One of the most important factors is how well a player performs in big games. Whether it involves a matchup of ranked teams, or a clash of rivals, or a conference championship tilt, voters want to see a player come through under pressure.
There's that old saying: Big time players make big time plays. Well, those plays are even bigger when they help shape the course of a season. Think Tyrann Mathieu returning a punt 92 yards for a touchdown at a crucial juncture against Arkansas last year. If he had made that play against