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Manti Te'o Cleans Up At 2012 College Football Awards

Compiled by CFP Staff
December 6, 2012

Manti Te'o has dominated the 2012 college football awards, laying claim to no fewer than 6 pieces of prestigious hardware. Te'o has won everything from the Butkus Award for top linebacker to the Bednarik Award for top defender, to the Maxwell Award for outstanding player.

Te'o is also one of three finalists announced for the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York this Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The presentation of many of the other awards were featured on The ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, December 6th.

CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is a:
- voting member of the Vince Lombardi Award
- voting member for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
- nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- nominating member for the Outland Trophy
- nominating member for the 25-player FWAA All-America Team

Heisman Trophy
Collin Klein, Kansas State, QB, Senior
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, QB, r-Freshman
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB, Senior

Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year:
Winner -
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB, Senior
Other finalists -
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE, Sophomore
Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB, Junior

Biletnikoff Award for outstanding college football receiver:
Winner -
Marqise Lee, USC, WR, Sophomore
Other finalists -
Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, WR, Junior
Terrance Williams, Baylor, WR, Senior

Butkus Award for top linebacker:
Winner -
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, Senior
Other finalists -
Jarvis Jones, Georgia, Junior
Dion Jordan, Oregon, Senior
Kevin Minter, LSU, Junior
C.J. Mosley, Alabama, Junior

Walter Camp Award for top player:
Winner -
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB, Senior
Other finalists -
Kenjon Barner, Oregon, RB, Senior
Collin Klein, Kansas State, QB, Senior
Marqise Lee, USC, WR, USC
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, QB, r-Freshman

Lou Groza Award for top place-kicker:
Winner -
Cairo Santos, Tulane, Junior
Other finalists -
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Senior
Caleb Sturgis, Florida, Senior

Ray Guy Award for top punter:
Winner -
Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech, Senior
Other finalists -
Kyle Christy, Florida, Sophomore
Scott Kovanda, Ball State, Senior

Paul Hornung Award (Versatile Player):
Released finalist list last year on December 9 and announced winner on January 9.

Lombardi Award for top lineman or linebacker:
Winner -
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, ILB, Senior
Other finalists -
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE, Sophomore
Barrett Jones, Alabama, OL, Senior
Jarvis Jones, Georgia, OLB, Junior

John Mackey Award for most outstanding top tight end:
Winner -
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, Senior
Other finalists -
Zach Ertz, Stanford, Senior
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington, Sophomore

Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year are:
WInner -
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB, Senior
Other finalists-
Collin Klein, Kansas State, QB, Senior
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, QB, r-Freshman

Bronko Nagurski Trophy for top defensive player:
Winner -
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, LB, Senior
Other finalists -
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE, Sophomore
Jarvis Jones, Georgia, OLB, Junior
Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB, Junior
Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, Junior

The Davey O'Brien finalists for top quarterback:
Winner -
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, r-Freshman
Other finalists -
Collin Klein, Kansas State, Senior
Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Sophomore

Outland Trophy for top interior lineman:
Winner -
Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT, Junior
Other finalists
Barrett Jones, Alabama, C, Senior
Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G, Senior

Dave Rimington Trophy (center):
Winner -
Barrett Jones, Alabama, Senior
Other finalists -
Mario Benavides, Louisville, Senior
Braxston Cave, Notre Dame, Graduate Student
Dalton Freeman, Clemson, Graduate Student
Khaled Holmes, USC, Senior
Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State, Senior

Jim Thorpe Award for top defensive back:
Winner -
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, Senior
Other finalists -
Dee Milliner, Alabama, Junior
Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, Senior

Johnny Unitas Award for top senior quarterback:
Winner -
Collin Klein, Kansas State
Other finalists -
Matt Barkley, USC
E.J. Manuel, Florida State
A.J. McCarron, Alabama
Geno Smith, West Virginia

Doak Walker Award for top running back:
Winner -
Montee Ball, Wisconsin, Senior
Other finalists -
Kenjon Barner, Oregon, Senior
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, Senior