2012 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists Announced

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Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2012 Semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise Lee and running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon headline a strong field of semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Lee's Trojan teammate Matt Barkley is the only player who repeats as a semifinalist from 2011.

On the defensive side of the ball, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Georgia's Jarvis Jones head the nominees for the Bednarik Award and are both also semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner and linebacker C.J. Mosley are two of eight Bednarik nominees from the Southeastern Conference. Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o are repeat semifinalists from 2011.
Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Andrew Luck from Stanford University while the Bednarik went to Tyrann Mathieu of LSU. Luck is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

The winners of the 76th Maxwell Award and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 19, 2012 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 Awards Gala which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 18th. 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.

<strong>2012 Maxwell Award Semifinalists</strong>
<table><tbody><tr><td><strong>Player</strong></td><td><strong><Class</strong></td><td><strong>Pos</strong></td><td><strong>College</strong></td></tr>
<tr><td>Montee Ball</td><td>Sr</td><td>RB</td><td>University of Wisconsin</td></tr>
<tr><td>Matt Barkley</td><td>Sr</td><td>QB</td><td>University of Southern California</td></tr>
<tr><td>Kenjon Barner</td><td>Sr</td><td>RB</td><td>University of Oregon</td></tr>
<tr><td>Giovani Bernard </td><td>Soph</td><td>RB</td><td>University of North Carolina</td></tr>
<tr><td>Johnathan Franklin </td><td>Sr</td><td>RB</td><td>UCLA</td></tr>
<tr><td>Mike Gillislee</td><td>Sr</td><td>RB</td><td>University of Florida</td></tr>
<tr><td>Jarvis Jones</td><td>Jr</td><td>LB</td><td>University of Georgia</td></tr>
<tr><td>Collin Klein </td><td>Sr </td><td>QB</td><td>Kansas State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Marqise Lee</td><td>Soph</td><td>WR</td><td>University of Southern California</td></tr>
<tr><td>EJ Manuel</td><td>Sr</td><td>QB</td><td>Florida State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Johnny Manziel</td><td>Fr</td><td>QB</td><td>Texas A&M University </td></tr>
<tr><td>AJ McCarron</td><td>Jr</td><td>QB</td><td>University of Alabama </td></tr>
<tr><td>Braxton Miller</td><td>Soph</td><td>QB</td><td>Ohio State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Geno Smith</td><td>Sr</td><td>QB </td><td>West Virginia University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Manti Te'o</td><td>Sr</td><td>LB</td><td>University of Notre Dame</td></tr>
<tr><td>De'Anthony Thomas </td><td>So</td><td>RB/ATH</td><td>University of Oregon</td></tr></tbody></table>

<strong>2012 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists </strong>
<table><tbody><tr><td><strong>Player</strong></td><td><strong>Class</strong></td><td><strong>Pos</strong></td><td><strong>College </strong></td></tr>
<tr><td>Johnthan Banks</td><td>Sr</td><td>DB</td><td>Mississippi State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Arthur Brown</td><td>Sr</td><td>LB</td><td>Kansas State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Jadeveon Clowney </td><td>Soph</td><td>DE</td><td>University of South Carolina</td></tr>
<tr><td>Matt Elam </td><td>Jr</td><td>DB</td><td>University of Florida</td></tr>
<tr><td>Khaseem Greene</td><td>Sr</td><td>LB</td><td>Rutgers University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Johnathan Hankins </td><td>Jr</td><td>DL</td><td>Ohio State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Jarvis Jones </td><td>Jr</td><td>LB</td><td>University of Georgia</td></tr>
<tr><td>Star Lotulelei</td><td>Sr </td><td>DL</td><td>University of Utah</td></tr>
<tr><td>Dee Milliner</td><td>Jr</td><td>DB</td><td>University of Alabama</td></tr>
<tr><td>Sam Montgomery</td><td>Jr</td><td>LB</td><td>Louisiana State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Damontre Moore</td><td>Jr</td><td>DL</td><td>Texas A&M University </td></tr>
<tr><td>C.J. Mosley</td><td>Jr</td><td>LB</td><td>University of Alabama </td></tr>
<tr><td>Jordan Poyer</td><td>Sr</td><td>DB</td><td>Oregon State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Will Sutton</td><td>Jr</td><td>DL</td><td>Arizona State University</td></tr>
<tr><td>Manti Te'o</td><td>Sr</td><td>LB</td><td>University of Notre Dame</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bjoern Werner</td><td>Jr</td><td>DL</td><td>Florida State University</td></tr></tbody></table>