We’ve reached a love/hate period in the college football season. The regular season is over and the bowl games are just beginning, so you’re left looking for any reason to invite friends over on Saturday afternoon. It’s probably not sufficient, but the powers that be in the college football world have crowned the award winners for this past season, so here’s a recap of who won what.
Starting the season as Johnny Manziel, transforming into “Johnny Football”, and finally capping off his freshman campaign being christened “Johnny Heisman”, the boy wonder at Texas A&M shocked the sports world at the Heisman Ceremony in New York. The bronze statue wasn’t the only trophy Johnny boy took home, as he was also awarded the Davey O’Brien QB of the Year title. With three more years of collegiate eligibility left, Manziel’s on pace to do the unprecedented, possibly winning multiple Heismans in the years to come.
Although Johnny Manziel came out of nowhere to swipe the Heisman trophy, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were the true underdogs this season. Starting off unranked and now on vacation until their national championship showdown, they can attribute their success to their core guy in the center of it all, Manti Te’o. Capping off the regular season winning the Walter Camp and Maxwell Player of the Year awards, as well as the Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year award, Te’o virtually swept the board proving to be who many thought was the best football player in the country.
Rounding out the top awards are Notre Dame’s head coach, Brian Kelly, taking the Coach of the Year award after guiding the Fighting Irish to an undefeated season, a #1 ranking, and BCS National Championship title berth and Montee Ball of the Wisconsin Badgers finishing his senior season as the Doak Walker RB of the year.
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