College Football Awards Have Their Winners
ATLANTA (AP) — Some of the top college football awards were handed out on Thursday.
Alabama running back Derrick Henry came away with both the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards as the college player of the year. He rushed for 1,986 yards to break Herschel Walker's SEC single-season record. Henry capped a big night when he won the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year.
Deshaun Watson of Clemson has won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's best quarterback. Watson threw for more than 3,500 yards with 30 touchdowns and ran for almost 900 yards with 11 touchdowns to lead the 13-0 Tigers to a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Baylor's Corey Coleman has won the Biletnikoff (bih-LEHT'-nih-kahf) Award, given to the nation's outstanding receiver. Coleman 74 receptions for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Bears this year.
Joshua Garnett of Stanford has won the Outland Trophy as the nation's most outstanding interior lineman. Garnett helped clear running room for Stanford's star running back Christian McCaffrey
Tyler Matakevich of Temple has won the Chuck Bednarik (behd-NAR'-ihk) Award as the nation's defensive player of the year. It was the second major award for Matakevich, who won the Bronko Nagurski Award on Monday.
Desmond King is the first Iowa player to win the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's best defensive back. The junior cornerback led Iowa with eight interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, this season.
The Lou Groza (GROH'-zah) award went to UCLA's Ka'imi Fairbairn, who made 20 of 23 field-goal attempts and each of his 44 extra points in 2015. Fairbairn scored over 100 points in each of his four seasons with the Bruins.
Utah's Tom Hackett has won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter. He also won the award last season before averaging a career-best 47.8 yards a kick this year.
The Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday in New York.