The Haiti-born Colson received the 20th annual award from Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
Colson led the Wolverines with 71 tackles, 26 more than the next closest player, to go with a pair of tackles for a loss and as many quarterback hurries.
He led the nation’s best defense to an undefeated regular season and the top seed in the CFP.
Colson and Turner will see each other again when their teams meet in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day in a CFP semifinal.
Michigan will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund. The other three schools will receive $5,000 each.
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