Part III: The Award Goes To...

This is the first part of a two-part set of offensive awards following the regular season and is the third in a four-part awards series...

The Jacob Gutierrez Award goes to the player that has been the most underrated throughout the season. Blocking, especially from a back, is very often overlooked. But junior fullback Matt Clapp has been there for the Sooners all year. He has produced a little bit on the scoring end, too. Clapp has three touchdown receptions and has nine receptions for 92 yards on the year. He has netted 21 yards on the ground and has started every game for OU this year.

Mr. Consistency goes to the player that has been the most consistent throughout the year. Junior running back Chris Brown has methodically reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the Sooners. He, in fact, is OU's leading rusher with just over 1,100 yards. Brown has 20 touchdowns also to add to his impressive season so far on the ground. And if that's not enough, Brown also has a receiving touchdown and 72 reception yards. Brown has risen well from the No. 3 back last season into a leadership role this year.

Most Dangerous Force goes to the player or group of players that posed the most danger to opponents. The entire offensive line takes this award because of their performance this year. Sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford is an exceptional quarterback, but he would have had a difficult time producing the types of numbers he has if he didn't have the offensive line he has. They are the biggest offensive line in college football and have shown their strength.

The Rising Star Award goes to the player that has improved the most from this point last year to now. Senior wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias has more receiving yards than last year, but that's not where he has improved the most. Iglesias has found the end zone twice as many times this year as last year. He has 10 touchdowns as part of his 69 receptions for nearly 1,100 yards. He has also become one of Bradford's go-to guys this season.

The Safety Valve goes to the receiver that can be counted on more often than anyone else. With his size and athleticism, junior tight end Jermaine Gresham is an extremely difficult target to defend. Gresham was huge in the Sooners' Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State. He had nine receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns in that contest. In the Sooners' last drive before the end of the first half, he made several spectacular catches to keep OU's drive alive and ultimately caught the touchdown to cap off the drive.


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