Each week during the 2017 season the Maxwell Football Club will recognize outstanding performances with two weekly awards. The Maxwell Award Player of the Week will be recognized for overall performance on offense, defense or special teams, and the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week will be honored for outstanding defensive play. Players selected do not have to be represented on the Maxwell or Bednarik Award watch lists.
The players of the week for week two are:
Maxwell Award Player of the Week – Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
Mayfield felt right at home this week in Columbus, Ohio as he led 5 Oklahoma to a tough road victory over 2 Ohio State. Mayfield completed 26-of-34 passes for 387 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-16 win. This week he will look to continue his stellar season as the Sooners host Tulane this Saturday.
Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week – Austin Bryant – Clemson
Bryant dominated on defense this week as 3 Clemson dismantled 13 Auburn on Saturday. Bryant contributed seven total tackles and four of his teams 11 sacks as Clemson held the Auburn offense to only 68 total yards and 0 touchdowns. He looks to carry this momentum into the tough road test this week as Clemson takes on the reigning Maxwell Award Recipient Lamar Jackson and Louisville this Saturday.
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Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced October 30, 2017, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 20, 2017. The winners of the 2017 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 7, 2017. 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.