The college football season is winding down, which means it's almost time to start handing out some hardware. The finalists in categories like player of the year, best quarterback, best running back and best defensive player have been chosen, and now we're giving you a vote. Read up on the accomplishments of each of the three finalists for nine major awards, then pick the player you think should win.
We start with the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the best all-around player in college football. Whoever wins this year will join some exclusive company. In the past decade, players like Andrew Luck (2011), Cam Newton (2010), Colt McCoy (2009), Tim Tebow (2008 and 2007), Brady Quinn (2006), Vince Young (2005), Jason White (2004) and Eli Manning (2003) have taken home the trophy. Newton and Tebow (in 2007) both went on to win the Heisman Trophy as well.
To find out the official winners of college football's major awards, tune into "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Steele will host the show, which will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Statistics as of Monday, Nov. 19.
The Maxwell Award Nominees
Collin Klein: The Kansas State senior quarterback has accounted for 34 of the Wildcats' 50 offensive touchdowns this season. He became the first quarterback from a BCS AQ school in the BCS era with 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns in multiple seasons. His 53 career rushing touchdowns rank second among all active players, and are the fourth-most in Big 12 history, and he's thrown for at least 200 yards in six of his 11 games this season.
Johnny Manziel: The redshirt freshman has made quite a first impression. "Johnny Football" has rushed for a freshman quarterback record 1,114 yards, and his 4,161 yards of total offense are a school record for any class, and a national record for freshmen. He's just the fifth player in FBS history to pass for at least 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000, and the first to do it as a freshman, all while leading Texas A&M to a 9-2 mark in the Aggies' first year in the SEC.
Manti Te'o: The senior linebacker has awakened the echoes at Notre Dame, leading the Irish to their first No. 1 ranking since 1993. He has a team-high 98 tackles, making him the first Notre Dame player in more than 30 years to lead the team for three straight years. His six interceptions are the most ever for a Notre Dame LB and rank him second nationally among all players, helping the Irish lead the nation in scoring defense (10.1 ppg).