Finalists Set for ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards


  • The 29th Edition of the Awards Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN
  • The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Special at 6 p.m. on ESPNU
  • NCFAA Honors Herschel Walker with Contributions to College Football Award; Minnesota’s Casey O’Brien Honored with Disney Spirit Award

The finalists have been named for the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) honors presented at The Home Depot College Football Awards, live from the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN. The annual awards show recognizes the accomplishments of some of the country’s top college football student-athletes. ESPN’s Chris Fowler returns as host, joined by Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor.

Taylor returns, along with Ryan McGee and Marty Smith, to host The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Special beginning at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. Championship Drive: Path to the Playoff Presented by AT&T will air from the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, at 10:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN hosted by Chris Cotter, along with Emmanuel Acho and David Pollack.

CREDENTIALING NOTE: Media interested in attending the media availability with nominees on Wednesday, Dec. 11, and/or covering the live telecast on Thursday, Dec. 12, can apply for credentials by emailing [email protected] through Friday, Dec. 6.

The Home Depot College Football Awards Finalists
NCFAA awards announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year
Derrick Brown, Auburn (Sr.)
Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (Jr.)
Chase Young, Ohio State (Jr.)
Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Receiver
Ja’Marr Chase, LSU (So.)
CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma (Jr.)
Michael Pittman Jr., USC (Sr.)
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker
Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia (Sr.)
Keith Duncan, Iowa (Jr.)
Blake Mazza, Washington State (So.)
Ray Guy Award
College Punter of the Year
Dane Roy, Houston (Sr.)
Max Duffy, Kentucky (Jr.)
Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse (Jr.)
Maxwell Award
College Player of the Year
Joe Burrow, LSU (Sr.)
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Chase Young, Ohio State (Jr.)
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation’s Best Quarterback
Joe Burrow, LSU (Sr.)
Justin Fields, Ohio State (Jr.)
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Outland Trophy
Nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman
Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin (Jr.)
Derrick Brown, Auburn (Sr.)
Penei Sewell, Oregon (So.)
Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Nation’s Best Defensive Back
Grant Delpit, LSU (Jr.)
Jeff Okudah, Ohio State (Jr.)
J.R. Reed, Georgia (Sr.)
Doak Walker Award
Nation’s Premier Running Back
Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (So.)
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (Jr.)
J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State (Jr.)
Walter Camp All-America Team Team will be announced Thursday, Dec.12.

Other honors recognized during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

 

Awards to be recognized during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Special at 6 p.m. on ESPNU:

John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End
Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic (Sr.)

Hunter Bryant, Washington (Jr.)

Brevin Jordan, Miami (So.)

Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center
Finalists announced Monday, Dec. 9.
Wuerffel Trophy
Community Service
Derrick Brown, Auburn (Sr.)
Isaiah Sanders, Air Force (Sr.)
Jon Wassink, Western Michigan

 National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
The National College Football Awards Association encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

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Contact: Kimberly Elchlepp at [email protected] or 860-424-2923; @kimelchlepp



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