Welcome to the major awards before the major award.
College football fans are undoubtedly excited for this weekend when the 78th—77th if you don't want to include that guy named Reggie Bush—Heisman Trophy award is handed out to the best player in the country, but on Thursday, we get a pretty darn good preview:
The Home Depot College Football Awards.
If Johnny Manziel or Collin Klein wins the Davey O'Brien award Thurs., it could be a good sign: 5 of the last 6 winners have won the Heisman— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 5, 2012
We've got the Maxwell Award, given out to the most outstanding player; the Chuck Bednarik Award, given out to the best defensive player; the Biletnikoff Award, given out to the best wide receiver; the Doak Walker Award, given out to the best running back; the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back; the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman; the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award; and finally, the Ray Guy Award, given to the best punter.
The John Mackey Award for the nation's best tight end will also be recognized, but we already know the winner is Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame.
Essentially, the nation's All-Star team will be revealed to us on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET as several young studs take home some impressive hardware.
For a complete look at the finalists for each award, check out ESPN.com. Follow along here for an update as the winners are announced.
|Maxwell||Manti Te'o||Notre Dame||Senior|
|Davey O'Brien National Quarterback||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||Freshman|
|Chuck Bednarik||Manti Te'o||Notre Dame||Senior|
|Doak Walker||Montee Ball||Wisconsin||Senior|
|Jim Thorpe||Johnthan Banks||Mississippi State||Senior|
|Outland Trophy||Luke Joeckel||Texas A&M||Junior|
|Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker||Cairo Santos||Tulane||Junior|
|Ray Guy||Ryan Allen||Louisiana Tech||Senior|
|John Mackey||Tyler Eifert||Notre Dame||Senior|