National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with the Farrell Awards for the 2020 season, some redshirt freshmen who just missed his top-10 list and more than 50 true freshmen that had notable debuts.
First off, let’s be thankful we had a college football season at all. No thanks to the Big Ten and Pac-12, of course. All things considered, it was a great year and it's time to hand out the Farrell Awards.
Player of the Year - Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith had a season for the ages and won the Heisman. He came back to win a national title and while many of his elite peers opted out, he played and raised his draft stock.
Offensive Player of the Year - Florida quarterback Kyle Trask put up better numbers than any other quarterback and led the Gators to the SEC title game.
Defensive Player of the Year - Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai changed every game he was in this season.
Breakout Player of the Year - Iowa State running back Breece Hall went from good to great this season and played a huge role in the Cyclones' run to the Fiesta Bowl.
Flex Player of the Year - This was a tough call but I'm going with Florida tight end Kyle Pitts over Alabama running back Najee Harris. This is the player who can hurt you from so many different angles and Pitts was unstoppable.
Freshman Offensive Player of the Year - Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler led the Sooners to the Big 12 title and a Cotton Bowl berth in his first season as a starter.
Defensive Freshman of the Year - LSU defensive back Elias Ricks was a bright spot on a Tigers defense that struggled throughout the season.
Comeback Player of the Year - Miami pass rusher Jaelen Phillips went from medical retirement to future NFL draft pick.
Coach of the Year - Indiana's Tom Allen wins this one in a tight race over Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Liberty's Hugh Freeze.
Group of Five Player of the Year - Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins is going to make Rivals look dumb for ranking him as a two-star prospect.
The 2020 season was an especially deep one for true freshmen. I could only recognize a handful of them in my annual Farrell Freshman 15 countdown, but here are more than 50 other true freshmen that also had notable debuts.
Alabama — With Will Anderson at linebacker and Malachi Moore at safety, the Crimson Tide have two defensive gems ready to take the next step next season. Throw in Brian Branch and this defense is going to be nasty next season and beyond.
LSU — Elias Ricks was my top true freshman in the country and B.J. Ojulari is a beast off the edge. Tight end Arik Gilbert was also amazing and now there are rumors he might want to come back to LSU after jumping into the transfer portal. Kayshon Boutte also had an amazing finish to the season.