Friday, December 17, 11:45 p.m. PT
LaMichael James and Chip Kelly were both on the college football awards circuit last week and could be heading back following No. 2 Oregon's matchup with No. 1 Auburn in the BCS National Championship Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
James, this year's Doak Walker Award recipient and a Heisman Trophy finalist is up for the 2010 Premier Player of College Football Award, while his coach, having already been named the Eddie Robinson and Sporting News national coach of the year, is a finalist for two more such honors - the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.
The Premier Player of College Football Award is based strictly on a fan vote, which is how the finalists were determined. James is the lone running back among the five candidates and is up against Washington's Jake Locker, Arkansas' Ryan Mallett, Michigan's Denard Robinson and Iowa's Ricky Stanzi - all quarterbacks.
Voting is open at www.premierplayers.com until the day before the awards dinner, which takes place Jan. 15 at the University of South Florida's Marshall Center in Tampa. Proceeds from the event benefit the Premier Players Sports Foundation, The Children's Home and The Joshua House orphanages, and SCORE International Foundation which conducts sports missions to more than 20 countries.
The Liberty Mutual coaching award also has an online voting element to it, which is combined with the votes from members of the College Football Hall of Fame and members of the national media. Oregon's second-year skipper is one of ten finalists including Auburn's Gene Chizik. The winner will be announced on the day of the title game. Fans can vote HERE.
Kelly is one of nine finalists for the the Bear Bryant award, currently held by Boise State's Chris Petersen. The recipient is selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and proceeds from the awards ceremony, held Jan. 18 in Houston, benefit the American Heart Association.
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