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Oregon QB Mariota wins three major college football awards

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s outstanding player.

Mariota was presented with the prize Thursday night during the 24th College Football Awards Show at Disney.

It was his third major award of the night. Earlier in the evening he received the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. He was also selected as the Walter Camp player of the year in a separate announcement.

On Saturday night, Mariota hopes to become the first player to win the Maxwell Award and the Heisman Trophy in the same season since Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in 2010.

Mariota was chosen over Maxwell finalists Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin and Dak Prescott of Mississippi State.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron won the award in 2013.

Utah punter Tom Hackett wins Ray Guy award

Utah’s Tom Hackett has won the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter.

Hackett was presented with the trophy Thursday night during the College Football Awards Show at Disney.

The Australian-born punter becomes the first Utah player and the first from the Pac-12 to win the award.

Hackett placed 35 of his 77 punts this season inside the 20-yard line, and six punts inside the 5. He ranked second in the nation with 3,619 total yards on punts.

He was selected over finalists JK Scott of Alabama and Austin Rehkow of Idaho.

Memphis’ Tom Hornsey won the award in 2013.

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon wins Doak Walker award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon has won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back.

Gordon was presented with the prize Thursday night during the 24th College Football Awards Show at Disney.

The junior becomes the third Badgers player to win the award, joining 1999 winner Ron Dayne and 2012 winner Montee Ball. Gordon is the seventh player from the Big Ten Conference to claim the honor.

Gordon ran for 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns this year. Entering the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1, he is 292 yards shy of Barry Sanders’ NCAA single-season rushing record.

Gordon was selected over two other finalists from the Big Ten, Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska and Tevin Coleman of Indiana.

Boston College’s Andre Williams won the award in 2013.

Gordon said Wednesday he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Iowa OT Brandon Scherff wins Outland Trophy

Iowa’s Brandon Scherff has won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s outstanding interior lineman.

The offensive tackle was presented with the award Thursday night during the 24th College Football Awards Show at Disney.

Scherff was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2014. He was also selected first-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year, becoming the first Hawkeyes player to do that since Shaun Prater.

Scherff was selected over finalists Malcolm Brown of Texas and Reese Dismukes of Auburn.

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award in 2013.

Louisville’s Gerod Holliman wins Jim Thorpe Award

Louisville’s Gerod Holliman has won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.

Holliman was presented with the award Thursday night during the College Football Awards Show at Disney.

He’s the first Atlantic Coast Conference player to win the award. He is also the first player not from the Southeastern Conference or Big Ten to win the award since Antoine Cason in 2007.

Holliman had a Football Bowl Subdivison-best 14 interceptions this season, trying the NCAA record. He also had 37 tackles as part of a Cardinals’ defense that ranked sixth in the FBS total defense.

Holliman was selected over finalists Landon Collins of Alabama and Oregon’s Iko Ekpre-Olomu.

Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard won the award in 2013.

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota wins Davey O’Brien award

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota has won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

Mariota was presented with the award Thursday night during the College Football Awards Show at Disney.

He becomes the first Oregon player to win the award and second Pac-12 player in the last four seasons, joining 2011 winner Andrew Luck of Stanford.

Mariota was selected over finalists TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott.

Mariota also is a Heisman Trophy finalist. Four straight Davey O’Brien winners have gone on to win the Heisman.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston won the award in 2013.

Oregon QB Mariota wins Camp player of the year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Walter Camp player of the year award Thursday night.

Mariota is the first Oregon player to win the award. The junior is a Heisman Trophy finalist and the front-runner to win that award Saturday night in New York. Also Thursday, he won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

The other finalists for the Camp award are Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III.

Mariota leads the nation passing efficiency (186.3) and has accounted for a Pac-12 record 53 touchdowns, including 38 touchdown passes. The junior led the Ducks to the first College Football Playoff, where they will be the second-seed and play Florida State on Jan. 1.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won last year’s Walter Camp award.

Maryland’s Brad Craddock wins Lou Groza Award

Maryland’s Brad Craddock has won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker.

Craddock was presented with the award Thursday night during the College Football Awards Show at Disney.

He’s the first Maryland player to win the award.

Craddock made a school-record 57-yarder against Ohio State, and 18 of his 19 field goals overall this season.

Craddock was selected over finalists Roberto Aguayo of Florida State and West Virginia’s Josh Lambert. Aguayo won the award in 2013.

Alabama’s Amari Cooper wins Biletnikoff Award

Alabama’s Amari Cooper has won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s outstanding receiver.

Cooper was presented with the award Thursday night during the College Football Awards Show at Disney.

Cooper becomes the first Alabama player to win the award. He joins LSU’s Josh Reed in 2001 as the only SEC players to win it.

Cooper was selected over finalists Rashard Higgins of Colorado State and West Virginia’s Kevin White.

Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks won the award in 2013.