Nov. 24, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -
Finalists for The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards -- live on ESPN, Thursday, Dec. 11, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET - have been announced. Sam Bradford and Duke Robinson of Oklahoma are among those who will be invited.
Bradford is a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback, while Robinson is a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's top lineman.
Bradford leads the nation in touchdown passes with 42 and is second is No. 2 in passing effiency, No. 1 among FBS quarterbacks.
He is trying to win an O'Brien Award that went to former Sooner Jason White in 2003 and 2004.
Robinson, OU's left offensive guard, was a consensus All-American last season. In 2008, he has helped the Sooners move to No. 1 in the nation in scoring offense adn No. 3 in total offense.
He also is trying to become a repeat OU winner for his award. Jammal Brown claimed the Outland in 2004 to become the fifth Sooner so honored.
The show, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show, hosted by ESPNU's Lowell Galindo and Tom Luginbill with Mike Gleason and Melissa Knowles reporting, will air on ESPNU from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and following the show at 9:30 p.m.
The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards features the live presentation of nine awards, along with the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.
New this year is a Web site dedicated to the show: www.espncollegefootballawards.com. The site features the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.
The NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award will be presented to Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden, who is in his 33rd season with the Seminoles. Bowden, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, has 381 career victories, making him the second all-time winningest Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I) coach.