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Clowney, Manziel, Miller part of preseason list of 76 for Maxwell Award

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Okay, now we’re really getting into swing of the preseason watch lists. The Maxwell Football Club released two preseason watch lists today for the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award.

The Maxwell Award, the watch list for which you can view below, is given annually to the player of the year in college football. Last year’s winner was Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. Te’o made history in 2012 when he became the first player to win both the Maxwell and the Bednarik in the same year.

This year’s watch list features a whopping 76 players. Semifinalists from last year’s Maxwell Award — Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, USC WR Marqise Lee, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas — are featured on this year’s watch list.

The winner of the Maxwell will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12.

We’ll have the Bednarik preseason watch list a little later today, but here’s the Maxwell watch list.

(Image courtesy of the Maxwell Football Club)


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12 Responses to “Clowney, Manziel, Miller part of preseason list of 76 for Maxwell Award”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jul 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    CLowney deserved it last year over Manti T’eo and his fake girlfriend. Everyone knows it and when T’eo is out of the NFL in a year or so, people will then understand. He is a fake, phoney, fraud….a charlatan of a football player and person. Alabama exposed him for what he is: a mediocre college ball player.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Jul 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    Why even narrow it down to 76?

  3. MasMacho says: Jul 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    Taylor Martinez? Zach Zwinak? Zurlon Tipton? Rakeem Cato? Beau Blankenship?


  4. spudvol says: Jul 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    Silas Redd? Really? The guy jumped ship when the going got tough and now he is up for a POY award?

  5. irishdodger says: Jul 8, 2013 12:29 PM


    We are both obviously biased towards our respective teams, but when Te’o won the awards based on his performance in 2012, I think it’s fair to say they were earned. Clowney is a stud, no doubt, but if you look at the two players’ on field performance, it’s no crime that Te’o edged him out. Take your emotion over the “fake girlfriend” embarrassment, and maybe you can offer a more fair assessment. Did Bama embarrass Notre Dame in the BCS NC game? No doubt…but Florida embarrassed your boys in the regular season just as bad 44-11. The one common opponent of ND & USCe was Michigan. ND held them to six points. USCe gave up four TDs and were lucky to beat the less talented Wolverines. Clowney had a memorable hit when he tackled the Wolverine RB unblocked. Other than that, Lewan held him at bay & some would say dominated him. I wouldn’t say that…but Lewan was impressive and easily a Top five pick along w/ Clowney in the next draft.

  6. scalpemseminoles says: Jul 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    Zach mettenberger? Dont make me lol….

  7. thegamecocker says: Jul 8, 2013 12:46 PM


    What was the score of that Pitt – ND game last season? I think it is fair to say that as Michigan offense gained more experience as the season progress, they improved significantly. Not sure exactly when ND played Michigan but I think it was fairly early in the season. Here is the net summary: if Jadeveon Clowney could have been eligible for the NFL draft in 2013, who do you think the pros would select FIRST….Clowney or T’eo? I rest my case. And as I always say: I do have great respect for the rank and file ND student body….and I’m not being facetious or sarcastic. Great academic institution and THAT more than anything else is what impresses me about ND.

  8. benvincible says: Jul 8, 2013 12:48 PM

    Clowney Just ate the other 75 “players” on this list.

  9. irishdodger says: Jul 8, 2013 7:16 PM


    The win over Pitt by ND was by the exact same number of points as South Carolina’s win over Tennessee. Yes, Jadaveon Clowney would have been the #1 pick in the NFL last year….BUT…as Tim Tebow, Doug Flutie, Gino Torretta, Jason White, Dave Rimington, Chris Zorich and numerous other highly decorated COLLEGE football players…that has nothing to do w/ how they’ll play in the NFL. Now to be frank, as an ND fan, I can admit that ND should have lost the Pitt game. ND wasn’t even in a preseason poll, so no one expected their run and their schedule was considered the toughest by even the staunchest haters before the season (another reason I hate preseason polls & predictions) They didn’t have the depth to compete against the likes of a Bama & it showed on the national stage. ND was at least a year ahead of schedule so a loss or two & a nice BCS bowl made more sense…but I blame KSU & Oregon for choking late more than anything. Bama was better than ND, Oregon & KSU…and it wasnt even close. They’re the best team in the nation again for 2013…and it isn’t even close. I respect the recent dominance of the SEC (well Bama, UF & LSU)…but when fans of the rest of the league try to coattail themselves a national championship b/c they were one of the teams that got beat by Bama or LSU…it’s like socialism for sports fans. Good luck in 2014…your schedule should set up nicely (and I don’t mean that in an Eddie Haskell kind of way…yall have had some tough draws the last few years)

  10. thegamecocker says: Jul 8, 2013 8:14 PM


    Always pleasant sharing thoughts with you because you are honest and objective. After ND went 12-0 I was an advocate for them being in the NC game b/c they earned it. Beating Stanford and Oklahoma were watershed wins. Going undefeated requires a little luck too and the Fighting Irish enjoyed some good fortune in that regard last season. The schedule for South Carolina does set-up well this season. Hopefully we can handle Geogia in Athens. But there are no “gimmee games” for us in the SEC. We are not that good to just take the field and win. Have a good night.

  11. florida727 says: Jul 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    I know my fellow Florida fans will hate me saying this, but I have to be honest, I’d really like to see AJ McCarron get some recognition. All this guy does is win. Back-to-back National Championship rings (three overall, one during his redshirt year). Efficiency rating of 175+. 30 TDs v. 3 turnovers last season. Career 66.7% completion rate. Nearly 6,000 yards passing, so far. I know he’s not flashy, doesn’t do anything “exceptional”, but the bottom line in sports is wins, and he’s got plenty of those.

    Oh, AJ, about those minus-28 rushing yards for your career… :)

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    @thegamecocker and @irishdodger

    I enjoyed reading that debate. Why can’t more people have a civilized, intelligent debate on here?

    Now let’s talk about why Johnny Manziel is the second coming of Jesus Christ and we should all get ready for his 2013 reckoning…..

    Hahah… got ya…. lol :)

    Even as an Aggie, I’m a little tired of hearing about Johnny Manziel this offseason….

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