Alabama seniors AJ McCarron and C.J. Mosley took part in the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards. McCarron was up for the Davey O’Brien National QB of the Year Award and the Maxell National Player of the Year Award, while Mosley was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston beat out McCarron for the Davey O’Brien Award. McCarron and Winston were also finalists for the Walter Camp Award earlier in the day and Winston won that award as well.
A humble and shocked AJ McCarron then beat out Johnny Manziel and Winston for the Maxwell Award, going to the National Player of the Year. McCarron is the first Alabama player to ever win the award.
Mosley was snubbed for the Bednarik Award, as Pitt’s Aaron Donald took home his fourth award of the night. He did win the Butkus Award earlier in the week, given every year to the best linebacker in the country.
To add a little insult to injury on the night, the missed field goal returned for a touchdown in the Iron Bowl was named the Play of the Year and the Tide players and coaches in attendance, along with fans at home, were forced to witness the play multiple times during the night.
McCarron and Mosley were also named to the Walter Camp All-America First Team. They were joined by teammate Cyrus Kouandjio as well. This is a major feat for McCarron, as it makes him eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, an honor that many thought he might never have been able to receive after his playing days are over.
Former Alabama All American and Outland Trophy winner Chris Samuels was the presenter of the Outland Trophy this year. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award.