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Aaron Donald, AJ McCarron, Jameis Winston and Andre Williams among Award Recipients at The Home Depot College Football Awards


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Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh, AJ McCarron of Alabama, Jameis Winston of Florida St. and Andre Willams of Boston College each claimed top awards during the 23rd annual The Home Depot College Football Awards hosted by Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Steele on ESPN Thursday night live from the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Home Depot College Football Awards - December 12, 2013


Donald, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., took home two awards during the show – the Outland Trophy for the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman and the Chuck Bednarik Award for college defensive player of the year.  McCarron won the Maxwell Award for the college player of the year and Winston won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Thirty-six players have won the Maxwell and the Heisman Trophy in the same year, while sixteen players have won both the Davey O’Brien and Heisman.  Williams, a senior from Schnecksville, Pa., won the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s outstanding running back.
Other notable awards included the presentation of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn with The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; former Saint John’s University (Minn.) head coach John Gagliardi was honored with the NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award; Tulane safety Devon Walker received the Disney Spirit Award; and Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers was named the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain – one of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors determined by college football fan voters for the good work these players conduct, and their remarkable stories of service to others.



Chuck Bednarik Award

College Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Barr (UCLA)Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh) – WinnerC.J. Mosley (Alabama)

Biletnikoff Award

Nation’s Outstanding College Receiver

Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) – WinnerMike Evans (Texas A&M)Sammy Watkins (Clemson)

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker

Roberto Aguayo (Florida State) – WinnerAnthony Fera (Texas)Marvin Kloss (South Florida)

Ray Guy Award

College Punter of the Year

Tom Hornsey (Memphis) – WinnerDrew Kaser (Texas A&M)Cody Webster (Purdue)

Maxwell Award

College Player of the Year

Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)AJ McCarron (Alabama) – Winner Jameis Winston (Florida State)

Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award

Nation’s Best Quarterback

Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)*AJ McCarron (Alabama)Jameis Winston (Florida State) – Winner

Outland Trophy

Nation’s Most Outstanding

Interior Lineman

Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh) – WinnerJake Matthews (Texas A&M)Cyril Richardson (Baylor)

Jim Thorpe Award

Nation’s Best

Defensive Back

Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State) – WinnerJustin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)

Doak Walker Award

Nation’s Premier

Running Back

Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona)Bishop Sankey (Washington)Andre Williams (Boston College) – Winner


The following players were also announced for the Walter Camp All-America Team:





Player of the Year
Presented by Doug Williams, 1977 First Team All-American

Jameis Winston

Florida State

Offensive Team


AJ McCarron


Wide Receiver

Brandin Cooks

Oregon State

Wide Receiver

Mike Evans

Texas A&M

Tight End

Jace Amaro

Texas Tech

Offensive Lineman

Cyrus Kouandjio


Offensive Lineman

Jake Matthews

Texas A&M

Offensive Lineman

Cyril Richardson


Offensive Lineman

David Yankey



Gabe Ikard


Running Back

Ka’Deem Carey


Running Back

Andre Williams

Boston College

Defensive Team

Defensive Lineman

Vic Beasley


Defensive Lineman

Aaron Donald


Defensive Lineman

Jackson Jeffcoat


Defensive Lineman

Michael Sam



Anthony Barr



C.J. Mosley



Trent Murphy


Defensive Back

Darqueze Dennard

Michigan State

Defensive Back

Justin Gilbert

Oklahoma State

Defensive Back

Lamarcus Joyner

Florida State

Defensive Back

Jason Verrett


Special Teams


Roberto Aguayo

Florida State


Anthony Fera



Austin Rehkow


Punt Returner

Ty Montgomery



Two additional awards were announced during The Cree LED Bulb Red Carpet Special at The Home Depot College Football Awards hosted by Steele, Rinaldi and Dari Nowkhah on ESPNU: 

  • Rimington Trophy (nation’s outstanding center):  Bryan Stork, Florida State

Stork is the first Rimington Trophy winner from Florida State and first winner from the ACC.  Stork is also the sixth straight winner to play in a BCS bowl and the second straight winner to play in BCS National Championship game joining Barrett Jones of Alabama.

  • John Mackey Award (nation’s outstanding tight end): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

In his three years playing at Washington, Seferian-Jenkins has totaled 143 receptions, 1,801 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns making him the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a Washington tight end.  He recorded 33 receptions for 413 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, with 70 percent of his catches going for a first down or a touchdown.  All seven of his receiving touchdowns came in the red zone, tying for second most red zone touchdown catches in the Pac-12.


Several other awards were recognized during this year’s show:

  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s outstanding defensive player): Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
  • Frank Broyles Award (top assistant coach): Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator
  • Rotary Lombardi Award (nation’s outstanding lineman): Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
  • William V. Campbell Trophy (academic success): John Urschel, Penn State

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Aaron Donald, winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year)
–  first player from Pitt to win the award

–  first defensive lineman to win the award since Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh in 2009

–  first ACC player to win the award since Maryland’s E.J. Henderson in 2002


Brandin Cooks, winner of the Biletnikoff Award (Nation’s Outstanding College Receiver)

–  second Biletnikoff winner from Oregon State, joining 2005 winner Mike Hass

–  Oregon State becomes just the second school to produce two different Biletnikoff winners (Pitt)

–  second straight winner from the Pac-12


Roberto Aguayo, winner of Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker)

–  third different Groza winner from Florida State

–  Florida State becomes the first team to produce three different Groza winners


Tom Hornsey, winner of the Ray Guy Award (College Punter of the Year)

–  first Ray Guy winner from Memphis

–  first The Home Depot College Football Awards winner from Memphis since Joe Allison won the Groza Award in 1992


AJ McCarron, winner of the Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)

–  first player from Alabama to win the award

–  second straight senior to win the award

–  first player from the SEC to win the award since Cam Newton in 2010


Jameis Winston, winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award

–  second freshman to ever win the award joining Johnny Manziel from last year

–  third Florida State player to win the award, joining Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke

–  Florida State joins BYU as the only school to produce three different Davey O’Brien winners


Aaron Donald, winner of the Outland Trophy (Nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman)

–  first defensive lineman to win the award since Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh in 2009

–  joins ESPN’s Mark May as the only Outland Trophy winners from Pittsburgh

–  first ACC player to win the award since NC State’s Jim Ritcher in 1979


Darqueze Dennard, winner of the Jim Thorpe Award (Nation’s Best Defensive Back)

–  first player from Michigan State to win the award

–  first Big Ten player to win the award since Ohio State’s Malcolm Jenkins in 2008

–  fourth straight cornerback to win the award


Andre Williams, winner of the Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Premier Running Back)

–  first ever winner from Boston College

–  sixth 2,000-yd rusher to win Doak Walker award

–  first ever winner from the ACC



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