It’s officially college football award season.
Thursday night Max Duffy will be in Atlanta to accept the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter. It’s not official yet, but come on. If Duffy does not win the award it will be a crime against humanity. The same goes for Lynn Bowden and the Hornung Award.
The week began with All-SEC honors from the AP and Pro Football Focus. Logan Stenberg received first team and third team nods respectively, although he doesn’t get too worked up over the process.
“No, not really. I’m being honest with y’all,” he said Sunday. “All I see is on Twitter like ‘Oh you know, Kentucky’s offensive line up for Joe Moore Award.’ I have absolutely no idea what that entails or how we got recommended for that or anything, but hey, I hope we win it. That’d be cool.”
There aren’t selfish motives to win the Joe Moore Award. Stenberg wants his unit to earn the honor for his coach, John Schlarman.
“It would be huge. Growing up in Coach Schlarman’s position room for these past five years has been great. I think it would just be honestly perfect to give that back to him and show him like, ‘Hey man, all of this hard work, all of this stuff you’re going through it paid off,” and we appreciate him. It would mean everything to us.”
A man Stenberg has blocked a few times in practice, Calvin Taylor Jr., isn’t up for any postseason awards. However, PFF’s third team All-SEC defensive lineman could retake the SEC lead in sacks with two in the Belk Bowl.
“I definitely want to go in and get them,” said Taylor, “but you know, I’m just a team guy so whatever spots our coach puts me in because when you start pushing, you kind of get out of position and just kind of play selfishly. So, I always pride myself on being selfless and doing whatever comes with the team. If it falls within the scheme, then so be it.”
The two seniors spoke shortly after learning Virginia Tech would be their Belk Bowl opponent. Neither knew exactly what this Tech team will bring to Charlotte at the end of the month.
“They have a very storied program,” Taylor said. “It’s definitely a notable program so just getting on the national stage and being able to show how we fare against other teams is always important.”
Virginia Tech has a brand name, one that plays in the ACC. Stenberg enjoyed his last experience against an ACC team. When asked which conference is better, Stenberg was straight, to the point.
“I think history speaks for itself. I think we’re a pretty dominant program and dominant conference, so that’s about all I’ll say on that.”