ATLANTA GA - DECEMBER 04: CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson (R) and head coach Gene Chizik look on as quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers accepts the MVP trophy after their 56-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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College Football Awards: Cam Newton Takes Home Three Awards, Including Maxwell And Walter Camp

While the Heisman Trophy won't be taken home by Cam Newton until Saturday night, the college football awards season is already well under way, with its penultimate showcase evening taking place Thursday night, in the form of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at Disney World.

It's a chance for the country's best college football players to earn recognition for their season's accomplishments, stroll a red carpet (really) and then watch Cam "Cameron" Newton leave with a suitcase full of trophies. 

The night began with the Walter Camp Award, given to the best player in college football by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and announced during the 6 p.m. Sportscenter before the ceremony, which in a mild upset went to Newton. The Auburn quarterback's trophy collection grew when he also picked up the Davey O'Brien Award (the country's best QB) and the Maxwell Award (the nation's best player). 

Here's a complete rundown of who won what Thursday night in Florida:

Walter Camp Award
Awarded to: The best player in college football
Awarded by: The Walter Camp Football Foundation
2010 winner: Cam Newton, Auburn

Davey O'Brien Award
Awarded to: The best quarterback in college football
Awarded by: The Davey O'Brien Foundation
2010 winner: Cam Newton, Auburn

John Mackey Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" tight end in college football
Awarded by: The Nassau County Sports Commission
2010 winner: D.J. Williams, Arkansas

Fred Biletnikoff Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" wide receiver in college football
Awarded by: The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation
2010 winner: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

Doak Walker Award
Awarded to: The best running back in college football
Awarded by: The Doak Walker Award Selection Committee
2010 winner: LaMichael James, Oregon

Jim Thorpe Award
Awarded to: The best defensive back in college football
Awarded by: The Jim Thorpe Association
2010 winner: Patrick Peterson, LSU

Ray Guy Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" punter in college football
Awarded by: The Greater Augusta Sports Council
2010 winner: Chas Henry, Florida

Rimington Trophy
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" center in college football
Awarded by: The Rimington Trophy Committee
2010 winner: Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU

William V. Campbell Trophy
Awarded to: The college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance
Awarded by: HealthSouth Corporation
2010 winner: Sam Acho, Texas

Lou Groza Award
Awarded to: The best placekicker in college football
Awarded by: The Palm Beach County Sports Commission
2010 winner: Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State

Chuck Bednarik Award
Awarded to: The best defensive player in college football
Awarded by: The Maxwell Football Club
2010 winner: Patrick Peterson, LSU

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" senior quarterback in college football
Awarded by: The Golden Arm Foundation
2010 winner: Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin

Outland Trophy
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" interior lineman in college football
Awarded by: The Football Writers Association of America
2010 winner: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin

Maxwell Award

Awarded to: The best player in college football
Awarded by: The Maxwell Football Club
2010 winner: Cam "Cameron" Newton, Auburn

 

Still to be awarded:

The Heisman Trophy
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" player in college football
Awarded by: The Heisman Trust
2009 winner: Mark Ingram, Alaba    

Walter Payton Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" offensive player in FCS college football (Jan. 6) 
Awarded by: The Sports Network
2009 winner: Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State

Buck Buchanan Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" defensive player in FCS college football
Awarded by: The Sports Network
2009 winner: Arthur Moats, James Madison University

Harlon Hill Trophy
Awarded to: the "most valuable" player in Division II college football
Awarded by: The National Harlon Hill Awards Committee, sports information directors
2009 winner: Joique Bell, Wayne State

Gagliardi Trophy
Awarded to: the "most outstanding" player in Division III college football
Awarded by: The Salem Rotary Club
2009 winner: Blaine Westemeyer, Augustana

 

Previously awarded: 

Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" lineman in college football
Awarded by: The Rotary Club in Houston
2010 winner: Nick Fairley, Auburn

Dick Butkus Award
Awarded to: The "most outstanding" linebacker in college football
Awarded by: The Butkus Foundation
2010 winner: Von Miller, Texas A&M

Home Depot Award
Awarded to: The best head coach in college football
Awarded by: ABC and ESPN college football analysts
2010 winner: Gene Chizik, Auburn

Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Awarded to: The best defensive player in college football
Awarded by: The Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America
2010 winner: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson

Ted Hendricks Award
Awarded to: the best defensive end in college football
Awarded by: The Ted Hendricks Foundation
2010 winner: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson

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College Football Awards: Gabe Carimi Takes Home Outland Trophy

Time for the awarding of the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman in college football.  Mark May is up to present, and he's talking almost unintelligibly fast, like it's the Oscars and they're running over time. This year's honoree is the burly, mansome Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin, a redshirt senior offensive tackle. Carimi beat out Colorado's Nate Solder and Florida State's Rodney Hudson, and follows the great Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska, keeping the award in the Big Ten. He's also the second Badger to receive the award in five years; fellow Wisconsinite Joe Thomas took home the award in 2006.

Listed at 6'7" and 327 pounds, he can expect to hear his name called early on Draft Day 2011. Look for him to make one last impact as the Badgers meet TCU in this year's Rose Bowl.

For more on Gabe Carimi and the rest of the Wisconsin Badgers, visit SB Nation's Bucky's 5th Quarter.

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College Football Awards: Patrick Peterson Nabs The Bednarik

Next up in the awards parade: The 2010 Chuck Bednarik Award, bestowed by the Maxwell Football Club on the nation's top defensive player in college football. This year's honoree is LSU's Patrick Peterson, who's already graced the stage once this evening as the recipient of this year's Jim Thorpe Award.

Along with Georgia's David Pollack, who's presenting tonight's award, Peterson is the only SEC defender to receive this honor. He's also the first defensive back to be honored since Michigan's Charles Woodson. In addition to being a fine cornerback that quarterbacks everywhere strive to throw away from whenever humanly possible, Peterson is the nation's seventh-ranked kickoff returner, and the highest-ranked defender at the position. As an actual defender, he's recorded seven interceptions in 2010. You'll be able to see him on the field one more time this season, playing Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

For more on Patrick Peterson and for all your LSU Tigers needs, visit SB Nation's And The Valley Shook.

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College Football Awards: Dan Bailey Accepts 2010 Lou Groza Award

The Lou Groza Award is bestowed once a year on the nation's most precious college football place kicker. The 2010 winner is Dan Bailey of Oklahoma State, who in addition to being the Pokes' all-time leading scorer leads the nation in total points on the season with 137. He trails only LaMichael James (who, we remind you, is a running back of considerable skill) in points per game, by just over half a point.

Bailey is the only Big 12 kicker to receive this honor, and the second Cowboy to take the stage tonight, following Justin Blackmon's receipt of the Biletnikoff Award. He beat out some stiff competition for the award, including Notre Dame's David Ruffer, who went the entire 2010 season without missing a single field goal try. (Bailey is 24-of-28 this year with an average of two tries per game.)

For more on Dan Bailey and all the 'Pokes, visit SB Nation's Oklahoma State community, Cowboys Ride For Free.

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College Football Awards: 2010 'Academic Heisman' Goes To Texas' Sam Acho

The William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded annually to a top scholar-athlete in college football, has been given this year to defensive end Sam Acho of Texas. The senior Longhorn is the second Texas player in four years to receive the "Academic Heisman," along with Dallas Griffin in 2007. Acho cited Griffin in an inspiration in his statement following the announcement on Tuesday:

I'm just honored to be a part of this. Looking back, we had a winner of this award four years ago, Dallas Griffin. He won when I was a freshman and he really inspired me to strive for excellence and to do my best on the field and in the classroom. We have the same major and I really looked to him as a mentor. I wouldn't be here today without him, without my family and the family I've developed at The University of Texas.

SB Nation's Texas community, Burnt Orange Nation, has a nice little video up of Acho. Visit BON for all your Longhorn athletics news and discussion.

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College Football Awards: 2010 Rimington Trophy Goes To TCU's Jake Kirkpatrick

The Rimington Trophy, which is not spelled Remington and does not come with a shotgun, is still a prestigious honor, awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding center in college football. The 2010 award goes to Jake Kirkpatrick, anchor of that TCU offensive line that's been keeping Andy Dalton's jersey clean while he throws for a million billion yards this season. The senior from Tyler, Texas is also perhaps the only player on the Horned Frogs' roster able to keep pace with Dalton in the department of Good Hair. He's got it reasonably slicked down tonight for the ESPN cameras; to get the full effect you really have to watch it waft out from under his helmet on game days.

Kirkpatrick actually started out as a basketball player, and didn't play football at all until his senior year of high school. It's an interesting story that you won't hear much about tonight, because no one on television cares about offensive line play. He's the first player from TCU to receive this honor.

For more on TCU football and the Horned Frogs' hop to the Rose Bowl, visit SB Nation's Mountain West Connection.

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College Football Awards: Chas Henry Takes Home 2010 Ray Guy Honors

The 2010 Ray Guy Award, honoring the nation's best punter, goes to Chas Henry of the Florida Gators, a team that made frequent and excellent use of the position this season. Henry is the first Florida player to receive this particular honor, bestowed by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. This is the second consecutive year an SEC player has been so awarded; Henry follows Georgia's Drew Butler.

The senior with the foot of gold averaged 46.4 yards per punt in 2010 for the Gators, up three yards from his identical 2008 and 2009 averages.

In receiving his award, Henry was asked about Urban Meyer's recent departure, and among his remarks, said, "There's nothing more he could have done for that university." Before message boards get their panties aflutter, please be assured he seemed to mean it in a nice way.

For more on Chas Henry and the rest of the Florida Gators, visit SB Nation's Alligator Army.

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College Football Awards: Patrick Peterson Is 2010 Jim Thorpe Honoree

The 2010 Jim Thorpe Award is being presented by a gentleman who obviously was not given the names of the finalists in advance (just one of the many perils of not being a regular sports blog reader). Reading off the list, he takes a good 15 seconds trying to get Prince Amukamara's name pronounced correctly, while the poor kid smiles as politely as possible under the circumstances, and then Prince doesn't even win. LSU's Patrick Peterson is called to the stage to accept the award for the nation's most outstanding defensive back. Presented by the Jim Thorpe Association, the award is being kept in the SEC family for another year, having been last won in 2009 by Tennessee's Eric Berry. Peterson is LSU's first Thorpe winner.

Listed on the roster as a corner, Peterson has notched seven interceptions in his career, but made his fame as a return man. If you encounter him on the street, do not kick a football his way. You will not like what happens.

For more on Patrick Peterson and other LSU Tigers, visit SB Nation's And The Valley Shook.

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College Football Awards: 2010 Biletnikoff Goes To Justin Blackmon

In a year of transcending bad press with good play, it seems only appropriate that Oklahoma State's sophomore phenom Justin Blackmon take home the 2010 Fred Biletnikoff Award, honoring the nation's top wide receiver. The hotshot Cowboy is the second Big 12 player to receive the award in the history of the Tallahassee Quarterback Foundation, following Michael Crabtree's two-year run from 2007-08.

Blackmon made some unfortunate headlines with off-field antics this season, when he was arrested in Texas for DUI in late October while returning from a Dallas Cowboys game. The path he took next was not unlike that of fellow superstar LaMichael James: one-game suspension served, followed by resumption of ass-kicking.

Blackmon's lowest receiving output (or input, rather) came in the 'Pokes' final regular-season game against Oklahoma, where he "only" managed 105 yards on eight receptions, which should give some idea of why he's onstage right noe.

Celebrate the existence of Justin Blackmon at SB Nation's Oklahoma State community, Cowboys Ride For Free.

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College Football Awards: Arkansas TE, Twitter Superstar D.J. Williams Wins 2010 Mackey Award

D.J. Williams, Arkansas tight end and SB Nation's Social Media Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, is the proud and excitable recipient of the 2010 John Mackey Award, bestowed upon the nation's premier TE, according to ... himself:
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The second award Williams refers to is something called the "Disney Spirit Award," which he'll receive during tonight's broadcast, but after getting Princess Jasmine's number, really, it's all downhill emotionally.

Williams follows Florida's Aaron Hernandez as a Mackey recipient, after a four-year career with the Razorbacks in which he recorded close to 1,800 yards on 144 receptions. His best season came as a sophomore in 2008, when he finished a bare yard shy of 700, but his 2010 campaign was nothing to sneeze about: 49 receptions, 589 receiving yards, and four touchdowns, with a plump 12 yards per catch average. His best game was Arkansas' 38-31 victory over Mississippi State, in which he racked up 70 yards on just four catches.

Celebrate Williams' career as a Hog at SB Nation's Arkansas Expats.

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College Football Awards: Cam Newton Takes Home 2010 Walter Camp Award In Stunning Upset

In the leadup to tonight's bestowing of a number of major college football awards, we've got an early winner: Cam "Cameron" Newton, a little-known quarterback* nobody ever hears much about, is the 2010 recipient of the Walter Camp Award. Nice to see the kid get some press for once.

The award is bestowed by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and is distinguishable from the Heisman Trophy because of its designation for the "best player in college football," as opposed to "most outstanding." These concepts are completely different. Note, too, that the recipient is not necessarily guaranteed to win the Heisman Trophy (Colt McCoy took it home the past two years), although something tells us that's not something we need to worry about this year.

*Auburn fans: We have, in fact, heard of Cam Newton. Please remove your pitchforks from the windows of our home.

Join what's sure to be a vociferous celebration of all things Cam Newton at SB Nation's Auburn community, Track 'Em Tigers.

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College Football Awards: Butkus Award Goes To Texas A&M's Von Miller

The Butkus Award, given to the country's best collegiate linebacker, was won by Texas A&M's senior Von Miller on Tuesday. Boston College's Luke Kuechly finished second. Miller, captain of the 9-3 Aggies, finished the regular season with 59 tackles, 34 solo, forced three fumbles and recovered two. 

"Von Miller is an exceptional young man who displays outstanding ability on the football field with a rare combination of quickness, power, balance and body control, amazing initial quickness, and he closes on the ball with the authority only the true greats display," said Hub Arkush, publisher of Pro Football Weekly and coordinator of the Butkus Award selection committee. "Off the field he possesses all of the qualities we look for in a Butkus honoree, is an inspiration to his teammates and fans, and a real credit to his family and university."

Miller earned 75 points and 19 first place votes. B.C.'s Kuechly finished second with 40 points and five first place votes, followed by Akeem Ayers of UCLA, Bruce Carter of North Carolina and Justin Houston of Georgia. The award is voted on by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists coordinated by Pro Football Weekly.

Miller's 9.5 sacks were enough to lead the Big 12 Conference for the second straight year, and they helped to earn him All Big-12 first team honors for the second straight season. 

Texas A&M, No. 17 in the BCS rankings, faces No. 10 LSU in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 7.

For more on Von Miller's Butkus Award win, and all things Texas A&M, visit I Am The 12th Man

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