If every player named to Monday’s Maxwell and Bednarik award watch lists was a muffin, you’d have breakfast for the next two months. One hundred sixty players were selected to the respective watch lists — 80 on each side of the ball — signifying that they are on the eye of those selecting these awards.
Given by the Maxwell Football Club, the Maxwell Award is given to the college player of the year, and is generally regarded as college football’s Golden Globe award to the Heisman’s Oscar. The Maxwell was first given in 1937, two years after the Heisman. Among the watch list designations are reigning winner Tua Tagovailoa, along with returning semifinalists AJ Dillon, Travis Etienne, Laviska Shenault, D’Eriq King, Ian Book, Justin Herbert, Rondale Moore, Zack Moss and Jonathan Taylor.
Alabama each had three Maxwell watch list honorees.
On defense, LSU’s Grant Delpit is the only returning semifinalist on the 2019 Bednarik Award watch list.
Monday’s announcement is the official beginning of Watch List season, which runs through next Friday. The Davey O’Brien Award will list the quarterbacks under its watch on Tuesday.