The 23rd Home Depot College Football Awards added a little more drama to the Heisman Trophy race Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Florida State's Jameis Winston was tabbed as the Walter Camp player of the year and also took home the Dave O'Brien Award, which honors the nation's top quarterback.
Yet, fellow Heisman challenger A.J. McCarron didn't go home empty handed. McCarron was given the prestigious Maxwell Award, which symbolizes the year's most outstanding player. Last year's Heisman winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was shut out.
Who gets the Heisman — for which Winston and McCarron are the clear frontrunners — will be determined Saturday in New York City.
“(I'm) super surprised,” McCarron said on the ESPN telecast. “I don't think I'm the best player out of the other two guys they just said (Manziel, Winston), but I can't thank them enough. It's an honor to be here.”
Winston was also humble and credited his teammates for the monster numbers he's put up this season.
“When you have a team like that, anyone can go out there and do that,” Winston said on ESPN.
Doak Walker Award
Boston College's Andre Williams won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back.
A Heisman Trophy finalist as well, Williams became the first running back at the Football Bowl Subdivision level since 2008 to rush for 2,000 yards. He finished with 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Eagles to seven wins and a bowl berth this season.
Williams was selected over fellow finalists Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona and Bishop Sankey of Washington.
Oregon State junior Brandin Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's most outstanding wide receiver.
He became the second winner from Oregon State, joining Mike Hass from 2005.
Cooks finished the season with 120 catches for 1,670 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 31 receptions for more than 20 yards, most in the country among wide receivers. That all helped lead Oregon State to a spot in the Hawaii Bowl against Boise State.
Cooks beat out fellow finalists Mike Evans from Texas A&M and Sammy Watkins of Clemson.
Coach of the Year
Auburn's Gus Malzahn was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year.
Malzahn is in his first season at Auburn and has taken the Tigers to the BCS national title game after the team went winless in the SEC in 2012. Malzahn helped guide Auburn through one of the school's most memorable seasons, which included outstanding victory on dramatic plays against Georgia and Alabama.
Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the defensive player of the year in college football.
He also won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top interior lineman. It capped a big week for Donald, who took home the Bronko Nagurski award this week as the best defensive player in the country, and the Lombardi Award given annually to the nation's top college lineman.
Donald became the first Atlantic Coast Conference player to win the Bednarik Award since Maryland linebacker EJ Henderson in 2002. The senior finished the season with 54 tackles, 10 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
Donald was selected over fellow finalists Anthony Barr from UCLA and C.J. Mosley of Alabama.
Jim Thorpe Award
Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back.
The senior from Georgia finished the season with four interceptions and had two games with nine tackles, leading a dominant defense that carried the fourth-ranked Spartans to the Big Ten title. They will play No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
The other finalists were Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner and Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert.
Lou Groza Award
Florida State freshman Roberto Aguayo won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best place kicker. He is the third winner from Florida State.
Aguayo went 19 of 20 on field goals for the top-ranked Seminoles this season, including a long of 52 yards. He also was perfect on 90 extra points.
The other finalists were Anthony Fera of Texas and Marvin Kloss from South Florida.
Ray Guy Award
Memphis senior Tom Hornsey won the Ray Guy Award winner as the nation's best punter.
He averaged 45.2 yards on 62 punts this season, setting a career best with a 79-yarder in the season opener against Duke. He also had only 12 touchbacks.
Hornsey was selected over fellow finalists Drew Kaser from Texas A&M and Cody Webster from Purdue.
Tulane safety Devon Walker won the Disney Spirit Award, given out to the most inspirational figure or team. Walker has remained paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal cord injury last season. He has remained on the sideline during Tulane games this year.
John Gagliardi, a Division III coach at St. John's in Minnesota, was honored for his contributions to college football. Gagliardi is the all-time college football leader in victories with a record of 489-138-11 over 60 seasons, according to ESPN.
Auburn's Chris Davis was honored with the player of the year for his epic game-winning field goal return for a touchdown against Alabama.
Information from the Associated Press was used for this report.