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Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: Nate Sudfeld, Indiana

There is no doubt this race was a two-way battle between Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld. Just a quick look at the conference passing list suggests these two were head and shoulders above the rest of the league. However, this simply came down to importance to team and a record-breaking season.

It means we’re going with Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld for this award. He was the only quarterback to throw for over 3,000 yards this season and had 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions in the regular season. He finished his career never completing less than 60 percent of his passes on a season.

All of that in 11 games this season compared to Cook’s 12 and an average of 289.5 yards per game to Cook’s 259.8 yards per game. Oh, and did we ask this yet…name a single wide receiver on the Hoosiers roster.

Most couldn’t to begin the season and chances are those who aren’t diehard Big Ten fans aren’t going to be able to now.

Besides, Indiana getting to a bowl game? The last time that happened was 2007 and most of these players weren’t even in high school when that happened. Sudfeld’s arm was a massive part of that equation.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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