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

last December.

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

best kicker.

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.