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Breaking Down the Winner of Each 2013 College Football Award

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College Football Awards: Breaking Down the Winners and Why They Won

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The college football awards are always a hot topic this time of year. Everyone wants to know who won each award and why they won it. Well, there are plenty of articles saying who won each award, but not enough that describe just how good each player/coach has been this season to win that respective award.

It has been an interesting 2013 season thus far and now that most of the awards have been handed out, there seems to be some speculation surrounding these players and questions as to why they deserved to win the award over others. In case you don't already know, it looks like Jameis Winston is going to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night and make it two straight freshman Heisman winners in two seasons -- never had been done before 2012.

Winston has had one of the most successful seasons of any quarterback in school history and with one more year of college -- at least -- left in him, he could end up being the best quarterback in school history and I'm sure there are some Florida State Seminoles fans that are hoping and praying for him to stay for at least two more years. Winning the national championship would be the icing on the cake for the freshman.

Other awards have already been handed out and some big-name players have received the recognition they deserved while some lesser-known guys have come out of the shadows to accept awards that have been well-deserved.

With the quarterback of the year award, running back of the year award, defensive back of the year award and coach of the year awards already announced, let's take a look at those and others and why each player or coach deserved their respective award or awards.

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Jameis Winston Wins Three Awards (Heisman, Walter Camp, Davey O'Brien)

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As the best quarterback in college football and the Heisman winner, Winston easily took home the player of the year and national QB awards. Winston has passed for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns on the season which is over 100 yards and 12 more touchdowns than Manziel passed for a season ago.

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AJ McCarron Wins Two Awards (Maxwell, Unitas Golden Arm)

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You can't find a more consistent and successful quarterback in college football. Having passed for over 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns for the past three years with a combined 13 interceptions and two national titles during that time is enough to win the awards for most outstanding player and most outstanding senior quarterback.

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Gus Malzahn Wins Home Depot Coach of the Year

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Turning a team that had just three wins in all of 2012 -- including no wins in the SEC -- into a national title-caliber team will definitely earn you some recognition. Oh yeah, and it's his first year as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers.

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Andre Williams Wins Doak Walker Award

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Andre Williams have has flown under the radar to capture the best running back in the nation award and he has looked good doing so. He leads the nation with 2,102 rushing yards and has 17 touchdowns to go along with it. The next closest running back was 221 yards behind.

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Brandin Cooks Wins Fred Biletnikoff Award

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Easily the top wide receiver in the nation, hence why he won the award, Cooks has been dominant in Pac-12 play, catching a ridiculous 120 passes for 1,670 yards and 15 touchdowns. Those are video game-type numbers.

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins Wins John Mackey Award

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Seferian-Jenkins came into the season being thought of as one of the best tight ends in the nation but somewhat failed to live up to expectations. He caught just 33 passes for 413 yards and seven scores -- cutting his numbers in half from last season -- but if you're going to give the best tight end with the John Mackey Award based on potential, this is your guy. He has the size and physical tools to be dominant and his 800-plus yards in 2012 showed that.

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Aaron Donald Wins Four Awards (Outland, Lombardi, Bednarik, Nagurski)

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Although he is sometimes knocked for his lack of size, Aaron Donald might be a solid force at the next level if he puts on some weight. Recording an unprecedented 54 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks on the year has to be enough to make him a draft pick that no team wants to pass up. There's no doubting his winning of four awards: outstanding interior lineman, outstanding lineman, defensive player of the year and another defensive player of the year award.

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Bryan Stork Wins Rimington Trophy

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Bryan Stork is one of the best offensive lineman in the nation and he easily took home the trophy for the best center in the nation. Although Florida State allows one of the most number of sacks per game in the nation, it can be guaranteed Stork doesn't let much by him.

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Darqueze Dennard Wins Jim Thorpe Award

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Darqueze Dennard wins the award for most outstanding defensive back in the nation. Nicknamed "No Fly Zone", Dennard has been the toughest cornerback to pass against in the nation on the 13th-best passing defense in the country. He has recorded 59 tackles, four interceptions and 10 pass deflections. It's safe to say no one wants to pass against this guy.

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Roberto Aguayo Wins Lou Groza Award

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Missing just one field goal out of 20 on the season and making 90/90 extra points and accounting for 147 points has to be enough to give Roberto Aguayo the kicker of the year award. From field goals that are at least 40 yards or more away, Aguayo made 8/9.

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Tom Hornsey Wins Ray Guy Award

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Tom Hornsey has won the punter of the year award, and why not? Who wouldn't want a punter that averaged 45 yards per punt and has a long of 79 yards on the year? I think he can change the field position battle very quickly.

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Jackson Jeffcoat Wins Ted Hendricks Award

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Jackson Jeffcoat wins the award for the best defensive end of the year and say it was well-deserved is an understatement. Jeffcoat finished third in the nation in sacks with 12 and had 73 tackles, one interception and four pass deflections with his 6-foot-5 frame.

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John Urschel Wins Campbell Trophy

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Winning the award for the top scholar athlete in college football must mean that John Urschel is a pretty smart guy. Graduating in May 2013 with a 4.0 GPA and immediately beginning his master's program is good enough to win him this prestigious award. Oh yeah, and he's one of the best offensive linemen in the nation.

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Pat Narduzzi Wins Frank Broyles Award


Pat Narduzzi won the award for the best assistant coach of the 2013 season and it was an award that was long overdue. Having coached one of the best defenses in the nation for the past few years, Narduzzi has gotten offers to be the head coach of other FBS schools and even drew interest from the Texas A&M Aggies as their defensive coordinator last year.

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Odell Beckham Wins Paul Hornung Award

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Odell Beckham is a heck of a receiver, but he didn't win that award. Although he had 57 catches for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, he was awarded the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football. Returning punts, kicks, catching the ball and occasionally running the ball on a reverse, Beckham can do it all -- and do it all very well.