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2014 College Football Awards Predictions, Finalists and Winners

Author:
Scooby Wright

Scooby Wright

Before a team hoists a national championship trophy, before one outstanding player hoists the Heisman Trophy, a handful of other hardware will be awarded over the coming days.

Part of college football’s rich tradition is the dozens of individual and positional awards to be distributed over the coming days and weeks.

Most of these will be during ESPN’s College Football Awards show on Thursday, Dec. 11., at 7 p.m.

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Here are the finalists, the winners and our picks for each of the major awards.

Finalists

Athlon's Pick

Winner

Heisman TrophyMost Outstanding PlayerAmari Cooper, AlabamaMelvin Gordon, WisconsinMarcus Mariota, Oregon

Mariota

 

Maxwell AwardPlayer of the YearMelvin Gordon, WisconsinMarcus Mariota, OregonDak Prescott, Mississippi State

Mariota

Mariota

Bednarik AwardDefensive Player of the YearVic Beasley, ClemsonJoey Bosa, Ohio StateScooby Wright, Arizona

Wright

Wright

Nagurski TrophyTop defensive playerMalcolm Brown, TexasLandon Collins, AlabamaSenquez Golson, Ole MissGerod Holliman, LouisvilleScooby Wright, Arizona

Wright

 

Eddie Robinson AwardCoach of the yearArt Briles, BaylorJimbo Fisher, Florida StateJustin Fuente, MemphisBryan Harsin, Boise StateMark Helfrich, OregonUrban Meyer, AlabamaGary Patterson, TCUNick Saban, Alabama

Patterson

 

Maxwell Coach of the YearMark Helfrich, OregonUrban Meyer, Ohio StateDan Mullen, Mississippi State

Mullen

 

Johnny Unitas Golden ArmTop senior quarterbackBrett Hundley, UCLACody Kessler, USCMarcus Mariota, OregonBryce Petty, BaylorDak Prescott, Mississippi State

Mariota

Mariota

Davey O’Brien AwardTop quarterbackTrevone Boykin, TCUMarcus Mariota, OregonDak Prescott, Mississippi State

Mariota

Mariota

Doak Walker AwardTop running backAmeer Abdullah, NebraskaTevin Coleman, IndianaMelvin Gordon, Nebraska

Gordon

Gordon

Biletnikoff AwardTop wide receiverAmari Cooper, AlabamaRashard Higgins, Colorado StateKevin White, West Virginia

Cooper

Cooper

Mackey AwardTop tight endNick O’Leary, Florida StateClive Walford, MiamiMaxx Williams, Minnesota

O'Leary

O'Leary

Outland TrophyTop interior linemanMalcolm Brown, TexasReese Dismukes, AuburnBrandon Scherff, Iowa

Scherff

Scherff

Rimington AwardTop centerJack Allen, Mississippi StateDavid Andrews, GeorgiaReese Dismukes, AbuburnB.J. Finney, Kansas StateAndy Gallik, Boston CollegeHroniss Grasu, Oregon

Dismukes

 

Lombardi AwardTop lineman/linebackerVic Beasley, ClemsonJoey Bosa, Ohio StateHau’oli Kikaha, WashingtonScooby Wright, Arizona

Wright

Wright

Butkus AwardTop linebackerErik Kendricks, UCLAHau’oli Kikaha, WashingtonDenzel Perryman, MiamiJake Ryan, MichiganJaylon Smith, Notre Dame

Kikaha

Kendricks

Thorpe AwardTop defensive backLandon Collins, AlabamaIfo Ekpre-OlomuGerod Holliman, Louisville

Holliman

Holliman

Lou Groza AwardTop kickerRobert Aguayo, Florida StateBrad Craddock, MarylandJosh Lambert, West Virginia

Aguayo

Craddock

Ray Guy AwardTop punterTom Hackett, UtahAustin Rekhow, IdahoJ.K. Scott, Alabama

Hackett

Hackett

Broyles AwardTop assistant coachScott Frost, OregonTom Herman, Ohio StateLane Kiffin, AlabamaDoug Meacham, TCUDave Steckel, Missouri

Meacham

Herman