College Football 2012 Awards Roundtable

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The Heisman isn't the only close race for Klein, Manziel and Te'o, plus a heated coach of the year race

<p> Award season is upon us with a the Davey O'Brien, Bednarik, Doak Walker, Outland and Biletnkoff awards being handed out tonight. The Athlon college football staff makes its picks.</p>

The Heisman remains college football’s biggest prize, but players from every position will walk away with hardware Thursday night as part of the college football awards show (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Eastern).

Athlon has chimed in all year with our picks for frontrunners for each award, and now the time has come for our staff to pick our winners.

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Awards and finalists David Fox Braden Gall Steven Lassan Mitch Light Winner
MAXWELL
Player of the year

Collin Klein, Kansas State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Klein Klein Te'o Manziel Te'o
WALTER CAMP
Player of the year

Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Collin Klein, Kansas State
Marqise Lee, USC
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Klein Klein Te'o Manziel Te'o
DAVEY O’BRIEN
Quarterback

Collin Klein, Kansas State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Klein Klein Manziel Manziel Manziel
DOAK WALKER
Running back

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
Ball Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona Ball Franklin Ball
BILETNIKOFF
Wide receiver

Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Marqise Lee, USC
Terrance Williams, Baylor
Lee Lee Lee Lee Lee
MACKEY
Tight end

Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Zach Ertz, Stanford
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Seferian-Jenkins Seferian-Jenkins Ertz Eifert Eifert
OUTLAND
Interior lineman

Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Luke Joeckel, North Carolina
Jones Joeckel Jones Jones Joeckel
RIMINGTON
Center

Mario Benavides, Louisville
Braxston Cave, Notre Dame
Dalton Freeman, Clemson
Khaled Holmes, USC
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State
Jones Jones Jones Jones Jones
BEDNARIK
Defensive player

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Te'o Te'o Te'o Te'o Te'o
THORPE
Defensive back

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Dee Milliner, Alabama
Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
Thomas Banks Milliner Milliner Banks
LOU GROZA
Kicker

Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Cairo Santos, Tulane
Caleb Sturgis, Florida
Santos Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Santos
RAY GUY
Punter

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Kyle Christy, Florida
Scott Kovanda, Ball State
Allen Christy Allen Allen Allen
EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD
Coach of the year

Gary Andersen, Utah State
Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Will Muschamp, Florida
Bill O’Brien, Penn State
David Shaw, Stanford
Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly  

Other honors already awarded:
Nagurski (defensive player): Te’o, Notre Dame
Lombardi (lineman or linebacker): Te'o, Notre Dame
Butkus (linebacker): Te’o, Notre Dame
Broyles (assistant coach): Bob Diaco, Notre Dame defensive coordinator

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