“It’s a good night for us,” Chase said. “We’re going to have to forget about this within the next 48 hours and go back to work, to be honest.”
Undefeated and No. 1-ranked LSU will play Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 28. LSU defeated Georgia for the SEC championship in the same stadium last Saturday.
Among other awards presented Thursday night, Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top placekicker, Ohio State's Chase Young won the Bednarik Award as defensive player of the year, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor won the Doak Walker Award as best running back, Oregon's Penei Sewell won the Outland Trophy as best interior lineman, and Kentucky's Max Duffy won the Ray Guy Award as best punter.
Minnesota backup holder Casey O’Brien, who has overcome four bouts with cancer, received the Disney Spirit Award. Former Georgia great Herschel Walker received the NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award.