Part V: The Award Goes To...

Now that offensive and defensive awards have been given out, it's time to issue the overall team awards following Big 12 play.

Most Valuable Player goes to the most important player to the team. Who else would it be? Sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy Winner, has been sensational all year. Continually, he has proved himself worthy as the best quarterback and player in the nation. His statistics are absolutely unprecedented with his 48 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He has shown an unbelievable amount of poise in leading the Sooners back from that early October loss against Texas to the National Championship Game.

Mr. Team goes to the player that has most exhibited team play and modesty about himself. This one could easily go to Bradford, too. But there's someone else that proves just as worthy. Sophomore defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is all about helping out his team, and he's just as good a guy off the field. During basketball games, one can see him sitting in the stands willing to sign autographs for all the kids that come up to him. A lot goes unsaid about guys that value their team more than themselves, and OU has a lot of them this year.

Best Overall Group goes to the offense, defense or special teams, the group that has performed the best and most consistently throughout the season. The special teams has had its share of struggles throughout the season, and everyone knows that. The defense has lost a lot of players, but they have battled through them and become a cohesive unit by the end of the season. But, in an easy decision, the offense has been unstoppable all year. The group that everyone is calling a "video game offense" is leading the nation with 54 points per game and has set a modern-era record for the most points scored at 702 going into the BCS National Championship.

Most Spectacular Play is awarded for the best single play this year. This is a difficult one because of all the unbelievable plays the offense made this year. One that sticks out is a tipped-ball by junior tight end Jermaine Gresham that redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles snagged for a touchdown against Texas. Another is the tip off senior wide receiver Manuel Johnson that Gresham caught and took to the end zone against Oklahoma State. But the most spectacular play, given the environment and importance of the game, was when Johnson snatched a 66-yard pass with one hand and took it in for a huge score against then-No. 2 Texas Tech.

Play of Heart goes to the single play that demonstrated the most heart, hustle and desire. When Bradford tore ligaments in his thumb against Oklahoma State, he took his game to another level. Perhaps a defining moment in his Heisman campaign came on a late third quarter drive against the Cowboys when he took a 3rd-and-goal play and scrambled around the outside, lunged for the pylon and fell just short at the one, but he demonstrated a level of character few have on that particular play. The Sooners scored on the next play after he fumbled the snap but remained poised and ran it in.


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