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quar­ter­back: Wash­ing­ton State’s Gard­ner Min­shew II leads the way in the Pac-12.

Min­shew, a grad­u­ate trans­fer who leads the na­tion with an av­er­age of 373.1 pass­ing yards per game, was the unan­i­mous choice for first-team quar­ter­back on The As­so­ci­ated Press All-Pac-12 team.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, he also got the nod as the league’s Of­fen­sive Player of the Year. show started it was an­nounced that Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tagovailoa won the Wal­ter Camp Player of the Year Award.

The last five win­ners of the Wal­ter Camp have gone on to win the Heis­man, but only five Heis­man win­ners have failed to win AP Player of the Year since the award started in 1998.

Ge­or­gia cor­ner­back

De­an­dre Baker is the first Bull­dogs’ player to win the Thorpe Award as the top de­fen­sive back.

Wis­con­sin’s Jonathan ●

Tay­lor be­came the fourth Badgers player to win the Doak Walker award as the top run­ning back.

Syra­cuse fresh­man

An­dre Szmyt wins the Lou Groza as top kicker.

Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy ● won the Bilet­nikoff Award as the na­tion’s top wide re­ceiver.

Notre Dame coach

Brian Kelly is the Home De­pot coach of the year.

LSU’s Devin White

● won the Butkus Award as the na­tion’s top line­backer.

Iowa’s T.J. Hock­en­son ● won the John Mackey Award as the na­tion’s top tight end.

Ge­or­gia Tech: Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins met with Ge­or­gia Tech of­fi­cials about the Yel­low Jack­ets’ va­cant head­coach­ing po­si­tion, a per­son with knowl­edge of the meet­ings told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Paul John­son is step­ping down af­ter 11 sea­sons as coach. John­son will coach Ge­or­gia Tech against Min­nesota in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit.

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