Penn State's Barkley on national player of the year watch list

LJ Scott Named To Maxwell Award Watch List

The last Longhorn to win the Maxwell Award was McCoy in 2009, he joined Vince Young (2005), Ricky Williams (1998) and Tommy Nobis (1965) as Maxwell Award honorees.

Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was a finalist for the Maxwell Award in 2011, along with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Syracuse football quarterback Eric Dungey was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been awarded since 1937.

The award which goes to the nation's best defensive player is named after Penn and NFL legend Chuck Bednarik and has been given by the Maxwell Football Club since 1995.

View the full watch list here. The winners of the 2017 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 7.




He also was on the 2016 Maxwell Award preseason watch list.

Dawson, a second-team Pro Football Focus All-SEC as a junior, played in 12 games last season played and started seven at nickel corner. He earned the Grange-Griffin Most Valuable Player award as MVP of the Big Ten Championship game after throwing for a Big Ten Championship game-record 384 yards and four touchdowns.

He led the team in interceptions (6) and interception return yards (186) as a sophomore and his 186 return yards ranked near the top nationally while his six picks tied for seventh in the FBS. He also rushed for 139 yards against No. 2 MI on October 29, the most by a player against the Wolverines during the regular season. Additionally, the Miami, Fla., native made 50 solo stop, 11.0 TFLs, two pass breakups and four quarterback hurries. He racked up 47 tackles and 3.5 stops behind the line that season as a true freshman. He has eight sacks and 18 tackles for loss in his career and was named to the Bednarik watch list past year.

Iowa State's season is set to begin September 2 with a rematch against Northern Iowa.

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