All-Satellite team: Best players in space
November, 21, 2013
By Todd McShay | ESPN Insider
Thomas Campbell/USA TODAY SportsTackling Johnny Manziel in the open field is a difficult proposition.College football is unique in that it has a truly historic and prestigious award given out every season to a deserving player. I'm talking, of course, about the All-Satellite Award, given each year, by me, to the most dangerous player in space.
It's a big deal.
Clemson's C.J. Spiller took home the inaugural award in 2009 (the last time I spoke with him, he told me it was the most memorable award he'd ever received -- naturally!). He was followed by Kentucky's Randall Cobb in 2010, Oregon's LaMichael James in 2011 and West Virginia's Tavon Austin in 2012.
Who deserves to take home the award in 2013? Several prime candidates were eliminated because of injuries (USC WR Marqise Lee, Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas and Baylor WR Tevin Reese), leading to a close race. Let's take a look at this year's All-Satellite team.
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Aggies
I'm trusting my eyes in making Manziel the fifth winner of the annual All-Satellite Award. From the tape I've studied, there's no player in college football who can sense and elude oncoming defenders as well as Manziel.