Te'o named Maxwell Award winner
BY Associated Press
Friday, December 07, 2012
12/07/12 at 5:54 AM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - From Notre Dame's unbeaten regular season to college football's biggest awards, Manti Te'o just keeps winning.
Now the linebacker needs two more victories to cap an unforgettable senior season.
Te'o was honored three times at the 22nd Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday night at Disney World, including the Maxwell Award for the nation's most outstanding player.
Te'o has now won six major awards since the end of Notre Dame's regular season, also taking home the Bednarik Award for top defensive player and Walter Camp Foundation player of the year award on Thursday. He became the first defensive player to win the Maxwell Award since 1980, ending a string of nine straight quarterbacks.
Next up is the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday night, with Te'o and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel considered the favorites. Then Te'o will try to help the Fighting Irish dethrone defending champion Alabama in the BCS national championship game.
Manziel won the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and junior offensive lineman Luke Joeckel took home the Outland Trophy for the nation's best interior lineman.
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Winners of the 2012 college football awards, presented Thursday from the Walt Disney World Resort:
Walter Camp National Player of the Year: Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Maxwell Award (best all-around player): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Doak Walker Award (outstanding running back): Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Fred Biletnikoff Award (outstanding receiver): Marqise Lee, Southern Cal
Chuck Bedarnik Trophy (best defensive player): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Outland Trophy (outstanding collegiate interior lineman): Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back): Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Lou Groza Award (outstanding place-kicker): Cairo Santos, Tulane
Ray Guy Award (best punter): Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Sports Spirit Award: Nate Boyer, Texas
Coach of the Year: Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award: Ara Parseghian
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