9 players from SEC named award finalists

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On Monday, the finalists for the major college football awards were announced, and nine from the SEC made the finalist cut.

Obviously, Heisman frontrunner Johnny Manziel – the most explosive player in the country – is not only up for the stiff armed trophy in New York, but he is one of three finalists for the Maxwell award for the nation’s best all around player.  Joining him on the list is Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and Kansas State’s Collin Klein.

The awards will be given out December 6th at 7:30 PM ET at the Home Depot College Football Awards.

Here’s the finalists of all the major awards, including SEC players in bold:

Maxwell Award: Best all around player

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (SR)
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (FR)
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SR)

Chuck Bednarik Trophy: Best defensive player

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (SO)
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (JR)
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SR)

Davey O’Brien Award: Best QB

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (SR)
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (FR)
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State (SO)

Doak Walker Award: Best running back

Montee Ball, Wisconsin (SR)
Kenjon Barner, Oregon (SR)
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (SR)

Biletnikoff Award: Best wide receiver

Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (JR)
Marquise Lee, USC (SO)
Terrance Williams, Baylor (SR)

Mackey Award: Best tight end

Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (JR)
Zach Ertz, Stanford (JR)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (SO)

Outland Trophy: Best interior lineman

Barrett Jones, C, Alabama (SR)
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (JR)
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina (SR)

Jim Thorpe Award: Best defensive back

Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss State (SR)
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (JR)
Phillip Thomas, SS, Fresno State (SR)

Ray Guy Award: Best punter

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (SR)
Kyle Christy, Florida (SO)
Scott Kovanda, Ball State (SR)

Lou Groza Award: Best place kicker

Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (SR)
Cairo Santos, Tulane (JR)
Caleb Sturgis, Florida (SR)

Photo Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

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