College Football Awards, Winners, Top Ten Players

    Who won the 2015 college football awards and who were the top ten players and coaches?

    December 11, 2015


    Who were the best players of the 2015 college football season? The awards were handed out Thursday night. Who were the ten best options for the Bednarik, Biletnikoff, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Mackey, Outland, Lombardi, Rimington, Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus, Thorpe, Groza, Ray Guy and Hendricks?


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    Bednarik Award

    Who were the best defensive players in college football?

    Who Won? LB Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State, 2. LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama, 3. Matakevich

    Best Player Not On Ballot: CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa

    Ten Best Defensive Players of 2015

    1. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    2. LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama
    3. CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa
    4. DT A’Shawn Robinson, Jr. Alabama
    5. S Jeremy Cash, Sr. Duke
    6. DE Myles Garrett, Soph. Texas A&M
    7. LB Jaylon Smith, Jr. Notre Dame
    8. LB Kentrell Brothers, Sr. Missouri
    9. LB Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple
    10. CB Jalen Ramsey, Jr. Florida State


    Biletnikoff Award

    Biletnikoff: Who’s 2015’s best college football wide receiver?

    Who Won? Corey Coleman, Jr. Baylor

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Coleman, 2. Josh Doctson, Jr. TCU, 3. Laquon Treadwell, Jr. Ole Miss

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Will Fuller, Jr. Notre Dame

    Ten Best Wide Receivers of 2015

    1. Corey Coleman, Jr. Baylor
    2. Will Fuller, Jr. Notre Dame
    3. Josh Doctson, Jr. TCU
    4. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Soph. USC
    5. Taywan Taylor, Jr. WKU
    6. Sterling Shepard, Sr. Oklahoma
    7. Roger Lewis, Soph. Bowling Green
    8. Gabe Marks, Jr. Washington State
    9. Laquon Treadwell, Jr. Ole Miss
    10. Tajae Sharpe, Sr. Massachusetts


    Bronko Nagurski Award

    Who was the best defensive player in college football in 2015?

    Who won? LB Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State, 2. LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama, 3. S Jeremy Cash, Sr. Duke, 4. Matakevich, 5. DE Shaq Lawson, Jr. Clemson

    Best Player Not A Finalist: CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa

    Ten Best Defensive Players of 2015

    1. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    2. LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama
    3. CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa
    4. DT A’Shawn Robinson, Jr. Alabama
    5. S Jeremy Cash, Sr. Duke
    6. DE Myles Garrett, Soph. Texas A&M
    7. LB Jaylon Smith, Jr. Notre Dame
    8. LB Kentrell Brothers, Sr. Missouri
    9. LB Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple
    10. CB Jalen Ramsey, Jr. Florida State


    Butkus Award

    Butkus Award: Who was the best linebacker in college football in 2015?

    Who Won? Jaylon Smith

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Ragland, 2. Smith, 3. Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (write-in)

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

    Ten Best Linebackers of 2015

    1. Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama
    2. Jaylon Smith, Jr. Notre Dame
    3. Kentrell Brothers, Sr. Missouri
    4. Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple
    5. Joe Schobert, Sr. Wisconsin
    6. Anthony Walker, Soph. Northwestern
    7. Raekwon McMillan, Soph. Ohio State
    8. Jatavis Brown, Sr. Akron
    9. Nick Vigil, Jr. Utah State
    10. Matt Milano, Jr. Boston College


    Davey O’Brien Award

    Davey O’Brien: Who’s the best college football quarterback of 2015?

    Who’s Going To Win? Deshaun Watson, Soph. Clemson

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Watson, 2. Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma, 3. Trevone Boykin, Sr. TCU

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Greg Ward, Jr., Jr. Houston

    Ten Best Quarterbacks of 2015

    1. Deshaun Watson, Soph. Clemson
    2. Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma
    3. Trevone Boykin, Sr. TCU
    4. Greg Ward, Jr., Jr. Houston
    5. Brandon Doughty, Sr. WKU
    6. Matt Johnson, Sr. Bowling Green
    7. Keenan Reynolds, Sr. Navy
    8. Paxton Lynch, Jr. Memphis
    9. Chad Kelly, Jr. Ole Miss
    10. Dak Prescott, Sr. Mississippi State


    Doak Walker Award

    Doak Walker Award: Who was the best running back in college football in 2015?

    Who Won? Derrick Henry, Jr. Alabama

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Henry, 2. McCaffrey, 3. Fournette

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Dalvin Cook, Soph. Florida State

    Ten Best Running Backs of 2015

    1. Derrick Henry, Jr. Alabama
    2. Christian McCaffrey, Soph. Stanford
    3. Leonard Fournette, Soph. LSU
    4. Dalvin Cook, Soph. Florida State
    5. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr. Ohio State
    6. Royce Freeman, Soph. Oregon
    7. Larry Rose III, Soph. New Mexico State
    8. Tyler Ervin, Sr. San Jose State
    9. Devontae Booker, Sr. Utah
    10. Donnel Pumphrey, Jr. San Diego State


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    Eddie Robinson Award

    Eddie Robinson Award: Who was the best coach of the 2015 college football season?

    Who’ll win? Swinney

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Ferentz, 2. Ruhle, 3. Herman

    Best Coach Not On Ballot: Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

    Ten Best Coaches of 2015

    1. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
    2. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
    3. Matt Ruhle, Temple
    4. Tom Herman, Houston
    5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
    6. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
    7. Jim McElwain, Florida
    8. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy
    9. Nick Saban, Alabama
    10. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma


    Jim Thorpe Award

    Jim Thorpe Award: Who’s the best defensive back in college football in 2015?

    Who’s Going To Win? CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. King, 2. Jordan Leggett, Jr. Clemson, 3. CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Jr. Florida

    Best Player Not On Ballot: CB Jalen Ramsey, Jr. Florida State

    Ten Best Defensive Backs of 2015

    1. CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa
    2. S Jeremy Cash, Sr. Duke
    3. CB Jalen Ramsey, Jr. Florida State
    4. CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Jr. Florida
    5. CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
    6. S Vonn Bell, Jr. Ohio State
    7. CB Shawun Lurry, Soph. Northern Illinois
    8. CB William Jackson III, Sr. Houston
    9. S Quin Blanding, Soph. Virginia
    10. S Marcus Maye, Jr. Florida


    John Mackey Award

    John Mackey Award: Who was the best tight end of 2015?

    Who Won? Hunter Henry, Jr. Arkansas

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Henry, 2. Austin Hooper, Jr. Stanford, 3. Jordan Leggett, Jr. Clemson

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Jake Butt, Jr. Michigan

    Ten Best Tight Ends of 2015

    1. Hunter Henry, Jr. Arkansas
    2. Jake Butt, Jr. Michigan
    3. Austin Hooper, Jr. Stanford
    4. Jordan Leggett, Jr. Clemson
    5. Dan Vitale, Sr. Northwestern
    6. David Morgan, Sr. UTSA
    7. Evan Engram, Jr. Ole Miss
    8. Thomas Duarte, Jr. UCLA
    9. Bryce Williams, Sr. East Carolina
    10. Billy Freeman, Jr. San Jose State


    Lou Groza Award

    Lou Groza Award: Who was the best kicker in 2015?

    Who Won? Ka’imi Fairbairn, Sr. UCLA

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Fairbarn, 2. Carlson, 3. Jake Elliott, Jr. Memphis

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Aidan Schneider, Soph. Oregon

    Ten Best Kickers of 2015

    1. Ka’imi Fairbairn, Sr. UCLA
    2. Aidan Schneider, Soph. Oregon
    3. Griffin Oakes, Soph. Indiana
    4. Greg Huegel, Fr. Clemson
    5. Garrett Schewettman, Sr. WKU
    6. Jake Elliott, Jr. Memphis
    7. Daniel Carlson, Soph. Auburn
    8. Conrad Ukropina, Sr. Stanford
    9. Zach Matics, Sr. Appalachian State
    10. Roberto Aguayo, Jr. Florida State


    Maxwell Award

    Maxwell Award: Who was the best player of the 2015 college football season?

    Who’s Going To Win? RB Derrick Henry, Jr. Alabama

    Best Player Not On Ballot: RB Leonard Fournette, Soph. LSU

    Ten Best Players of 2015

    1. RB Derrick Henry, Jr. Alabama
    2. RB Christian McCaffrey, Soph. Stanford
    3. QB Deshaun Watson, Soph. Clemson
    4. RB Leonard Fournette, Soph. LSU
    5. RB Dalvin Cook, Soph. Florida State
    6. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    7. QB Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma
    8. WR Corey Coleman, Jr. Baylor
    9. LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama
    10. RB Ezekiel Elliott, Jr. Ohio State


    Outland Trophy Award

    Outland Trophy: Who was the best interior lineman in college football in 2015?

    Who Won? OG Joshua Garnett, Sr. Stanford

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. DT A’Shawn Robinson, Jr. Alabama, 2. OT Spencer Drango, Sr. Baylor, 3. OG Joshua Garnett, Sr. Stanford

    Best Player Not On Ballot: OT Ronnie Stanley, Sr. Notre Dame

    Ten Best Interior Linemen of 2015

    1. DT A’Shawn Robinson, Jr. Alabama
    2. OT Ronnie Stanley, Sr. Notre Dame
    3. DT Kenny Clark, Jr. UCLA
    4. OT Spencer Drango, Sr. Baylor
    5. OT Jack Conklin, Jr. Michigan State
    6. DT Sheldon Day, Sr. Notre Dame
    7. DT Austin Johnson, Jr. Penn State
    8. DT Andrew Billings, Sr. Baylor
    9. OG Joshua Garnett, Sr. Stanford
    10. OT Taylor Decker, Sr. Ohio State


    Ray Guy Award

    Ray Guy: Who was the best punter of 2015?

    Who Won? Tom Hackett, Sr. Utah  

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Hackett, 2. Michael Carrizosa, Soph. San Jose State, 3. Hayden Hunt, Jr. Colorado State

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Drew Kaser, Sr. Texas A&M

    Ten Best Punters of 2015

    1. Drew Kaser, Sr. Texas A&M
    2. Tom Hackett, Sr. Utah
    3. Michael Carrizosa, Soph. San Jose State
    4. Nick O’Toole, Sr. West Virginia
    5. Hayden Hunt, Jr. Colorado State
    6. Dalton Schomp, Sr. Florida Atlantic
    7. Austin Rehkow, Jr. Idaho
    8. Johnny Townsend, Soph. Florida
    9. Rigoberto Sanchez, Jr. Hawaii
    10. Drew Riggleman, Sr. Arizona


    Rimington Award

    Rimington Award: Who was 2015’s center?

    Who Won? Ryan Kelly, Sr. Alabama

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Kelly, 2. Austin Blythe, Sr. Iowa, 3. Jack Allen, Sr. Michigan State

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Nick Martin, Sr. Notre Dame

    Ten Best Centers of 2015

    1. Ryan Kelly, Sr. Alabama
    2. Austin Blythe, Sr. Iowa
    3. Jack Allen, Sr. Michigan State
    4. Nick Martin, Sr. Notre Dame
    5. Mike Matthews, Sr. Texas A&M
    6. Evan Boehm, Sr. Missouri
    7. Ethan Pocic, Jr. LSU
    8. Joey Hunt, Sr. TCU
    9. Kyle Fuller, Jr. Baylor
    10. Jake Brendel, Sr. UCLA


    Lombardi Award

    Lombardi Award: Who was the best lineman of 2015?

    Who Won? DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Nassib, 2. DE Myles Garrett, Soph. Texas A&M, 3. DE Shaq Lawson, Jr. Clemson

    Best Player Not On Ballot: LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama

    Ten Best Linemen or Linebackers of 2015

    1. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    2. LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama
    3. DT A’Shawn Robinson, Jr. Alabama
    4. DE Myles Garrett, Soph. Texas A&M
    5. LB Jaylon Smith, Jr. Notre Dame
    6. LB Kentrell Brothers, Sr. Missouri
    7. LB Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple
    8. DT Kenny Clark, Jr. UCLA
    9. DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Jr. Oklahoma State
    10. DE Yannick Ngakoue, Jr. Maryland


    Ted Hendricks Award

    Given to the nation’s best defensive end.

    Who Won? Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Nassib, 2. Myles Garrett, Soph. Texas A&M, 3. Shaq Lawson, Jr. Clemson

    Best Player Not On Ballot: Charles Harris, Soph. Missouri

    Ten Best Defensive Ends of 2015

    1. Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    2. Myles Garrett, Soph. Texas A&M
    3. Shaq Lawson, Jr. Clemson
    4. Charles Harris, Soph. Missouri
    5. DeForest Buckner, Sr. Oregon
    6. Jonathan Bullard, Sr. Florida
    7. Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt
    8. Joey Bosa, Jr. Ohio State
    9. Shilique Calhoun, Sr. Michigan State
    10. Trey Hendrickson, Jr. Florida Atlantic

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