Locker Named To Maxwell Award Watch List
Aug. 14, 2009
Washington quarterback Jake Locker is one of 55 players named to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award, given annual to college football's most outstanding player. Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski today announced the list.
Locker, a junior from Ferndale, Wash., was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2007, but missed all but the first four games of last season due to a thumb injury. In those four starts last year, he was 50-for-93 for 512 yards, with no interceptions, while rushing for 180 yards and three TDs.
The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. The Maxwell Football Club, founded in 1935, is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the oldest football club in the United States.
Tim Tebow of the University of Florida was the recipient of the 72nd Maxwell Award his outstanding performance during the 2008 season. Tebow, the first sophomore to ever win the Maxwell Award, and also only the second two-time winner of the award returns for his senior season with the Gators.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced on November 4th and three finalists for each award will be announced November 23rd. The winner of the 2009 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 10, 2009. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City on March 5, 2010.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2009 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.
The Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards are members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website, ncfaa.org.
Here is the complete, 55-man watch list for the Maxwell Award, listed in alphabetical order:
Benn, Arrelious, Illinois, WR, JR