The Maxwell Football Club announced today that Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei and wide receiver Justyn Ross have been named to the Maxwell Award watch list, while defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and safety Nolan Turner have been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award. Full watch lists and additional information from the Maxwell Football Club are included below.
The Maxwell Football Club today announced its watch lists for the 85th Maxwell Award presented annually to the outstanding player in college football, and for the 27th annual Chuck Bednarik Award presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football. Both awards are proudly sponsored by Mammoth Tech and The Athletes’ Corner, which are Executive Partners of the Maxwell Football Club.
The Maxwell Award has been presented to the College Player of the Year since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell who was a former standout at the Swarthmore College and a renowned sports writer and football official.
The Maxwell Award watch list will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast, and will feature fresh faces, as 2020 winner DeVonta Smith (Alabama) and finalists Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) and Mac Jones (Alabama) have all moved on to the NFL.
The list features six returning semifinalists from 2020 including Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati), Grayson McCall (Coastal Carolina), Breece Hall (Iowa State), D’Eriq King (Miami), Sam Howell (North Carolina), and Dillon Gabriel (UCF). The full list consists of 80 players, with 14 schools having two players represented.
Smith joins A.J. McCarron, Derrick Henry and Tua Tagovailoa as the fourth Crimson Tide player to be selected as the Maxwell Award winner. He was chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ’67.
The Bednarik Award watch list is comprised of 90 candidates on the defensive side of the ball. Last year’s winner Zaven Collins (Tulsa) and fellow finalists Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame) and Patrick Surtain II (Alabama) have all moved on to the NFL. The list features two returning semifinalists from 2020, Myjai Sanders (Cincinnati) and Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame). There are 11 schools that have two candidates on the Bednarik watch list.
The Maxwell Football Club has once again partnered with Pro Football Focus (PFF), XOS ThunderCloud and Phil Steele Publications as selection committee partners. PFF provides detailed metrics and performance-based assessments to selection committee staff, and several senior PFF analysts are members of our selection committee. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is generally recognized as the most complete preseason magazine. XOS ThunderCloud provides the Maxwell Club selection committee with access to game footage from all FBS colleges.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced November 1, 2021, while the three finalists for the Maxwell Award will be unveiled November 22, 2021. The winners of the 2021 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 9, 2021. The formal presentations of the Maxwell Award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2022.
2021 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LISTRB Brian Robinson, AlabamaWR John Metchie, AlabamaRB Camerun Peoples, Appalachian StateQB Jayden Daniels, Arizona StateWR Treylon Burks, ArkansasQB Layne Hatcher, Arkansas StateQB Bo Nix, AuburnRB Tank Bigsby, AuburnWR Khalil Shakir, Boise StateQB Phil Jurkovec, Boston CollegeWR Zay Flowers, Boston CollegeRB Kevin Marks, BuffaloRB Tyler Allgeier, BYUQB Chris Reynolds, CharlotteQB Desmond Ridder, CincinnatiQB D.J. Uiagalelei, ClemsonWR Justyn Ross, ClemsonQB Grayson McCall, Coastal CarolinaRB Mataeo Durant, DukeQB Preston Hutchinson, Eastern MichiganQB McKenzie Milton, Florida StateRB Ronnie Rivers, Fresno StateQB JT Daniels, GeorgiaQB Michael Penix, IndianaWR Ty Fryfogle, IndianaRB Tyler Goodson, IowaQB Brock Purdy, Iowa StateRB Breece Hall, Iowa StateQB Skylar Thompson, Kansas StateRB Deuce Vaughn, Kansas StateQB Dustin Crum, Kent StateRB Chris Rodriguez, KentuckyQB Malik Willis, LibertyQB Levi Lewis, LouisianaQB Malik Cunningham, LouisvilleWR Kayshon Boutte, LSUQB Grant Wells, MarshallQB Taulia Tagovailoa, MarylandWR Calvin Austin, MemphisQB D’Eriq King, MiamiQB Tanner Morgan, MinnesotaRB Mohamed Ibrahim, MinnesotaRB Zonovan Knight, NC StateQB Adrian Martinez, NebraskaQB Carson Strong, NevadaWR Romeo Doubs, NevadaQB Sam Howell, North CarolinaRB Kyren Williams, Notre DameWR Chris Olave, Ohio StateWR Garrett Wilson, Ohio StateQB Spencer Rattler, OklahomaWR Marvin Mims, OklahomaQB Matt Corral, Ole MissRB Jerrion Ealy, Ole MissWR Jahan Dotson, Penn StateQB Kenny Pickett, PittsburghWR David Bell, PurdueRB Greg Bell, San Diego StateQB Nick Starkel, San Jose StateRB Ulysses Bentley, SMUWR Reggie Roberson, SMUWR Jalen Tolbert, South AlabamaRB Kevin Harris, South CarolinaRB Frank Gore, Southern MissRB Austin Jones, StanfordQB Max Duggan, TCURB Bijan Robinson, TexasRB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&MWR Erik Ezukanma, Texas TechQB Dillon Gabriel, UCFQB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLAQB Kedon Slovis, USCQB Charlie Brewer, UtahRB Sincere McCormick, UTSAQB Brennan Armstrong, VirginiaWR Jaquarii Roberson, Wake ForestQB Jarret Doege, West VirginiaRB Leddie Brown, West VirginiaQB Kaleb Eleby, Western MichiganRB Xazavian Valladay, Wyoming
2021 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LISTLB Will Anderson, AlabamaCB Josh Jobe, AlabamaDE Demetrius Taylor, Appalachian StateCB Shaun Jolly, Appalachian StateCB Chase Lucas, Arizona StateLB Grant Morgan, ArkansasS Jalen Catalon, ArkansasLB Zakoby McClain, AuburnDB Jalen Pitre, BaylorLB Terrel Bernard, BaylorLB James Patterson, BuffaloLB Cameron Goode, CalDE Troy Hairston, Central MichiganLB Troy Brown, Central MichiganDE Myjai Sanders, CincinnatiCB Ahmad Gardner, CincinnatiDT Bryan Bresee, ClemsonS Nolan Turner, ClemsonDE Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal CarolinaLB Nate Landman, ColoradoDE Scott Patchan, Colorado StateDT Travis Jones, ConnecticutCB Kaiir Elam, FloridaLB Amari Gainer, Florida StateDT Jordan Davis, GeorgiaLB Nakobe Dean, GeorgiaCB Derrick Canteen, Georgia SouthernLB Darius Muasau, HawaiiCB Marcus Jones, HoustonLB Jake Hansen, IllinoisLB Micah McFadden, IndianaCB Tiawan Mullen, IndianaDE Will McDonald, Iowa StateLB Mike Rose, Iowa StateDE Durrell Johnson, LibertyS Bralen Trahan, LouisianaLB Tyler Grubbs, Louisiana TechCB Derek Stingley, LSUCB Eli Ricks, LSUS Quindell Johnson, MemphisS Bubba Bolden, MiamiDE Aidan Hutchinson, MichiganS Reed Blankenship, Middle TennesseeCB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi StateDE Trajan Jeffcoat, MissouriLB Diego Fagot, NavyLB Payton Wilson, NC StateLB Lawson Hall, NevadaLB Jeremiah Gemmel, North CarolinaS Brandon Joseph, NorthwesternS Kyle Hamilton, Notre DameDT Haskell Garrett, Ohio StateDE Zach Harrison, Ohio StateLB Nik Bonitto, OklahomaDE Isaiah Thomas, OklahomaLB Malcolm Rodriguez, Oklahoma StateS Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma StateDE Kayvon Thibodeaux, OregonLB Avery Roberts, Oregon StateS Jaquan Brisker, Penn StateDT Calijah Kancey, PittsburghDE George Karlaftis, PurdueLB Olakunle Fatukasi, RutgersDE Cameron Thomas, San Diego StateLB Caden McDonald, San Diego StateDE Cade Hall, San Jose StateDE Kingsley Enagbare, South CarolinaDE Ochaun Mathis, TCUCB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCUDT Keondre Coburn, TexasDE DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&MLB Colin Schooler, Texas TechDT Desjuan Johnson, ToledoLB Carlton Martial, TroyLB Dorian Williams, TulaneDT Jaxon Player, TulsaLB Kris Moll, UABLB Drake Jackson, USCLB Devin Lloyd, UtahLB Justin Rice, Utah StateDE Praise Amaewhule, UTEPS Rashad Wisdom, UTSALB Anfernee Orji, VanderbiltLB Edefuan Ulofoshio, WashingtonCB Trent McDuffie, WashingtonDT Dante Stills, West VirginiaDE DeAngelo Malone, Western KentuckyDT Ralph Holley, Western MichiganLB Jack Sanborn, WisconsinLB Chad Muma, Wyoming