Sophomore RB Cedric Benson: Doak Walker Award (nations best running back)
The 2001 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year was also the first freshman running back in UT history to rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,053). In seven starts, he also set freshman records for touchdowns (12) and carries (223).
"The bottom line on Cedric is that hes productive," said senior RCB Rod Babers. "When he first reported last year, I expected a really big guy (Benson is 60", 205) but the biggest thing about Cedric is his vision. He sees the entire field. He always makes positive yardage; he hardly ever gets thrown for a loss. Cedric Benson helps us win games period."
Senior OLT Robbie Doane: Outland trophy (nations outstanding interior lineman)
Senior ORG Derrick Dockery: Outland trophy (nations outstanding interior lineman); Lombardi Award (nations outstanding lineman)
Sophomore WLB Derrick Johnson: Butkus Award (nations outstanding linebacker); Nagurski Award (nations outstanding defensive player)
Sophomore PK Dusty Magnum: Lou Groza Award (nations best place-kicker)
Senior LDE Cory Redding: Lombardi Award (nations outstanding lineman); Nagurski Award (nations outstanding defensive player)
Senior QB Chris Simms: Davey OBrien Award (nations outstanding QB)
"People like to hate on me, but they still put me on their lists," Simms laughed. "They say I stink but they still put me on their lists."
Junior SE Roy Williams: Biletnikoff Award (nations best receiver)
MOVIN' ON UP
Im reading the current edition of Playboy, but Im doing it for you. (Did you know that there are like, articles in this magazine?). It says here that Mack Brown is the sexiest coach in America. Actually, the way its phrased is that the good people at the Playboy mansion have tagged Brown as their preseason pick for NCAA National Coach of the Year. Theyve also listed Redding and Dockery as preseason All-Americans.
The Playboy philosophy this season includes Texas as its preseason choice to claim its fourth national title, but first since 1970. It is not the only publication released this past weekend picking Texas to win it all. The Sunday edition of The New York Times, featuring Brown and Simms as sports section cover boys, picked Texas to win the national championship.
Texas also jumped a spot to No. 3 in the latest AP (writers) poll released Monday, trailing only Miami and Oklahoma tied for the top spot. It represents Texas highest preseason ranking since 1983.