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  12/01/21 - QB Kenny PickettrSr/2022, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2021 ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt, 52 votes,...Pickett, a senior from Oakhurst, New Jersey, led the Panthers to a spot in this Saturday night's Subway ACC Football Championship Game by completing 67.7% of his passes (314 of 464) for 4,066 yards with 40 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Including his four rushing scores, Pickett has been responsible for 44 touchdowns this season. - ACC Football

(DS#1 QB) rSr/2022 QB Kenny PickettPittsburgh
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  2021 ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State, 53 votes,...Florida State's Johnson registered 12 quarterback sacks and 18 tackles for loss this season, totals which both lead the ACC and rank among the top six nationally. A native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Johnson joined the Seminoles after starring in the JUCO ranks and playing two seasons at Georgia. He finished the season with 70 total tackles, along with 12 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. A semifinalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik Awards, Johnson was selected ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times during the 2021 season. - ACC Football

(DS#1 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Jermaine Johnson IIFlorida State
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  12/01/21 - C Tyler LinderbaumrJr/2023, Iowa, 6-2, 290 (DS#1 C) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN RIMINGTON-PACE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa,...Linderbaum becomes the ninth Hawkeye, and first since Tristin Wirfs in 2019, to win Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. The Solon, Iowa, native has started 33 consecutive games at center for the Hawkeyes after playing as a defensive lineman as a true freshman. Iowa has posted a 26-7 record during that span. The Hawkeyes won their final six games in 2020 and began the 2021 season with six straight wins. He was tabbed a midseason first-team All-American by four outlets, including Associated Press, The Athletic, CBSSports.com and Sporting News. He was named preseason first-team All-Big Ten and preseason first-team All-America by five media outlets. Linderbaum was also named to the Big Ten Conference preseason honors list, as well as the Rimington Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists. He is one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, and one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy. - Iowa Football

(DS#1 C) rJr/2023 C Tyler LinderbaumIowa
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  2021 BIG TEN AMECHE-DAYNE RUNNING BACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State,...Walker has led the Big Ten in rushing all season and currently leads the conference and ranks second in the FBS with 1,636 rushing yards (136.2 ypg). He leads the FBS in rushing yards after contact (1,154), 20-plus yard carries (21) and missed forced tackles (89), and also ranks among the nation's leaders in 10-plus yard carries (tied for second with 46), total touchdowns (tied for fourth with 19), rushing touchdowns (tied for fifth with 18), yards from scrimmage (sixth with 143.8 ypg), all-purpose yards (eighth with 143.8 ypg) and yards per carry (14th with 6.2 avg.). - Michigan State Football

(DS#1 RB) Jr/2023 RB Kenneth Walker IIIMichigan State
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  12/01/21 - QB Kenny PickettrSr/2022, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2021 ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt, 54 52 votes,...Also voted the ACC Offensive Player of the Year for this season, Pickett is a finalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Maxwell Award and Senior CLASS Award. He is a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Award. Pickett is one touchdown pass shy of the ACC record set by Clemson's Deshaun Watson over a 15-game span in 2016. Pickett has thrown 79 career touchdown passes, tied for the most in Pitt history with the legendary Dan Marino. - ACC Football

(DS#1 QB) rSr/2022 QB Kenny PickettPittsburgh
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  12/01/21 - QB C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN GRAHAM-GEORGE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud is the first ever from the Big Ten to earn offensive player of the year and freshman of the year in the same season. Additionally: no one has won all three awards in the same year. Stroud is the sixth consecutive quarterback from Ohio State to be named quarterback of the year, and he is the fourth consecutive Buckeye to double-up as quarterback and offensive player of the year. - Ohio State Football

(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  12/01/21 - QB Tyler Van DykerFr/2025, Miami (FL), 6-3, 224 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  2021 ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami, 48 votes,...Van Dyke was voted the ACC Rookie of the Week five of the final six weeks of the regular season after being forced into the starting lineup due to a season-ending injury to starter D'Eriq King. The Glastonbury, Connecticut, native appeared in 10 games overall, completing 62.3 percent of his passes (202 of 324) for 2,931 yards and 25 touchdowns. - ACC Football

(DS#8 QB) rFr/2025 QB Tyler Van DykeMiami (FL)
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  12/01/21 - WR David BellJr/2023, Purdue, 6-2, 205 (DS#6 WR) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN RICHTER-HOWARD RECEIVER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): David Bell, Purdue,...Bell became the second Purdue wide receiver to be selected as the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, joining Rondale Moore, who won the award in 2018. The honor is named after Big Ten legends Pat Richter (Wisconsin) and Desmond Howard (Michigan). One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Bell has been one of the best receivers nationwide. The Indianapolis native leads the Big Ten in catches per game (8.5) and receiving yards per game (116.9), ranking second and fourth in the country, respectively. With 1,286 receiving yards on the year, Bell is just 21 yards shy of the school record for a single season.

Eclipsing the 100-yard plateau in seven of his 11 games this season, Bell has set a new Purdue record with 17 career 100-yard receiving games. He also ranks in the school's all-time Top 10 for receptions (4th), receiving yards (5th) and receiving touchdowns (T-5th). Bell is averaging an FBS-leading 101.6 receiving yards per game for his career, the only active receiver in triple digits. His 8.0 receptions per game is currently the 2nd-most for an active NCAA career. - Purdue Football


(DS#6 WR) Jr/2023 WR David BellPurdue
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  12/01/21 - FS Andrew MukubaFr/2025, Clemson, 6-0, 185 (DS#5 FS) + More +

  2021 ACC DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Andrew Mukuba, S, Clemson, 28 votes,...Clemson's Mukuba appeared in all 12 regular-season games for the Tigers this season, including nine starts, while playing 523 snaps. A native of Zimbabwe who now calls Austin, Texas, home, Mukuba became the first true freshman defensive back to start a season opener for Clemson (according to records dating back to 1973) when he took the field versus then-No. 5 Georgia on Sept. 4. Mukuba made eight tackles and broke up a pass versus the Bulldogs and went on to finish the regular season with 52 tackles while breaking up nine passes. He earned Freshman All-America honors from the Maxwell Football Club. - ACC Football

(DS#5 FS) Fr/2025 FS Andrew MukubaClemson
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  12/01/21 - QB C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN GRIESE-BREES QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Individually, Stroud currently has the best Ohio State single season marks for passing efficiency (182.2), completion pct. (70.9) and passing yards per game (351.1). His 3,862 passing yards ranks second in school history and his 38 touchdown passes rank third. - Ohio State Football

(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  12/01/21 - QB Tyler Van DykerFr/2025, Miami (FL), 6-3, 224 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  2021 ACC OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami, 50 votes,...Van Dyke's closing run included six consecutive weeks in which he passed for more than 300 yards and at least three touchdowns. Van Dyke led the Hurricanes to a 38-34 win over eventual Coastal Division champion Pitt – the No. 17 Panthers' only loss in ACC play – and a 31-30 victory over No. 18 NC State. He was also voted the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year in addition to his overall honor. - ACC Football

(DS#8 QB) rFr/2025 QB Tyler Van DykeMiami (FL)
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  12/01/21 - TE Austin AllenrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-8, 255 (DS#7 TE) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN KWALICK-CLARK TIGHT END OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Austin Allen, Nebraska,...A native of Aurora, Neb., Allen was a first-team all-conference choice by the Big Ten media panel and earned second-team accolades from the Big Ten coaches. Allen is the first Husker position player to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors since 2014, and he is the first Husker tight end to be a first-team all-conference selection since Matt Herian in 2003.

Allen had a record-setting season for a Nebraska tight end in 2021, setting school position records for receptions (38) and yards (602), and a single-game record for receiving yards by a tight end with 143 yards at Wisconsin. Allen led all Big Ten tight ends in receiving yards, and his 15.8 yards per reception ranked sixth nationally among tight ends and bettered all other Big Ten tight ends by more than three yards per catch. - Nebraska Football


(DS#7 TE) rSr/2022 TE Austin AllenNebraska
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  12/01/21 - QB C.J. StroudrFr/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN THOMPSON-RANDLE EL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud, a redshirt freshman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who had not thrown a collegiate pass prior to this season, has led arguably the best offense in the nation with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (551.4 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.5 ppg), and No. 5 in passing offense (364.9 ypg). - Ohio State Football

(DS#2 QB) rFr/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  12/01/21 - CB Ahmad GardnerJr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-2, 200 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  2021 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOFCLAIM DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati,...An FWAA All-America selection last season, Gardner is the first Cincinnati player to earn American Defensive Player of the Year honors after he was selected for the honor by each of the other 10 conference coaches. Gardner leads a Bearcat defense that ranks second nationally in pass efficiency (95.88), second in opponent completion percentage (52.5%), third in interceptions (17), third in fewest passing touchdowns allowed (eight) and third in passing yards allowed (161.5). Gardner, who has never allowed a touchdown reception in his career, has allowed only 14 receptions in coverage on 32 targets in 2021. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#2 CB) Jr/2023 CB Ahmad GardnerCincinnati
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  12/01/21 - CB Marcus JonesrSr/2022, Houston, 5-08, 185 (DS#3 CB) + More +

  2021 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Marcus Jones, KR/PR, Houston,...Jones, who earned FWAA All-America honors last season, is the third Houston player to be named as The American's Special Teams Player of the Year, joining 2013 winner Demarcus Ayers and 2019 winner Dane Roy. Jones averaged 38.0 yards on 11 kickoff returns and 14.4 yards on 25 punt returns and leads all NCAA FBS players with four special teams touchdowns in 2021 (two kickoff returns, two punt returns). - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#3 CB) rSr/2022 CB Marcus JonesHouston
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