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Baker Mayfield wins Walter Camp Award as college football's player of the year

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Walter Camp Award, which is given out annually to college football's best player.
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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Walter Camp Award.(Photo: Ron Jenkins, AP)

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Walter Camp Award, given to the college football player of the year.

Mayfield beat out Saquon Barkley, running back from Penn State; Lamar Jackson, Louisville quarterback; Bryce Love, running back from Stanford; and Rashaad Penny, running back from San Diego State.

He also nabbed the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback and later added the Maxwell Award, another player of the year honor presented by the Maxwell Memorial Football Club of Philadelphia.

Mayfield completed 71% of his passes for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns, leading the Sooners to a 12-1 record and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Eight of the past 10 winners were quarterbacks.

In other awards announced Thursday in Atlanta:

Jim Thorpe: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama. For the nation’s best defensive back, presented by the College Football Writers Association of America.

Lou Groza: Matt Gay, Utah. For the best place-kicker, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Fred Biletnikoff: James Washington, Oklahoma State. For the outstanding collegiate receiver, presented by the College Football Writers Association of America.

Doak Walker: Bryce Love, Stanford. For the outstanding college running back, sponsored by the Southern Methodist Athletic Forum.

Butkus: Roquan Smith, Georgia. Presented to college football's best linebacker.

Ray Guy: Michael Dickson, Texas. Presented to college football's best punter.

Outland: Ed Oliver, Houston. For the outstanding collegiate interior lineman, presented by the College Football Writers Association of America.

Chuck Bednarik: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama. For the outstanding collegiate defensive player. 

Holder of the Year Award: Connor McGinnis, Oklahoma.

Sports Spirit Award: Iowa’s Stead children hospital, football fans and team

Coach of the Year Award: Scott Frost, UCF

NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award: Brent Musburger

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Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield won Walter Camp Award and Davey O'Brien Award, given to college football's player of the year and best QB, respectively.  John Amis, AP

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Maxwell Award, another player of the year honor presented by the Maxwell Memorial Football Club of Philadelphia.  John Amis, AP

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Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick won the Jim Thorpe Award given to college football's top defensive back.  John Amis, AP

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Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick won the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the defensive player of the year.  John Amis, AP

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Utah's Matt Gay won Lou Groza Award given to college football's best kicker.  John Amis, AP

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Oklahoma State's James Washington won the Fred Biletnikoff Award,given to college football's best receiver.  John Amis, AP

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Stanford's Bryce Love, won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back.  John Amis, AP

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Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's best interior lineman.  John Amis, AP

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Texas' Michael Dickson, won the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's best punter.  John Amis, AP

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North Carolina State's Bradley Chubb won the the Bronko Nagusrki Award, given to the top defensive player in college football. Chubb also won the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the defensive end of the year.  Chuck Burton, AP

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Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser won the Campbell Trophy, honoring academic excellence.  John Amis, AP

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