Both Michael Floyd and Tyler Eifert have been named semifinalists for positional awards, with Floyd among ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award and Eifert among eight for the Mackey Award.
In alphabetical order, here are the ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top college receiver:
Keenan Allen, Cal
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Patrick Edwards, Houston
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Jordan White, Western Michigan
Robert Woods, USC
Kendall Wright, Baylor
Floyd hasn’t put up the kind of monster stats that some of these guys have, but that he’s a semifinalist goes to show you what else he puts into the game, and how well regarded he is as a weapon nationally. Golden Tate won the Biletnikoff Award in 2009 after a monster season and Oklahoma State’s Blackmon is the reigning winner.
Meanwhile, Eifert is putting up numbers that have him every bit in the mix for the Mackey Award, reminding Irish fans just how good they’ve had it at tight end the last few years. The junior has 51 catches for 589 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season and is among eight semifinalists for the award to the nation’s top tight end.
Dwayne Allen, Clemson
Orson Charles, Georgia
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Coby Fleener, Stanford
Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Nick Provo, Syracuse
Eifert leads the group in catches and yards, so you’ve got to think he’s a frontrunner for the award, crazy when you consider where he was just last year. Filing in for an injured Kyle Rudolph, Eifert was the “next man in,” and he opened the year as a real wildcard after missing his first season with a major back injury. That he’s now an early flight risk to the NFL says a ton about his development and the work he’s put in.
Not to be completely out done, Tommy Rees and David Ruffer were named the offensive and special teams independent players of the week for their work against Maryland last weekend.
Here’s what the NCAA’s website had to say about the two:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees
A sophomore from Lake Forest, Ill., Rees set a season high for pass completions in leading Notre Dame to a 45-21 win over Maryland on a neutral field in Landover, Md. Rees completed 30-of-38 pass attempts for 296 yards and two touchdowns, his 18th and 19th passing TDs on the season. Rees’ 19 touchdown passes move him into a tie for fifth place on the Fighting Irish single-season list, while his 31 career TD passes are tied for sixth place on Notre Dame’s career scoring toss tally.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame PK David Ruffer
A fifth-year senior from Oakton, Va., Ruffer’s career-long 52-yard field goal was among the highlights in Notre Dame’s 45-21 win over Maryland at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Ruffer’s personal record-setter gives him three career field goals of 50 yards or longer, making him only the second Irish kicker with three or more FGs of at least 50 yards. Ruffer has now connected on five consecutive three-point attempts; against the Terrapins, he was also a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs.