Several Mountaineers Are Finalists For National Awards

Justin K. Aller

With a disappointing season coming to a close, Geno, Stedman and Tavon have shots at some national recognition.

The award possibilities for the big three on offense are increasing on an almost daily basis at this point, as finalists for many of these awards continue to be named.

Stedman Bailey has already been named a finalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's best Wide Receiver. The other finalists are Marqise Lee of USC and Terrance Williams of Baylor. If Bailey is able to win the award, he will be the third receiver under Coach Holgorsen to win it, joining Michael Crabtree and Justin Blackmon (both won the award twice).

Although not a finalist as yet, with multiple weekly honors, Tavon Austin has a good chance to be named a finalist for the Paul Hornung trophy, given to the nation's most versatile player. Fan vote is HERE. He was also named to the AFCA All-American First Team as an All Purpose selection today.

After a strong video game-like start to the year, it looked as if Geno Smith was going to be a shoo-in as a finalist for the Davey O'Brien and even Heisman awards. Alas, those weren't meant to be for the senior signal caller as the O'Brien finalists were announced as Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Braxton Miller of Ohio State and Collin Klein of Kansas St (Heisman finalists have yet to be named). However, Geno was announced today as a finalist for the Manning Award. This is the only award that will be announced after and considers the bowl performances of the players.

Hopefully these Mountaineers can bring home some nice hardware from these national awards. Other honors, such as more All-American lists are sure to follow.

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