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.
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
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
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
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
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
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%
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.
Watching Travis Hunter at Colorado will be a blast pic.twitter.com/ajjCSzfzkX
— Joshua Ray/JSN HIVE (@Josh_Ray_A) August 16, 2023
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
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.
Ohio State DE J.T. Tuimoloau vs. Penn State today:
1 forced fumble
Sheesh 😤 pic.twitter.com/r0FVbgLZby
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 29, 2022
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
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
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
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.
— Thumser (@JeffreyThumser) August 16, 2023
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
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.
Born too late for Randy Moss
Born too young for Jerry Rice
But just in time for Marvin Harrison Jr. pic.twitter.com/r8lRafUOWR
— 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙯🦁 (@vStormzWrld) August 20, 2023
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
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.
Here’s 5 minutes of Ole Miss RB Quinshon Judkins.
Reminder, he was a true freshman last season and he broke the Rebels single season rushing record (1567) but also had 17 TDs. 🍿
Get ready for season 2. pic.twitter.com/im0wXZhbEK
— JWP Sports / CFBAlerts (@JWPSports) July 13, 2023
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
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
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
Virginia Union University RB Jada Byers Finalist for Harlon-Hill Award (The Heisman Award of D2)pic.twitter.com/9PPncx7RrI
— HBCU Premier Sports & More (@HBCUSports1) December 2, 2022
2023 Projected Stats: 2,500 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns
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
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
FCS Player To Watch 📈:
Michael Hiers, QB, Samford
3544 Passing Yds | 163 Rushing Yds | 39 Total TDs
• SoCon OPOY
• All-SoCon 1st Team Offense
• FCS Stats 2nd Team All-American
• AP FCS 3rd Team All-American
— LIGHT ON COLLEGE SPORTS (@LightOnSports) June 21, 2023
2023 Projected Stats: 4,020 passing yards for 50 passing touchdowns; 200 rushing yards for 4 rushing touchdowns
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.
Harold Perkins is going to be so good🐯
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 12, 2022
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
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
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