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Let’s hand out some hardware for the football team

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Now that Oklahoma State’s bowl game has come and gone and we’ve had some time to finish digesting the whole season, it’s time to hand out some end-of-the-year hardware.

Let me introduce the Football CRFF Awards. I polled the CRFF staff to decide which players and coaches deserved some end-of-the-year awards. Some were close races, some were blow-outs, all were deserved.

OFFENSIVE MVP

Winner: Mason Rudolph

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Christopher Snodgress - “Justice Hill had a fantastic freshman season, and James Washington is an absolute beast, but this offense runs through Rudolph. When he's on (like the Alamo Bowl), this offense operates at an extremely high level. He wasn't perfect, and he definitely has areas in which to improve, but Mason is clearly the most valuable member of this offense. His decision to return for his senior year is a HUGE plus for the 2017 season. By the end of this season, I would have been completely confident in the running game if Hill had to miss a game or in the receiving corps if Washington missed time (like the Alamo Bowl), but I have zero faith in this offense operating without Mason Rudolph.”

Honorable Mention: Justice Hill


DEFENSIVE MVP

Winner: Jordan Sterns

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Joel Penfield - “This could very easily have been Vincent Taylor, but I'm going to give it to Sterns. He's had 3 consecutive 100+ tackle seasons, which is incredible. He has been a constant force throughout his career, and he'll be greatly missed next season.”

Honorable Mention: Vincent Taylor


COMEBACK PLAYER

Winner: Chris Carson

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Austin Higgs - “After failing to meet (insanely) high expectations during his first season in Stillwater, Carson came back as a man on a mission. As good a Justice Hill was for the Cowboys, Carson was truly the complete package in the backfield. He was great in goal line situations, he was our best receiving option out of the backfield, and he did a good job at getting a body on blitzing linebackers. Chris Carson is a BEAST. “

Honorable Mention: Ashton Lampkin, Offensive Line


BEST FRESHMAN

Winner: Justice Hill

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Phillip Slavin - “This was a unanimous decision. Obviously. Hill might go down as the greatest true Freshman to ever put on the Orange and Black after setting the rookie rushing record. He should also end the season with the most rushing yards by a freshman across FBS. I realize the Offensive Line has been improved and got better as the season went on, but Hill deserves a TON of credit for the way he ran this year. Can’t wait to see what he does for an encore in 2017!”


BEST ASSISTANT COACH

Winner: Greg Adkins - Offensive Line

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Brodie Smith - “Aside from the perennial worries about the defense OSU will roll out, the Cowboys had no bigger question mark than the offensive line. Adkins was able to pull this group into a solid front that gave Rudolph time in the pocket and allowed for the emergence of Hill coming out of the backfield. While still not a strength for the Pokes, another year for these players to grow—with an arsenal of weapons returning in 2017—will give Adkins another opportunity to shine.”

Honorable Mention: Marcus Arroyo, Rob Glass, Mike Yurcich


BEST GAME

Winner: Oklahoma State 43 - Kansas State 37

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Christopher - “I'm pretty sure I died like three times during that game. Back and forth, not a moment of comfort to be found for either team, right down to the last play. Classic.”

Honorable Mention: Homecoming vs West Virginia, Alamo Bowl vs Colorado


UNDERCLASSMAN TO WATCH IN 2017

Winner: Dillon Stoner

Phillip - “He only saw the field a few times before an ankle injury forced him to get surgery and miss most of the season. While he only made 5 catches, he showed some athleticism. Add to it, he saw the field as a true freshman. Gundy and Co. saw something in him. We only got a glimpse of it. I can’t wait to see more.”

Honorable Mention: Justice Hill, Cowboy Back Replacements


PLAYER YOU’LL MISS THE MOST IN 2017

Winner: Jordan Sterns

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Tyler Wiederhoeft - “don't get me wrong, I am gonna miss big Vincent Taylor, but I'm not as worried about the defensive line next year as I am about the secondary. Glenn Spencer is desperately going to miss the captain of that defense, and is going to need help filling up the giant hole left by Sterns graduating.”

Honorable Mention: Zac Veatch, Blake Jarwin, Vincent Taylor


FUNNIEST MOMENT

Winner: Gundy Dodging The Gatorade

Tyler - “I'd have to say the funniest moment happened in the bowl game. Rudolph and Sterns went for the traditional Gatorade dump on Coach Gundy, but the luscious Arkansas Waterfall must have gave Gundy some heightened senses, because he was able to dodge it with minimal damage.”

Honorable Mention: Rudolph, Mayfield, and Monken’s Quotes on Gundy’s Mullet


BEST TWITTER FOLLOW

Winner: Marcus Arroyo

Joel - “He is an excellent coach and recruiter, Oklahoma State is very lucky to have him! I can't wait to see more #RareBreeds in Stillwater in the coming years.”


BEST HAIR

Winner: Mike Gundy

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Austin - “Duh!”

Honorable Mention: Ramon Richards, Kasey Dunn