Former Whale Branch standout Dee Delaney, now a sophomore cornerback for The Citadel, is one of the 17 finalists for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame's 2015 Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
The award considers collegiate football players that either play for a state football program or were born or grew up in the state and went out of state to play.
Through eight games this season, Delaney has 31 tackles, five interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and two defensive touchdowns.
He has won a Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week award and a Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Month award.
Delaney finds himself in good company on the ballot. The group of finalists is led by three Clemson stars -- quarterback Deshaun Watson, running back Wayne Gallman and defensive end Shaq Lawson -- Florida State quarterback Everett Golson and two South Carolina standouts -- linebacker Skai Moore and wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.
The other finalists are Presbyterian running back Darrell Bridges, Charleston Southern linebacker Soloman Brown, Newberry running back Romelo Doctor, S.C. State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, North Greenville running back Ashton Heard, Coastal Carolina running back De'Angelo Henderson, Furman defensive back Trey Robinson, N.C. State defensive end Mike Rose, Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph.
The award is determined by the online vote of its members, South Carolina sports media and the executives and boards of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. The vote is open until Dec. 7, and the award will be presented at the Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony on April 21.