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The 2013 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards Semifinalists
October 29, 2013 Philadelphia, PA
Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2013 Semifinalists for the 77th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award 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.
A very strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every major FBS conference as well two student-athletes each from Baylor, Oregon State and Texas A&M. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are repeat semifinalists from a season ago.
On the defensive side of the ball, the field of contenders is comprised of fresh faces, all of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Six different conferences are represented, led by five student-athletes from the ACC. Sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams of USC is the lone underclassman on the 2013 list.
Last season, the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards went to linebacker Manti Te’o of Notre Dame. This was the first time a player was a dual winner of the awards in the Maxwell Football Club’s history. Te’o is currently a member of the San Diego Chargers.
The winners of the 77th Maxwell Award and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 12, 2013. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 25, 2013 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 Dinner on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Wednesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 24th. 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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2013 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:
|Derek Carr||SR||QB||Fresno State|
|Brandin Cooks||JR||WR||Oregon State|
|Mike Evans||Soph||WR||Texas A & M|
|Sean Mannion||JR||QB||Oregon State|
|Johnny Manziel||Soph||QB||Texas A & M|
|Jameis Winston||FR||QB||Florida State|
2013 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
|Kyle Fuller||SR||CB||Virginia Tech|
|Lamarcus Joyner||SR||CB||Florida State|
|Ryan Shazier||JR||LB||Ohio State|
|Kyle Van Noy||SR||LB||BYU|
|Nikita Whitlock||SR||DT||Wake Forest|