Willie Fritz of Tulane was announced as the recipient of the George Munger Coach of the Year Award on Wednesday, January 11. Fritz led the program to its first American Athletic Conference (AAC) title and its first victory in a major bowl game since the 1935 Sugar Bowl with the 46-45 thrilling victory over USC in the Cotton Bowl Classic on January 2 (Complete Story).
Sonny Dykes was announced on Tuesday, December 20 as the winner of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Dykes also claimed the Associated Press Coach of the Year on Monday (December 19), and was named Home Depot Coach of the Year on the 32nd edition of "The Home Depot College Football Awards Show" on Thursday night (December 8). Practically everything except the Heisman was announced on that show, and the Heisman Trophy presentation followed on Saturday night, December 10.
Dykes is only the third head coach in the CFP era to lead his program to the playoff in his first season with his team, joining Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma in 2017) and Ryan Day (Ohio State in 2019). Picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 this season, TCU ascended to the No. 3 spot in both polls and the final CFP rankings. The Horned Frogs are just the second team to get to the CFP after beginning the season unranked in both major polls.
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Caleb Williams won the Heisman after collecting the Maxwell, Associated Press (AP) and Walter Camp Foundation best player awards.
Max Duggan of TCU won the Davey O'Brien Award as top quarterback. He was previously announced as the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award which goes to the nation's top upperclassmen quarterback in college football. Candidates are judged on accomplishments on the field as well as on their character, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities.
Will Anderson, Jr. of Alabama claimed the Chuck Bednarik Award on the show after also winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy earlier in the week for the second consecutive year. Both awards goes to the top defensive player. He was also announced on December 7 as the winner of the Lombardi Award for top interior lineman or linebacker.
Bijan Robinson of Texas won the Doak Walker Award for top running back. Robinson led the nation in forced missed tackles in 2022.
Michigan's Olusegun Oluwatimi captured the Rimington Trophy for best center, and the Outland Trophy for top interior lineman on either side of the ball.
Adam Korsak of Rutgers is the all-time leader in punts and punt yards, and the winner of the Ray Guy Award in 2022.
Speaking of kickers, Jake Moody of Michigan was a finalist to repeat as the Lou Groza Award winner for top placekicker, but that honor went to Christopher Dunn of NC State whose 93 career field goals are second all-time only to 2016 Groza winner Zane Gonzalez, while his 479 career points are the fourth-most by any FBS kicker ever.
The Broyles Award winner for top assistant coach was announced on December 6 and that went to Garret Riley, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for TCU.
Iowa's Jack Campbell was announced as the winner of the Butkus Award as top linebacker.
USC quarterback Caleb Williams was joined by three other invitees to New York for the 2022 Heisman Trophy presentation and all were quarterbacks - Georgia's Stetson Bennett, TCU's Max Duggan, and Ohio State's C.J. Stroud.
Williams was CollegeFootballPoll.com's projected winner and was expected to be followed by Duggan, Stroud and Bennett. That's exactly how it turned out.
Williams, a sophomore and a first-year USC starter after transferring from Oklahoma, has thrown for 4,075 yards on 296 of 448 passing (66.1%) with a national co-leading 37 touchdown passes against just four interceptions. His passing yards is fourth-most nationally, his quarterback rating (167.94) is fifth-best and his passing yards per game (313.5) is sixth-best. Williams, who led USC to an 11-2 season after the Trojans went 4-8 in 2021, is third nationally in total offense with 4,447 yards with a total that broke USC’s school record (4,225, 2017). He has also rushed for 372 yards (the most at USC in at least 70 years) on 109 carries with a team-best 10 TDs. Williams’ 47 total touchdowns lead the country, as do his 282 points responsible for while his total touchdowns are a school record. He threw for over 300 yards seven times, including twice over 400 yards.
Runner-up Duggan, a senior quarterback with 41 career starts at TCU, completed 239 of 368 passes (64.9%) for 3,321 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also rushed for 404 yards and another six scores, leading the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 season and their first-ever berth in the College Football Playoff. Duggan is tied for seventh nationally in yards per attempt (9.0), ninth in quarterback rating (165.48), tied for ninth in points responsible for (2018) and 12th in touchdown passes (30). His 30 TD passes are the third-most in school history. Duggan passed for over 300 yards five times and had three or more TD passes in a game seven times. He ran for over 100 yards twice in a game, including for 116 yards and two scores against Oklahoma and for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Big 12 championship game against Kansas State.
Stroud, a redshirt sophomore and repeat invitee who finished fourth in last year's balloting, completed 235 of 355 passes for 3,340 yards (66.2%) with 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions while leading the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record and a spot in the College Football Playoff. He leads the nation in yards per play (8.75) and quarterback rating (176.25), his 37 TDs are tied for first nationally while his 9.4 yards per attempt are third-best nationally. The Buckeye offense Stroud leads is No. 2 nationally in scoring (44.5). He passed for over 300 yards five times and tossed five or more touchdowns in a game four times, including a season-best six at Michigan State. He is the first quarterback in Big Ten history to have back-to-back 30-touchdown seasons.
Stetson Bennett completed 269 of 395 passes (68.1%) for 3,425 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions while rushing for another 184 yards and seven touchdowns. He has led Georgia to a perfect 13-0 regular season and the 2022 SEC title as well as the top seed in the 2022 College Football Playoff. Bennett, who led the Bulldogs to the 2021 national title and has quarterbacked them to 15 straight wins, threw for over 300 yards four times this year and completed at least 70.0% of his passes in a game five times. His 68.1 completion percentage is ranked 13th nationally and his 8.7 yards per attempt are 14th best.
Williams is USC’s seventh Heisman Trophy winner and first since Matt Leinart (2004). He's also the third to play for USC Head Coach Lincoln Riley who was the head coach at Oklahoma when Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018) became Heisman winners.
Duggan would have been TCU’s second Heisman winner and first since Davey O’Brien (1938). Bennett was looking to become Georgia’s third Heisman winner and first since Herschel Walker in 1982. Stroud would have been Ohio State’s eighth Heisman winner and first since Troy Smith in 2006.
The 2022 Heisman Trophy ballots went out to 929 electors, which includes 870 members of the media, 58 living Heisman winners and one overall fan vote presented by Nissan, premier partner of the Heisman Trophy. All ballots were submitted electronically to the independent accountants at Deloitte.
Three points are awarded for first place on a ballot, with two points for second place and one point for third place.
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|8||Michael Pennix, Jr.||Washington||QB||JR||9||20||47||114|
|10||Drake Maye||North Carolina||QB||FR||3||6||21||42|
For more information, visit the official Heisman Trophy website.
NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is a voter for the following awards; Fred Biletnikoff, Eddie Robinson, Ray Guy, Bednarik, Maxwell, Lou Groza, Lombardi and George Munger. He is a nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, and the FWAA All-America Team. His vote for each award, or top nominee, is listed below where applicable.
8 of his 10 selections won that award.
SEE: Awards Finalists
AP Coach Of the Year: Sonny Dykes, TCU
Home Depot Coach Of the Year: Sonny Dykes, TCU
AP Player Of the Year: Caleb Williams, QB, USC (So.)
Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Will Anderson Jr., Alabama (Jr.)
Congrove's Vote: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama (Jr.)
Fred Biletnikoff Award (receiver): Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee (Jr.)
Congrove's Vote: Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee (Jr.)
Frank Broyles Award (assistant coach): Garret Riley, OC/QB Coach, TCU
Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): Jack Campbell, Iowa (Sr.)
Brendan Burlsworth (began as walk-on): Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia (6th-yr Sr.)
Walter Camp Player of the Year: Caleb Williams, QB, USC (So.)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year: Sonny Dykes, TCU
Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Christopher Dunn, NC State (Sr.)
Congrove's Vote: Christopher Dunn, NC State (Sr.)
Ray Guy Award (punter): Adam Korsak, Rutgers (Sr.)
Congrove's Vote: Adam Korsak, Rutgers (Sr.)
Paul Hornung Award (versatile player): Jack Colletto, Oregon State, QB/FB/LB/ST (Sr.)
Vince Lombardi Award (down lineman, linebacker): Will Anderson Jr., Alabama (Jr.)
Congrove's Vote: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama (Jr.)
John Mackey Award (tight end): Brock Bowers, Georgia (So.)
Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award (top player): Caleb Williams, QB, USC (So.)
Congrove's Vote: Hendon Hooker, Tennessee (Sr.)
George Munger Coach of the Year: Willie Fritz, Tulane
Congrove's Vote: Willie Fritz, Tulane
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Will Anderson, Jr., Alabama (Jr.)
Congrove's Top Nominee: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama (Jr.)
Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Max Duggan, TCU (Sr.)
Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan (Sr.)
Congrove's Top Nominee: Tuli Tuipulotu (Jr.)
Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan (Sr.)
Eddie Robinson Coach Of the Year: Sonny Dykes, TCU
Congrove's Vote: Sonny Dykes, TCU
Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU (Sr.)
Johnny Unitas Award (senior, or 4th-year junior, quarterback): Max Duggan, TCU (Sr.)
Doak Walker Award (running back): Bijan Robinson, Texas (Jr.)