College football's finest were honored Thursday night in Orlando during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPNU. There were some obvious choices and perhaps a surprise or two. Here is a run down of all the winners from the annual awards show.
Maxwell Award - Andrew Luck, Stanford
College Player of the Year
Luck is the second player from Stanford to be named the Maxwell Award winner (Jim Plunkett, 1970). Despite being a player of the year award, the Maxwell Award does not a great predictor for the Heisman Trophy. Only three times since 2000 has the Maxwell Award winner been named the Heisman Trophy winner in the same season (Jason White, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton).
The Walter Camp All-America Team Player of the Year - Andrew Luck, Stanford
For the third straight year, the same player won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award as player of the year (Cam Newton, Colt McCoy).
Chuck Bednarik Award - Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
College Defensive Player of the Year
For the second straight year, an LSU defensive back has won the Chuck Bednarik Award. The award has generally been dominated by linebackers, as you might expect due to the award's namesake, but Mathieu joins Patrick Peterson and Charles Woodson as the third defensive back to win the award presented by The Maxwell Club. LSU becomes the third school to have multiple Bednarik Award winners. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald won the first two awards handed out in 1995 and 1996, and Penn State linebackers have hauled in four awards (including two by Paul Posluszny).
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award - Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Nation's Best Quarterback
RG3 becomes the first Baylor quarterback to win the nation's top quarterback award. Big 12 quarterbacks have combined for seven Davey O'Brien Awards (eight if you include Nebraska's Eric Crouch).
The Davey O'Brian Award winner has gone on to win the Heisman Trophy seven times since 2000 and has won a total of 14 Heisman Trophy awards since 1981, the year of the first Davey O'Brien Award. Big 12 players winning Davey O'Brien Awards have gone on to win three Heisman Trophy awards in the same season (Eric Crouch in 2001, Jason White in 2003, Sam Bradford in 2008).
Biletnikoff Award - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Nation's Most Outstanding Receiver
Justin Blackmon joins Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree as the only player to win multiple and back-to-back Biletnokoff Awards. He wins his second straight award despite seeing his offensive production dip in receiving yards, receiving average and touchdowns this season. Blackmon and Crabtree are the only Big 12 players to win the award, which was introduced in 1994.
Doak Walker Award - Trent Richardson, Alabama
Nation's Most Outstanding Running Back
Trent Richardson is the first Alabama player to win the Doak Walker Award, introduced in 1990. Five Doak Walker Award winners have gone on to win the Heisman Trophy, but none of those players have come out of the SEC.