The acronym "OY" means "of the year." So "POY" means "Player of the Year."

ODB 2013 Season Awards Peter Pope
Ted Harrison
Prashanth Francis
Kate Morrison
Amy Pagitt
Miles Kelly
David Fankhauser
Matt Wilson
Mark Seymour
Hammer
Team MVP
Reese
Petty Petty Petty Petty Unknown Petty Petty Petty Reese
OFF POY
Petty
Petty Petty Reese Petty Petty Petty Petty Petty Petty
DEF POY
Dixon
Lackey Lackey Morton Lackey Lackey Lackey Lackey Lackey Lackey
Special Teams POY
Norwood
Norwood Norwood Norwood Norwood Norwood Norwood Norwood Norwood Norwood
Game OY
ISU Texas OU OU Texas TCU KSU Texas OU OU
Play OY
Seastrunk 80-yard TD vs. WVU Goodley stiff-arm vs. KSU Seastrunk 80-yard TD vs. WVU Reese "Houdini" vs. WVU Coleman's block vs. KSU Burt INT vs. TCU Burt INT vs. TCU Morton INT vs. Tech Reese 93-yard TD vs. KSU Dixon INT vs. KSU
OLOY Cyril Cyril Cyril Cyril Cyril Cyril Cyril Drango Cyril Drango
DLOY
Blackshear
Billings McAllister Billings McAllister McAllister McAllister McAllister McAllister Billings
Favorite Uniform
Blackout Blackout Chrome w/ Black Chrome w/ black Chrome w/ black Blackout Chrome w/ black Chrome w/ pickle Chrome w/ black Throwback
Most Improved
Morton
Goodley Billings Morton Billings Morton Fuller Blackshear Morton Holl
Breakout Player
Goodley
Linwood Goodley Oakman Goodley Oakman Linwood Linwood Goodley Goodley
Unsung Hero
Lackey
Morton Burt Drango Unknown Billings / Bonds Holl Holl Holl Palmer
Most Missed
Goodson
Dixon Goodson Glasco Lackey Dixon Cyril Cyril Dixon Richardson

Feel free to give us your own take in the comments for all of the categories listed plus any you might otherwise formulate.  If you have questions about any of the categories/choices, shoot them our way.  I'll tell you now that I left my explanations for the categories purposefully open-ended to get as many viewpoints as possible.

Also, we're eventually going to do ODB Blog Awards for this year, so be thinking about potential candidates/nominations for things like Best Comment, Best Post, and the like.  All in good fun, obviously.

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