The Maxwell Football Club today (February 2) announced that University of Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart has been selected as the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award winner for the 2017 season. In his second season with the Bulldogs, Smart led the team to a 13-2 record and a No. 3 ranking in the final College Football Playoff poll.
Senior running back Bryce Love of Stanford was named the winner of the Lombardi Award on Saturday (January 27) by the Lombardi Foundation during a ceremony held at Houston's Long Star College. The award is presented to an NCAA Division I player, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resilience. The Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy finalist, paced Power 5 running backs in rushing yards, rushing yards/game, yards/carry and number of runs of 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards. His 13 runs of 50 or more yards set an FBS record. He had a dozen 100-yard rushing performances. The Wake Forest, North Carolina, native was Stanford's 10th unanimous All-America selection. Love was one of seven finalists along with Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Minkah Fitzpatick (Alabama), Shaquem Griffin (UCF), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Joel Lanning (Iowa State) and Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma).
Scott Frost was named AP Coach of the Year on Monday (December 18) by the Associated Press after leading UCF to a perfect season and a berth in the Peach Bowl. Frost has committed to steering the Knights through the bowl game before moving on to Nebraska where he was named head coach on the same day UCF won the American Athletic Conference championship game.
Earlier this month (December 9), Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected as the 83rd winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, an award presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
Mayfield is the sixth Heisman winner from the Sooners, joining Billy Vessels ('52), Steve Owens ('69), Billy Sims ('78), Jason White ('03) and Sam Bradford ('08), and it puts Oklahoma in a tie with USC for the second-most Heismans, behind Notre Dame and Ohio State with seven each. Mayfield is also the first Heisman winner to start his career as a walk-on (non-scholarship) player since athletic scholarships were inaugurated in the 1950s and the first senior to win since Troy Smith in 2006.
Further adding to his accomplishment, Mayfield - who finished fourth in the Heisman vote in 2015 and third in 2016 - is the fifth player to log three top 4 Heisman finishes in his career, joining Heisman legends Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard of Army, Doak Walker of SMU and Herschel Walker of Georgia.
The 6-1, 222-pounder from Austin, Texas, threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns, with another 310 yards and five scores on the ground while leading the Sooners to a 12-1 record, the Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff. His passer rating of 203.76 is the best in Heisman history, shattering the mark of 192.31 set by Robert Griffin III in 2011.
Ballots were emailed to 870 media personnel across the nation plus 58 Heisman winners and one fan ballot, for a total of 929 electors. The ballots were received and tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mayfield polled 2,398 points to capture the award over Bryce Love of Stanford (1,300 points), and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville (793 points). The point total is reached by a system of three points for a first place vote, two for a second and one for a third.
Mayfield will be officially inducted into the Heisman family at the 83rd annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on Sunday evening, December 10, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
For more information, visit the official Heisman Trophy website.
|4.||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB||JR||15||73||113||304|
|5.||Rashaad Penny||San Diego St.||RB||SR||7||37||80||175|
|7.||Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma St.||QB||SR||2||14||22||56|
Mayfield took home several other prestigious awards on Thursday night (December 7), while Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington grabbed the Biletnikoff Award and Stanford running back Bryce Love won Doak Walker honors.
Mayfield was honored as Player Of the Year by the AP, Walter Camp and the Maxwell Football Club. He also won the Davey O'Brien Award as the best college quarterback. Mayfield enters the bowl season ranked 4th nationally in passing yards per game (333.8), 2nd in total passing yards (4,340), 2nd in TD passes (41), and topped the charts in passer rating (203.76) and completion percentage (71.0%).
Love spent the last half of the season hobbling on a bum ankle (he sat out the Oregon State game) and still totaled 586 yards with 6 TD's over that stretch. While healthy, he collected 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns in the teams' first 7 games. That's a total of 1,973 yards and 17 scores.
Miami's Mark Richt was named Walter Camp Coach of the Year on Tuesday (December 5), while Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott won the Broyles Award for top assistant coach.
The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. Richt is the second Miami coach (Jimmy Johnson, 1986) and the third from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the last five years (Dabo Swinney, Clemson, 2015 and David Cutcliffe, Duke, 2013) to earn the honor.
Last year's Broyles winner came from the other side of the scrimmage line at Clemson as defensive coordinator Brent Venables took home the hardware.
N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski trophy on Monday, and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph was announced as the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award last Thursday.
Chubb, a 6-4, 275-pound senior from Marietta, Ga., is the first Wolfpack player to receive the Football Writers Association of America’s National Defensive Player of the Year Award, which has been selected by the organization since 1993. Chubb, second in the FBS in tackles for loss and eighth in sacks this season, was chosen over four other finalists: Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, Houston tackle Ed Oliver and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.
Rudolph led the FBS with 4,553 passing yards and 379.4 passing yards per game during the regular season and holds no fewer than 50 school records at Oklahoma State. The 22-year-old not only has impressive stats on the field, but he is also Oklahoma State’s most active player in community service activities. Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities.
CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is a:
- member of the Football Writers Association of America
- member of the National Football Foundation & College Hall Of Fame
- voting member for the College Football Hall Of Fame
- voting member for the Vince Lombardi Award
- voting member for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
- voting member for the Ray Guy Award
- voting member for the Fred Biletnikoff Award
- voting member for the Lombardi Award
- voting member for the Maxwell Award
- voting member for the Bednarik Award
- voting member for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award
- nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- nominating member for the Outland Trophy
- nominating member for the FWAA All-America Team
AP Coach Of the Year: Scott Frost, UCF
Home Depot Coach Of the Year: Scott Frost, UCF
AP Player Of the Year: Baker Mayfield, QB, Senior, Oklahoma
Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Minkah FItzpatrick, DB, Junior, Alabama
Congrove's vote: Roquan Smith, LB, Junior, Georgia
Fred Biletnikoff Award (receiver): James Washington, WR, Senior, Oklahoma State
Congrove's vote: James Washington, WR, Senior, Oklahoma State
Frank Broyles Award (assistant coach): Tony Elliott, OC, Clemson
Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): Roquan Smith, LB, Junior, Georgia
Walter Camp Award (top player): Baker Mayfield, QB, Senior, Oklahoma
Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Matt Gay, Junior, Utah
Ray Guy Award (punter): Michael Dickson, P, Junior, Texas
Congrove's vote: Michael Dickson, P, Junior, Texas
Paul Hornung Award (versatile player): Saquon Barkley, RB/WR/RS, Junior, Penn State
Vince Lombardi Award (player of the year in performance, character, leadership, resiliency): Bryce Love, RB Stanford
Congrove's final 3: Bryce Love (RB, Stanford), Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville), Quenton Nelson (OG, Notre Dame)
John Mackey Award (tight end): Mark Andrews, TE, Junior, Oklahoma
Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award (top player): Baker Mayfield, QB, Senior, Oklahoma
Congrove's vote: Baker Mayfield, QB, Senior, Oklahoma
George Munger Coach of the Year: Kirby Smart, Georgia
Congrove's vote: Scott Frost, UCF
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Bradley Chubb, DE, Senior, N.C. State
Congrove nominated: Jeff Holland, LB, Junior, Auburn
Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Baker Mayfield, QB, Senior, Oklahoma
Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Ed Oliver, DT, Sophomore, Houston
Congrove nominated: Duke Ejiofor, DL, Senior, Wake Forest
Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Billy Price, Senior, Ohio State
Eddie Robinson Coach Of the Year: Scott Frost, UCF
Congrove's vote: Bill Clark, UAB
Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Minkah Fitzpatrick, Junior, Alabama
Johnny Unitas Award (senior, or 4th-year junior, quarterback): Mason Rudolph, QB, Senior, Oklahoma State
Doak Walker Award (running back): Bryce Love, Junior, Stanford