While debate and speculation swirl around Christian McCaffrey's Heisman chances, or whether he will be invited to the Ceremony as a finalist other major college football awards have taken notice. Christian McCaffrey was named one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. Derrick Henry junior running back from Alabama and Deshaun Watson Sophomore quarterback from Clemson were the other two finalists. Last season's winner was Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota. The winner of the Maxwell award will be announced on December 10th.
"McCaffrey averages 255.2 all-purpose yards/game and has touched the ball 331 times. Mostly used at tailback, he also lines up in the slot, at wildcat quarterback and wide receiver, and returns punts and kickoffs. Tough, fast, durable and sure-handed, McCaffrey has accounted for four of the nine 300 all-purpose yard games in college football this season, and has surpassed 200 yards eight times. He rushed for a school-best 263 yards and four touchdowns against UCLA and has already set Stanford records for consecutive 100-yard rushing games (9) and single-season all-purpose yards (2,807). He also averages 31.3 yards on kickoff returns, tops in the Pac-12 Conference. Stanford hosts Notre Dame this Saturday in a match-up of top 15 teams."
McCaffrey is also one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award which is awarded to the nation's best collegiate running back. The other finalists for the Doak Walker Award are LSU's Leonard Fournette and of course Derrick Henry of Alabama. It should be noted that demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship are factors in winning the award.
Guard Joshua Garnett is one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football. Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango and Alabama defensive tackle A'shawn Robinson were also finalists.
Also, Tight End Austin Hooper is one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award for the most outstanding collegiate athlete. Hunter Henry from Arkansas and Jordan Leggett from Clemson are also finalists.