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College football awards tracker: Manti Te’o wins Maxwell Award

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With the exception of this weekend’s Army-Navy game, the 2012 regular season is over.

Went by quickly didn’t it?

Now it’s time to hand out some hardware. The Heisman Trophy will be presented this Saturday — here’s a LINK to the finalists in case you missed it — but tonight is the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Some awards have already been handed out. Manti Te’o won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award earlier this evening, becoming only the third defensive player ever to receive it. That makes four awards for Te’o already (Butkus, Camp, Lombardi, Nagurski). Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has already received the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert won the Mackey Award. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney won the Hendricks Award and Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones took home the Campbell Trophy for outstanding scholar-athlete.

We’ll have the list of award winners tonight as they come in, so be sure to check back throughout the night.

Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)
Manti Te’o, Sr. Notre Dame

Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (Nation’s Best Quarterback): 
Johnny Manziel, Fr. Texas A&M

Jim Thorpe Award (Nation’s Outstanding Defensive Back):
Johnthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State

Biletnikoff Award (Nation’s Outstanding Receiver):
Marqise Lee, So. USC

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker):
Cairo Santos, Jr. Tulane

Chuck Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year):
Manti Te’o, Sr. Notre Dame

Outland Trophy (Nation’s Outstanding Interior Lineman):
Luke Joeckel, Jr. Texas A&M

Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Outstanding Running Back):
Montee Ball, Sr. Wisconsin

Ray Guy Award (Nation’s Outstanding Punter)
Ryan Allen, La Tech

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41 Responses to “College football awards tracker: Manti Te’o wins Maxwell Award”
  1. kiopta1 says: Dec 6, 2012 8:48 PM

    Manti needs a hall to hold the trophy cases that hold all his trophies.

  2. bigboi30 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:02 PM

    First of all, i am a proud Michigan man and life long fan. I do not like notre dame, but man, what a hell if a game this year. I never have anything nice to say about Irish football, it’s to be expected cause we are rivals. I even came back after your win against us and took my “bumps” like a man. But tonight as i watch the awards i see a gracious man, a solid teammate, and proud Irish man. Manti Te’o has not only impressed the Irish faithful, he has impressed the college football world and any real fan of college football. Tonight a man that has been through so much stands tall and honorable and proud. The Irish have not had many things to stand tall about in the past few years, but on top of a 12-0 record and a chance to knock Alabama and the SEC from their cocky perch, they have a great man and team leader to stand behind. I may not like notre dame, but i hate Alabama and the SEC worse. Please kick some a**and show the college world and SEC fans, they are the past, good luck

  3. truefootballinsight says: Dec 6, 2012 9:28 PM

    Recruiting services will tell you the SEC is anything but the past. Sure it’s not always exact, but just an indicator.

  4. kiopta1 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:31 PM

    Maxwell…add it.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 6, 2012 9:54 PM

    It’s the Consolation Award.

    Johnny Football wins the stiffarm trophy on Saturday.

  6. smcgaels1997 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:50 PM

    Yeah having the worst 2 games a Heisman winner ever did..need to man up stop sucking the offensive players jocks and give it to D player and stop forcing us to crown Johnny Football who won’t get drafted after he’s done

  7. kiopta1 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:52 PM

    Even if he doesn’t win the Heisman, Manti Teo has already gone into the history books as the most decorated college football player to date. Come Sunday night he may have 8 total awards and come Jan. 7 he may have a crystal football to add to it.

  8. aglawman says: Dec 6, 2012 10:55 PM

    Look…I really like the kid, but this is getting out of hand.

    Manti isn’t the best “ANYTHING” in college football in 2012.

    JFF lost the Maxwell because of Manti’s personal life, not his play on the field.

    Jarvis Jones lost the Butkus for a like reason.

    Jadaveon Clowney and others lost gridiron-earned awards because of Manti’s off the field story.

    He’s a great guy and a great teammate I’m certain. But this has now turned into a Lifetime Network Holiday Movie of the Week!!!

  9. smcgaels1997 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:58 PM

    At this point why have a Heisman when you know it’s always an offensive player ..create 2 awards 1 for offense 1 for D and stop insulting college football by being rediculously biased

  10. kiopta1 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:00 PM

    Aglawman…not sure you understand defense or the MLB position…and if you can read the minds of voters(coaches, ADs, media, boards, past winners) shouldn’t you be doing something special with that gift?

  11. buffalomike says: Dec 6, 2012 11:40 PM

    Congratulations to Manti. He deserves the rewards he has received. Concerning the Heisman award, it has been predominately given to quarterbacks. Well who do you think the “quarterback” of the defense is, the MLB. Notre Dame has a top rated defense “quarterbacked” by Manti calling out defensive signals and getting others in proper positions to make plays. If Manti is not making the tackle, another properly positioned player is. For this reason, he is as deserving of the Heisman as the other two offensive quarterbacks are.

  12. barbeaux says: Dec 7, 2012 12:00 AM

    ^lol. Ok.

  13. poopiedumdum says: Dec 7, 2012 7:40 AM

    I love these A&M fans who out of nowhere get one good player and have an ok season and all of a sudden think they have a right to troll, hate, and discredit all the accolades anyone but their Jesus-like JF receives. All these athletes deserved the awards they won. Could you make an argument for others? Absolutely, but such is life. Can’t we just congratulate the players and move on with our lives?

  14. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 7, 2012 7:58 AM

    Te’o good player. Jarvis Jones is better!

  15. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 7, 2012 8:00 AM

    Te’o = Dat Nguyen! Bank on it!

  16. chalkruz1989 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:09 AM

    I am not really that big on Manti Te’O. I remember watching Charles Woodson when I was young and he was constantly making plays and making an impact. I watch Notre Dame a lot and I thought the real dominant player on that team was Louis Nix. Manti had some good games but in order to win the Heisman you shouldn’t have some good games, you should have great games across the board. I guess it’s the media being overjoyed that ND is back on top but in all reality, there’s no way he should win the Heisman.

  17. bigdinla says: Dec 7, 2012 8:33 AM

    How in the hell did Johnathan Banks win the Jim Thorpe Award? He was torched in all of his real games. Alabama, A&M, LSU and Ole Miss all attacked him. I think Moncrief just scored again!

  18. millersirish1986 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:49 AM

    Jarvis jones is a good player but better then manti he is not…i watched that sec game just like everybody else seeing what would happen in the trenches and if georgia could get up field and make mccaron look mediocre in which they did…but when alabama decided to run the ball they did so with ease and a lot of it was to jjs side because he wasnt able to set the edge and turn the play back into the heart of the field…hes better on straight passng downs when he can get after that qb but pass coverage is suspect at best and he cant stop the run…so he has more sacks awesome…u can drive the ball a mile but if you cant putt then par is the best you will get…GO IRISH!!!

  19. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 7, 2012 9:06 AM

    @millersirish1986

    That’s what happen when you send a TE and RB on him the entire game… NFL BIG BOARD PROJECTION… Jarvis Jones #1 pick. I didn’t say it. The League did!

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 10:07 AM

    Congrats to Te’o. VERY IMPRESSIVE haul. Lombardi, Bednarik, Butkus, Nagurski, Camp and Maxwell. Every defensive award he could win and 2 POY awards. I’m sure he’d say the Coach’s trophy is the only one he’s worried about.

    Everyone knows though that the Maxwell is the consolation prize for the Heisman. Less than half of Maxwell winners won the Heisman.

    http://www.stiffarmtrophy.com

    180 of the 928 votes are public. Manziel is running away with the Heisman with over double the first place votes to Te’o. Statistically speaking… 20% is a very large sample size and if this were an election… CNN would have called it already. They have done this for 10 years now and got it right every year…

    The Heisman is not an NC but I would argue it’s the next best award to the Coach’s trophy. I am super stoked and so excited for the future of A&M Football.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 10:09 AM

    smcgaels1997 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 10:58 PM
    At this point why have a Heisman when you know it’s always an offensive player ..create 2 awards 1 for offense 1 for D and stop insulting college football by being rediculously biased

    ——————————————

    They did…. Its called the Bednarik.

    It’s just not as prestegious as the Heisman.

  22. chalkruz1989 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:27 AM

    @millersirish1986: you had a really strong argument until the end, your validity went out of the door with the ‘Go Irish!’

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 11:08 AM

    Looking at the Heisman votes and Oklahoma must just hate A&M…. many of the voters from Ok didnt even put Manziel on their ballot. Talk about bias.

    http://www.stiffarmtrophy.com/votes2012/

  24. aglawman says: Dec 7, 2012 11:41 AM

    The crackhead that would take Manti over Jarvis Jones and/or CJ Moseley has to be an Irish apologist.

    The truth will bare it’s ugly fangs on January 7th when Mr. Lacy and Mr. Yeldon do work.

  25. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 7, 2012 1:34 PM

    I used to to get upset when people tried to knock Manti Te’o and Notre Dame this year.

    Then I realized they are pathetic and if Manti had this type of year on their team they would be ALLLLL ABOUT IT.

    Look, Te’o is dominant. Dominant ILB.

    Too many haters.

    Notre Dame is #1

    go back to sleep and wait till your respective teams spring game or September…. because ND is #1 and Te’o is simpy the best CFB player in the land.

    and please keep up the “Alabama is going to smoke ND, lacey and whats his name going to run for … ” lah blah blah.

    Get a grip.

    ND is 12-0

    suck it

  26. barbeaux says: Dec 7, 2012 2:16 PM

    ^lol. Who you trying so hard to convince? Yourself maybe? He’d have better stats if he was a dominant player.

  27. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 2:21 PM

    I was pretty schocked he won so many awards. I guess the 12-0 thing carries some weight in those awards because I can think of quite a few more dominant seasons for defensive players who didnt win near the awards that Te’o won…
    Ndamakong Suh, Tyrann Mathieu, even Von Miller. None of them had this kind of hype behind them though.

  28. floridacock says: Dec 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    All you SEC haters, who do you think is going to be favored in all the big bowl matchups. The SEC of course!

  29. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 7, 2012 2:30 PM

    barbeaux…

    I guess he is just getting awards randomly, he must suck.

    your want better numbers???? see below.

    To recap a week filled with kudos for Te’o:

    Butkus Award, Best linebacker.
    Nagurski Award, Best defensive player.
    Lombardi Award, Best lineman or linebacker.
    Walter Camp Award, National player of the year.

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    You actually forgot a few…

    But I don’t think he is the best defensive player in the nation…. I just don’t. He for certain will not be the first defender taken in the draft.

    I think the undefeated season, his leadership, and the hype of ND have landed him an impressive set of hardware. To me though he didn’t personally have a OMG type season to win every major award.
    Just my $0.02.

  31. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/21306402/heisman-voters-pick-best-player-manziel-not-most-valuable-teo

    What I’ve been saying all along.

  32. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 7, 2012 3:39 PM

    http://www.stiffarmtrophy.com/

    When it comes to forecasting the Heisman Trophy winner, these guys have never been wrong.

    Ever.

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 3:45 PM

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf–and-my-vote-for-heisman-goes-to–hellip–johnny-manziel–and-here-s-why-163025653.html;_ylt=Au.iFXNOPtxIwzC83axPiFwcvrYF;_ylu=X3oDMTQwbzJrb3AxBG1pdANGRUFUVVJFRCBNZWdhdHJvbiBOQ0FBRgRwa2cDMmY5NWQ4NzYtNzlkZC0zNmIyLTlkMjUtODMxMjc5ODU3NjQxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwNtZWdhdHJvbgR2ZXIDZWYyYjk0NzEtNDA5ZC0xMWUyLWFiZjMtY2JiMmJkOGRhYTZm;_ylg=X3oDMTFqdXByMzhlBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANuY2FhZgRwdANzZWN0aW9ucw–;_ylv=3

    Common theme in all these articles…

    Best player vs best story…

  34. waxthat says: Dec 7, 2012 5:18 PM

    @poopiedumdum

    I love these A&M fans who out of nowhere get one good player and have an ok season and all of a sudden think they have a right to troll, hate, and discredit all the accolades anyone but their Jesus-like JF receives. All these athletes deserved the awards they won. Could you make an argument for others? Absolutely, but such is life. Can’t we just congratulate the players and move on with our lives?
    __________________________________

    Von Miller? He’s better than Manti

    Von shouldve won the heisman, if Manti is nominated.

    One good player?? come on man…

  35. waxthat says: Dec 7, 2012 5:20 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Dec 7, 2012 3:39 PM

    http://www.stiffarmtrophy.com/

    When it comes to forecasting the Heisman Trophy winner, these guys have never been wrong.

    Ever.

    ___________________________________

    Love it. End of story.

  36. barbeaux says: Dec 7, 2012 6:11 PM

    @808raiderinparafise, still you only show awards not his ranking in stats on his team or in the country.

  37. irishdodger says: Dec 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    If A&M loses to Bama, Manziel doesn’t get invited to NY. He played three good teams all season & only dominant in the Bama game. That’s impressive but not overall dominating from game 1 to game 12. The rest of his opponents were s bunch of tomato cans.

    95% of SEC fans haven’t watched Te’o play even one entire game. Take Manti off that defense & they’re not undefeated. And the people who whine about ND hype or bias are the same hypocrite that have been saying ND isn’t relevant.

    While the SEC is the best conference (although this year it’s getting by on reputation as most of they couldn’t meet all their bowl tie ins), 90% of their fans are ignorant when it comes to CFB. They only watch their team & then spend the rest of their time praying Bama wins another NC so they can at least chant “S-E-C!”

  38. barbeaux says: Dec 7, 2012 9:23 PM

    lol

  39. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 7, 2012 9:23 PM

    Notre Dame is undefeated because the zebras gifted them the Stanford game.

    They beat Purdue, a team that fired their coach, 20-17.

    They beat a 7-5 BYU team 17-14.

    They gave up 26 points to a 6-6 Pitt team, but did win in 3 OT’s.

    Those are some serious powerhouse offenses right there.

    ND beat a Michigan team 13-6, the same team that Alabama beat 52-0.

    And none of that is gonna win an average LB whose highlight package consists of 3 plays and 5 minutes of him beating his chest.

  40. 2tonetommy says: Dec 7, 2012 9:24 PM

    Didnt the sec fill all but 1 of its bowl commitments and that was the liberty bowl which had the number 9 pick? Also isnt the statement that 90% of the fans are ignorant a little harsh? Check the bcs top ten and that speaks of the class of football we play here down south.

  41. barbeaux says: Dec 8, 2012 3:17 PM

    There’s what 4 SEC teams that could’ve been in a BCS bowl….4 SEC teams in the top 8….6 in the top 10. I wouldn’t call that getting by on reputation.

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