Ngata among those to be honored live on ESPN

Home Depot announced on Thursday that Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will be among 27 student-athletes that will be on hand for the 2005 College Football Awards to be aired live on ESPN, Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7-9 p.m. EST.

The Home Depot 2005 College Football Awards consists of 13 award categories. Finalists for nine of the awards will be in attendance for the live announcement, along with recipients of Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. The show will be hosted by ESPN football commentators Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit and will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Prestigious awards to be presented include: the Maxwell Award (best all-around player); Chuck Bednarik Trophy (best defensive player); Outland Trophy (best interior lineman); Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award; Doak Walker Award (best running back); Biletnikoff Award (best wide receiver); Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back); Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award; Ray Guy Award (best punter); Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award (most inspirational player or team); The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award, and the Walter Camp All-America Team.

Haloti Ngata is a finalist for the Outland Trophy along with Greg Eslinger of Minnesota and Marcus McNeill from Auburn.

The 6-5, 340-pound Ngata is a junior at Oregon and recorded 59 tackles, including nine for a loss. His season statistics also include three sacks, one recovered fumble, one forced fumble, and two blocked kicks. The Ducks finished 10-1 this season a dramatic turnaround from the 5-6 record in 2004.

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