13 SEC players named to Maxwell Award watch list

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The watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club and given annually to the national player of the year in college football, has been released and it includes several noteworthy players from the SEC. The Maxwell recipient often differs from the Heisman Trophy winner and has been presented annually since 1937.

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Alabama leads the way on the 76-player list with four nominees. Last season, Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron became the first player in school history to win the award.

In addition, four SEC players were named to the Paul Hornung watch list on Monday. South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper, Alabama’s Christion Jones, Mississippi State’s Jameon Lewis and Marcus Murphy from Missouri each have a shot at being college football’s most versatile player in 2014.

SEC players on the 2014 Maxwell Award watch list

Alabama: Amari Cooper, WR; Jacob Coker, QB; T.J. Yeldon, RB; Derrick Henry, RB

Arkansas: Alex Collins, RB; Jonathan Williams, RB

Auburn: Sammie Coates, WR; Nick Marshall, QB

Florida: Jeff Driskel, QB

Georgia: Todd Gurley, RB

Mississippi: Bo Wallace, QB

Mississippi State: Dak Prescott, QB

South Carolina: Mike Davis, RB

Maxwell Award winners since 2003

2013 A.J. McCarron Alabama 226 Cmp, 336 Att, 3063 Yds, 28 TD, 7 Int
2012 Manti Te’o Notre Dame 55 Solo, 58 Ast, 1.5 Sk, 7 Int
2011 Andrew Luck Stanford 288 Cmp, 404 Att, 3517 Yds, 37 TD, 10 Int
2010 Cam Newton Auburn 185 Cmp, 280 Att, 2854 Yds, 30 TD, 7 Int
2009 Colt McCoy Texas 332 Cmp, 470 Att, 3521 Yds, 27 TD, 12 Int
2008 Tim Tebow Florida 192 Cmp, 298 Att, 2746 Yds, 30 TD, 4 Int
2007 Tim Tebow Florida 234 Cmp, 350 Att, 3286 Yds, 32 TD, 6 Int
2006 Brady Quinn Notre Dame 289 Cmp, 467 Att, 3426 Yds, 37 TD, 7 Int
2005 Vince Young Texas 212 Cmp, 325 Att, 3036 Yds, 26 TD, 10 Int
2004 Jason White Oklahoma 255 Cmp, 390 Att, 3205 Yds, 35 TD, 9 Int
2003 Eli Manning Mississippi 275 Cmp, 441 Att, 3600 Yds, 29 TD, 10 Int

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  • Brad thanks for bringing this list to our attention. My opinion is these awards need to better define themselves or they turn out to be popularity contests for those who have the loudest fan clubs. Coker hasn’t been a regular starter yet…and are they saying there are no returning starters with higher expectations than that? ans. joke material. Did I miss the star power year that Driskel had? When was that? Same for Bo Wallace? And if Arkansas has two running backs that are the best in the nation then how is it that Arkansas wasn’t 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the nation (or even the SEC) last year? Of course we all like these players, they are part of good football teams. But come on, there has to be a reason for a ‘watch list’ or it is just garbage and this is garbage.

    • It’s a little absurd putting Coker on the list when he hasn’t even thrown a pass or been named the starter at ‘Bama, isn’t it? I thought so too, Wolfman.

    • Wolfman, I agree about Coker, but I know you just didn’t say that about Bo Wallace. Wallace is actually the best and most complete QB in the SEC. He has thrown for over 6,000 yards in two seasons and last season his thew the ball at a 64% completion percentage. That’s pretty damn good. I realize your just mad because Mauk isn’t on this list.