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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2011) — Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III of Baylor and Andrew Luck of Stanford, along with Alabama running back Trent Richardson each claimed top awards during the 21st annual The Home Depot College Football Awards hosted by Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews on ESPN Thursday nightlive from the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Heisman finalists Luck, a senior from Houston, Texas, won the Maxwell Award for the college player of the year; Griffin III, a junior from Copperas Cove, Texas, earned the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s most outstanding quarterback; and Richardson, a junior from Pensacola, Fla., won the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s most outstanding running back. LSU’s cornerback, Tyrann Mathieu, a sophomore from New Orleans, LA, also a Heisman finalist, won the Chuck Bednarik Award for the college defensive player of the year.

Other notable awards included the presentation of LSU coach Les Miles with the previously announced The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award and Northwestern State University senior linebacker Yaser Elqutub as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain- a community service award determined by college football fan voters for the work players conduct off the field.


Award / Presented ByFinalists and Winner

Chuck Bednarik Award

College Defensive Player of the Year

ESPN Analyst Matt Millen


Dont’a Hightower, Alabama

Tyrann Mathieu. LSU – WINNER

Devon Still, Penn State


Biletnikoff Award

Nation’s Most Outstanding Receiver

Fred Biletnikoff*


Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (2010 award winner) – WINNER

Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Robert Woods, USC


Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Nation’s Most Outstanding Placekicker

Judd Groza (son of Lou Groza)


Randy Bullock, Texas A&M – WINNER

Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Caleb Sturgis, Florida


Ray Guy Award

Nation’s Most Outstanding Punter

Ray Guy*


Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech – WINNER

Steven Clark, Auburn

Jackson Rice, Oregon


Maxwell Award

College Player of the Year

Herschel Walker* (1982 winner)


Andrew Luck, Stanford – WINNER

Kellen Moore, Boise State

Trent Richardson, Alabama


Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award

Nation’s Best Quarterback

Jim McMahon* (1981 winner)


Robert Griffin III, Baylor – WINNER

Case Keenum, Houston

Andrew Luck, Stanford


Outland Trophy

Nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman

ESPN Analyst Mark May* (1980 winner)


David DeCastro, Stanford

Barrett Jones, Alabama – WINNER

Devon Still, Penn State


Jim Thorpe Award

Nation’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back

Governor Bill Anoatubby


David Amerson, NC State

Mark Barron, Alabama

Morris Claiborne, LSU – WINNER


Doak Walker Award

Nation’s Most Outstanding Running Back

Calvin Hill


Montee Ball, Wisconsin

LaMichael James, Oregon (2010 award winner)

Trent Richardson, Alabama – WINNER


The Walter Camp All-America Team Player of the Year



Andrew Luck, Stanford


*College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

The following players were also announced for the Walter Camp All-America Team, including the Walter Camp All-America Team Player of the Year, Andrew Luck:

Player of the Year
Presented by Lincoln Kennedy (1992 All-America Team)
Andrew LuckStanford
Offensive Team
QuarterbackAndrew LuckStanford
Wide ReceiverJustin BlackmonOklahoma State
Wide ReceiverRyan BroylesOklahoma
Tight EndTyler EifertNotre Dame
Offensive LinemanDavid DeCastroStanford
Offensive LinemanBarrett JonesAlabama
Offensive LinemanMatt KalilUSC
Offensive LinemanJonathan MartinStanford
CenterDavid MolkMichigan
Running BackLaMichael JamesOregon
Running BackTrent RichardsonAlabama
Defensive Team
Defensive LinemanMelvin IngramSouth Carolina
Defensive LinemanWhitney MercilusIllinois
Defensive LinemanDevon StillPenn State
Defensive LinemanJerel WorthMichigan State
LinebackerDont’a HightowerAlabama
LinebackerJarvis JonesGeorgia
LinebackerLuke KuechlyBoston College
Defensive BackDavid AmersonN.C. State
Defensive BackMark BarronAlabama
Defensive BackMorris ClaiborneLSU
Defensive BackTyrann MathieuLSU
Special Team
PlacekickerRandy BullockTexas A&M
PunterShawn PowellFlorida State
Punt ReturnerTyler LockettKansas State

Several other awards were recognized during this year’s show, several of which were announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show hosted by Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and Dari Nowkhah on ESPNU:

  • Rimington Trophy (nation’s most outstanding center) David Molk, Michigan
  • John Mackey Award (nation’s most outstanding tight end): Dwayne Allen, Clemson
  • Rotary Lombardi Award(nation’s most outstanding lineman): Luke Kuechly, Boston College
  • Frank Broyles Award (top assistant coach): John Chavis, LSU defensive coordinator
  • William V. Campbell Trophy (academic success) Andrew Rodriguez, Army

Additionally, ESPNU’s debut season of the Palmer & Pollack show hosted a red carpet special prior to the awards show and recognized the following end of season college football moments and players:

  • Catch of the Year: Michigan State’s Hail Mary against Wisconsin on October 22
  • MANimal of the Year: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
  • #TeamPalmer (All-Offensive Team): Andrew Luck, Stanford; Trent Richardson, Alabama; Montee Ball, Wisconsin; Kenall Wright, Baylor; Matt Kalil, USC
  • #TeamPollack (All-Defensive Team): Tyrann Mathieu, LSU; Luke Kuechly, Boston College; Jarvis Jones, Georgia; Lavonte David, Nebraska; Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)

The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.