The college football season ended months ago and many people think that the awards stop flowing after the Heisman trophy is handed out. These fans forgot about some of the biggest awards to be handed out over the summer. The ESPYs are the annual awards handed out by ESPN and they feature athletes and coaches that performed above and beyond others in different categories throughout their respective seasons.
According to College Football Talk, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and head coach Urban Meyer are among the many college football names that have received nominations for an ESPY this year. The list of nominees is long, so it’s no surprise that big names like these are up for awards.
Jones is in good company for Best Breakthrough Athlete. He joins New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Little League World Series pitcher Mo’ne Davis, and golfer Jordan Spieth. Jones is nominated after his performance for the Buckeyes in place of injured quarterbacks Braxton Miller and JT Barrett when he led the team to the Big Ten championship and the national championship in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Meyer is nominated for Best Coach/Manager alongside Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Kerr, Bill Belichick, and Geno Auriemma. Meyer has led the Buckeyes to three straight seasons with at least twelve wins and won the the national title, his third, with the Buckeyes last season.
A few other categories revealed were Best Upset, Best Play, and Best Male College Athlete. Ole Miss’s win over Alabama is nominated for Best Upset with the Kansas City Royals’s win in the American League Championship Series and Georgia State’s win over Baylor in the NCAA Tournament.
Central Michigan’s ridiculous Hail Mary play in the Bahamas Bowl and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah’s run against McNeese State are both nominated for Best Play. The winner of this award will be decided in a tournament-style category. The 2015 Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota is the only college football player nominated for Best Male College Athlete.