Tagovailoa, Murray bring home multiple national awards
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa topped Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in college football player of the year awards on Thursday, 2-1. Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards and Murray was named AP Player of the Year. Murray also won the Davey O’Brien as top quarterback. Tagovailoa was a finalists for that, too.
Now they will head to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night. The other finalists is Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and for the first time in a few years, the Heisman ceremony will have some drama.
The last five winners of the Walter Camp have gone on to win the Heisman, but only five Heisman winners have failed to win AP Player of the Year since the award started in 1998.
Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen wins the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player, beating out Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Clemson defensive tackle. Allen is the first Kentucky player to win a major college football award since 1950.
Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams wins the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman, beating out Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams. Quinnen Williams is the fifth Alabama player to win the Outland.
Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy wins the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver, beating out UMass star Andy Isabella and Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace. Jeudy is the second Crimson Tide player to win the Biletnikoff, joining Amari Cooper.
LSU’s Devin White won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker, becoming the first Tigers player to win the award.
Texas A&M’s Braden Mann wins the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter. He is averaging 51.15 yards per punt, a school record and challenging an NCAA record. Cincinnati’s James Smith and Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky were the other finalists.
The Disney Spirit Award went to Purdue fan Tyler Trent, the 19-year-old student who is battling cone cancer. Trent gained fame when he was profiled by ESPN’s “College GameDay” before the Boilermakers played Ohio State. Trent was able to attend the game against the Buckeyes and predicted Purdue’s upset.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is the Home Depot coach of the year, one of three major awards announced Wednesday night, the day before the college football awards show.
Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker is the first Bulldogs’ player to win the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. The senior beat out LSU cornerback Greedy Williams and Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love.
Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, the nation’s leading, became the fourth Badgers player to win the Doak Walker. That ties Texas for the most of any school. He beat out Memphis’ Darrell Henderson and Clemson’s Travis Etienne.
Syracuse freshman Andre Szmyt wins the Lou Groza as top kicker, beating out Cooper Rothe of Wyoming and Cole Tracy of LSU.