The Maxwell Football Club released its Preseason Watch List on Monday, and QB Matt Barkley, WR Robert Woods, WR Marqise Lee, and RB Curtis McNeal all find themselves in contention for it.
With the four of them, USC boasts more nominees than any other school in the country.
The Maxwell Award list only includes quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs, and it is obvious why these Trojans received a nod. They were the four key components of USC’s offensive onslaught last season, with McNeal torching opponents for 1005 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, Woods grabbing 1292 yards and 15 TDs through the air, and Lee gobbling up 1143 yards and finding the endzone 11 times. Of course, this was all guided by Barkley, who really blossomed before our eyes: He passed for 3528 yards, 39 touchdowns, and had an almost 70% completion rating.
Aside from Trojans, there are 10 other Pac-12 athletes on the Maxwell Award Watch List, bringing the conference’s total representation to 14. This is also more than any other conference has. The SEC has the second most, with 13.
The semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 29, and then the three finalists, Nov. 9. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 on ESPNU as a part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show.
In 2011, Stanford QB Andrew Luck won this prestigious award.