February 27, 2024

On today’s article, we plan to go over everything in the college football landscape, from the Heisman Award given to the nation’s best collegiate football player to the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s best college punter.

As well as even predicting the College Football playoffs final four and who will become the national champions for the 2023-2024 season, we are covering every and all the honors running the gauntlet of the college football world.

So, without ado, Welcome to the CST’s College Football Awards predictions show: To start the festivities, we start with our prediction for the 2023 Broyles Award for best assistant coach in the country.

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2023 Broyles Award Prediction

Florida State Seminoles OC Alex Atkins 

Reasoning: Expecting a big-time season from QB Jordan Travis, Alex Atkins won’t be an unsung hero behind the scenes when helping create a Heisman winning season in the making.

Alex Atkins, an all-around football genius, has a chance to do something special going forward this season.

Current Career Achievements: 2022 Broyles Award finalist

2023 projected record team: 12-1; makes college football playoffs

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2023 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Prediction

Georgia Bulldogs HC Kirby Smart 

Reasoning: Kirby Smart has done everything in the world of college football, except win the national coach of the year award. There’s no better time than now after winning the national championship and leading the Bulldogs back to title contention with a new QB in charge, if anyone deserves this award, It’s Kirby Smart.

Current Career Achievements: 2x College Football National Champion, 2017 George Munger Award, 3x SEC Coach of The Year, 2012 AFCA assistant coach of the year, 2009 Broyles Award winner

Head Coach Coaching Record: 81-15 during 7 seasons at The University of Georgia

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2023 Patrick Mannelly Award Prediction

Oklahoma State Cowboys LS Tanyon “Shea” Freibaum

Social Media: @sheafreibaum

Reasoning: The Patrick Mannelly Award is an award given annually in the United States to the best college football long snapper which absolutely can give advantage one of the best long snapper prospects of all time, 5 star prospect, Tanyon Freibaum.

Current Career Achievements: The best individual charting session ever recorded at Kohl’s Snapping Camp & Scholarship Camp, Under Armour All-American

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2023 Burlsworth Award Prediction

Iowa Hawkeyes DE Jackson Filer

Social Media: @FilerJackson

Reasoning: A former junior college All-American for Iowa Western, Filer’s hard work and elite athleticism can hunt down opposing QBs with ease, he’s a true diamond in the rough that’s ready to make the college football landscape shake.

Current Career Achievements: JUCO All-American, NJCAA defensive player of the year, Iowa Western’s all-time sack leader

2023 Projected Stats: 50 tackles, 8.5 sacks, & 2 fumble recoveries

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2023 Ray Guy Award Prediction

Colorado Buffaloes P Mark Vassett

Social Media: @MarkVassett

Reasoning: Mark Vassett never wanted to play college football after graduating high school in 2014, but his big boot and extraordinary ability to hit the corners might soon make him the best in college. He will bail out Colorado a lot this season.

Current Career Achievements: 2022 Ray Guy Award Watchlist, 2022 All-ACC Honorable Mention

2023 Projected Stats: Average: 51 yards per punt

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2023 Lou Groza Award Prediction

Alabama Crimson Tide K Will Reichard

Social Media: @WillReichard

Reasoning: Expect Will Reichard to be in draft talks after the season he has for Alabama this year, he’s expected to go out in style, and I can’t wait to see the most loved kicker in Alabama history win his first Lou Groza award.


Current Career Achievements:
2018 USA Today All-American, 2020 NCAA All-American, 2022 Second-Team All-SEC

2023 Projected Stats: 30-33 FGs; 90.9%

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2023 Jim Thorpe and Paul Hornung Award Prediction

Colorado Buffaloes CB/WR Travis Hunter

Social Media: @TravisHunterJr

Reasoning: Coached by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, Travis Hunter is one of the best college defensive backs in the nation and you should expect hell this upcoming season when Travis Hunter is locking down your favorite wide receiver on college game-day.

Current Career Achievements: 2022 SWAC Freshman of the Year, & 2022 Second team All-SWAC

2023 Projected Stats: 50 tackles, 12 pass deflections, 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries

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2023 Ted Hendricks Award Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes DE J.T. Tuimoloau

Social Media: @JT_Tuimoloau

Reasoning: Part of the best defensive line duo in college football, the elusive JT Tuimoloau can be explosive like a bomb off the snap of the ball.

Tuimoloau’s work ethic should help with an successful football season this year.

Current Career Achievements: 2019 USA Today High School All-American, 2020 Polynesian Football Player of The Year, 2022 First-Team All-Big Ten

2023 Projected Stats: 57 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 pass deflections, & 1 interception

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2023 Outland Trophy Prediction

Texas Longhorns DT T’Vondre Sweat 

Social Media: @TvondreSweat

Current Career Achievements: 2016 First-team all-district selection as a HS Sophomore

2023 Projected Stats: 28 tackles, 6.5 sacks. 4 forced fumbles, & 1 fumble recovery

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2023 Rimington Award Prediction

Georgia Bulldogs C Sedrick Van Pran

Social Media: @SedrickVanPran

Current Career Achievements: 2022 Second-Team All-SEC, & 2x National Champion

2023 Projected Stats: 10 pancake blocks; 8 games with no sacks allowed

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2023 John Mackey Award Prediction

Georgia Bulldogs TE Brock Bowers

Social Media: @BrockBowers17

Reasoning: Undeniably unstoppable, Brock Bowers is the best prototypical college football tight end since Mark Andrews, Bowers should ease his way onto the John Mackey award just like last year, this time with a new QB in charge.

Bowers is the perfect candidate to repeat as a John Mackey Award Recipient, He’s a pure baller with high level speed for a tight end and will very likely be a top ten NFL Draft pick in 2024.

Current Career Achievements: 2021 SEC Freshman of the Year, 2021 Second-team All-American, 2021 & 2022 First-team All-SEC, 2022 First-team All-American, 2022 John Mackey Award winner, 2x National Champion

2023 Projected Stats: 80 receptions for 1,020 yards; 16 touchdowns

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2023 Biletnikoff Award Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

Social Media: @MarvHarrisonJr

Reasoning: A top 5 pick in next year’s NFL Draft, Marvin Harrison Jr is hands down the best receiver in college football and will cause a season of havoc for defenders everywhere in his wake… especially for the team up north.

Current Career Achievements: 2021 First-team All-Big Ten, 2022 Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year, & 2022 Unanimous All-American

2023 Projected Stats: 88 receptions for 1,500 receiving yards; 17 touchdowns

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2023 Doak Walker Award Prediction

Ole Miss Rebels RB Quinshon Judkins 

Social Media: @qaj4_

Reasoning: The electrifying Quinshon Judkins will soon become a huge heisman contender this year with his amazing playmaking and athleticism in open field play. He’s as elite as they come in the college football landscape.

Current Career Achievements: 2022 Conerly Trophy, 2022 SEC Freshman of the Year, 2022 First-team All-SEC

2023 Projected Stats: 220 rushing attempts for 1,600 rushing yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, & 5 receiving touchdowns

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2023 Gagliardi Trophy Prediction

Indianapolis Greyhounds RB Jon Lewis

Current Career Achievements: 2022 All-America First Team (AFCA), 2022 All-America Second Team (D3Football.com & AP), 2022 All-Region First Team (D3Football.com), 2022 Gagliardi Trophy semifinalist, 2022 All-SAA First Team

2023 Projected Stats: 250 carries for 2,900 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns; 25 receptions for 200 receiving yards

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2023 Harlon Hill Trophy Prediction

Virginia Union Panthers RB Jada Byers

Social Media: @jada_byers3

Current Career Achievements: 2022 Willie Lanier Award winner & 2022 Harlon Hill Finalist

2023 Projected Stats: 2,500 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns

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2023 Buck Buchanan Award Prediction

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks ILB Bryce Norman 

Reasoning: A true rockstar on-and-off the football field, Bryce Norman’s fast paced play allows him to become a absolute nightmare for opposing offenses around the country.

Current Career Achievements: 2021 Second-Team All-OVC and All-Newcomer honors, 2021 Freshman All-America Team and First-Team Phil Steele Freshman All-America, 2022 First-team All-OVC

2023 Projected Stats: 169 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, & 11 passes defended

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2023 Walter Payton Award Prediction

Samford Bulldogs QB Michael Hiers 

Social Media: @MichaelHiers107

Reasoning: With his final season at Samford as a senior student athlete, expect Michael Hiers to win that elusive Walter Payton Award that’s evaded him his whole career, the boy is the true definition of a gunslinger.

Current Career Achievements: 2018 OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, 2021 First Team Fall All-American by JCGridiron.com, 2021 All-Mississippi Gridiron MVP, #1 pro style junior college quarterback in the nation by Rivals

2023 Projected Stats: 4,020 passing yards for 50 passing touchdowns; 200 rushing yards for 4 rushing touchdowns

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Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik & Butkus Award Prediction

LSU Tigers LB Harold Perkins Jr. 

Reasoning: Arguably regarded as the best linebacker in college football since Manti Te’o, Harold Perkins is a completely unstoppable force for the LSU Tigers.

Expect Perkins to become a college football legend after this year of reckoning for offenses everywhere.

Current Career Achievements: 2022 First-team All-SEC

2023 Projected Stats: 112 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and 11 passes deflected

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2023 Davey O’Brien, Maxwell, Walter Camp, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm & Heisman Award Winner Prediction

Florida State Seminoles QB Jordan Travis 

Social Media: @JordanTrav13

Reasoning: After throwing 3,214 passing yards for 24 passing touchdowns last season, expectations are as high as the Mount Everest.

Not only does Jordan Travis have a chance to win the Heisman Trophy, but bring back Florida State to the top of the college football world.

Current Career Achievements: 2022 Second-team All-ACC, 2022 Cheez-It Bowl MVP

2023 Projected Stats: 4,200 passing yards for 41 touchdowns; 205 rushing yards for 9 rushing touchdowns

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Projected 2023 College Football Playoff Final Four

(1) Georgia vs (4) Alabama // (2) Ohio State vs (3) Florida State 

NCAA National Championship Game Final Score: Ohio State (24) Alabama (21) – Game-winning FG in the final seconds thanks to an amazing 1st down catch by Marvin Harrison Jr to put the Ohio State Buckeyes into field goal range.

National Championship Offensive & Defensive MVPs: Offensive: Marvin Harrison Jr // Defensive: Jack Sawyer

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