Dorsey wins one QB award, Crouch another

Friday, December 7th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) _ Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey won the Maxwell Award and Nebraska's Eric Crouch took the Davey O'Brien quarterback trophy Thursday night during the college football awards show.

Dorsey and Crouch are two of the four Heisman Trophy finalists, along with Florida's Rex Grossman and Oregon's Joey Harrington. The Heisman, college football's top individual award, will be presented Saturday night in New York.

Dorsey, who led No. 1 Miami (11-0) to a perfect season and a spot in a national title game in the Rose Bowl, was chosen over Grossman and Crouch.

The Maxwell, voted on by Division I-A coaches, the Football Writers Association of America and members of the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club, goes to the best all-around player.

Dorsey completed 184 of 318 passes for 2,652 yards with 23 TDs and nine interceptions.

Crouch won the O'Brien quarterback award over Grossman and Harrington. Crouch, who led Nebraska to an 11-1 record, ran for 1,115 yards and 18 TDs, and passed for 1,510 yards and seven scores.

BYU's Luke Staley, who ran for 1,582 yards and led the nation in scoring with 28 touchdowns, won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back, beating out Maryland's Bruce Perry and Tennessee's Travis Stephens.

North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers won the Chuck Bednarik Trophy for the nation's top defensive player, adding to the Lombardi Award he received Wednesday as the top college lineman. Peppers won over Oklahoma's Rocky Calmus and Syracuse's Dwight Freeney.

Bryant McKinnie, Miami's massive left tackle, won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman, beating out Tennessee's John Henderson and Nebraska's Toniu Fonoti.

Other award winners Thursday night were LSU wide receiver Josh Reed (Biletnikoff Award), safety Roy Williams (Jim Thorpe Award), and Purdue punter Travis Dorsch (Ray Guy Award).

Reed, who led the nation in receiving with 90 catches for 1,680 yards, won over Wisconsin's Lee Evans and Florida's Jabar Gaffney.

Williams won the Thorpe over Texas' Quentin Jammer and Miami's Ed Reed; and Dorsch won the kicking award over Miami's Freddie Capshaw and Oklahoma's Jeff Ferguson.