More awards: AP player of the year Kyler Murray added the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback at ESPN’s College Football Awards show in Atlanta. But right before the 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 A Deandre Baker is the first Bulldogs’ player to win the Thorpe Award as the top defensive back.
Wisconsin’s Jonathan A Taylor became the fourth Badgers player to win the Doak Walker award as the top running back.
Syracuse freshman A Andre Szmyt wins the Lou Groza as top kicker.
Alabama’s Jerry A Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.
Notre Dame coach A Brian Kelly is the Home Depot coach of the year.
LSU’s Devin White A won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.
Iowa’s T.J. HockenA son 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. Maryland: Mike Locksley is thrilled to be home. The Washington native who spent two stints as a Maryland assistant and also served as the Terrapins’ interim leader for six games in 2015 was introduced Thursday as the school’s full-time coach.
“This was the job I’ve coveted since the day I put a whistle around my neck as a coach,” said Locksley, the Alabama offensive coordinator who Tuesday was named the winner of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. “Some people grow up wanting to be the head coach at the University of Alabama, Michigan, all the storied programs. For Locks, this was it.”
California: Coach Justin Wilcox signed a new five-year deal to stay under contract through the 2023 season. The deal adds two more years to the original contract signed in 2017.