Winston, McCarron Big Winners at College Awards Presentation
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Alabama’s AJ McCarron were two of the big winners during Thursday night’s college football awards presentation.
Winston, who set NCAA freshman records with 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns, won the Walter Camp player of the year award. He also walked away with the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best quarterback. Six of the last seven O’Brien Award winners have gone on to win the Heisman Trophy.
McCarron, despite not even being voted first-team All-SEC quarterback (the honor went to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel), was awarded the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player.
Another Heisman finalist, running back Andre Williams, became the first Boston College player to win the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the night’s big winner on the defensive side of the ball, taking home four trophies including two defensive player of the year awards.
Below is a complete list of Thursday night’s awardees. The Heisman Trophy winner will be announced during a ceremony in New York City on Saturday night.
Maxwell Award (outstanding player): AJ McCarron, QB Alabama
Walter Camp Award (player of the year): Jameis Winston, QB Florida State
Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback): Jameis Winston, QB Florida State
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (senior quarterback): AJ McCarron, QB Alabama
Doak Walker Award (running back): Andre Williams, RB Boston College
Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver): Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State
John Mackey Award (tight end): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Rimington Trophy (center): Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player): Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
Bronco Nagurski Award (top defensive player): Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
Lott IMPACT Trophy (top defensive player): Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State
Outland Award (interior lineman): Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end): Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award (lineman): Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
Lou Groza Award (place-kicker): Roberto Aguayo, PK Florida State
Ray Guy Award (punter): Tom Hornsey, P Memphis
Home Depot Coach of the Year: Gus Malzahn, Auburn Tigers
Frank Broyles Award (assistant coach): Pat Narduzzi, defensive coordinator, Michigan State