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2018 FCS Walter Payton Award


The STATS FCS Walter Payton Award recognizes the Offensive Player of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision.


A national panel of 153 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Walter Payton Award following the regular season. Voters selected a Top 5 on their ballot.




Hodges set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season, breaking the old record of 4,088, set by Hodges in 2016. He led the nation in passing yards per game (389.4), total passing yards (4,283) and total offense per game (417.8).

For his career, Hodges became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve “Air” McNair of Alcorn State from 1991-94. McNair earned the 1994 Walter Payton Award.

In addition to the FCS record for career passing yards, Hodges also set FCS records for career completions and attempts. Hodges has rewritten the Samford record book, as he will leave school owning 23 different school records.


The 2018 Walter Payton Award finalists included:

  • Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford: 51-18-19-12-7-415
  • Chandler Burks, QB, Kennesaw State: 24-28-23-12-17-342
  • Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State: 29-16-20-17-12-315

2018 Heisman Trophy


The Heisman Memorial Trophy, usually known colloquially as “the Heisman Trophy” or simply just as “The Heisman”, is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. The winner epitomizes great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.

It’s one of the few statues in all of sports where winners can mimic the pose depicted.

The award is presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust in early December before the postseason bowl games.




Heisman winner Kyler Murray (middle), poses with Dwayne Haskins (left) and Tua Tagovailoa (right) before the announcement.
Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray of the University of Oklahoma was selected on Saturday (Dec. 8) as the 84th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, an award presented annually by the Heisman Trophy Trust to the most outstanding player in college football.

The 5-10, 195-pounder from Allen, Texas, threw for 4,054 yards and 40 touchdowns, with another 892 yards and 11 scores on the ground while leading the Sooners to a 12-1 record, the Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff. His passer rating of 205.72 is the best in Heisman history, eclipsing the mark of 203.76 set by Mayfield in 2017.

He’s the seventh Sooner to win the Heisman, joining Billy Vessels (’52), Steve Owens (’69), Billy Sims (’78), Jason White (’03), Sam Bradford (’08) and Mayfield (’17).  That total ties Notre Dame and Ohio State for most Heisman wins.


The 2018 Heisman Trophy finalists included:

  • Alabama – QB Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore
  • Ohio State – QB Dwayne Haskins, sophomore
  • Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray, junior

2018 Lombardi Award


The Lombardi Award is awarded by the Lombardi Foundation annually to the best college football player, regardless of position, based on performance, as well as leadership, character, and resiliency.

From 1970 until 2016 the award was presented by Rotary International specifically to a lineman or linebacker.




Amadi returned 14 punts for 223 yards with an impressive 15.93 average.
Photo: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports

Oregon safety Ugochukwu Amadi won the Lombardi Award as the top college football player in the nation, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency

Amadi began his career in Eugene, Oregon, as a cornerback, but successfully switched to safety his junior season. This past year, he became the first Power 5 player since 2015 to return two interceptions as well as a punt for a touchdown in the same season. He had 55 total tackles, 43 solo, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble.

In addition to the Lombardi, Amadi was Jim Thorpe semi-finalist, a AP PAC-12 All-Conference second team, a Coaches PAC-12 All-Conference honorable mention, a PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 5) and made the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. The 5’10” 185 pound safety from Nashville, Tennessee, played in all 51 games from 2015-2018 and now enters the NFL draft in pursuit of a professional career. 

MORE: Ugo Amadi looked to be a key player in the Redbox Bowl.


The 2018 Lombardi Award finalists included:

  • Oregon – S Ugo Amadi
  • Notre Dame – CB Julian Love
  • Clemson – DT Christian Wilkins
  • Washington State – QB Gardner Minshew Ii
  • Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray
  • Kansas State – OT Dalton Risner
  • Alabama – OT Jonah Williams

2018 Walter Camp Award


The award is named for Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” who played at Yale from 1877-82 and is credited with creating many strategy features which led to the development of the organized game.

The Walter Camp Trophy

Who Votes?

The winner is decided by a group of NCAA Division I FBS head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation.




Tagovailoa played in 15 games this year completing 69 percent of his passes for 3,966 yards and is averaging 265.4 yards per game. Of his 199 completions, 43 were touchdowns. Only six of his 355 passing attempts were interceptions. He finished this season with an amazing passing efficiency rating of 199.4. He has also rushed for six touchdowns and 355 yards.

Along with being named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Tagovailoa was more recently name to the 2018 consensus All-American team (Jan. 8th, 2019) edging out Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.  

There are five outlets is used to determine consensus All-Americans: the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation. 


The 2018 Walter Camp Award finalists included:

  • West Virginia – QB Will Grier, senior
  • Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray, junior
  • Washington State – QB Gardner Minshew II, senior
  • Alabama – QB Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore
  • Kentucky – LB Josh Allen, senior

2018 Paul Hornung Award


The Paul Hornung Award is a college football award that was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission with the support of Paul Hornung, a native and resident of Louisville, Kentucky and member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The award recognizes college football’s most versatile player.

The Paul Hornung Trophy

Who Votes?

The Paul Hornung Award winner was chosen from among five finalists by a 17-member national selection committee comprised of sports journalists, coaches and retired NFL players with online fan voting accounting for the 18th vote.




Rondale Moore is the most dynamic playmaker in college football.
Image: Louisville Sports Commission

Purdue true freshman standout slot receiver/return specialist Rondale Moore, who set a school record for all-purpose yards in his first college game on his way to Big Ten Receiver and Freshman of the Year honors, was named winner of the ninth annual Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung present the award to the most versatile player in major college football.

A sure-hands receiver and elusive runner with breakaway speed, Moore is given high marks by the Big Ten coaches who named him the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year and first team all-conference on offense and special teams.

Following his record 313-all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the Boilermakers’ opener against Northwestern, Moore quickly became the target of opponents’ defensive game plans. Yet he went on to lead the nation with 103 catches, is fourth in the nation with 2,048 all-purpose yards and leads all Power Five receivers in yards after catch with 882. He leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (1,164), receiving touchdowns (12) and kickoff return yards (599), and recorded nine games with more than 100 all-purpose yards: Northwestern (313), Missouri (195), Boston College (151), Nebraska (163), Illinois (112), Ohio State (252), Minnesota (183), Wisconsin (174) and Indiana (154).

“It is an honor to win the Paul Hornung Award, and I appreciate the members of the Selection Committee for choosing me,” Moore said. “Individual honors are nice, but football is a team game, and I want to thank my coaches and teammates for their support all season. I know I can get better and become a better all-around player.”

Article excerpts © 2018 Louisville Sports Commission


The 2018 Paul Hornung Award finalists included:

  • Penn State – WR/RS K.J. Hamler, redshirt freshman
  • Louisiana-Monre –WR/RS Marcus Green, senior
  • Arizona State – WR/RS K’Neal Harry, junior
  • Michigan State – RB/RS Connor Heyward, sophomore
  • Purdue – WR/RS Rondale Moore, freshman

2018 William V. Campbell Award


The William V. Campbell, formerly the Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy, is a trophy awarded by the National Football Foundation that is given to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the “Academic Heisman.”

The centerpiece to the NFF’s scholar-athlete program, The William V. Campbell Trophy was first awarded in 1990. It is named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, the former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal.




Wilkins personifies the scholar-athlete ideal, having already earned his degree while twice claiming First Team All-America honors and guiding Clemson to a national championship.

After graduating in December 2017 with a 3.33 GPA in communication studies, Wilkins became the first scholarship player in Clemson football history to finish school in two and a half years. He will graduate this December with a master’s in athletic leadership. In addition to being a three-time All-ACC Academic Team member, Wilkins has twice received First Team Academic All-District honors. He was named the ACC’s 2018 Jim Tatum Award recipient as the top senior student-athlete among the conference’s football players.

A two-year team captain, Wilkins has guided Clemson to the No. 2 ranking, a perfect 13-0 record, the 2018 ACC title and a trip to the College Football Playoff Semifinal. A finalist for the 2018 Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy, he has amassed 45 tackles on the season, including 13.5 tackles for loss. The 2018 First Team All-ACC defensive lineman is also a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and has five sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recovery to his name this year. Wilkins was the runner-up for both the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for 2018.

Wilkins leads a Clemson unit that tops the ACC and is tied for second in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 13.7 points per game. Clemson’s rushing defense is also atop the ACC, limiting opposing teams to 93 yards per game on the ground, which is the third best average in the nation. The Tigers rank second in the ACC and fourth in the nation in total defense, limiting offenses to 276.8 yards per game.



The 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy finalists included:

  • Army West Point – LB Kenneth Brison, 3.96 GPA
  • So Dakota State – QB Taryn Christion, 3.61 GPA
  • Grambling State – LB De’Arius Christmas, 3.82 GPA
  • Wisconsin – D’Cota Dixon, 3.32 GPA
  • No Carolina – Ryan Finley, 3.76 GPA
  • St Francis (IN) – Piercen Harnish, 3.96 GPA
  • Penn State – Trace McSorely, 3.31 GPA
  • Kansas State – Dalton Risner, 3.60 GPA
  • Northern Illinois – Max Scharping, 3.99 GPA
  • Wheaton (Il) – Eric Stevenson, 3.83 GPA
  • No Dakota State – Easton Stick, 3.92 GPA
  • Notre Dame – Drue Tranquill, 3.73 GPA
  • Clemson – Christian Wilkins, 3.33 GPA

2018 Pete Mortell Award


The Peter Mortell Holder of the Year Award (or HOTY) started as a tongue-in-cheek, informal award given to the top holder in college football in the United States.

The Mortell HOTY Award was created in 2015 by its first recipient, Peter Mortell, a punter in his senior year at the University of Minnesota. 

For the winner, the Foundation helps raise money for a charity of his choosing.  As the inaugural recipient, Mortell raised approximately $30,000 for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Who Votes?

Each year’s finalists and winner are selected by the HOTY Foundation.




ORLANDO ( – Among the many honors handed out at Thursday night’s College Football Awards Show on ESPN (Dec 6) was the fourth annual Mortell Holder of the Year Award, and this year’s winner was UCF’s Mac Loudermilk.

“I just want to thank Peter Mortell for this awesome opportunity to be the holder of the year,” Loudermilk said in a video played at the awards show. “Thank you to my teammates for scoring points and thank you to the guys that make this happen every weekend, my snapper Caleb Perez and the all-time points leader at UCF, Matt Wright. Thanks Mom and Dad for these awesome hands. Go Knights and Charge On.”

The HOTY Foundation is a platform to recognize and appreciate those who show both excellence on the college football field and outstanding community involvement. Holding has been a thankless job for too long, the Foundation is a way to now say Thank You in a big way.

Loudermilk plans to work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital as his charity of choice.

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