J.Pike's Ballot: Sproles/Sauerbrun Award

There were more qualified candidates for the Sproles/Sauerbrun award than any other award this year. The three names on my ballot are all deserving for entirely different reasons.

Derrick Williams had limited opportunities to return kicks, but he managed to score three touchdowns on his 36 returns. Louie Sakoda nearly got my top vote with his clutch kicking. Sakoda was an integral part to Utah's perfect 12-0 regular season as the kicker and punter.

But I ended up voting for Brandon James because every time he fielded a punt or a kick it seemed like a highlight was right around the corner. James averaged over 14 yards per punt return and took two back to the house. He provided a spark to Florida's special teams that made the unit every bit as explosive as the Gator offense. And I'm guessing James is licking his chops looking at all the holes in the Oklahoma coverage teams for the upcoming national championship game.

Brandon James
(Junior PR/KR, Florida)

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