Maxwell Award watch list

The Maxwell Football Club announced its Watch List today for the 2011 Maxwell Award, an honor bestowed upon America's most outstanding college football player. The award has been given out since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell.

Sixty-six players comprise the preseason list this year. The 2010 winner was Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman Trophy.

This year's candidates were chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, evaluating past performance and future potential. Semifinalists for the award will be announced October 31 and the three finalists for the award will be unveiled November 21. The winner of the 2011 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on December 8.

The full Watch List is below.

PLAYER NAME, SCHOOL, POSITION, CLASS

Matt BarkleyICONUSC QB Matt Barkley is one of 66 players on the Watch List for the Maxwell Award.

Edwin Baker, Michigan State, RB, Jr.
Montee Ball, Wisconsin, RB, Jr.
Vick Ballard, Mississippi State, RB, Sr.
Matt Barkley, USC, QB, Jr.
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR, Jr.
Tyler Bray, Tennessee, QB, Soph.
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma, WR, Sr.
Greg Childs, Arkansas, QB, Sr.
Marcus Coker, Iowa, RB, Soph.
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati, QB, Sr.
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, QB, Sr.
Juron Criner, Arizona, WR, Sr.
Dayne Crist, Notre Dame, QB, Sr.
Dominique Davis, East Carolina, QB, Sr.
Knile Davis, Arkansas, RB, Jr.
Michael Dyer, Auburn, RB, Soph.
Andre Ellington, Clemson, RB, Jr.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, WR, Sr.
Nick Foles, Arizona, QB, Sr.
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, RB, Jr.
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M, WR, Sr.
Stephen Garcia, South Carolina, QB, Sr.
Mike Glennon, NC State, QB, Jr.
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh, RB, Jr.
Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M, RB, Sr.
Robert Griffin, Baylor, QB, Jr.
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois, QB, Sr.
Montel Harris, Boston College, RB, Sr.
Jared Hassin, Army, RB, Jr.
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, RB, Soph.
LaMichael James, Oregon, RB, Jr.
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, WR, Jr.
Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, WR, Sr
Landry Jones, Oklahoma , QB, Jr.
Case Keenum, Houston, QB, Sr.
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, RB, Soph.
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, QB, Sr.
Zach Line, SMU, RB, Jr.
Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB, Jr.
E.J. Manuel, Florida State, QB, Jr.
Doug Martin, Boise State, RB, Sr.
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, QB, Soph.
Bryant Moniz, Hawaii, QB, Sr.
Kellen Moore, Boise State, QB, Sr.
Aaron Murray, Georgia, QB, Soph.
Danny O'Brien, Maryland, QB, Soph.
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati, RB, Sr.
Dan Persa, Northwestern, QB, Sr.
Chris Polk, Washington, RB, Jr.
Tauren Poole, Tennessee, RB, Sr.
Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky, RB, Sr.
Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB, Jr.
Denard Robinson, Michigan, QB, Jr.
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois, QB, Soph.
Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB, Jr.
Rodney Stewart, Colorado, RB, Sr.
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, QB , Sr.
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, RB, Jr.
Darron Thomas, Oregon , QB, Jr.
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, QB, Sr.
Ed Wesley, TCU, RB, Jr.
James White, Wisconsin, RB, Soph.
David Wilson, Virginia Tech, RB, Jr.
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin, QB, Sr.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, QB, Jr.
Robert Woods, USC, WR, Soph.

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