The biases in the (balloting-based) awards process are behemoth.
Davidson, NC (PRWEB) October 12, 2009
The College Football Performance Awards recently announced its Performers of the Week for week 6. Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield were named National Performers of the Week. Performers of the Week for weeks 1 through 5 are available at http://collegefootballperformance.com/performers-of-the-week/.
Week 6, 2009 - Performers of the Week:
National Performer of the Week - Thaddeus Lewis (Duke) & Steven Sheffield (Texas Tech)
Defensive Performer of the Week - Robert Johnson (Utah)
Quarterback Performer of the Week - Thaddeus Lewis (Duke) & Steven Sheffield (Texas Tech)
Honorable Mention: Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Riley Skinner (Wake Forest), Christian Ponder (Florida State), Todd Reesing (Kansas), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Tyler Sheehan (Bowling Green)
Running Back Performer of the Week - Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State) & Lance Dunbar (North Texas)
Honorable Mention: Ben Tate (Auburn), Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech), Mark Ingram (Alabama), Mikell Simpson (Virginia), Brandon West (Western Michigan), Curtis Steele (Memphis), Harvey Unga (BYU)
Wide Receiver Performer of the Week - Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green)
Honorable Mention: Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina), Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas), Kerry Meier (Kansas), Brett Hamlin (Buffalo), James Cleveland (Houston), David Reed (Utah), Chris Givens (Wake Forest), Scott Long (Louisville)
Tight End Performer of the Week - Tony Moeaki (Iowa)
Honorable Mention: Jesse Rack (Buffalo), Luke Stocker (Tennessee), Andrew Parker (Wake Forest), Dennis Pitta (BYU)
Placekicker Performer of the Week - Alex Carlton (Army)
Honorable Mention: Leigh Tiffin (Alabama), Jimmy Stevens (Oklahoma), Dustin Rivest (FIU), Dan Hutchins (Pittsburgh), Trey Farquhar (Idaho), Alex Zendejas (Arizona)
Punter Performer of the Week - Zoltan Mesko (Michigan) & Drew Butler (Georgia)
Honorable Mention: Trevor Hankins (Arizona State), Matt Dodge (East Carolina), Brad Nortman (Wisconsin), Philip Zavala (San Jose State), Alex Dunnachie (Hawaii), Jeff Locke (UCLA), Johnny Hekker (Oregon State)
Kickoff Specialist Performer of the Week - Justin Myer (Virginia Tech)
Honorable Mention: Brandon McManus (Temple), Chris Ulinksi (Utah State), Ben Vroman (Utah), Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State), Kyle Hughes (New Mexico State), Ben Jaekle (UNLV)
Punt Returner Performer of the Week - Jordan Shipley (Texas), Antonio Brown (Central Michigan), Collier Thearon (Miami)
Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week - Brandon Boykin (Georgia), Ray Small (Ohio State), Kenjon Barner (Oregon), T.J. Graham (N.C. State), Deante' Purvis (UNLV), Warren Norman (Vanderbilt)
Honorable Mention: Phillip Livas (Louisiana Tech)
Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week - Corey Peters (Kentucky) & Brandon Graham (Michigan)
Honorable Mention: Lawrence Guy (Arizona State), L.D. Scott (Louisville), Jonathan Freeney (Rutgers), O' Brien Schofield (Wisconsin)
Linebacker Performer of the Week - Quentin Davie (Northwestern)
Honorable Mention: Brandon Spikes (Florida), Ross Horman (Ohio State), Navorro Bowman (Penn State), Cobrani Mixon (Kent State)
Defensive Back Performer of the Week - Robert Johnson (Utah)
Honorable Mention: Brandon Brinkley (Houston), Robert Vaughn (Connecticut), Dwight Bentley (Louisiana-Lafayette), Jaiquawn Jarrett (Temple)
About the College Football Performance Awards:
The goal of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
As many scholars have noted, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate the college football awards process. Prominent sports ethicist and former football coach Gordon Marino writes, "The biases in the (balloting-based) awards process are behemoth." Past-President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport C. Richard King states, "CFPA demonstrates, in a reliable fashion, the top performers." And former Science Advisor to President Obama, Lawrence Krauss writes, "CFPA may add a deeper understanding and appreciation of the game."
For more information on the College Football Performance Awards, please contact Executive Director Brad Smith at (570) 854-1252 or visit http://www.collegefootballperformance.com.