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BATON ROUGE – LSU junior running back Derrius Guice and junior linebacker Arden Key were selected to the 81st Maxwell Award Watch List, while Key and junior cornerback Kevin Toliver II were named to the 23rd Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, The Maxwell Football Club announced Monday.

The watch lists are the first of 16 total set to be announced over the next two weeks. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Key is one of six players named to both the Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists. Key set the single-season sacks record a year ago with 12. The Atlanta, Georgia, native totaled three PBUs and recovered three fumbles in 2016.

Guice was one of the most electric ball carriers in the nation a year ago on the way to two school records, All-America honors and first-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and the AP. The Baton Rouge native scored on the longest run in LSU history (96 yards) and set the single-game rushing records with 285 yards in a win over Texas A&M.

Toliver is expected to continue his impressive play that was seen in all 12 games of the Jacksonville, Florida, native’s freshman year and seven games in 2016 before suffering an injury. In seven games a year ago, Toliver recorded 21 tackles, including 12 solo.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 30, 2017, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 20. The winners of the 2017 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec 7.

The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 9, 2018.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Seventeen of the association’s 23 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the entire 2017 preseason watch list calendar:

2017 NCFAA Awards Preseason Watch List Calendar
Monday, July 10: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
Tuesday, July 11: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
Wednesday, July 12: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
Thursday, July 13: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Friday, July 14: Jim Thorpe Award
Monday, July 17: Butkus Award / Paul Hornung Award
Tuesday, July 18: Biletnikoff Award / Wuerffel Trophy
Wednesday, July 19: Davey O’Brien Award
Thursday, July 20: Doak Walker Award
Friday, July 21: Walter Camp Award

The Maxwell Award - 2017 Watch List

Player, Pos., School
Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
Austin Allen, QB, Arkansas
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
Jake Bentley, QB, South Carolina
D’Angelo Brewer, RB, Tulsa
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Jake Browning, QB, Washington
Shane Buechele, QB, Texas
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Justin Crawford, RB, West Virginia
Damarea Crockett, RB, Missouri
Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse
Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia
Jesse Ertz, QB, Kansas State
Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Quinton Flowers, QB, South Florida
Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
James Gilbert, RB, Ball State
Janarion Grant, WR, Rutgers
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Quadree Henderson, AP, Pittsburgh
Kyle Hicks, RB, TCU
Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Arden Key, DE, LSU
Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Ray Lawry, RB, Old Dominion
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Tanner Mangum, QB, BYU
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State
Dedrick Mills, RB, Georgia Tech
Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State
Ryan Nall, RB, Oregon State
Cody O’Connell, OT, Washington State
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Jacob Park, QB, Iowa State
Shea Patterson, QB, Ole Miss
Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Larry Rose III, RB, New Mexico State
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
LJ Scott, RB, Michigan State
Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy
Rodney Smith, RB, Minnesota
Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss
Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky
Wilton Speight, QB, Michigan
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Brent Stockstill, QB, Middle Tennessee
Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
Mark Walton, RB, Miami
Chris Warren III, RB, Texas
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt
Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson
Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo
Malik Zaire, WR, Florida

The Chuck Bednarik Award - 2017 Watch List

Name, Pos., School
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
Dorance Armstrong Jr., DE, Kansas
Dravon Askew-Henry, S, West Virginia
Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
Jermaine Carter, LB, Maryland
Sean Chandler, S, Temple
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
Koron Crump, LB, Arizona State
Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest
Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
Kylie Fitts, DE, Utah
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri
Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
Porter Gustin, LB, USC
Heath Harding, CB, Miami (OH)
Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss
Travin Howard, LB, TCU
Ben Humphreys, LB, Duke
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Godwin Igwebuike, S, Northwestern
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Cece Jefferson, DE, Florida
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
Jordan Jones, LB, Kentucky
Arden Key, DE, LSU
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Justin Lawler, DE, SMU
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Iman Marshall, CB, USC
Hercules Mata’afa, DE, Washington State
Tray Matthews, S, Auburn
Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
David Moa, NT, Boise State
Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina
Nyles Morgan, LB, Notre Dame
Deatrick Nichols, CB, South Florida
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Da’Ron Payne, NG, Alabama
Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami
D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State
Malik Reed, DE, Nevada
Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Steve Richardson, DT, Minnesota
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, DE, Arkansas State
Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
Conor Sheehy, DT, Wisconsin
KJ Smith, DE, Baylor
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Ty Summers, LB, TCU
Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii
Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
Micah Thomas, LB, Navy
Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
Kevin Toliver II, CB, LSU
Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Azeem Victor, LB, Washington
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson
Andrew Wingard, S, Wyoming
Kenny Young, LB, UCLA




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