In the event you’re tired of rehashing the Indiana upset, here’s something for you that’s completely different. Danny Trevathan has been honored by the College Football Performance Awards for the ‘Strongest Linebacker Performance’ of the 2011 season. He was recognized several times over the course of the season by the awards, and played well enough for them to say that he had the best year of any linebacker in college football. Here’s what they said about honoring Trevathan:
“The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients — selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
“After an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it was determined that you finished the 2011 season with the strongest linebacker performance in D-I FBS college football. As a result, your performance satisfies the strict criteria CFPA established for recognition.
“On behalf of everyone at CFPA — Assistant Director Harold A. Smith, M.D., Academic Review Chair Paul Studtmann, Ph.D., Associate Director Kyle Mauk, M.D, and academic review associates, including former Science Advisor to President Obama, Lawrence Krauss, Ph.D., please accept our sincerest congratulations.”
“Congratulations to Danny Trevathan, recipient of the 2011 CFPA Linebacker Trophy,” Smith said. “Trevathan earned the honor with his superlative on-field performance, notably in tackling and creating turnovers against strong opponents.”
That’s pretty high praise, and well-deserved, for a guy who had a fantastic season but was overlooked too often because of Kentucky’s overall struggles. Trevathan is one of the all-time great linebackers in the history of UK, ranking tenth on the all-time tackles list and anchoring the defensive unit for much of his time in Lexington. He deserves every bit of praise he can get and replacing him will be an extremely tall order as he makes the transition to play on Sundays next season. Congratulations to him on the award.