The Maxwell Football Club announced today that Clemson defensive end T.J. Parker has been named as one of 14 semifinalists for the 2023 Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award. Parker leads all freshmen nationally with 8.5 tackles for loss and ranks tied for third with 4.0 sacks.
More information from the Maxwell Football Club is included below.
The Maxwell Football Club today announced 14 semifinalists for the 6th annual Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award presented to the outstanding freshman player in college football. For the 3rd consecutive year, the award will be presented at the Maxwell Football Club Awards along with several of the other top awards in college and professional football.
The Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award has been presented to the College Freshman Player of the Year since 2018 and is named in honor of Shaun Alexander, a former standout at the University of Alabama and with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. The award Past winners include; Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) – 2018, Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis)-2019, Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama) – 2020, Brock Bowers (Georgia) – 2021 and Drake Maye (North Carolina) – 2022.
The Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award watch list will incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast led by Oklahoma with 2 candidates, and 12 schools represented by one candidate.
Semifinalists are listed below alphabetically by school.
Caleb Downs, Alabama, SJavante Mackey, Arkansas State, LBT.J. Parker, Clemson, DED’Angelo Ponds, James Madison, CBRueben Bain, Miami, DEKevin Concepcion, NC State, WRNic Anderson, Oklahoma, WRPeyton Bowen, Oklahoma, SDillon Thieneman, Purdue, SJalon Kilgore, South Carolina, SAnthony Hill, Texas, LBTaurean York, Texas A&M, LBZachariah Branch, USC, WRParker Brailsford, Washington, OL
Finalists for the 6th annual Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year award will be November 29, 2023 and the winner of the award will be announced on December 27, 2023. The formal presentation of this award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards in March of 2024
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ABOUT THE SHAUN ALEXANDER FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD – The Shaun Alexander Freshman Player of the Year Award is an honor given each year to the most outstanding freshman player in college football. Named after Shaun Alexander since 2018, this award recognizes the exceptional performance and impact made by these players on their respective teams throughout the season. The winning formula evaluates players based on Talent, Character, Ambassador and Legend.