Smith, Quinn split major honors at College Football Awards

Dec 8, 2006 - 2:01 AM ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn is not expected to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. But Quinn did beat out Ohio State counterpart Troy Smith for some hardware on Thursday.

Quinn beat out fellow senior Smith and Rutgers sophomore tailback Ray Rice for the Maxwell Award for the nation's top all-around player at the Home Depot College Football Awards show on Thursday night.

Smith, however, bested Quinn and Hawaii junior Colt Brennan for the Davey O'Brien Award, which is given to the top quarterback. Earlier Thursday, Smith was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

The quarterbacks and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden are the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Smith is the prohibitive favorite after throwing for 2,507 yards and 30 touchdowns with just five interceptions for the top-ranked Buckeyes, who will face No. 2 Florida in the BCS national championship game January 8 in Glendale, Arizona.

Quinn has passed for 3,278 yards and 35 TDs with just five interceptions for the Fighting Irish, who will face Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl.

McFadden, a sophomore who rushed for 1,558 yards and 14 touchdowns to help the Razorbacks win the Southeastern Conference West Division title, beat out Michigan junior Mike Hart and West Virginia sophomore Steve Slaton for the Doak Walker Award (top running back).

The Biletnikoff Award for top receiver went to Georgia Tech junior Calvin Johnson, who bested Notre Dame's Jeff Samardzija and Rice's Jarrett Dillard. The Outland Trophy, which is given to the top interior lineman, was presented to Wisconsin's Joe Thomas over Texas' Justin Blalock and West Virginia's Dan Mozes.

The Chuck Bednarik Trophy, which is handed to the nation's top defensive player, went to Paul Posluszny over fellow Penn State linebacker Dan Connors and Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley, who won the Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) on Wednesday.

Texas' Aaron Ross won the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) and Mississippi's Patrick Willis claimed the Butkus Award (top linebacker).

In special teams honors, Louisville's Arthur Carmody won the Lou Groza Award (placekicker) and Baylor's Daniel Sepulveda took home the Ray Guy Award (punter).

The Home Depot Coach of the Year award went to Rutgers' Greg Schiano, who led the Scarlet Knights to a 10-2 record.

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