Maxwell finalists: Newton, Luck, Moore

Published Nov. 21, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Cam Newton of Auburn, Andrew Luck of Stanford and Kellen Moore of Boise State are the finalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the best player in college football, and the Davey O'Brien Award, which honors the top quarterback.

The finalists for several college football awards were announced Monday.

Finalists for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the best defensive player, are Clemson end Da'Quan Bowers, Auburn tackle Nick Fairley and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

The Doak Walker Award finalists for best running back are Oregon's LaMichael James, Wisconsin's John Clay and Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter.

The finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the top receiver, are Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey.

The Outland Trophy finalists for top interior lineman are Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi, Florida State guard Rodney Hudson and Colorado tackle Nate Solder.

The finalists for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the top defensive back, are Peterson, Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara and TCU safety Tejay Johnson.


The kickers who are finalists for the Lou Groza Award are Notre Dame's David Ruffer, Oklahoma State's Dan Bailey and Southern Mississippi's Danny Hrapmannn.

The punters up for the Ray Guy Award are Chas Henry of Florida, Ryan Donahue of Iowa and Drew Butler of Georgia.

Finalists for the Mackey Award, which goes to the best tight end, are Missouri's Michael Egnew, Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks and Arkansas' D.J. Williams.