The MVOP Award goes to the Most Valuable Offensive Player—Sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford takes this award with him on his way to the Heisman Trophy Ceremony Saturday night at 8 p.m. Bradford has been incredible all year, staying poised all the time and completing passes in the pocket consistently as well as scrambling and staying accurate when throwing on the run. He has thrown for over 4,400 yards and 48 touchdowns, tossing only six picks all season. He has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, and all of this has added up to a sizzling 186.29 quarterback ranking. Let's just say he may well be the best quarterback ever at OU.
The Freshman Phenom Award goes to the most surprising first year player—Many knew before the season whom redshirt freshman wide receiver Ryan Broyles was, but for all the wrong reasons. Broyles was sidelined for the 2007-2008 season after he was caught stealing gas from a local convenience store, but he has completely redeemed himself as an option on the perimeter that was overlooked coming into the season. Broyles has been a pleasant surprise for Bradford and the Sooner offense, catching 42 passes for 661 yards and an average of 15.7 yards per reception. He ranks fourth on the team in receptions and also ranks fourth with six touchdown receptions this year. He has the longest play of the year for the Sooners, a 77-yard touchdown reception against Washington.
The Boom Goes The Dynamite Award goes to the Most Explosive Player—Sophomore running back DeMarco Murray has battled back from a knee injury he sustained last year in an onside kick against Texas Tech. He has progressively gotten stronger and stronger throughout the year and peaked in recent weeks. He had four touchdowns against Kansas State, two on the ground and two in the air. He torched Texas A&M for 123 rushing yards and had a receiving touchdown and earned a season high of 125 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns against Texas Tech. In recent weeks, it has been apparent that he has had that "DeMarco-like" explosion back in his arsenal.
The All-State Award goes to the player that has had the safest hands this year—All the Sooners have made some sensational grabs, but it's hard not to give this award to senior wide receiver Manny Johnson. He's a guy that was never really a go-to-guy early in his career as Malcolm Kelly always took a lot of the receptions, but Johnson has stepped up big time this year, catching 38 passes for 685 yards, ranking third on the team in reception yards for the Sooners. With one more score, he will have caught 10 touchdown passes. His defining moment this season was a one-handed, 66-yard touchdown reception against Texas Tech that he made seem almost effortless. He is especially worthy after battling back from an elbow injury and preserving many catches that many average receivers would drop.
The 12th Man Award goes to the most important player off the sidelines—Sophomore running back Mossis Madu made his statement for this award last weekend when he stepped up his game to another level after Murray bruised his knee on the opening kickoff. Madu rushed 15 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns in the contest. His 37-yard touchdown with just less than four minutes to go in the game was the longest rushing touchdown of the season for the Sooners. He has been a solid third back for OU this year, and he needs only 37 more yards to get 500 for the year. That would mean the Sooners have two 1,000-yard rushers and a 500-yard rusher all in the same season to complement their unstoppable passing game.