Presenters for The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards Announced; NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award to be Presented to Barry Switzer

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Presenters for The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards Announced; NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award to be Presented to Barry Switzer

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Airing Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Presenters forThe Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards – live on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN – include six College Football Hall of Fame inductees and four past award show recipients.  The show, relocating to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, features the live presentation of:

  • Nine National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) player awards
  • The NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award
  • The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award
  • The Disney Spirit Award
  • The National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy
  • Student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team and The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

Presenters include:

AWARD PRESENTER FINALISTS
Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year
Dick Vermeil
San Jose State
Tyler Matakevich, Temple (Sr.)

Carl Nassib, Penn State (Sr.)

Reggie Ragland, Alabama (Sr.)

Biletnikoff Award
Nation’s Outstanding College Receiver 
Desmond Howard

Michigan
College Football Hall of Fame

Corey Coleman, Baylor (Jr.)

Josh Doctson, TCU (Sr.)

Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (Jr.)

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker
Matt Stover
Louisiana Tech 
Daniel Carlson, Auburn (So.)

Jake Elliott, Memphis (Jr.)

Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA (Sr.)

Ray Guy Award
College Punter of the Year
Ray Guy
Southern Miss
College Football Hall of Fame
Michael Carrizosa, San Jose State (So.)

Tom Hackett, Utah (Sr.)*

Hayden Hunt, Colorado State (RS Jr.)

Maxwell Award
College Player of the Year
Danny Wuerffel
1996 Winner, Florida
College Football Hall of Fame
Derrick Henry, Alabama (Jr.)

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (So.)

Deshaun Watson, Clemson (So.)

Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation’s Best Quarterback
Andre Ware
1989 Winner, Houston
College Football Hall of Fame
Trevone Boykin, TCU (Sr.)

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Jr.)

Deshaun Watson, Clemson (So.)

Outland Trophy
Nation’s Most Outstanding
Interior Lineman
Ross Browner
1976 Winner, Notre Dame
College Football Hall of Fame
Spencer Drango, Baylor (Sr.)

Joshua Garnett, Stanford (Sr.)

A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (Jr.)

Jim Thorpe Award
Nation’s Best
Defensive Back
Gov. Mary Fallin
Current Governor of Oklahoma 
Jeremy Cash, Duke (RS Sr.)

Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (Jr.)

Desmond King, Iowa (Jr.)

Doak Walker Award
Nation’s Premier
Running Back
Eddie George
1995 Winner, Ohio State
College Football Hall of Fame
Leonard Fournette, LSU (So.)

Derrick Henry, Alabama (Jr.)

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (Sr.)

NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award J.C. Watts
Oklahoma 
Winner: Barry Switzer
The Home Depot Coach of the Year

Nation’s Most Outstanding
Head Coach

Mike Hibbison,
V.P. of Merchandising
The Home Depot
TBA on Wednesday, Dec. 9

*2014 award winner

The NCFAA announced earlier today that the NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award will be presented to Barry Switzer.  Switzer, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has been nicknamed the “King” in Oklahoma because of a 16-year run as head football coach from 1973-88 in which the Sooners claimed three national titles and won or tied for 12 Big Eight Conference championships. Switzer rode the Wishbone offense to 10 New Year’s Day Bowl games and winning records in every season he coached in Norman. While Switzer is renowned for his coaching and recruiting prowess, his community work outside of football in the Oklahoma City-Norman area is equally impressive. Among his many charity efforts, he is an ardent supporter of Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and its far-reaching endeavors; for 40-plus years he has supported Special Olympics of Oklahoma and worked with kids with intellectual disabilities; he has been a strong proponent of “Swing for Sight”, a golf tournament that supports the visually impaired and blind. He lends his name and participates in many other charity events and community fund-raisers.

Concordia University-St. Paul defensive lineman Hank Goff will be awarded the Disney Spirit Award by Disney Sports’ Executive Faron Kelley. The award is given annually to college football’s most inspirational figure or team in college football.  Goff will be recognized for using football to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from an Afghanistan combat tour of duty with the U.S. Marines. Goff, 28, has been an inspirational figure to his teammates, and currently works with fellow military veterans struggling to adjust to life after war.

The National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Success) winner, the Walter Camp All-America Team and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain will also be recognized during the show.  The 17 finalists for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy were announced on Oct. 29.  For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.

During The Red Carpet Special at The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPNU at 6 p.m., the John Mackey Award (Outstanding Tight End), the Rimington Award (Outstanding Center) and the Wuerffel Trophy (Community Service) will be recognizedHunter Henry (Arkansas, Jr.), Austin Hooper (Stanford, Jr.) and Jordan Leggett (Clemson, Jr.) are finalists for the John Mackey Award; Ty Darlington (Oklahoma, Sr.), Landon Foster (Kentucky, Sr.) and Nate Sudfeld (Indiana, Sr.) are finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy; and Jack Allen (Michigan St., Sr.), Austin Blythe (Iowa, Sr.) and Ryan Kelly (Alabama, Sr.) were named the Rimington Award finalists earlier today.

2015 The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards Highlights
The 25th annual awards show  –  hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, and joined by Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Ponder  – will originate for the first time from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

  • The Red Carpet Special at The Home Depot College Football Awards – hosted by Ponder, Rinaldi and Danny Kanell – will air at 6 m. on ESPNU.
  • In addition to the nine awards listed above, The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards will feature the live presentation of the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®; the Disney Spirit Award; the William V. Campbell Trophy; the student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team; and Play of the Year as voted on live by viewers. It will air on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Championship Drive: CFB Playoff Preview will follow the awards show at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Host Chris Cotter will be joined by Kanell, David Pollack and Joey Galloway.
  • Viewers can also follow and engage on Twitter by following @ESPNCFB and tagging their tweets using #CFBAwards for news, opinion and behind-the-scenes extras during and leading up to this year’s award show.

MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in attending The Home Depot College Football Awards can apply for credentials by emailing Liz McCollum at [email protected].

National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.  The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence.  Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

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Contacts:

Derek Volner, ESPN Communications, 860-766-8019, [email protected]
Liz McCollum, Brener Zwikel & Associates on behalf of the CFAs, 813-421-0550 or [email protected]

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Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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