Last night was the Home Depot College Football awards show. Among the nominees, Texas A&M represented four out of thirty players, the most from any school. Mike Evans was nominated for the Biletnikoff award (Nation’s best college receiver) among him was Sammy Watkins (Clemson) and Brandin Cooks (Oregon State). While Evans was nominated for this award, Johnny Manziel was nominated for the Maxwell award (player of the year/most outstanding player) and the Davey O’Brian award (best quarterback). Other Aggies in attendance were Jake Matthews (Outland Trophy – best interior lineman) and Drew Kaser (Ray Guy award – best punter).
Although the Aggies had four players in attendance, they were robbed. Brandin Cooks beat out Mike Evans, although Evans had a better impact for his team, but struggling in the Aggies last 2 contests. The second shock of the night came when Tom Hornsey from Memphis won the Ray Guy award. Kaser consistently put the Aggies opponents in a bind with his booming punts, including several 70+ yard punts. While Matthews lost to Aaron Donald, a defensive tackle for Pittsburgh.
The biggest shock came soon after Jameis Winston of Florida State won the Davey O’Brian award. “AJ McCarron, Alabama.” The words nobody thought would be said once the Maxwell award was up for grabs. McCarron became the first Alabama player to win the Maxwell.
“I was super surprised. I don’t think I’m the best player out of the other two…” – AJ McCarron, Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterback
Rather than career, McCarron won based on team record rather than stats as he only threw for 2,676 yards, and quite frankly Manziel, who threw for over 3500+ yards, deserved this award as it is for the most outstanding player.