Three top quarterbacks, three top prizes, with the biggest prize coming tomorrow night.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, won the Maxwell Award last night as the nation's best overall college football player.
He beat out Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and Texas QB Colt McCoy. All three are finalists for this year's Heisman, which will be presented in New York.
McCoy was chosen as the 2008 player of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, while Bradford won the Davey O'Brien Award as the top quarterback.
Penn State senior captain A.Q. Shipley won the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's top center. The No. 6 Nittany Lions' offensive line allowed a Big Ten-low 12 sacks and helped Evan Royster become PSU's fourth straight 1,000-yard rusher.
Texas Tech sophomore Michael Crabtree won his second straight Biletnikoff Award for best wide receiver. Other winners: Iowa running back Shonn Greene, Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back; Southern California's Rey Maualuga, Chuck Bednarik Trophy, best defensive player; Alabama tackle Andre Smith, Outland Trophy, best interior lineman; Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins, Jim Thorpe Award, best defensive back; Florida State's Graham Gano, Lou Groza Award, best placekicker; Oklahoma State's Matt Fodge, Ray Guy Award, best punter.
Alabama's Nick Saban was named Coach of the Year and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden won a special award for his contributions to college football.
* East Carolina coach Skip Holtz issued a statement through his athletic department that he has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the head coach at Syracuse. ECU athletic director Terry Holland said there has been no contact from Auburn about its vacancy.
Buffalo coach Turner Gill interviewed for both vacancies, raising the possibility he might leave after turning around the football program in only three seasons.
* Arizona linebacker Sterling Lewis was arrested on an extreme DUI charge, with a blood-alcohol level above .15, police said, nearly twice the Arizona legal limit of .08. He was suspended from playing in the Las Vegas Bowl against BYU on Dec. 20. *