With Maryland at 6-2 and all-conference award voters notorious for tying individual awards to team success, the Terrapins actually have a chance to factor into a few races in the ACC this season.
Probably not offensive player of the year. That looks like a duel between N.C. State's Russell Wilson and Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor, and rightfully so.
Probably not defensive player of the year, since Da'Quan Bowers' performance is so strong, it would be tough to vote for anyone else.
Maybe coach of the year, which Ralph Friedgen is a candidate for (along with N.C. State's Tom O'Brien, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and --- maybe --- Virginia's Mike London).
But definitely the ACC's rookie of the year, which amazingly no Maryland player has ever won since the award was instituted in 1975.
Danny O'Brien won his third rookie of the week award this week; no other ACC player has more than one. And while it's not completely a idiot-proof method, it makes sense that the rookie of the year probably will have at leats one week where he's the best freshman of the bunch.
So let's look at the seven players who have won the honor so far this season:
QB Danny O'Brien (UM): 95-167 (56.9 percent), 1,148 yards, 13 TD, 3 INT; 1 reception, 4 yards, 1 TD
QB Tanner Price (WF): 83-156 (53.2 percent), 879 yards, 7 TD, 4 INT; 48 rushes, 127 yards, 3 TD
RB Lamar Miller (THE U): 46 carries, 252 yards, 2 TD, 5.5 ypc; 6 receptions, 49 yards; 5 kickoff returns, 167 yards, 1 TD
RB Mustafa Greene (NCSU): 102 carries, 495 yards, 4 TD, 4.9 ypc; 20 receptions, 181 yards
RB Josh Harris (WF): 73 carries, 457 yards, 5 TD, 6.3 ypc; 5 receptions, 53 yards
WR DeAndre Hopkins (CU): 18 receptions, 186 yards, 1 TD; 2 punt returns, 33 yards
LB Christian Jones (FSU): 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
So, uh, yeah. O'Brien has to be considered the decided favorite, with Greene and Harris next in line. Given how much N.C. State uses the short passing game as an extension of its rushing attack, much of Greene's receiving total is de factor rushing yardage. Harris, meanwhile, did more than half his damage on the ground in a single game.
O'Brien's started five games, and his smart play has helped Maryland avoid turnovers and already triple its win total from last year. It would be a little presumptuous to say the award is his, but it would take either a major push from someone (likely Greene) or a substantial decrease in production from O'Brien in the next month to produce a different outcome in the voting at season's end.