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Duke LB David Helton named nation’s top scholar

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Duke linebacker David Helton is successful on the field and in the classroom. Helton was recognized by the Nationla Football Foundation on Tuesday by being awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, in recognition as the nation’s top scholar in college football.

“David Helton’s exceptional accomplishments rank him among the best student-athletes in the history of our sport, making him the ideal Campbell Trophy recipient,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “He truly embodies the NFF’s mission of building leaders through football, and we are proud to have him as a member of this elite fraternity. We look forward to watching the future unfold for this incredible young man.”

The William V. Campbell Trophy is a 25-pound bronze trophy and comes with a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship. Helton is the 25th recipient of the prestigious academic award. Helton was previously named to the First Team All-ACC defense after leading the ACC in tackles this season.

Penn State’s John Urschel won the award in 2013. Helton is the first ACC player since Thomas Burns of Virginia won the award in 1993. Helton is the first player from Duke to receive the award and just the second ACC to receive the trophy.

College football awards recap: Why is Pitt’s Aaron Donald not a Heisman finalist again?

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Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the big winner of this week’s awards circuit. The ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year collected the Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy. Somehow though, Donald is not one fo the six finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday in New York. How a player so dominant and decorated on the defensive side of the football misses out on a trip to New York when six finalists are extended an invitation is beyond comprehension.

The likely Heisman Trophy winner, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, received a handful of honors as well. Winston was named the Walter Camp Player fo the Year and Davey O’Brien Award winner.Winston was one of three Florida State players to win an award, with Bryan Stork winning the Rimington Trophy for best center and kicker Roberto Aguay0 winning the Lou Groza Award.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, another Heisman finalist, was named the Maxwell Award winner. Boston College running back Andre Williams, also on his way to New York for the Heisman festivities, was named the Doak Walker Award winner.

Here is a rundown of the awards presented or acknowledged Thursday night in Orlando at the annual college football awards show.

Maxwell Award (Player of the Year)

AJ McCarron, Alabama

Walter Camp Player of the Year

Jameis Winston, Florida State

Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year)

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Bronko Nagurski Award (Nation’s Outstanding Defensive Player)

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Rotary Lombardi Award (Nation’s Outstanding Lineman)

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Davey O’Brien Award (Nation’s Best Quarterback)

Jameis Winston, Florida State

Doak Walker Award (Best Running Back)

Andre Williams (Boston College)

Biletnikoff Award (Best Wide Receiver)

Brandin Cooks, Orgeon State

John Mackey Award (Best Tight End)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

Outland Trophy (Most Outstanding Interior Lineman)

Aaron Doanld, Pittsburgh

Rimington Trophy (Best Center)

Bryan Stork, Florida State

Jim Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back)

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Lou Groza Award (Best Kicker)

Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

Ray Guy (Best Punter)

Tom Hornsey, Memphis

William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Success)

John Urschel, Penn State

Home Depot Coach of the Year

Gus Malzahn, Auburn

Frank Broyles Award (Top Assistant Coach)

Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator

NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award

John Gagliardi

Disney Spirit Award

Devon Walker, Tulane