Alabama's Derrick Henry capped a big Thursday night when he won the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year at the College Football Awards in Atlanta.
Earlier in the ESPN show, Henry won the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back.
Henry rushed for 1,986 yards to break Herschel Walker's Southeastern Conference single-season record and lead Alabama to the College Football Playoff.
The other finalists were Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The three also are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Watson won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's best quarterback. Watson, a sophomore, threw for more than 3,500 yards with 30 touchdowns and ran for almost 900 yards with 11 touchdowns for Clemson (13-0), which also has a spot in the College Football Playoff.
There was one Minnesota tie-in to the awards show. Concordia (St. Paul) senior defensive lineman Hank Goff received the Disney Sports Spirit Award, given to college football's most inspirational player.
The Division II player used the sport to help him overcome post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from an Afghanistan combat tour in the U.S. Marines,
Army coach confident
After one of his team's final practices before Saturday's game against Navy, Army coach Jeff Monken made a prediction to his players: "Be excited for the chance to prove yourselves. I know we're going to win."
Recent history indicates otherwise. Navy (9-2), ranked No. 21, has won the past 13 meetings and is an overwhelming favorite to beat Army (2-9).
The Black Knights have come close in three of the past four games with Navy: 27-21 in 2011, 17-13 in 2012, and 17-10 last December.
"I know nobody gives us a chance, but our guys believe in each other," Monken said. "I don't think that [the record] much matters."
Fantasy ads scratched
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, said ESPN has agreed to not use advertisements for daily fantasy sports websites during broadcasts of the biggest postseason games.
CFP officials and ESPN executives, he said, determined that given the legal uncertainties over daily fantasy sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel it "would be best to allocate the available spots to others."Same states, including New York, are investigating whether the daily fantasy sites violate the law.
• Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen is transferring The sophomore threw for 2,210 yards with 17 touchdowns but was benched after a loss to Alabama in October.
• New Rutgers coach Chris Ash named Vince Okruch, a Gophers assistant from 1985-91, his special teams coordinator.