Mayfield opens, closes awards night with wins

Mayfield opens, closes awards night with wins

Mayfield receives the Davey O’Brien Award (1:45)

Sooners’ Baker Mayfield is awarded the Davey O’Brien Award for best quarterback. (1:45)

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield opened and closed the college football awards — first by winning the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the best quarterback, and then by winning the Maxwell Award, given to the college football player of the year.

Davey O’Brien Award: Mayfield beat out Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph. Mayfield’s win marks the 4th win in Oklahoma history, tying BYU for most Davey O’Brien winners (Sam Bradford won in 2008 and Jason White won in 2003 and 2004). His 129 career touchdown passes are second-most in Big 12 history, five behind Graham Harrell’s record of 134.

Jim Thorpe Award: Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back. He beat out Texas’ DeShon Elliott and Iowa’s Josh Jackson. Fitzpatrick is the 2nd Crimson Tide player to win, joining Antonio Langham in 1993.

Lou Groza Award: Utah kicker Matt Gay won the Lou Groza Award, given to the top place-kicker. He beat out Utah State’s Dominik Eberle and Auburn’s Daniel Carlson. He’s the first Utah player to win, and is the third consecutive winner from the Pac-12 Conference.

Biletnikoff Award: Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington won the Biletnikoff Award, given to the most outstanding receiver. He beat out Colorado State’s Michael Gallup and West Virginia’s David Sills V. His 1,423 receiving yards are most in the FBS, and he’s gained at least 30 yards on 17 catches this season, three more than any other FBS player.

Doak Walker Award: Stanford running back Bryce Love won the Doak Walker Award, given to the top running back. He beat out Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor. Love joins Toby Gerhart, who won in 2009, as Stanford players to win. His 1,973 rushing yards are second in FBS and second-most in a season in Stanford history, behind Christian McCaffrey’s 2,019 in 2015.

Ray Guy Award: Texas punter Michael Dickson won the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter. He beat out Alabama’s JK Scott and Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky. He’s the first Texas player to win the award, and the first Big 12 player to win since 2008.

Outland Trophy: Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver won the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman. He beat out Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown. He’s the first player in school history to win the award, and the first defensive player to win it since Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald in 2013.

Bednarik Award: Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick picked up his second award of the night with the Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player. He beat out NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith. He’s the second Crimson Tide player to win, following Jonathan Allen’s win last season. His four career pick-sixes are most in Alabama history.

Maxwell Award: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield picked up his second win, being awarded the Maxwell Award, given to the college football player of the year. He beat out Stanford running back Bryce Love and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Mayfield is the third Sooner to win the award, joining Jason White (2004) and Tommy McDonald (1956). Mayfield, who was named the AP Player of the Year, is the favorite to win the Heisman. Mayfield is averaging 11.8 yards per attempt this season; that’s on pace to shatter the FBS single-season record of 11.1 yards per attempt (min. 15 attempts per team game) set by himself last season.

Several awards have already been announced.

Scott Frost, who will helm the Nebraska Cornhuskers next season, was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year after leading UCF to a 12-0 record and the American Athletic title.

Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott won the Broyles Award, awarded to the top assistant coach.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Walter Camp Award, given to the player of the year.

Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith won the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker. NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb won the Bronko Nagurski Award for top defensive player, an award voted on by the Football Writers Association of America.

Ohio State center Billy Price won the Rimington Award, given to the top center.

Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews won the Mackey Award, for top tight end.

Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser won the Campbell Award for the top scholar athlete, and Kentucky linebacker Courtney Love wins the Wuerffel Award, given to the the top community servant. The University of Iowa won the Disney Spirit Award.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21704621/2017-college-football-awards-announced

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