ATLANTA — Alabama running back Derrick Henry was the biggest star of college football's awards night, as he won the Maxwell Award, given to the player of the year, and the Doak Walker Award, given to the top running back.
The awards were presented for the first time at the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Also Thursday, Henry was chosen the Walter Camp player of the year.
Henry joined Trent Richardson, who won in 2011, as the only Alabama players to win the Doak Walker. Some other recent winners include Darren McFadden, Montee Ball and 2014 winner Melvin Gordon.
"This list is legendary," Henry said. "I'm just thankful to be a part of it."
Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson were the finalists for the Maxwell and also are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, to be presented on Saturday in New York
Watson won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback.
Henry rushed for 1,986 yards to break Herschel Walker's SEC single-season record and lead Alabama to the College Football Playoff. He ran for 189 yards and was picked as MVP in Alabama's SEC title game win over Florida. Henry is considered the Heisman favorite. Mark Ingram of Alabama in 2009 was the last running back — and only Crimson Tide player — to win the Heisman.
Clemson's Dabo Swinney, who was named coach of the year, said he's glad Watson is only a sophomore. "I think they got it right," he said of his QB winning the O'Brien. "He's special in every regard. He's more than just a great football player. He's a great young man. This is just the beginning for him."
Swinney said he looked forward to joining Watson in New York at the Heisman presentation. "I'm pumped," Swinney said. "I've never sniffed the Heisman presentation."
Texas A&M: Quarterback Kyle Allen is transferring. The sophomore appeared in 10 games this season and threw for 2,210 yards with 17 TDs.