Pouncey, Hernandez win; Tebow, Spikes, Haden and Henry shut out of College Footbal Awards

By Adam Silverstein
December 10, 2009

Two Florida Gators juniors came home from The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards in Orlando, FL, Thursday evening with awards; unfortunately, four other players were not as lucky. Center Maurkice Pouncey was awarded the 2009 Rimington Trophy (best collegiate center) and tight end Aaron Hernandez was honored with the 2009 John Mackey Award (best collegiate tight end). Each was the first Gators player in history to take home his respective award.

Senior quarterback Tim Tebow, who was up for the 2009 Davey O’Brien Award (best collegiate quarterback) and 2009 Maxwell Award (best all-around player), was defeated for both by Texas Longhorns QB Colt McCoy. Tebow took home the O’Brien Award in 2007 and is a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award (2007, 2008). Senior middle linebacker Brandon Spikes lost the 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player) to Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh; junior cornerback Joe Haden was defeated by Tennessee Volunteers safety Eric Berry for the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back); and Georgia Bulldogs punter Drew Butler won the 2009 Ray Guy Award (best collegiate punter) over junior Chas Henry. 2009 Heisman Trophy ceremony is on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.


  1. Brittany says:

    I understand Tebow not winning the Heisman or the Davey O’Brien Award but I honestly think that he deserved the Maxwell. Oh well, congratulations to Maurkice Pouncey and Aaron Hernandez, both awards were well deserved.

    And how funny was the McCoy-Tebow skit? I hope it’s going to be online somewhere soon!

  2. Tebow got robbed of the Maxwell, plain and simple.

  3. Brittany says:

    I agree, it’s really unfortunate.

  4. Sue White says:

    I think Tim Tebow was the most deserving of the Maxwell. Too often the winning playoff team members get awards for that one games results. Tebow is such a great example of what our sports people should be…his life and priorities are in the right order, something this country needs to learn. No matter what awards he gets or does not get, he has made history in the way he lives. He is truly a well rounded team player. I will miss seeing him play college football, but thanks for those memories!

  5. Thanks for the post Sue. Welcome to OGGOA!

  6. Brittany says:

    Great post Sue, and I agree completely.

  7. Mr2Bits says:

    It was a crock of shit. McCoy was donned all that is great at the beginning of the year. Despite a so-so year and almost losing his team the Big 12 championship people still kiss his ass.

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