Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson lead honors at the National College Football Awards

Written by Brett Korpi
College Football’s most outstanding players put on their best formal wear and gathered in Atlanta, Georgia tonight, at the College Football Hall of Fame for the 2016 Home Depot College Football Awards.

Let’s take a look at tonight’s winners:

Maxwell Award (Player of the Year) – Lamar Jackson, Louisville 

As the first Louisville Cardinal to win the award, the sophomore quarterback put up video game type numbers scoring at least 4 touchdowns eight times, and an ACC record 51 scores. He is just the second player ever to amass 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards.



Biletnikoff Award (Outstanding Receiver) – Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma

The speedy senior averaged nearly 20 yards a on 74 receptions totaling to 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Sooners

Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year) – Jonathan Allen, Alabama

Allen, tormented SEC offenses all year long recording 8.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and took two fumble recoveries to the house for the Crimson Tide.



Ray Guy Award (Punter of the Year) – Mitch Wishnosky, Utah

As a sophomore, the Ute lead the PAC 12 and was second nationally averaging 48 yards a punt. He pinned opponents inside the 10-yard line 19 times.

Davey O’Brien Award (Quarterback of the Year) – Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Just the fourth player to win the award twice, joining Ty Detmer, Danny Wuerffel and Jason White. Watson, threw for 3,914 yards and 37 touchdowns, while leading the Tigers to their second straight ACC Championship and back into the College Football Playoff.



Outland Trophy (Most Outstanding Interior Lineman) – Cam Robinson, Alabama

As a member of the Crimson Tide, the junior has started 42 straight games. He anchored an offensive line that led the way for 245 rushing yards a game.

Jim Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back) – Adoree Jackson, USC

The Trojan showcased his all-around ability the season, recording four interceptions, 11 deflections, two fumble recoveries, and 51 tackles. As well as returning two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns this season.



Doak Walker Award (Premier Running Back) – D’Onta Foreman, Texas

The national leader in rushing yards with 2,028, joins former Longhorn greats Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson as Doak Walker Award Winners.

Lou Groza Award (Outstand Place-Kicker) – Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State

In his senior season, the Sun Devil became the all-time career field goal leader with 96. He led the FBS with 13 field goals over 40 yards and seven field goals over 50 yards.



Home Depot Coach of the Year – Mike Macintyre, Colorado 

In his fourth season in Boulder, Macintyre led the Buffaloes to a six-win turnaround and their first appearance in the PAC-12 title game.

NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award – Steve Spurrier 

The Head Ball Coach was honored for his career that included stops at Duke, Florida and South Carolina. He was presented the award by Danny Wuerfell, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1996 and was a member of the Gators’ National Championship team coached by Spurrier.



Disney Spirit Award (Most Inspirational) – James Conner, Pittsburg 

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year, suffered a season ending knee injury in 2015. During his rehabilitation, he would be diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He spent the offseason training with a surgical mask in-between chemotherapy treatments. He would be declared cancer-free this past summer, and returned to the gridiron astonishing and inspiring millions with 1,060 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns.

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