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After failing to earn much playing time as an underclassman, Texas A&M’s Joseph Cheek could have simply gone through the motions as a spare part on a powerful offensive line. Instead, he went to work in the weight room under the tutelage of strength coach Larry Jackson and was one of the five starters who helped sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill set a school record with 511 passing yards in a season-opening thrashing of South Carolina.
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Longtime FWAA members Ivan Maisel and Dennis Dodd were joined by two relatively new members, Andrew Greif of The Oregonian and Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News, in the winner’s circle of the 22nd annual Best Writing Contest results that were released Wednesday.
Maisel from ESPN.com won the Game Story category for the second straight year, this time for his description of the Auburn-Alabama football game. Dodd from CBSSports.com claimed the Column category for his decision to renounce his Heisman Trophy vote in the aftermath of new voting regulations.
Greif won in Features for a moving story on the death of Oregon assistant coach Gary Campbell’s son after a lifelong battle with illnesses. Armstrong’s account of one of the nation’s top quarterback gurus was tops in Enterprise. Both were first-time winners.
Maisel also claimed a third place in Features for a story on how the state of Alabama still reveres Bear Bryant 30 years after his death. Dodd picked up an Honorable Mention in Enterprise.
Harry Minium of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot took a second place in Features for a story on how the sick brother of former Old Dominion offensive tackle D.J. Morrell finally got to see his brother play in person. Minium also collected a third place in Enterprise with his detailed account of how Old Dominion jumped to the FBS and Conference USA. Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star picked up Honorable Mentions in Game and Column.
The winners in each category will receive a personalized football from The Big Game and a cash prize. Second and third places win cash prizes and certificates. Honorable mentions receive certificates. All will be recognized at the FWAA’s Annual Award Breakfast on Jan. 13, 2015, in Dallas.
For a complete list of the winners and links to the first-place stories, CLICK HERE.