The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards will air on ESPN, Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. ET. The show, relocating to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, highlights the achievements of college football student-athletes in 2015. Twenty-four players were selected as finalists for the nine National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) awards given annually during the show. The nominees were announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special at 5 p.m. ET today on ESPNU.
Derrick Henry (Alabama), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson) are each finalists for two awards. Alabama and Stanford lead schools in nominations as Alabama has three players nominated for four awards and Stanford has two players nominated for three awards.
THE HOME DEPOT 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS FINALISTS – (listed alphabetically)
|Chuck Bednarik AwardCollege Defensive Player of the Year||Tyler Matakevich, Temple (Sr.)Carl Nassib, Penn State (Sr.)Reggie Ragland, Alabama (Sr.)|
|Biletnikoff AwardOutstanding Receiver||Corey Coleman, Baylor (Jr.)Josh Doctson, TCU (Sr.)Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (Jr.)|
|Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker AwardNation’s Outstanding Placekicker||Daniel Carlson, Auburn (So.)Jake Elliott, Memphis (Jr.)Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA (Sr.)|
|Ray Guy AwardCollege Punter of the Year||Michael Carrizosa, San Jose State (So.)Tom Hackett, Utah (Sr.)*Hayden Hunt, Colorado State (RS Jr.)|
|Maxwell AwardCollege Player of the Year||Derrick Henry, Alabama (Jr.)Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (So.)Deshaun Watson, Clemson (So.)|
|Davey O’Brien National Quarterback AwardNation’s Best Quarterback||Trevone Boykin, TCU (Sr.)Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Jr.)Deshaun Watson, Clemson (So.)|
|Outland TrophyNation’s Most OutstandingInterior Lineman||Spencer Drango, Baylor (Sr.)Joshua Garnett, Stanford (Sr.)A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (Jr.)|
|Jim Thorpe AwardNation’s BestDefensive Back||Jeremy Cash, Duke (RS Sr.)Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (Jr.)Desmond King, Iowa (Jr.)|
|Doak Walker AwardNation’s PremierRunning Back||Leonard Fournette, LSU (So.)Derrick Henry, Alabama (Jr.)Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (Sr.)|
*2014 award winner
Additionally, the John Mackey Award (Outstanding Tight End), the Rimington Award (Outstanding Center) and the Wuerffel Trophy (Community Service) will be recognized during The Red Carpet Special at The Home Depot College Football Awards. Hunter Henry (Arkansas, Jr.), Austin Hooper (Stanford, Jr.) and Jordan Leggett (Clemson, Jr.) are finalists for the John Mackey Award; Ty Darlington (Oklahoma, Sr.), Landon Foster (Kentucky, Sr.) and Nate Sudfeld (Indiana, Sr.) are finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy; and the Rimington finalists will be announced on Monday, Dec. 7.
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the Disney Spirit Award and the William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Success) will also be featured in the December show. The 17 finalists for the Campbell Trophy were announced on Oct. 29.
2015 The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards Highlights
The 25th annual awards show – hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, and joined by Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Ponder – will originate for the first time from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
- The Red Carpet Special at The Home Depot College Football Awards – hosted by Ponder, Rinaldi and Danny Kanell – will air at 6 m. on ESPNU.
- In addition to the nine awards listed above, The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards will feature the live presentation of the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; the Disney Spirit Award; the William V. Campbell Trophy; the student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team; and Play of the Year as voted on live by viewers. It will air on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
- Championship Drive: CFB Playoff Preview will follow the awards show at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Host Chris Cotter will be joined by Kanell, David Pollack and Joey Galloway.
- Viewers can also follow and engage on Twitter by following @ESPNCFB and tagging their tweets using #CFBAwards for news, opinion and behind-the-scenes extras during and leading up to this year’s award show.
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National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
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