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Robinson predicts award winners of the SEC

Published 9:15am Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Now after the last two weeks where my cohort Andy and I have told you who is going to win their respective divisions in the SEC (or at least, I have), it is time to move on to other awards.
I will now predict the SEC Players, Coach and Newcomer of the year along with a league and national champ. Enjoy! Or don’t … Either way.
SEC Offensive Player of the Year: AJ McCarron – Johnny Football may have won the Heisman last year, but I am a sucker for a senior QB with a good line and a ton of weapons.
Add in that Alabama’s defense will be stifling enough to allow McCarron to take some shots down the field and I predict that the Mobilian will have year for the ‘Bama record books.
Besides, extra credit usually goes to the player whose team has the best record when voting for such things.
Also, he has a good looking girlfriend.
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney – In the history of no-brainers, nothing is no-brain-ier.
Clowney is a man among boys in a league full of men.
I realize that made no sense, but neither does Clowney nor his cartoonish ability to crush his opponents.
If there was a non-Clowney category for defensive player of the year, I would consider Ole Miss’  Denzel Nkemdiche.
His younger brother, Robert, got all of the recruiting hype, but last year big bro impressed me in SEC play.
SEC Coach of the Year:  Steve Spurrier – Whenever the Gamecocks win the SEC East (and I predict they will), whoever the coach is should win this award.
I also want to give Spurrier accolades in an attempt to keep him coaching for a few more years.
Love him or hate him, college football is better with him.
He may come off to a jerk to some, but I find him much more palatable now that he is older and with a program that does not routinely win the league.
SEC Newcomer of the Year: Alex Collins – Huge dark horse pick here for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but I love the prospects of this kid taking over the reins in Fayetteville.
The Hogs signing class was far from stellar, but this guy has a chance to shine under run-first coach Bret Bielema.
Several SEC classes are welcoming bigger names.
I just think Collins fits perfectly in Bielema’s system.
SEC Champion: Alabama over South Carolina – Really like the idea of my SEC OPOY and my SEC DPOY going head to head for the title – even more so when the two coaches are the defining head men of college football for the last 20 some-odd years.
In the end, ‘Bama’s depth and experience wins out.
South Carolina will get an SEC title sooner rather than later, just not this soon.
BCS Champion: Alabama over Ohio State – In the last BCS title game ever, we will find Nick Saban squaring off against Urban Meyer again.
Ohio State is the beneficiary of a unbelievably easy slate and should get to Pasadena without a scratch.
Meanwhile, Alabama’s schedule is far from arduous and this team has a “been there, won that” mentality.
The last time these two coaches met, Meyer was drop-kicked to an ambulance.
I am not sure the man has recovered.
Give me Alabama by a wide margin if these two meet again.
Robinson is a sports columnist for The Outlook.