History UsefulNotes / CollegiateAmericanFootball

9th Feb '16 11:26:30 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Manning Award''': Another award given to the best quarterback in college football; named after the Manning quarterbacking family.[[note]]Archie and his sons Peyton and Eli[[/note]] Whenever a QB wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. Unlike most college football awards, it's given ''after'' the bowl games. ''Most recent winner:'' Mariota (2014)
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* '''Manning Award''': Another award given to the best quarterback in college football; named after the Manning quarterbacking family.[[note]]Archie and his sons Peyton and Eli[[/note]] Whenever a QB wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. Unlike most college football awards, it's given ''after'' the bowl games. ''Most recent winner:'' Mariota (2014)Watson

* '''Archie Manning''': College Football Hall of Famer who had a legendary career at Ole Miss. Was a Heisman finalist twice, falling just short both times. Went on to have a moderately successful pro career and is better known nowadays as the father of Creator/{{Peyton|Manning}} and Eli Manning. A member of the NCAA College Football Playoff Selection Committee, though he took a leave of absence for the second half of the 2014 regular season, citing health reasons.
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* '''Archie Manning''': College Football Hall of Famer who had a legendary career at Ole Miss. Was a Heisman finalist twice, falling just short both times. Went on to have a moderately successful pro career and is better known nowadays as the father of Creator/{{Peyton|Manning}} and Eli Manning. A member He was one of the NCAA first members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, though he but took a health-related leave of absence for in the second half fall of the 2014 regular season, citing health reasons.and resigned from the committee the next spring, never having participated in any voting.
17th Jan '16 11:59:58 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Archie Manning''': College Football Hall of Famer who had a legendary career at Ole Miss. Was a Heisman finalist twice, falling just short both times. Went on to have a moderately successful pro career and is better known nowadays as the father of Peyton and Eli Manning. A member of the NCAA College Football Playoff Selection Committee, though he took a leave of absence for the second half of the 2014 regular season, citing health reasons.
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* '''Archie Manning''': College Football Hall of Famer who had a legendary career at Ole Miss. Was a Heisman finalist twice, falling just short both times. Went on to have a moderately successful pro career and is better known nowadays as the father of Peyton Creator/{{Peyton|Manning}} and Eli Manning. A member of the NCAA College Football Playoff Selection Committee, though he took a leave of absence for the second half of the 2014 regular season, citing health reasons.
17th Jan '16 11:58:27 PM KYCubbie
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Keenan Reynolds deserves some mention in the QB section.
* '''Tim Tebow''': Two-time BCS Championship winning QB for Florida and winner of the 2007 Heisman Trophy. He is one of the great running [=QBs=] in NCAA history, with a unique style of preferring to plow through defenders like a fullback (most running quarterbacks are more agile and try to avoid hits). Went on to a brief, somewhat controversial NFL career. Returned to college football as an analyst for the SEC Network; gave the NFL another try in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles, but was one of the last roster cuts.
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* '''Keenan Reynolds''': The triggerman for Navy's option offense from 2012 to 2015, Reynolds is notable for a couple of reasons. First, he is arguably one of the greatest running [=QBs=] in NCAA history, notably setting an all-time FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns (88). Second, despite holding one of the NCAA's highest-profile records, he will ''never'' be in the College Football Hall of Fame (at least under current rules). The Hall currently requires that inductees have received first-team All-America honors before being considered. In the modern game, [=QBs=] are evaluated mostly as passers, with running being a secondary factor. However, Navy's offense is heavily run-oriented (being more similar to the types of option offenses seen in the last third of the 20th century), which means that Reynolds was never able to put up the type of passing numbers that would have given him All-American notice. * '''Tim Tebow''': Two-time BCS Championship winning QB for Florida and winner of the 2007 Heisman Trophy. He is one of the great Another candidate for greatest running [=QBs=] QB in NCAA history, with a unique style of preferring to plow through defenders like a fullback (most running quarterbacks are more agile and try to avoid hits). Went on to a brief, somewhat controversial NFL career. Returned to college football as an analyst for the SEC Network; gave the NFL another try in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles, but was one of the last roster cuts.
17th Jan '16 11:47:46 PM KYCubbie
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Added Nick Saban to "Coaches" list.
* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently the Heisman winner.) ''Most recent winner:'' Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (2014)
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* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently the Heisman winner.) ''Most recent winner:'' Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (2014)Deshaun Watson, Clemson

* '''Davey O'Brien Award''': Award given to the best quarterback in college football. Whenever a quarterback wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Deshaun Watson, Clemson
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* '''Davey O'Brien Award''': Award given to the best quarterback in college football. Whenever a quarterback wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Deshaun Watson, ClemsonWatson

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* '''Davey O'Brien Award''': Award given to '''Nick Saban''': Currently the best quarterback in colossus of college football. Whenever coaching, with four national titles at Alabama since his 2007 arrival (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015). Also coached LSU to a quarterback wins the Heisman, there is a good chance national title in 2003, and before that he enjoyed great success at Toledo and Michigan State. We will win this award as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Deshaun Watson, Clemsonnot mention his [[DorkAge two seasons with the Miami Dolphins]] between LSU and Bama.
17th Jan '16 11:37:28 PM KYCubbie
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Update: Bama now current champion.
* The '''Big Ten''' (sometimes called "[=B1G=]", from its logo), which covers the Midwest and, for some reason (OK, ''[[MoneyDearBoy this]]'' reason), includes members in the distinctly non-Midwestern states of Maryland and New Jersey. It's the oldest conference of the NCAA, dating back all the way to the 1890s. Confusingly, it has fourteen member teams. The Big Ten champion is guaranteed a spot in the Rose Bowl. While the conference has many storied schools, the best-known are arguably (as of 2015) defending national champion Ohio State and [[TheRival its eternal rival]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]].
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* The '''Big Ten''' (sometimes called "[=B1G=]", from its logo), which covers the Midwest and, for some reason (OK, ''[[MoneyDearBoy this]]'' reason), includes members in the distinctly non-Midwestern states of Maryland and New Jersey. It's the oldest conference of the NCAA, dating back all the way to the 1890s. Confusingly, it has fourteen member teams. The Big Ten champion is guaranteed a spot in the Rose Bowl. While the conference has many storied schools, the best-known are arguably (as of 2015) defending national champion Ohio State and 2016) [[TheRival its eternal rival]] rivals]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]].Michigan]] and Ohio State.

* The '''Southeastern Conference''', better known as the '''SEC''', is considered far and away the strongest college football conference. As with all the other conferences, its name isn't 100% geographically accurate, since it has teams from Missouri and eastern Texas. The SEC is home to some of the biggest rivalries, coaches, and players in all of college football right now, especially the SEC West division, to the point that from 2007, the year the BCS National Championship Game was established as separate from any other bowl game, to the end of the BCS system, there was at least one SEC team playing every year, and it wasn't until the last of those that a non-SEC team won. In fact, the reason the BCS finally collapsed was that the 2012 championship paired two SEC West teams against each other, which caused chaos with scheduling other bowl matchups and demonstrated how poorly designed the BCS really was.
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* The '''Southeastern Conference''', better known as the '''SEC''', is considered far and away the strongest college football conference. As with all the other conferences, its name isn't 100% geographically accurate, since it has teams from Missouri and eastern Texas. The SEC is home to some of the biggest rivalries, coaches, and players in all of college football right now, especially the SEC West division, to the point that from 2007, the year the BCS National Championship Game was established as separate from any other bowl game, to the end of the BCS system, there was at least one SEC team playing every year, and it wasn't until the last of those that a non-SEC team won. In fact, the reason the BCS finally collapsed was that the 2012 championship paired two SEC West teams against each other, which caused chaos with scheduling other bowl matchups and demonstrated how poorly designed the BCS really was. was. While the league has many traditional football powers (plus [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg basketball superpower Kentucky]]), the biggest name in recent years is current national champion Alabama, with four national titles since current head coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007.
25th Dec '15 9:49:42 PM KYCubbie
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Correction on note. Also indicated BYU's surrogate Power Five status in some leagues.
* '''Army''' (the United States Military Academy), one of the service academy teams. Navy's football team was also independent until it joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015, while Air Force has been in the Mountain West Conference since 1999. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is considered on par with the "Group of 5" teams, though more by tradition than recent football success.[[note]]All of the Power Five leagues except the Pac-12 are phasing in requirements that each conference member play at least one non-conference game against another Power Five team. The Big Ten and SEC count all three independents (Army, BYU, and Notre Dame); the ACC counts BYU and Notre Dame but not Army; and the Big 12 only counts Notre Dame.[[/note]] The Army-Navy game serves as the traditional last game of the season, and it is still televised nationally despite both service academies having been out of top 25 contention for decades; the service academies have very strict academic and physical requirements (specifically weight limits) that preclude the ability to compete with more forgiving civilian schools. * '''Brigham Young University''' (BYU) has been independent in football since 2011. BYU's football team has been successful in recent years. It is the traditional flagship team of American Mormonism (BYU being a Mormon university). BYU also owns their own television network, which is grouped with the religious channels on most cable systems but also shows the occasional sporting event.
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* '''Army''' (the United States Military Academy), one of the service academy teams. Navy's football team was also independent until it joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015, while Air Force has been in the Mountain West Conference since 1999. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is considered on par with the "Group of 5" teams, though more by tradition than recent football success.teams. However, two of the Power Five leagues (the Big Ten and SEC) have included Army as a surrogate Power Five opponent for purposes of non-conference scheduling.[[note]]All of the Power Five leagues except the Pac-12 are phasing in requirements that each conference member play at least one non-conference game against another Power Five team. The Big Ten and SEC count all three independents (Army, BYU, and Notre Dame); the ACC counts BYU and Notre Dame but not Army; and the Big 12 only counts Notre Dame.[[/note]] The Army-Navy game serves as the traditional last game of the season, and it is still televised nationally despite both service academies having been out of top 25 contention for decades; the service academies have very strict academic and physical requirements (specifically weight limits) that preclude the ability to compete with more forgiving civilian schools. * '''Brigham Young University''' (BYU) has been independent in football since 2011. BYU's football team has been successful in recent years. It is the traditional flagship team of American Mormonism (BYU being a Mormon university). BYU also owns their own television network, which is grouped with the religious channels on most cable systems but also shows the occasional sporting event. The ACC, Big Ten, and SEC count BYU as a surrogate Power Five team for non-conference scheduling purposes.
25th Dec '15 9:46:14 PM KYCubbie
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Added a note on Army as a surrogate Power Five team.
* The '''Big Ten''', which covers the Midwest and, for some reason (OK, ''[[MoneyDearBoy this]]'' reason), includes members in the distinctly non-Midwestern states of Maryland and New Jersey. It's the oldest conference of the NCAA, dating back all the way to the 1890s. Confusingly, it has fourteen member teams. The Big Ten champion is guaranteed a spot in the Rose Bowl. While the conference has many storied schools, the best-known are arguably (as of 2015) defending national champion Ohio State and [[TheRival its eternal rival]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]].
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* The '''Big Ten''', Ten''' (sometimes called "[=B1G=]", from its logo), which covers the Midwest and, for some reason (OK, ''[[MoneyDearBoy this]]'' reason), includes members in the distinctly non-Midwestern states of Maryland and New Jersey. It's the oldest conference of the NCAA, dating back all the way to the 1890s. Confusingly, it has fourteen member teams. The Big Ten champion is guaranteed a spot in the Rose Bowl. While the conference has many storied schools, the best-known are arguably (as of 2015) defending national champion Ohio State and [[TheRival its eternal rival]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]].

* The '''Pac-12 Conference''' covers the entire West Coast, as well as Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. It's currently considered the second-strongest conference in the NCAA, and the Pac-12 champion plays the Big Ten champion in the Rose Bowl. Oregon is currently the flagship team of the conference, known for its flashy offense and flashier uniforms.
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* The '''Pac-12 Conference''' '''Pac-12''' covers the entire West Coast, as well as Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. It's currently considered the second-strongest conference in the NCAA, and the Pac-12 champion plays the Big Ten champion in the Rose Bowl. Oregon is currently the flagship team of the conference, known for its flashy offense and flashier uniforms.

* '''Army''' (the United States Military Academy), one of the service academy teams. Navy's football team was also independent until it joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015, while Air Force has been in the Mountain West Conference since 1999. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is considered on par with the "Group of 5" teams. The Army-Navy game serves as the traditional last game of the season, and it is still televised nationally despite both service academies having been out of top 25 contention for decades; the service academies have very strict academic and physical requirements (specifically weight limits) that preclude the ability to compete with more forgiving civilian schools.
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* '''Army''' (the United States Military Academy), one of the service academy teams. Navy's football team was also independent until it joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015, while Air Force has been in the Mountain West Conference since 1999. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is considered on par with the "Group of 5" teams. teams, though more by tradition than recent football success.[[note]]All of the Power Five leagues except the Pac-12 are phasing in requirements that each conference member play at least one non-conference game against another Power Five team. The Big Ten and SEC count all three independents (Army, BYU, and Notre Dame); the ACC counts BYU and Notre Dame but not Army; and the Big 12 only counts Notre Dame.[[/note]] The Army-Navy game serves as the traditional last game of the season, and it is still televised nationally despite both service academies having been out of top 25 contention for decades; the service academies have very strict academic and physical requirements (specifically weight limits) that preclude the ability to compete with more forgiving civilian schools.

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* '''Army''' (the United States Military Academy), one of the service academy teams. Navy's football team was also independent until it joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015, while Air Force has been in the Mountain West Conference since 1999. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is considered on par with the "Group of 5" teams. The Army-Navy game serves as the traditional last game of the season, and it is still televised nationally despite both service academies having been out of top 25 contention for decades; the service academies have very strict academic and physical requirements (specifically weight limits) that preclude the ability to compete with more forgiving civilian schools.
25th Dec '15 9:23:49 PM KYCubbie
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NFL now allows the defense to score on an unsuccessful PAT.
The rules of collegiate football are very similar to those detailed on the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball page about American football]], so we won't go into them here save for the most basic explanation: 11 guys on offense, 11 guys on defense. Scoring is almost the same as in the professional leagues as well--the defending team can score a point on a blocked PAT and college overtime rules are '''complicated'''[[note]]Each team starts a possession on the opposing team's 25 yard line. The first team posts a score (which can include 0 points), then the other team has to match it to continue OT or beat it to win; otherwise, the first team wins. After the 2nd possession for both teams, the PAT kick on a touchdown is banned; teams must go for two if they score a touchdown.[[/note]]. There are a few different rule changes[[note]]The most obvious ones being that the game clock temporarily stops to move the chain on each first down, the NFL's iconic two-minute warning is not utilized, the ball carrier is down the moment his knee or body touches the ground instead of needing to be touched by a defender, receivers only need to get one foot in-bounds rather than two, and in a recently implemented change, a touchback puts the ball on the 25 yard line for kickoffs (but a touchback on punts is still the 20 yard line).[[/note]], but nothing enough to disrupt the basic flow of the game.
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The rules of collegiate football are very similar to those detailed on the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball page about American football]], so we won't go into them here save for the most basic explanation: 11 guys on offense, 11 guys on defense. Scoring is almost the same as in the professional leagues as well--the defending team can has long been able to score a point on a blocked PAT (a rule that the NFL didn't adopt until 2015) and college overtime rules are '''complicated'''[[note]]Each team starts a possession on the opposing team's 25 yard line. The first team posts a score (which can include 0 points), then the other team has to match it to continue OT or beat it to win; otherwise, the first team wins. After the 2nd possession for both teams, the PAT kick on a touchdown is banned; teams must go for two if they score a touchdown.[[/note]]. There are a few different rule changes[[note]]The most obvious ones being that the game clock temporarily stops to move the chain on each first down, the NFL's iconic two-minute warning is not utilized, the ball carrier is down the moment his knee or body touches the ground instead of needing to be touched by a defender, receivers only need to get one foot in-bounds rather than two, and in a recently implemented change, a touchback puts the ball on the 25 yard line for kickoffs (but a touchback on punts is still the 20 yard line).[[/note]], but nothing enough to disrupt the basic flow of the game.
23rd Dec '15 8:08:21 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Gene Upshaw Award''': Award given to the best lineman, offensive or defensive, in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Darius Allen, Colorado State–Pueblo
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* '''Gene Upshaw Award''': Award given to the best lineman, offensive or defensive, in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Darius Allen, Colorado State–PuebloState–Pueblo (2014 and 2015)
23rd Dec '15 8:06:56 PM KYCubbie
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Updated awards. Also indicated which ones haven't yet been awarded for 2015.
A list of the major awards for college football players presented annually. There are several governing bodies in charge of selecting the various award winners, so some of the awards may seem a little repetitive in terms of what the award stands for. (Ex. the Heisman, Archie Griffin, Maxwell, and Walter Camp awards all being practically the same.)
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A list of the major awards for college football players presented annually. There are several governing bodies in charge of selecting the various award winners, so some of the awards may seem a little repetitive in terms of what the award stands for. (Ex. the Heisman, Archie Griffin, Maxwell, and Walter Camp awards all being practically the same.) ) The "most recent winners" listed are from the 2015 season unless otherwise noted.

* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently the Heisman winner.) ''Most recent winner:'' Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
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* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently the Heisman winner.) ''Most recent winner:'' Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio StateState (2014)

* '''Buck Buchanan Award''': Award given to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. ''Most recent winner:'' Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State
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* '''Buck Buchanan Award''': Award given to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. ''Most recent winner:'' Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota Deon King, Norfolk State

* '''Chic Harley Award''': Also known as the "College Football Player of the Year" award. Like the Archie Griffin Award, it is not uncommon for the winner of the Heisman to win this award as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Marcus Mariota, Oregon
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* '''Chic Harley Award''': Also known as the "College Football Player of the Year" award. Like the Archie Griffin Award, it is not uncommon for the winner of the Heisman to win this award as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Marcus Mariota, OregonOregon (2014)

* '''Gagliardi Trophy''': Award given to the "most outstanding" player in Division III football. ''Most recent winner:'' Kevin Burke, Mount Union
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* '''Gagliardi Trophy''': Award given to the "most outstanding" player in Division III football. ''Most recent winner:'' Kevin Burke, Mount UnionJoe Callahan, Wesley (Delaware)

* '''Harlon Hill Trophy''': Award given to the "most valuable" player in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State * '''Jet Award''': The newest major award (first presented in 2011[[note]]While the award was created in 2011, winners for each season from 1959 through 2010 will be retroactively chosen, one year at a time.[[/note]]), which is given to the top return specialist in college football. "Jet" comes from the nickname of legendary 1970s Nebraska receiver/return man Johnny Rodgers. ''Most recent winner:'' Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
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* '''Harlon Hill Trophy''': Award given to the "most valuable" player in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State State (2014 and 2015) * '''Jet Award''': The newest major award (first presented in 2011[[note]]While the award was created in 2011, winners for each season from 1959 through 2010 will be retroactively chosen, one year at a time.[[/note]]), which is given to the top return specialist in college football. "Jet" comes from the nickname of legendary 1970s Nebraska receiver/return man Johnny Rodgers. ''Most recent winner:'' Tyler Lockett, Kansas StateState (2014)

* '''Manning Award''': Another award given to the best quarterback in college football; named after the Manning quarterbacking family.[[note]]Archie and his sons Peyton and Eli[[/note]] Whenever a QB wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. Unlike most college football awards, it's given ''after'' the bowl games. ''Most recent winner:'' Mariota
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* '''Manning Award''': Another award given to the best quarterback in college football; named after the Manning quarterbacking family.[[note]]Archie and his sons Peyton and Eli[[/note]] Whenever a QB wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. Unlike most college football awards, it's given ''after'' the bowl games. ''Most recent winner:'' MariotaMariota (2014)

* '''Ray Guy Award''': Award given to the top punter in college football. ''Most recent winner:'' Tom Hackett, Utah
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* '''Ray Guy Award''': Award given to the top punter in college football. ''Most recent winner:'' Tom Hackett, UtahUtah (2014 and 2015)

* '''Walter Payton Award''': Award given to the "most outstanding" offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. Originally given to the most outstanding player on either side of the ball, but restricted to offensive players since the Buchanan Award was established in 1995. ''Most recent winner:'' John Robertson, Villanova
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* '''Walter Payton Award''': Award given to the "most outstanding" offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. Originally given to the most outstanding player on either side of the ball, but restricted to offensive players since the Buchanan Award was established in 1995. ''Most recent winner:'' John Robertson, Villanova Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
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