Maxwell & Bednarik Award Watch Lists Released
The preseason watch lists for the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards were released by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday.
The 77th Maxwell Award, will be given out to America's College Football Player of the Year. The award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given out since 1937.
The Maxwell Award Watch list features 76 players, including last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was named to the watch list, as was Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon, and ULM quarterback Kolton Browning, all from Louisiana schools.
Representing the Sun Belt Conference, along with Browning, is WKU running back Antonio Andrews.
The 19th Bednarik Award, which features 75 candidates this year, is named after former Penn standout Chuck Bednarik, and is presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year.
Three LSU players make the Bednarik Award watch list, including linebacker Lamin Barrow, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, and safety Craig Loston.
WKU linebacker Andrew Jackson is the lone Sun belt Conference representative on the Bednarik Award watch list.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o made history last year, becoming the first player to win both the Maxwell and the Bednarik in the same year.
The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12th.