Blackmon, Griffin III deserve awards

At 8 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN, the Home Depot College Football Awards will get started.

Two players from the Big 12 absolutely deserve to take home hardware.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III may win the Heisman on Saturday night, but he should kick off awards season by winning the Davey O'Brien Award.

It's an award to honor passers and nobody's been better than Griffin this season. Or ... ever?

RG3 set the NCAA record for passing efficiency this season, putting together a statistical campaign that rivaled every other passer in college football.

Only three passers threw more touchdown passes. Five threw for more yards. Four completed a higher percentage.

Add it up and you get an epic season, one deserving of the honor given to college football's best quarterback, and that's without even factoring in Griffin's 644 yards rushing and nine scores.

He's a complete passer and the game's best deep-ball thrower.

On the other end of the passing game, Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon deserves the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver.

He's the game's most physically-gifted receiver and put together one of the best seasons of any receiver in the country, and certainly the best season of any of the three nominees for the award, USC's Robert Woods and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles, who tore his ACL in midseason.

Blackmon was second nationally with 113 catches, and the unstoppable fade route in the end zone from Brandon Weeden helped him catch 15 touchdown passes, more than all but three receivers nationally, and more than any receiver in a major conference.

You'll see him catch a lot more passes on Sundays, but he should go out as only the second two-time Biletnikoff Award winner ever (Michael Crabtree).

Simply put, if I were drafting a college football team, I'd take Blackmon over any other receiver. He's productive, a great route-runner and an instinctive player who knows how to use his size to his advantage in a way that's difficult to teach.

It's not difficult, though, to reward.