GAINESVILLE — Gators QB Tim Tebow will get an opportunity to become a two-time Maxwell Award winner, but the Davey O'Brien will go to someone else this season.
Tebow was named one of three finalists Monday for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's best all-around player, but the junior didn't make the cut on the Davey O'Brien list — which he won last season — for the nation's best quarterback.
The O'Brien finalists are Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, Colt McCoy of Texas and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Harrell and McCoy are also Maxwell finalists.
FSU senior Graham Gano, who missed the first two games after knee surgery in August, is one of three finalists for the Groza Award as the nation's top kicker.
He has hit 21 of 23 field goals, has five of 50 yards or more and leads the ACC in scoring. Josh Arauco (Arkansas State) and Louie Sakoda (Utah) are the other finalists.
Bednarik (defense): USC LB Rey Maualuga; Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis; Penn State DE Aaron Maybin.
Outland (interior lineman): Mississippi's Michael Oher; Oklahoma's Duke Robinson; Alabama's Andre Smith.
Biletnikoff (receiver): Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant; Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree; Missouri's Jeremy Maclin.
Thorpe (defensive back): Tennessee's Eric Berry; Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins; USC's Taylor Mays.
Doak Walker (running back): Iowa's Shonn Greene; Georgia's Knowshon Moreno; Michigan State's Javon Ringer.
Ray Guy (punter): Sakoda; Oklahoma State's Matt Fodge; West Virginia's Pat McAfee.
FSU: Positive news
TALLAHASSEE — FSU got an unexpected treat when senior starting S Darius McClure went through a limited workout.
A week ago, trainers worried McClure's career might be over. He sustained a knee injury against Boston College, and his symptoms pointed to a torn ACL. Test results in the middle of the week showed he had only sustained torn cartilage.
"When they told me they thought my ACL was torn, you have a lot of stuff going through your mind," he said.
McClure said it would be "a little premature" to say he might be available for Saturday's game against Florida.
ACC HONORS: Gano and defensive end Everette Brown, who had 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss Saturday at Maryland, were among those honored.
Times staff writers Brian Landman and Antonya English and correspondent Ira Schoffel contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.