It might be hard to believe, but we are officially halfway through the college football season.
And with that in mind, ESPN has doled out some of the midseason awards. And there is perhaps a surprise MVP winner.
ESPN named Alabama freshman QB Jalen Hurts the conference’s MVP through the first 7 weeks. Hurts, who didn’t start Alabama’s first game against USC, is coming off one of his best performances of the season against Tennessee. The freshman quarterback ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns while adding in 143 passing yards.
Hurts has nine touchdown passes, eight touchdown runs and over 1,800 total yards while leading the Alabama offense. Some have even begun to mention Hurts as a potential Heisman Trophy contender.
Some other award winners included Derek Barnett for defensive player of the year, Nick Saban for coach of the year and the Tennessee and Texas A&M game as game of the year. Arden Key of LSU and Trayveon Williams of Texas A&M were named breakout players of the year.
Hurts will have another big resume game on Saturday, when he and the Crimson Tide host the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. College GameDay will be on hand for the game.