College Football: The Hardware Before The Heisman 12/12/13
Some of college football's top awards have been doled out on Thursday, two days before the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been selected as the Walter Camp player of the year and the recipient of the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback. The redshirt freshman has set FBS freshman records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38), leading the top-ranked Seminoles to a 13-0 record and a berth in the BCS championship game against No. 2 Auburn. His 190.6 passer efficiency rating is tops in the country and on pace to set an NCAA record.
Fellow Heisman finalist Andre Williams of Boston College has won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. The Heisman Trophy finalist became the first running back at the Football Bowl Subdivision level since 2008 to rush for 2,000 yards. He finished with 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Eagles to seven wins and a bowl berth this season.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has won the Maxwell Award, given to college football's player of the year.
Oregon State junior Brandin Cooks has won the Biletnikoff (bih-LET'-nih-kahf) Award as the nation's most outstanding wide receiver. Cooks had 120 receptions for 1,670 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald has won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top interior lineman. Donald has also come away with the Chuck Bednarik Award for the outstanding collegiate defensive player.
Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard has been recognized as the nation's best defensive back by receiving the Jim Thorpe Award.
Florida State freshman Roberto Aguayo has won the Lou Groza (GROH'-zah) Award as the nation's best place kicker.
Also in college football:
- Florida coach Will Muschamp says freshman quarterback Max Staver is among six offensive players who have decided to transfer. Tight end Kent Taylor, fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter and offensive linemen Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman are changing schools as well following the school's first losing season since 1979. Their decisions came a little more than a week after Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.
- Weber State has chosen Utah assistant Jay Hill as its new head football coach. He replaces Jody Sears, who was fired after going just 4-19 in his two seasons. Hill was a full-time assistant for the Utes the last nine years, working as the special teams coordinator.
- Texas coach Mack Brown isn't saying what he's going to do after the upcoming Alamo Bowl. There has been plenty of speculation that he would either resign or be fired. Brown says he has yet to talk with new Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers about his job. The Longhorns had a record of 8-4 this season.