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SEC Football by the Numbers: Awards season

College football awards for the 2018 season have been trickling in this week, but they will come in a torrent on Thursday night at the “Home Depot College Football Awards,” with ESPN televising the event from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta at 6 CST. The winners of nine player awards will be announced on the show – the Chuck Bednarik Award, Fred Biletnikoff Award, Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, Ray Guy Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, Outland Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award and Doak Walker Award. During “The Red Carpet Special at the Home Depot College Football Awards” at 5 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU, the winners of the John Mackey Award, Rimington Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy will be recognized. The winner of the 2018 Walter Camp Award will be announced during the 5 p.m. “SportsCenter” on ESPN on Thursday, too. All of that serves as a warmup to the presentation of the Heisman Trophy at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. Some numbers on the SEC and the awards:

0 SEC players have won the Burlsworth Trophy, even though the award is named after a former SEC player. The Burlsworth Trophy has been presented annually since 2010 to the most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on, as did G Brandon Burlsworth at Arkansas. Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow was named the winner of the 2018 award on Monday.

1 SEC player has won the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy, which have been presented to the Defensive Player of the Year annually since 1995 and 1993, respectively. Alabama DE Jonathan Allen received the awards in 2016, one of the 10 players who have won both. Kentucky OLB Josh Allen won the 2018 Nagurski Trophy on Monday night, and he’s a finalist for the Bednarik Award.

2 Consecutive Bednarik Awards have been won by players from Alabama, with NT Quinnen Williams a possibility to make it three in a row in 2018. Williams is a finalist for this year’s award, along with Kentucky OLB Josh Allen and Clemson DT Christian Wilkins. Crimson Tide DE Jonathan Allen in 2016 and S Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2017 are the previous two winners of the award. Three other SEC players have won the Bednarik Award, which has been presented annually to the nation’s best defensive player since 1995. The SEC’s other winners have been Georgia DE David Pollack in 2004, LSU CB Patrick Peterson in 2010 and LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu in 2011.

2 SEC players have won the Biletnikoff Award, which has been presented annually to the nation’s best receiver since 1994. Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy is a finalist for this season’s award, along with Massachusetts WR Andy Isabella and Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace. The SEC’s Biletnikoff winners are LSU WR Josh Reed in 2001 and Alabama WR Amari Cooper in 2014.

2 SEC players have won the Ray Guy Award, which has been presented annually to the nation’s best punter since 2000. Texas A&M’s Braden Smith is a finalist for the 2018 award, along with Cincinnati’s James Smith and Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky. Wishnowsky won the award in 2016 and was a finalist last year, too. The SEC has produced two Ray Guy winners — Georgia’s Drew Butler in 2009 and Florida’s Chas Henry in 2010.

3 Of the five finalists for this year’s Butkus Award are from the SEC — Kentucky’s Josh Allen, Alabama’s Dylan Moses and LSU’s Devin White. If one of them receives the award, the SEC will have produced the past three winners, after Alabama’s Reuben Foster won in 2016 and Georgia’s Roquan Smith won in 2017. The award has been presented annually to the nation’s best linebacker since 1985. The conference’s other winners have been Alabama’s Derrick Thomas in 1988, Rolando McClain in 2009 and C.J. Mosley in 2013 and Ole Miss’ Patrick Willis in 2006. Alabama’s four winners are tied with Oklahoma for the most in the award’s history. The other finalists for the 2018 honor are Michigan’s Devin Bush and Clemson’s Tre Lamar.

3 SEC players have won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy after Kentucky OLB Josh Allen was named the winner of the 26th award on Monday night. Allen joined Georgia CB Champ Bailey in 1998 and LSU DT Glenn Dorsey in 2007 as the SEC’s winner of the trophy, which is presented annually to the Defensive Player of the Year. Allen was one of three SEC finalists for the 2018 award along with LSU S Grant Delpit and Alabama NT Quinnen Williams. The other finalists were Michigan LB Devin Bush and Clemson DT Christian Wilkins.

3 SEC players have won the Ted Hendricks Award, with Kentucky’s Josh Allen a finalist for this year’s honor. The Hendricks Award has been presented annually to the nation’s best defensive end since 2002. Georgia’s David Pollack won the award in 2003 and 2004, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney won in 2012 and Alabama’s Jonathan Allen won in 2016. Pollack is the only two-time winner of the award.

4 SEC players have won the three major Player of the Year awards – Camp, Heisman and Maxwell — in the same season. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is a finalist for each of the three awards this season. Georgia RB Herschel Walker in 1982, Florida QB Danny Wuerffel in 1996, Auburn QB Cam Newton in 2010 and Alabama RB Derrick Henry in 2015 won all three awards. Seven SEC players have won the Camp, nine have won the Maxwell and 12 have won the Heisman.

5 SEC players have won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa could make it six this week. He’s a finalist for the award, along with Washington State’s Gardner Minshew and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. The award has been presented annually to the nation’s best quarterback since 1981. The SEC winners have been Florida’s Danny Wuerffel in 1995 and 1996, Tennessee’s Peyton Manning in 1997, Florida’s Tim Tebow in 2007, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010 and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012.

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6 Of the 18 winners of the Rimington Trophy have come from the SEC, with Alabama’s Ross Pierschbacher in the running for this year’s award as the nation’s best center. He’s a finalist for the 2018 honor along with North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury and Notre Dame’s Sam Mustipher. The Rimington Trophy has been presented annually since 2000. The SEC’s winners have been LSU’s Ben Wilkerson in 2004, Arkansas’ Jonathan Luigs in 2007, Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey in 2009, Alabama’s Barrett Jones in 2012, Auburn’s Reese Dismukes in 2014 and Alabama’s Ryan Kelly in 2015.

7 Years since Alabama’s Barrett Jones won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman, and he could present the award on Thursday night to the Crimson Tide’s fifth winner and the SEC’s 13th winner of the award. Jones won the Outland as Alabama’s left offensive tackle in 2011, and he’s lined up as the celebrity presenter for the 2018 award, which will go to Clemson DT Christian Wilkins, Alabama OT Jonah Williams or Alabama NT Quinnen Williams. The Outland has been presented annually since 1946. Alabama’s other winners have been OT Chris Samuels in 1999, OT Andre Smith in 2008 and OT Cam Robinson in 2016. The SEC other winners have been Kentucky T Bob Gain in 1950, Auburn G Zeke Smith in 1958, Tennessee T Steve DeLong in 1964, Georgia T Bill Stanfill in 1968, Auburn DT Tracy Rocker in 1988, Tennessee DT John Henderson in 2000, LSU DT Glenn Dorsey in 2007 and Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel in 2012.

7 SEC players have won the Walter Camp Award, with Kentucky OLB Josh Allen and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa among the five finalists for the 2018 award. The Camp Award has been presented annually to the nation’s player of the year since 1967. The SEC winners have been Auburn QB Pat Sullivan in 1971, Georgia RB Herschel Walker in 1982, Auburn RB Bo Jackson in 1985, Florida QB Danny Wuerffel in 1996, Arkansas RB Darren McFadden in 2007, Auburn QB Cam Newton in 2010 and Alabama RB Derrick Henry in 2015. The other finalists for this season’s award are West Virginia QB Will Grier, Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray and Washington State QB Gardner Minshew.

8 Of the 32 winners of the Jim Thorpe Award have been SEC players, and two of the three finalists for this year’s honor are from the league — Georgia CB DeAndre Baker and LSU CB Greedy Williams. The other 2018 finalist is Notre Dame CB Julian Love. Presented annually to the nation’s best defensive back since 1986, the Thorpe Award went to Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick last season. The SEC’s other winners have been Alabama’s Antonio Langham in 1993, Florida’s Lawrence Wright in 1996, Auburn’s Carlos Rogers in 2004, Tennessee’s Eric Berry in 2009, LSU’s Patrick Peterson in 2010, LSU’s Morris Claiborne in 2011 and Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks in 2012.

8 Straight seasons the finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy have featured Alabama players, including Crimson Tide NT Quinnen Williams this year. Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2017, Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster in 2016, Reggie Ragland in 2015, Landon Collins in 2014, C.J. Mosley in 2013, Dee Milliner in 2012 and Mark Barron in 2011 preceded Williams as Nagurski finalists. Allen is the only one from the string of Alabama finalists to win the award. The Nagurski Trophy has been presented annually to the Defensive Player of the Year since 1993.

9 SEC players have won the Maxwell Award, which has been presented annually to the nation’s best all-around player since 1937. The finalists for the 2018 award include Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa. The SEC’s Maxwell winners are Georgia’s Charley Trippi in 1946, Georgia’s Herschel Walker in 1982, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel in 1996, Tennessee’s Peyton Manning in 1997, Ole Miss’ Eli Manning in 2003, Florida’s Tim Tebow 2007 and 2008, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010, Alabama’s AJ McCarron in 2013 and Alabama’s Derrick Henry in 2015. The other finalists for this year’s award are West Virginia QB Will Grier and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray.

10 Consecutive Lott Impact Trophies have gone to players from conferences other than the SEC after SEC players won three of the first four trophies. Georgia DE David Pollack won the first Lott Impact Trophy in 2004, Alabama LB DeMeco Ryans won it in 2005 and LSU DT Glenn Dorsey took the trophy in 2007. This year’s trophy will be presented on Sunday, and Kentucky OLB Josh Allen is one of the four finalists for the 2018 award, along with Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Duke LB Ben Humphreys and Clemson DL Christian Wilkins.

11 QBs are finalists for the 2018 Manning Award, including Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Missouri’s Drew Lock and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. The Manning Award has been presented annually after the bowl season to the nation’s best quarterback since 2004. SEC QBs have won four of the 14 Manning Awards – LSU’s JaMarcus Russell in 2006, Florida’s Tim Tebow in 2008, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010 and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012. The other finalists for the 2018 award are Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, West Virginia’s Will Grier, Houston’s D’Eriq King, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, UCF’s McKenzie Milton, Washington State’s Gardner Minshew and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.

12 SEC players have won the Heisman Trophy, with Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa one of the three finalists for the 2018 award. The SEC winners have been Georgia’s Frank Sinkwich in 1942, LSU’s Billy Cannon in 1959, Florida’s Steve Spurrier in 1966, Auburn’s Pat Sullivan in 1971, Georgia’s Herschel Walker in 1982, Auburn’s Bo Jackson in 1985, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel in 1996, Florida’s Tim Tebow in 2007, Alabama’s Mark Ingram in 2009, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012 and Alabama’s Derrick Henry in 2015. The finalists for the 2018 award are Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray.

15 Years since an SEC player won the Lou Groza Award, with LSU’s Cole Tracy getting a chance to break the drought in 2018. The Groza Award has been presented annually to the nation’s best place-kicker since 1992. Tracy is joined by Wyoming’s Cooper Rothe and Syracuse’s Andre Szmyt as the finalists for the 2018 award. The SEC has had two Groza winners — Florida’s Judd Davis in 1993 and Ole Miss’ Jonathan Nicholson in 2003.

17 SEC players have won at least one of the major Player of the Year awards — the Heisman, presented annually since 1935; the Maxwell, presented annually since 1937; and the Camp, presented annually since 1967. SEC players have won a combined 29 of the awards. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is a finalist for each of the awards this year.

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Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night as the nation’s best defensive player for the 2018 season. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)  Andy Lyons

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.



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