McCoy highlights big awards night for Big 12
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy capped a big Thursday night for the
Big 12 Conference, winning the Maxwell Award honoring the nation’s
best all-around player.
It was just the latest in a series of postseason honors for
McCoy, who also is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He won the
Walter Camp Football Foundation’s player of the year award for the
second consecutive season earlier in the day.
Before he beat out fellow Heisman finalists Mark Ingram of
Alabama and Tim Tebow of Florida for the Maxwell, he picked up the
Davey O’Brien Award at the annual college football awards at Disney
World, given to the nation’s best quarterback.
But that was only the beginning of honors for the Big 12.
Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, also a Heisman finalist, won the Chuck
Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player, and took home
the Outland Trophy for the best interior lineman. He previously won
the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman and Bronko Nagurski
Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player.
The powerhouse defensive lineman put together his best
performance of the year against No. 2 Texas in the Big 12 title
game. He matched his career high with 12 tackles and had 4 1/2
sacks as the Cornhuskers nearly upset the Longhorns, who won 13-12
on a field goal as time expired.
Suh has led the Huskers in tackles two years in a row, with 50
of his 82 this season unassisted. He finished with 12 sacks this
season, tied for third-most in school history.
McCoy led the Longhorns to a 13-0 record this season and a spot
in the Jan. 7 BCS national championship game against Alabama. He
threw for 3,512 yards and 27 touchdowns.
McCoy will be in New York when the Heisman is handed out on
Saturday night. Ingram, Tebow, Stanford’s Toby Gerhart and Suh are
the other finalists for college football’s most prestigious
While Tebow didn’t win any awards on this night, the Florida
star brought a little extra company.
Tebow brought 20-year-old Kelly Faughnan from Clifton, Va., as
his “date.” Just before Thanksgiving last year, Kelly was
diagnosed with a brain tumor, her father, Jim said. She had surgery
Her wish was to go to Disney World during the awards show to get
a glimpse of Tebow. The two met Wednesday night, and Tebow said it
was then he decided to bring her along to the show.
“I was really touched,” Tebow said.
Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly won the Coach of the Year award on the
same day he told his team he was leaving for Notre Dame. Stanford’s
Toby Gerhart won the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s best
running back. Tennessee star Eric Berry accepted the Jim Thorpe
Award honoring the best defensive back.
Notre Dame’s Golden Tate won the Biletnikoff Award as the best
receiver. UCLA’s Kai Forbath took home the Lou Groza Award for the
Georgia’s Drew Butler won the Ray Guy Award honoring the
nation’s best punter. Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich has
won the Disney Spirit Award given to college football’s most
inspirational figure. Herzlich overcame a rare form of bone cancer
and is expected to return next season.