Oklahoma players have won 65 major national awards, including five Heisman Trophies. Each year, several OU players are placed on watch lists for these awards. Here are the players that are on these lists for 2014:


Blake Bell

Blake Bell

John Mackey Award

The John Mackey Award is presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end. The award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.

John Mackey Award // Bell Bio


Ty Darlington

Rimington Trophy

The Rimington Trophy is given annually to the nation's premier center. It has been given since the year 2000, and is named for former Nebraska center Dave Rimington, college football's only two-time winner of the Outland Trophy.

Darlington's OU Family Tradition // Rimington Trophy // Darlington Bio


Michael Hunnicutt

Michael Hunnicutt

Lou Groza Award

The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the top college football placekicker in theUnited States by the Palm Beach CountySports Commission. The award is named after former Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns player Lou Groza.

Lou Groza Award // Hunnicutt Bio


Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight

Maxwell Award

Each year the Maxwell Football Club presents the Maxwell Award for the College Player of the Year. This award is presented in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official and sports columnist.

Davey O'Brien Award

The Davey O'Brien Award, named after Davey O'Brien, is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by the Davey O'Brien Foundation to be the best of all National Collegiate Athletic Association quarterbacks.

Walter Camp Award

The Walter Camp Award is given annually to the collegiate  football Player of the Year, as decided by a group of NCAA Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation; the award is named for Walter Camp, an important and influential figure in the development of the sport.

Manning Award

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the nation’s college offensive player of the year who meets the awards criteria and to encourage student-athletes to succeed on and off the field while having the drive and the tenacity to persist and overcome adversity and injury in the pursuit of reaching their goals.

All-Access: Trevor Knight // Maxwell Award // Davey O'Brien Award // Walter Camp Award // Manning Award // Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award // Knight Bio


Taylor McNamara

Taylor McNamara

John Mackey Award

The John Mackey Award is presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end. The award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.

John Mackey Award // McNamara Bio


Zack Sanchez

Zack Sanchez

Bronco Nagurski Trophy

Created in 1993 by the Football Writers Association of America, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded to the best defensive player in college football and is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The award was established to compliment the Heisman Trophy Award which never been presented to a defensive player.

Jim Thorpe Award

The Jim Thorpe Award, named in memory of multi-sport legend Jim Thorpe, has been awarded to the top defensive back in college football since 1986.

Bronco Nagurski Trophy // Jim Thorpe Award // Sanchez Bio


Frank Shannon

Frank Shannon

Bednarik Award

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Butkus Award

The Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. The award, named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a number of health and wellness activities including the "I Play Clean" anti-steroid program.

Bednarik Award // Butkus Award // Shannon Bio


Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard

Biletnikoff Award

The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver (the award defines receiver as any player who catches a pass) by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. (TQCF).

Biletnikoff Award // Shepard Bio


Eric Striker

Eric Striker

Bronco Nagurski Trophy

Created in 1993 by the Football Writers Association of America, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded to the best defensive player in college football and is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The award was established to compliment the Heisman Trophy Award which never been presented to a defensive player.

Bednarik Award

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Butkus Award

The Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. The award, named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a number of health and wellness activities including the "I Play Clean" anti-steroid program.

Lombardi Award

The Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the best college football lineman or linebacker. The Lombardi Award program was approved by the Rotary Club in Houston in 1970 shortly after the death of Vince Lombardi, for whom the Super Bowl trophy is also named. The committee outlined the criteria for eligibility for the award, which remains in place to this day. A player should be a down lineman on either offense or defense or a linebacker who lines up no further than five yards deep from the ball.

All-Access: Eric Striker // Bronco Nagurski Trophy // Bednarik Award // Butkus Award // Lombardi Award // Striker Bio


Charles Tapper

Charles Tapper

Bronco Nagurski Trophy

Created in 1993 by the Football Writers Association of America, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded to the best defensive player in college football and is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The award was established to compliment the Heisman Trophy Award which never been presented to a defensive player.

Bednarik Award

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Ted Hendricks Award

The Ted Hendricks Award is given annually to college football's top defensive end. The award is named after Ted Hendricks, who is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is presented the Ted Hendricks Foundation.

All-Access: Charles Tapper // Bronco Nagurski Trophy // Bednarik Award // Hendricks Award // Tapper Bio


Daryl Williams

Daryl Williams

Outland Trophy

The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best United States college football interior linemanby the Football Writers Association of America. It is named after John H. Outland. One of only a few players ever to be named All-America at two positions, Outland garnered consensus All-America honors in 1898 at tackle and consensus All-America honors at halfback in 1899.

Outland Trophy // Williams Bio