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By The Associated Press | Updated - Dec 7th, 2018 @ 6:05am | Posted - Dec 7th, 2018 @ 1:31am



ATLANTA (AP) — AP player of the year Kyler Murray adds the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback as the College Football Awards show in Atlanta began. But right before the show started it was announced that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa topped Oklahoma's Kyler Murray in college football player of the year awards on Thursday, 2-1. Tagovailoa won the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards and Murray was named AP Player of the Year. Murray also won the Davey O'Brien as top quarterback.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self is hopeful injured center Udoka Azubuike will be back on the floor by the time the second-ranked Jayhawks open Big 12 play against Oklahoma on Jan. 2. The 7-footer sustained a severe high ankle sprain against Wofford on Tuesday night. He was still not putting much weight on the ankle Thursday. Kansas plays New Mexico State on Saturday night.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA says the number of enforced targeting penalties in the Football Bowl Subdivision this regular season was the same as in 2017. That ends four straight years of increased calls. NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding reported 179 enforced calls in 817 games compared with 179 in 816 games last season. Big Ten coordinator of football officials Bill Carollo said he's pleased to see the targeting penalties level off and the hope is that the numbers will come down in 2019.

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