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Finalists announced for 2012 college football awards

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It’s getting to be that time of the year.

The college football season is rapidly coming to an end, so it’s time to hand out some hardware to the best individual players in 2012. ESPN announced today that twenty-four players were selected as finalists for nine major NCFAA awards given out annually during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will air on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This year’s group features two award winners from 2011: Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen and Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones.

Without any further delay, here are the finalists for the nine awards. Also, be sure to include any blatant omissions in the comments section below.

Chuck Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year)
Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)
Jarvis Jones (Georgia)
Manti Te’o (Notre Dame)

Biletnikoff Award (Nation’s Outstanding Receiver)
Stedman Bailey (West Virginia)
Marqise Lee (USC)
Terrance Williams (Baylor)

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker)
Dustin Hopkins (FSU)
Cairo Santos (Tulane)
Caleb Sturgis (Florida)

Ray Guy Award (Nation’s Outstanding Punter)
Ryan Allen (La Tech)*
Kyle Christy (Florida)
Scott Kovanda (Ball State)

Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)
Collin Klein (Kansas State)
Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
Manti Te’o (Notre Dame)

Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (Nation’s Best Quarterback)
Collin Klein (Kansas State)
Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
Braxton Miller (Ohio State)

Outland Trophy (Nation’s Outstanding Interior Lineman)
Jonathan Cooper (UNC)
Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)
Barrett Jones (Alabama)*

Jim Thorpe Award (Nation’s Outstanding Defensive Back)
Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State)
Dee Milliner (Alabama)
Phillip Thomas (Fresno State)

Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Outstanding Running Back)
Montee Ball (Wisconsin)
Kenjon Barner (Oregon)
Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)

(*Denotes 2011 winner)

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25 Responses to “Finalists announced for 2012 college football awards”
  1. techvet says: Nov 19, 2012 6:08 PM

    What are some of the player names bolded and some aren’t?

  2. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 6:39 PM

    JaDaveon Clowney is a BEAST!!! It doesn’t matter if he wins this award or not. He is a BEAST!

  3. canetic says: Nov 19, 2012 6:45 PM

    If Duke Johnson had more carries he would be among those three RB’s.

  4. bowens3181 says: Nov 19, 2012 6:53 PM

    I find it funny that Braxton Miller is a finalist for QB of the year, and am surprised that Lee wasn’t a Maxwell finalist, although hard to argue with the three players who are finalists.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 19, 2012 7:10 PM

    Collin Klein shouldn’t be up for any awards after the egg he laid against Baylor’s 124th ranked defense. He should consider moving to safety.

  6. bowwserr says: Nov 19, 2012 7:38 PM

    Why isn’t Van der Kamp a finalist for most outstanding punter? Or Joe Bergeron for running back? Seems to be very lackluster finalist lists….

  7. kiopta1 says: Nov 19, 2012 8:06 PM

    Clown eh is a beast of a pass rusher but I think Teo and Jones are the best all around defensive players.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Nov 19, 2012 8:56 PM

    Only thing Johnny Manziel should be up for is Newcomer of the Year. No awards until he’s been there a while. What happens when he flops the next couple of years?

  9. sbmcintosh36 says: Nov 19, 2012 9:34 PM

    How is Kadeem Carey not on the list he leads nation in rushkng yards has more TD’s and better avg than Ball or Franklin its a joke make that a travesty

  10. poison66 says: Nov 19, 2012 10:17 PM

    Quinn Sharp of Ok State is a FG kicker/ punter and is a definite NFL draft pick. Look at his stats, kicks touchbacks every time and high punting avg, are these clods on dope????

  11. kozbee says: Nov 19, 2012 10:47 PM

    All great players mentioned here and hope them the best cause all are deserving imo.

    Johnny Manziel for Heisman..

  12. barbeaux says: Nov 19, 2012 11:19 PM

    It’s so dumb to say Manziel shouldn’t be up for any awards since he’s a redshirt freshman. That’s like saying, “oh you have an awesome business, but you shouldn’t be rewarded for that awesome product until you’ve been in business a few years.” He’s got talent. He’s used it effectively. More props to him.

  13. pushingiron says: Nov 19, 2012 11:48 PM

    You have to remember thefiesty1 is a longhorn fan who will object to any award an Aggie receives. As an Aggie who actually went to A&M I would be objectionable enough to say that I think Vince Young deserved the Heisman the year Reggie Bush took home the trophy. He’s pissed because the Ags are having a great year and the spotlight is not on the school over in Austin. Sucks to have so much butthurt.

  14. barbeaux says: Nov 20, 2012 1:00 AM

    Haha. Ya they are. People should compare Manziel’s stats to Tebow’s and Newton’s when they won the Heisman.

  15. smcgaels1997 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:54 AM


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  17. barbeaux says: Nov 20, 2012 10:29 AM


  18. xlinktothepastxx says: Nov 20, 2012 10:47 AM

    I think miller and Klein shouldn’t even be in the list for the quarterback award. If you look at their actual “quarterback” stats they aren’t even top forty in passing yards passing touchdowns passing anything. Which they should be judged on really.

  19. madsopher says: Nov 20, 2012 1:52 PM

    How is Tajh Boyd not in the running for the Maxwell or Davey O’Brien award? He had a season that was at least statistically superior to any of the other finalists. Especially for the Davey O’Brien award. His numbers are far better than the 3.

  20. gfj7000 says: Nov 20, 2012 3:07 PM

    Well for the past week, the hype about Johnny Manziel for Heisman is diminishing. Thank goodness the press has been educating all of you that Freshmen rarely achieve this award. It has been shared to public by many Sports writers, but, still many in the public eye keep writing ‘Johnny Manziel’ for Heisman. Now, in the last few days most of the Hype has been reduced to realize – historically over the past 75 years, a freshman has only received this award – maybe 3 times. I’d recommend (with others) the list of awards above, that Johnny be considered for the Maxwell Award. Comments?

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 20, 2012 3:37 PM

    Freshman has never won the Heisman. Not sure of the Maxwell or Camp.

    Manziel is the most exciting dynamic player on the board. Marquis Lee out of USC is probably the BEST player I’ve seen all year but can’t win a Heisman on a 5 loss team.

    Manziel has outstanding numbers, better than Klein, Mariota, and even Tajh Boyd ( I saw somebody mention him, and to be fair, he belongs in the conversation)

    Manziel STILL leads the SEC in rushing (and he gets pulled often in the 3rd qtr). He beat an Alabama team that people wondered if they could beat a bad Pro team… in Tuscaloosa! He’s lost 2 games by a combined 8 points.

    If you haven’t seen him, give him a watch. He reminds me so much of a young Michael Vick (btw he has WAY better numbers than Vicks BCS year) He is so exciting to watch.

  22. mtflsmitty says: Nov 20, 2012 5:25 PM

    Manta Teo is the statistical and emotional leader on the best defense in the country. I understand why offense gets the glamour. But Stanford’s victory over Oregon reminds us all that there really are two sides of the ball.

    The impact of an outstanding offensive player is easy for most of us to observe. But there’s no question defense actually can dominate a game as much as offense. The stats show NDs defense and Teo, in particular, are the best in the business.

  23. omniusprime says: Nov 21, 2012 9:00 AM

    Manti te’o is garbage, just like notre lame. notre lame played a bunch of cream puffs and is vastly over rated, like te’o. USC will show us all how lame notre lame really is this Saturday, Wittek is going to make a fool of te’o – guaranteed! Go USC!!!

  24. nickynick04 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:54 PM

    Clowney is amazing

  25. nickynick04 says: Dec 2, 2012 4:55 PM

    omniusprime says:Nov 21, 2012 9:00 AM

    Manti te’o is garbage, just like notre lame. notre lame played a bunch of cream puffs and is vastly over rated, like te’o. USC will show us all how lame notre lame really is this Saturday, Wittek is going to make a fool of te’o – guaranteed! Go USC!!!

    So much for your guatantee………
    You are not a very bright person are you…..
    Did nt think so.

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