Other major award winners, as selected by Tom Dienhart and Matt Hayes, are Kansas' Mark Mangino as coach of the year and Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford as freshman of the year:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Darren McFadden RB, Arkansas, Jr.
McFadden entered every game as a marked man. Stop him and you'll beat Arkansas, coaches preached. Easier said than done. McFadden is big. He's fast. Oh, and he throws touchdown passes, too.
McFadden is the quintessential one-man gang. He ranked fourth in the nation with 1,725 rushing yards -- and he tossed four touchdown passes. He was at his best in games against South Carolina (when he tied the SEC single-game rushing mark with 321 yards and also had a TD pass) and No. 1 LSU (206 yards rushing with three TDs and 34 yards passing with one TD). McFadden, simply, is the best.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mark Mangino, Kansas
No one believed, and that was OK. Mangino knew. He knew he had a team capable of doing special things. Mangino delivered big time, guiding his Jayhawks as high as a No. 2 ranking behind the play of savvy sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing and a sum-is-greater-than-its-parts defense.
The result: The 11-1 Jayhawks are going to KU's first Orange Bowl since the 1968 season -- and its first BCS bowl game ever.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
Bradford won a three-man battle for the starting job and went on to set an NCAA freshman standard for touchdown passes with 34. Even better, he led the nation in passing efficiency.
How important was Bradford to Oklahoma? He missed most of the Texas Tech game with a concussion, and the Sooners lost, a defeat that might have cost them a shot at the BCS championship.
-- Player capsules by Tom Dienhart