Someone on another thread suggested a thread discussing potential Hermann Award candidates, speficially for those who weren't on the silly "watch list" the Hermann folks sent out earlier this season. So, I thought this would be a good place to discuss the award and potential and deserving (and not deserving) candidates. First, here's the list of players that were originally on the watch list. There stats are through Monday, 10/20/03. For backs and defensive mids, I've listed their team's g.a.a., as you can't judge those players by goals and assists alone. Also, next to the school's name is their record, which I don't think should be discounted, through Monday. Kevin Ara, Sr. MF, Harvard (5-4-3) 12 games, 3 goals, 2 assists Ryan Cochrane, Jr. D, Santa Clara (10-2-3) 15 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0.57 team g.a.a. Clint Dempsey, Jr. MF, Furman (3-6-4) 11 games, 4 goals, 2 assists Ned Grabavoy, Jr. M, Indiana (7-3-4) 14 games, 8 goals, 6 assists Matt Haefner, Sr. GK, Penn (4-4-2) 9 games, 42 saves, 0.93 g.a.a. Will Hesmer, Sr. GK, Wake Forest (9-3) 11 games, 35 saves, 0.91 g.a.a. Sumed Ibrahim, Sr. M, Maryland (12-1) 11 games, 6 goals, 2 assists Antou Jallow, Jr. F, Wisconsin-Milwaukee (10-4-1) 14 games, 6 goals, 2 assists Aaron Lopez, Jr. M, UCLA (11-1) 12 games, 12 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0.50 team g.a.a. Guy Melamed, Jr. D, Boston College (6-5-3) 14 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 0.60 team g.a.a. Joseph Ngwenya, Sr. F, Coastal Carolina (10-2) 12 games, 11 goals, 10 assists Abe Thompson, Jr. F, Maryland (12-1) 10 games, 4 goals, 4 assists David Wagenfuhr, Sr. D, Creighton (7-3-3) 13 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 0.71 team g.a.a. Jeremiah White, Sr. F, Wake Forest (9-3) 8 games, 3 goals, 2 assists Chris Wingert, Sr. D, St. John’s (10-4-1) 14 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 0.94 team g.a.a. Some of these players, like Ara, Dempsey, Sumed, Jallow, Thompson and White - are NOT having the kid of season that should win them the Hermann. (I said should because college soccer is very political and the voters are often lazy so it's not impossible.) Obviously they could turn their season around the last month, but at this point, they don't look like legit Hermann candidates.