Finalists for the nine major awards to be handed out on December 12 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta were announced on Monday, and it was no surprise to see the nation’s biggest stars dominating the headlines.
LSU QB Joe Burrow, Oklahoma QB Jaylen Hurts and Ohio State DE Chase Young were named as finalists for the Maxwell Award for the nation’s top player, while Ohio State QB Justin Fields joined the other two signal-callers as a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
Auburn DT Derrick Brown and Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons join Young as finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award for the nation’s top defensive player.
Full list of finalists:
Chuck Bednarik Award (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:
Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia (Sr.); Keith Duncan, Iowa (Jr.); Blake Mazza, Washington State (So.)
Ray Guy Award (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:
Joe Burrow, LSU (Sr.); Justin Fields, Ohio State (Jr.); Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Outland Trophy (Most Outstanding Interior Lineman):
Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin (Jr.); Derrick Brown, Auburn (Sr.); Penei Sewell, Oregon (So.)
Jim Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back):
Grant Delpit, LSU (Jr.); Jeff Okudah, Ohio State (Jr.); J.R. Reed, Georgia (Sr.)
Doak Walker Award (Premier Running Back):
Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (So.); Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (Jr.); J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State (Jr.)