Rules For Voting
The Jet Award Voting
The Jet Award Voting Selection Process
1.) Midseason Watch List: At the mid-season point of the college football season, a watch list will be compiled. This watch list will include the best kickoff and punt returners in the game. The list will be sent out to a panel of voters. These voters will consist of individuals who have expertise and knowledge in college football.
2.) Finalist Selection: Once the regular season ends, the list of candidates will be narrowed down to three finalists. This selection will be based on the votes received from the panel of voters. The three finalists will be those who received the highest number of votes and are deemed to have had the most outstanding performances in kickoff and punt returns during the season.
3.) Winner Announcement: The winner of the Jet Award will be announced after the College Football National Title Game. This announcement will be made public, and the recipient of the award will be recognized for their exceptional performance as a kickoff or punt returner during the season at the annual Jet Award Gala.
To be considered for the Jet Award, players must meet the following qualifications:
The first round of voting will be conducted in late September and early October. From that first round of votes, the list of 12 semifinalists will be created and released at the end of October. The second round of voting will take place in mid-October to form the list of four finalists. A final vote in early December to determine the winner and the decision is announced at the Jet Award Presentation.
Damon Benning, (Lead Voting Panelist) was a four year letterman who helped lead the Huskers to back-to-back national titles. He finished his career carrying the pigskin 270 times for a total of 1,562 yards. Benning also caught the ball 12 times for a total of 134 yards and returned 32 kickoffs for 770 yards. He finished his Husker career with 2,625 all-purpose yards. Due to his outstanding career, Benning was signed as a free-agent by the Carolina Panthers in 1997. Currently Benning focuses his attention on The Sharp & Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone.
The Jet Award Voting Panel
Consists of a group of experts and professionals in college football, will convene to decide on the winner. They will review the performances of the three finalists and consider various factors such as statistics, impact on games, and overall skill level. After careful deliberation, the voting panel will determine the recipient of the Jet Award.
• Tom Fornelli, CFB Reporter for CBS Sports
• Bryan Fischer, National CFB Writer for Fox Sports
• Brett McMurphy, Covers CFB for The Action Network
• Phil Steele, Phil Steele's College Football Preview
• Max Olson, National College Football Writer for The Athletic
• Adam Rittenberg, Senior CFB Writer for ESPN.com • Blair Kerkhoff, CFB Reporter for KC Star • Scott Dochterman, Covers Iowa and Big Ten for The Athletic • Sam McKewon, Sports Editor and Columnist for Omaha World-Herald • Damon Benning, Former Husker I-Back and Two time national champion • Shehan Jeyarajah, National CFB Writer for CBS Sports • Brett Ciancia, Creator of Pick Six Previews • Paul Myerberg, covers CFB for USA Today
JOHNNY RODGERS WIL ALSO RECIEVE A VOTE ALONG WITH THE PREVIOUS WINNERS
Omaha World Herald (Local)
CBS Sports.com (Pac-12/National)
CBS Sports.com (Midwest)
CBS Sports.com (Midwest)
BTN Former Head Coach (Midwest/National)
Former College FB Player
KC Star (Midwest)
USA Today (Pacific NW)
Austin American Statesman (Texas)
Fox Sports (Pac-12)
Fox, Sports/NFL Network (National)
ESPN.com (East Coast/ACC)