As a member of the Maxwell Football Club, College Football America staff members Matthew Postins and Kendall Webb are proud to be a part of the panel that will select the 2014 Bednarik and Maxwell awards, given to the nation’s top defensive player and top offensive player in college football, respectively. The Maxwell Football Club posted the semifinalists for both awards today and we’re proud to present it below.
Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2014 Semifinalists for the 78th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 20 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.
A strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every Power Five conference. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are repeat semifinalists from 2013.
On the defensive side of the ball, the field of contenders is comprised of fresh faces, 17 of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and USC defensive end Leonard Williams are repeat semifinalists from a season ago.
Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, while the Bednarik Award was earned by defensive tackle Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh. This was the first time an Alabama player took home the Maxwell Award, and the first time that Pittsburgh coveted the Bednarik Award.
The winners of the 78th Maxwell Award and the 20th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 11, 2014. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 24, 2014 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s 78th Awards Gala on Friday, March 13, 2014 at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Thursday, November 6th and close on Sunday November 23rd. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player’s school, position and class designated.
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2014 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska, Senior
Javorius Allen, RB, USC, Junior
Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU, Junior
Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall, Senior
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana, Junior
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh, Soph.
Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State, Junior
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama, Junior
Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame, Senior
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin, Junior
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA, Junior
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami, Junior
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, Junior
Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, Senior
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor, Senior
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State, Junior
Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss, Senior
Jake Waters, QB, Kansas State, Senior
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia, Senior
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State, Soph.
2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson, Senior
Joey Bosa, DE, OSU, Soph.
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State, Junior
Landon Collins, S, Alabama, Junior
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon, Senior
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss, Senior
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska, Junior
Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida, Soph.
Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas Senior
Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville, Soph.
Hau’oli Kikaha, LB, Washington, Senior
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State, Junior
Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor, Junior
Nate Orchard, DE, Utah, Senior
Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami, Senior
Shane Ray, DE, Missouri, Junior
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington, Senior
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame, Soph.
Leonard Williams, DE, USC, Junior
Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona, Soph.