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Who were the best players of the 2016 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, 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? DE Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
OTHER FINALISTS: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M; LB Jabrill Peppers, Jr. Michigan

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Allen, 2) Garrett, 3) Peppers

Best Player Not On Ballot: LB Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt

Ten Best Defensive Players of 2016

1. LB Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt
2. DE Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
3. DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
4. DE Harold Landry, Jr. Boston College
5. LB Reuben Foster, Sr. Alabama
6. DE Derek Barnett, Jr. Tennessee
7. DT Jaleel Johnson, Sr. Iowa
8. DT Chris Wormley, Sr. Michigan
9. DE Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt
10. LB Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia


Biletnikoff Award

Biletnikoff: Who’s 2016’s best college football wide receiver?

Who Won? Dede Westbrook, Sr. Oklahoma
OTHER FINALISTS: Austin Carr, Sr. Northwestern; Zay Jones, Sr. East Carolina

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Westbrook, 2) Jones, 3) Carr

Best Player Not On Ballot: Corey Davis, Sr, Western Michigan

Ten Best Wide Receivers of 2016

1. Dede Westbrook, Sr. Oklahoma
2. Zay Jones, Sr. East Carolina
3. Corey Davis, Sr, Western Michigan
4. James Washington, Jr. Oklahoma State
5. Carlos Henderson, Jr. Louisiana Tech
6. Ambe Etta-Tawo, Sr. Syracuse
7. Taywan Taylor, Sr. WKU
8. John Ross, Jr. Washington
9. Trent Taylor, Sr. Louisiana Tech
10. Richie James, Soph. Middle Tennessee


Bronko Nagurski Award

Who was the best defensive player in college football in 2016?

Who won? DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama,
OTHER FINALISTS: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama, CB Tarvarus McFadden, LB Jabrill Peppers, Jr. Michigan, Florida State, DE Christian Wilkins, Clemson

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Allen, 2) Foster, 3) Peppers, 4) McFadden, 5) Wilkins

Best Player Not A Finalist: LB Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt

Ten Best Defensive Players of 2016

1. LB Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt
2. DE Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
3. DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
4. DE Harold Landry, Jr. Boston College
5. LB Reuben Foster, Sr. Alabama
6. DE Derek Barnett, Jr. Tennessee
7. DT Jaleel Johnson, Sr. Iowa
8. DT Chris Wormley, Sr. Michigan
9. DE Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt
10. LB Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia


Butkus Award

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

Who Won? Reuben Foster, Sr. Alabama
OTHER FINALISTS: Kendall Beckwith, Sr. LSU; Zach Cunningham, Jr. Vanderbilt; Jarred Davis, Sr. Florida; Josey Jewell, Jr. Iowa

Fiu’s Ballot: 1) Zach Cunningham, Jr. Vanderbilt, 2) Foster, 3) Josey Jewell, Jr. Iowa, 4) Kendall Beckwith, Sr. LSU, 5) Jarred Davis, Sr. Florida

Best Player Not On Ballot: Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia

Ten Best Linebackers of 2016

1. Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt
2. Reuben Foster, Sr. Alabama
3. Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia
4. Raekwon McMillan, Jr. Ohio State
5. Josey Jewell, Jr. Iowa
6. Shaquem Griffin, Jr. UCF
7. Kendall Beckwith, Sr. LSU
8. Jimmy Gilbert, Sr. Colorado
9. Tegray Scales, Jr. Indiana
10. Jarred Davis, Sr. Florida


Davey O’Brien Award

Davey O’Brien: Who’s the best college football quarterback of 2016?

Who won? Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson
OTHER FINALISTS: Lamar Jackson, Soph. Louisville, Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Watson, 2) Jackson, 3) Mayfield

Best Player Not On Ballot: J.T. Barrett, Jr. Ohio State

Ten Best Quarterbacks of 2016

1. Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson
2. Lamar Jackson, Soph. Louisville
3. J.T. Barrett, Jr. Ohio State
4. Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma
5. Jake Browning, Soph. Washington
6. Jalen Hurts, Fr. Alabama
7. Zach Terrell, Sr. Western Michigan
8. Quinton Flowers, Jr. South Florida
9. Logan Woodside, Jr. Toledo
10. Jerod Evans, Jr. Virginia Tech


Doak Walker Award

Doak Walker Award: Who was the best running back in college football in 2016?

Who Won? D’Onta Foreman, Jr. Texas,
OTHER FINALISTS: Dalvin Cook, Jr. Florida State, Donnel Pumphrey, Sr. San Diego State

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Foreman, 2) Cook, 3) Pumphrey

Best Player Not On Ballot: Jeremy McNichols, Jr. Boise State

Ten Best Running Backs of 2016

1. D’Onta Foreman, Jr. Texas
2. Dalvin Cook, Jr. Florida State
3. Donnel Pumphrey, Sr. San Diego State
4. Jeremy McNichols, Jr. Boise State
5. Saquon Barkley, Soph. Penn State
6. Brian Hill, Jr. Wyoming
7. Christian McCaffrey, Jr. Stanford
8. Aaron Jones, Jr. UTEP
9. I’Tavius Mathers, Sr. Middle Tennessee
10. Anthony Wales, Sr. WKU


Eddie Robinson Award

Eddie Robinson Award: Who was the best coach of the 2016 college football season?

Who’ll win? Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

Fiu’s Ballot 1) James Franklin, Penn State, 2) Nick Saban, Alabama, 3) Mike MacIntyre, Colorado, 4) Chris Petersen, 5) P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan

Best Coach Not On Ballot: Craig Bohl, Wyoming

Ten Best Coaches of 2016

1. James Franklin, Penn State
2. Nick Saban, Alabama
3. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
4. Craig Bohl, Wyoming
5. Frank Wilson, UTSA
6. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan
7. Matt Rhule, Temple
8. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
9. Paul Petrino, Idaho
10. Scott Frost, UCF


Jim Thorpe Award

Jim Thorpe Award: Who’s the best defensive back in college football in 2016?

Who won? CB Adoree Jackson, USC
OTHER FINALISTS: CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan; CB Tre’Davious White, LSU

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Jackson, 2) White, 3) Lewis

Best Player Not On Ballot: S Quin Blanding, Jr. Virginia

Ten Best Defensive Backs of 2016

1. CB Adoree Jackson, Jr. USC
2. S Malik Hooker, Soph. Ohio State
3. S Quin Blanding, Jr. Virginia
4. CB Tarvarus McFadden, Soph. Florida State
5. CB Tre’Davious White, Sr. LSU
6. S Tedric Thompson, Sr. Colorado
7. S Budda Baker, Jr. Washington
8. CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
9. CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Soph. Alabama
10. CB Teez Tabor, Jr. Florida


John Mackey Award

John Mackey Award: Who was the best tight end of 2016?

Who Won?: Jake Butt, Michigan
OTHER FINALISTS: O.J. Howard, Sr. Alabama; Jordan Leggett, Sr. Clemson

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Leggett, 2) Butt, 3) Howard

Best Player Not On Ballot: Evan Engram, Sr. Ole Miss

Ten Best Tight Ends of 2016

1. Evan Engram, Sr. Ole Miss
2. Jordan Leggett, Sr. Clemson
3. Jake Butt, Sr. Michigan
4. Bucky Hodges, Jr. Virginia Tech
5. Adam Breneman, Jr. Massachusetts
6. Jeremy Sprinkle, Sr. Arkansas
7. Cole Hikutini, Sr. Louisville
8. O.J. Howard, Sr. Alabama
9. Gerald Everett, Sr. South Alabama
10. Pharoh Brown, Sr. Oregon


Lott IMPACT Trophy

Who were the best defensive players in college football?

Who’ll Win? 1) LB Jabrill Peppers, Jr. Michigan, 2) DE Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama, 3) CB Adoree Jackson, Jr. USC, 4) S Weston Steelhammer, Sr. Air Force

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Allen, 2) Jackson, 3) Peppers, 4) Steelhammer

Best Player Not On Ballot: LB Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt

Ten Best Defensive Players of 2016

1. LB Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt
2. DE Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
3. DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
4. DE Harold Landry, Jr. Boston College
5. LB Reuben Foster, Sr. Alabama
6. DE Derek Barnett, Jr. Tennessee
7. DT Jaleel Johnson, Sr. Iowa
8. DT Chris Wormley, Sr. Michigan
9. DE Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt
10. LB Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia


Lou Groza Award

Lou Groza Award: Who was the best kicker in 2016?

Who Won? Zane Gonzalez, Sr. Arizona State
OTHER FINALISTS: Daniel Carlson, Jr. Auburn, Younghoe Koo, Sr. Georgia Southern

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Gonzalez, 2) Carlson, 3) Koo

Best Player Not On Ballot: Gary Wunderlich, Jr. Ole Miss

Ten Best Kickers of 2016

1. Gary Wunderlich, Jr. Ole Miss
2. Zane Gonzalez, Sr. Arizona State
3. Daniel Carlson, Jr. Auburn
4. Austin Rehkow, Sr. Idaho
5. Younghoe Koo, Sr. Georgia Southern
6. Emmit Carpenter, Soph. Minnesota
7. John Baron, Soph. San Diego State
8. Cole Netten, Sr. Iowa State
9. Tyler Davis, Jr. Penn State
10. Matt Anderson, Jr. California


Maxwell Award

Maxwell Award: Who was the best player of the 2016 college football season?

Who Won? Lamar Jackson, Soph. Louisville
OTHER FINALISTS: QB Baker Mayfield, Sr. Oklahoma; LB Jabrill Peppers, Jr. Michigan

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Jackson, 2) Mayfield, 3) Peppers

Best Player Not On Ballot: QB Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson

Ten Best Players of 2016

1. QB Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson
2. QB Lamar Jackson, Soph. Louisville
3. QB J.T. Barrett, Jr. Ohio State
4. RB D’Onta Foreman, Jr. Texas
5. LB Zach Cunningham, Sr. Vanderbilt
6. DE Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
7.  QB Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma
8. RB Dalvin Cook, Jr. Florida State
9. DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
10. WR Dede Westbrook, Sr. Oklahoma


Outland Trophy Award

Outland Trophy: Who was the best interior lineman in college football in 2016?

Who Won?  OT Cam Robinson, Jr. Alabama
OTHER FINALISTS: C Pat Elflein, Sr. Ohio State; C Cody O’Connell, Washington State

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Robinson, 2) Elflein, 3) O’Connell

Best Player Not On Ballot: DT Jaleel Johnson, Sr. Iowa

Ten Best Interior Linemen of 2016

1. DT Jaleel Johnson, Sr. Iowa
2. DT Chris Wormley, Sr. Michigan
3. DT Ed Oliver, Fr. Houston
4. OT Cam Robinson, Jr. Alabama
5. C Ethan Pocic, Sr. LSU
6. OT Connor Williams, Soph. Texas
7. DT Elijah Qualls, Jr. Washington
8. DT Christian Wilkins, Soph. Clemson
9. DT Caleb Brantley, Jr. Florida
10. C Pat Elflein, Sr. Ohio State


Ray Guy Award

Ray Guy: Who was the best punter of 2016?

Who’ll Win? Mitch Wishnowsky, Soph. Utah
OTHER FINALISTS: Michael Dickson, Soph. Texas; Cameron Johnston, Sr. Ohio State

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Dickson, 2) Wishnowsky, 3) Johnston

Best Player Not On Ballot: Johnny Townsend, Jr. Florida

Ten Best Punters of 2016

1. Johnny Townsend, Jr. Florida
2. JK Scott, Jr. Alabama
3. Michael Dickson, Soph. Texas
4. Mitch Wishnowsky, Soph. Utah
5. Joe Davidson, Jr. Bowling Green
6. Cameron Johnston, Sr. Ohio State
7. Nicholas Conte, Sr. Virginia
8. Eric Keena, Sr. North Texas
9. Hayden Hunt, Sr. Colorado State
10. Trevor Daniel, Jr. Tennessee


Rimington Award

Rimington Award: Who was 2016’s center?

Who Won? Pat Elflein, Sr. Ohio State
OTHER FINALISTS: Ethan Pocic, Sr. LSU, Tyler Orlosky, Sr. West Virginia

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Pocic, 2) Elflein, 3) Orlosky

Best Player Not On Ballot: Jon Toth, Sr. Kentucky

Ten Best Centers of 2016

1. Ethan Pocic, Sr. LSU
2. Pat Elflein, Sr. Ohio State,
3. Jon Toth, Sr. Kentucky
4. Mason Cole, Jr. Michigan
5. Kyle Fuller, Sr. Baylor
6. Tyler Orlosky, Sr. West Virginia
7. Jay Guillermo, Sr. Clemson
8. Cameron Tom, Sr. Southern Miss
9. Lucas Crowley, Sr. North Carolina
10. Freddie Burden, Sr. Georgia Tech


Ted Hendricks Award

Given to the nation’s best defensive end.

Who Won? Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
OTHER FINALISTS: Derek Barnett, Jr. Tennessee; Hunter Dimick, Sr. Utah; Harold Landry, Jr. Boston College; Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt; DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State

Fiu’s Ballot 1) Allen, 2) Walker, 3) Landry, 4) Barnett, 5) Price, 6) Dimick

Best Player Not On Ballot: Taco Charlton, Sr. Michigan

Ten Best Defensive Ends of 2016

1. Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
2. DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
3. Harold Landry, Jr. Boston College
4. Derek Barnett, Jr. Tennessee
5. Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt
6. Taco Charlton, Sr. Michigan
7. Hunter Dimick, Sr. Utah
8. Takkarist McKinley, Sr. UCLA
9. Carl Lawson Auburn, Jr.
10. Tyquan Lewis, Jr. Ohio State