Posted December 12, 2013

Jameis Winston, AJ McCarron headline winners at College Football Awards

AJ McCarron, Awards, Gus Malzahn
AJ McCaron took the Maxwell Award on Thursday night. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

AJ McCarron took the Maxwell Award on Thursday night. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

College football’s version of the Academy Awards took place Thursday night with the College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. Several of the country’s top players took home honors for their on-field performances during the 2013 season, just days before the Heisman Trophy is awarded Saturday.

The complete list of this year’s college football award winners:

Maxwell Award (top player in college football):
AJ McCarron, QB Alabama
207-of-306, 2,676 yards, 26 touchdowns, five interceptions

Maxwell finalists: Jameis Winston, (Florida State), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)

Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback):
Jameis Winston, QB Florida State
237-of-349 for 3,820 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions

Davey O’Brien finalists: AJ McCarron (Alabama), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)

Doak Walker Award (running back):
Andre Williams, RB Boston College
329 rushes for 2,102 yards, 17 touchdowns

Doak Walker finalists: Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona), Bishop Sankey (Washington).

Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver):
Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State
120 catches for 1,670 yards, 15 touchdowns

Biletnikoff finalists: Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Mike Evans (Texas A&M)

Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back):
Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State
59 tackles, four interceptions, 10 pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss

Jim Thorpe finalists: Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)

Outland Award (interior lineman):
Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
54 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks

Outland finalists: OT Jake Matthews (Texas A&M), OG Cyril Richardson (Baylor)

Bednarick Award (top defensive player):
Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh

Bednarik finalists: LB C.J. Mosley (Alabama), LB Anthony Barr (UCLA)

Lou Groza Award (place-kicker):
Roberto Aguayo, PK Florida State
19-of-20 field goals (95 percent), 90-of-90 extra points

Lou Groza finalists: Anthony Fera (Texas), Marvin Kloss (USF)

Ray Guy Award (punter):
Tom Hornsey, P Memphis
62 punts for a 45.2 yard average

Ray Guy finalists: Drew Kaser (Texas A&M), Cody Webster (Purdue)

Home Depot Coach of the Year:
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Tigers finished 12-1 season, won SEC title and clinched berth in BCS Championship Game

32 comments
Mike26
Mike26

Winston legal situation will follow him for the rest of his career.  There simply wasn't enough evidence to prosecute; that is NOT equivalent to "innocent" or "falsely accused".  Chalk up a BIG victory to the FSU Dept. of Campus Safety and county officials for their completely incompetent and indifferent "investigation" on this one.

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

AJ McManage got his participation award... How does a guy who is not awarded best QB become best player as a QB?!? Has this guy no self respect?

Robert96
Robert96

So the top two spots go to a really nice guy and a rapist.............sweet.

JamesTeasdale
JamesTeasdale

Congratulations AJ. Later today, he'll stop off in Baltimore to pick up the Johnny Unitas Award....

Water-Faery
Water-Faery

There are many of us who love college football, who legitimately feel that it is abhorrent and unacceptable for Winston to be winning acclaim for anything.  He was not charged with sexual assault.  But that does not mean his conduct was acclaim worthy.  As a supposed leader of a football team, he is looked at as a model for conduct.  His conduct was irresponsible and uncaring at best that night.  And yet that model of conduct is winning acclaim.  This is the conduct being modelled to young high school athletes and other college athletes.  This is sick and sad and many of us believe that attitude and the fact that so many are willing to overlook this conduct is one of several issues that will eventually kill college football.  


Many, many people on this site have literally attacked me for my feelings about Winston.  Anyone, in fact, who posts against Winston in ANY way has come under attack.  That ALSO is sad.  We believe you have the right to feel the way you do, and we have the right to feel the way we do. 

Blinker
Blinker

Looks like manziel will get NOTHING this year


WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

When will winston collect his "rapist of the year" award?

Snow_Veil
Snow_Veil

Really takes a bite out of the credibility of the awards when the guy who wins "Top Player" overall comes in second for his own position's award.

playemball
playemball

I seriously don't think the Heisman carries that much clout..I believe only 9 or 10 Heisman winners made it to the NFL hall of fame. GL to your favorites though..

MrArlington
MrArlington

Unless it is the Heisman no one gives a fu​ck frankly. When you hear a normal sports fan discussing the Outland Award let me know. This stuff is as gimmicky as the Meineke Midland Alamo Bowl. Everyone gets to play...

Cool
Cool

This must not be a full list, I didn't see Mr Clowney mentioned as being up for any awards?  Just how could that be?  How could a supposed top 5 NFL prospect not garner a single nomination?   ESPN and SI are probably frantically trying to bury those  preseason hype pieces.

Choutsu
Choutsu

@bornindetroit Well, he did McManage to not put himself in a position to get in trouble while winning a few national championships.

You can compare his ability to the others all you want, but he is clearly tops when it comes to integrity, decision making, responsibility, etc.

If you think that doesn't matter to the voters or NFL scouts you're crazy.

Adolfis
Adolfis

@Water-Faery 

Something tells me that most of the support for Winston has come from one demographic. I am not just talking about FsU fans.



Whaaaaaatever
Whaaaaaatever

@Water-FaeryHe was 18 at the time - good grief - and you wan to hold him to standards of an adult running some multi-million dollar company. He's learning a big lesson here. I hope the whole team learned one. 


But to disqualify him for the rest of his life I think is pretty extreme. The kid was put under a microscope more quickly than he could have ever imagined. He acted recklessly. He knows it.


At the end of the day the State Attorneys office, the TPD, FDLE, FSU officials, the Governor of the State of Florida, the NCAA, and the Heisman Committee ALL  say this case did not pass the smell test. The girls testimony had no credibility - zero - none. 



But knowing this still, people profess all these officials, all their supporting personnel and staff are colluding and conspiring secretly together - risking their livelihoods, careers, and reputations - so FSU can win a football award. 


So when none of this falls out like many of accuse or predict can any of those words be undone? Will people's false allegations and slanderous libel be punishable in anyway or do they get off free without justice?


The very thing people are accusing Winston of doing they are setting themselves up to do in a much more diabolical way. That my dear people is hypocrisy at its highest.


... if the truth be known, many of you who would rather see someone else win the Heisman are the ones likely to make these remarks - diminishing and demonizing an 18 yr old kid's actions (Winston) - and assassinating his character now when he is 19 by playing lawyer, judge, and jury on these messages boards.


Get a life.



Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@WHO*IS*ESPN When will you pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow, rid the world of your stupidity. 

StevePerry
StevePerry

@Cool  There's a difference between being a top 5 NFL talent, which Clowney is, and having a top 3 season, which he did not.  They are too busy writing more hype pieces to have time to bury what will probably be correct predictions of his NFL success.

Mike26
Mike26

@Choutsu @bornindetroit Choutsu:  McCarron's award is a lifetime achievement award.  You would need to look hard and do some digging to find out how many games AJ actually carried his team to victory by taking over with the passing game.  I'll set the O/U at 2.

Whaaaaaatever
Whaaaaaatever

@Adolfis@Water-Faery 

oooh! I can see those little wheels turning ... don't hurt yourself!   hahahah


The little TROLL is now trying to be serious. Awwwh! Isn't that cute?

Choutsu
Choutsu

@Mike26 @Choutsu @bornindetroit What does that have to do with his integrity, decision making, and responsibility he has carried better than some others? You aren't even addressing anything I said, you are just bashing McCarron.

You would probably need to look hard and do some digging to find anything positive you ever posted here. I'll set the O/U at twice.