Te'o Wins Pair Of Awards, Manziel Wins Davey O'Brien

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December 6, 2012

Te'o was honored three times at the 22nd Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday night at Disney World, including the Maxwell Award for the nation's most outstanding player.

Te'o has now won six major awards since the end of Notre Dame's regular season, also taking home the Bednarik Award for top defensive player and Walter Camp Foundation player of the year award on Thursday. He became the first defensive player to win the Maxwell Award since 1980, ending a string of nine straight quarterbacks.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

Manziel, who beat out fellow finalists Klein and Braxton Miller from Ohio State, led the Aggies to a 10-2 record and a AT&T Cotton Bowl berth.

Manziel passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and posted a Southeastern Conference-record 4,600 yards of total offense on his way to his unanimous selection for Associated Press SEC offensive player of the year.

Manziel acknowledged he will be nervous Saturday knowing he has a chance to win college football's most hallowed individual honor. Three sophomores have won the Heisman, including Tim Tebow in 2007, Sam Bradford in 2008 and Mark Ingram in 2009. The best a first-year player has ever done is second.


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