We have had some great reader nominees for the first class of recipients for the Chris Rix Lifetime Achievement Award, and thanks to you, we now have an extensive list of players who just wouldn’t leave school. As I was running through the list, a few categories emerged that each player belonged to. I have broken down the recipients into these categories and given a short description to each one and named it after the player who best exemplifies the virtues of the category.
The Casey Dick Crappy Quarterback Division – I couldn’t name a category of the award after Chris Rix, so Casey Dick gets the nod in this one, because he is terrible (I once watched him attempt a Hail Mary pass at the end of a half that he threw about 20 yards out of bounds on the sideline). There is a wealth of mediocre college QB’s who somehow got a hold of a big time starting job, and they firmly held onto it for the next 9 years.
(*=recipient with honors)
The Cherokee Parks Duke Basketball Division – Duke just gets so much coverage from ESPN/CBS that it’s impossible for a guy who plays for them early in their career to not seem like he’s been there forever…and Duke players are just SO annoying.
The Mateen Cleaves Good College Player, But Never Good Enough to Leave School Early Division – Some guys just have the kind of game that is perfect for the college level. They play right away, and are good right away, but the scouts are never salivating over them, so they end up in school for 7 years.
The Gerry McNamara Role Player For an Elite Team Early in Career, Featured Player Later Division – These guys contributed immediately, and possibly even started early in their careers for really good teams, and they grew into more significant roles as their careers progressed. Note that this kind of player is often WAY overrated.
The Bran Cardinal Ugly Big 10 Players Division – Big 10 sports just are not fun to watch, so their best players are often no fun to watch either; they deserve their own category.
Jess Settles Assist to Injury/Transfer Division – These players played early on and stuck in college for much longer than normal either due to sitting out a year due to transferring or due to injury or sometimes even both.
Bobby Frasor Best Supporting Actor Division – Some players just are always meant to play a role, and they find a role early, and they just keep on playing it. They never are featured players, but they are always good enough to contribute to high profile programs, so they are in the public consciousness right away.
Carlos Huerta Kickers/Punters Division – There is only so much developing a kicker or punter can do at the college level, so good kickers and punters often find a starting job early in their career and keep on kicking or punting.