2017 Maxwell Award Watch List: Full List and Projections

Maxwell Award Watch List

The Maxwell Football Club announced their 2017 Maxwell Award watch list earlier this week. The award annually goes to the college football player of the year annually. The Maxwell Football Club was founded in 1935 and the first Maxwell Award was awarded in 1937 to Yale running back Clint Frank. The award is voted on by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, NCAA head football coaches and members of the Maxwell Football Club to determine who is America’s best all-around college football player. Below are the 85 players on the Maxwell Award Watch List.

2017 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST

PlayerSchoolPositionClass
Josh AdamsNotre DameRBJunior
Austin AllenArkansasQBSenior
Josh AllenWyomingQBJunior
Kalen BallageArizona StateRBSenior
Saquon BarkleyPenn StateRBJunior
J.T. BarrettOhio StateQBSenior
Jake BentleySouth CarolinaQBSoph
D’Angelo BrewerTulsaRBSenior
Orlando BrownOklahomaOTJunior
Jake BrowningWashingtonQBJunior
Shane BuecheleTexasQBSoph
Nick ChubbGeorgiaRBSenior
Justin CrawfordWest VirginiaRBSenior
Damarea CrockettMissouriRBSoph
Sam DarnoldUSCQBSoph
Eric DungeySyracuseQBJunior
Jacob EasonGeorgiaQBSoph
Jesse ErtzKansas StateQBSenior
Luke FalkWashington StateQBSenior
Riley FergusonMemphisQBSenior
Nick FitzgeraldMississippi StateQBJunior
Minkah FitzpatrickAlabamaDBJunior
Quinton FlowersSouth FloridaQBSenior
Deondre FrancoisFlorida StateQBSoph
Royce FreemanOregonRBSenior
Myles GaskinWashingtonRBSenior
James GilbertBall StateRBJunior
Janarion GrantRutgersWRSenior
Will GrierWest VirginiaQBJunior
Derrius GuiceLSURBJunior
Quadree HendersonPittAPJunior
Kyle HicksTCURBSenior
Jalen HurtsAlabamaQBSoph
Lamar JacksonLouisvilleQBJunior
Justin JacksonNorthwesternRBSenior
Derwin JamesFlorida StateSSoph
Daniel JonesDukeQBSoph
Arden KeyLSUDEJunior
Christian KirkTexas A&MWRJunior
Harold LandryBoston CollegeDESenior
Ray LawryOld DominionRBSenior
Phillip LindsayColoradoRBSenior
Bryce LoveStanfordRBJunior
Tanner MangumBYUQBJunior
Baker MayfieldOklahomaQBSenior
Mike McGlincheyNotre DameOTSenior
Trace McSorleyPenn StateQBJunior
Dedrick MillsGeorgia TechRBSoph
Jalin MooreAppalachian StateRBJunior
Ryan NallOregon StateRBJunior
Cody O’ConnellWashington StateOTSenior
Ed OliverHoustonDTSoph
Jacob ParkIowa StateQBJunior
Shea PattersonOle MissQBSoph
Rashaad PennySan Diego StateRBSenior
Kamryn PettwayAuburnRBJunior
Calvin RidleyAlabamaWRJunior
Larry Rose IIINew Mexico StateRBSenior
Josh RosenUCLAQBJunior
Mason RudolphOklahoma StateQBSenior
Brett RypienBoise StateQBJunior
Deebo SamuelSouth CarolinaWRJunior
Jaylen SamuelsNorth Carolina StateAPSenior
Bo ScarbroughAlabamaRBJunior
L.J. ScottMichigan StateRBJunior
Brandon SilversTroyQBSenior
Rodney SmithMinnesotaRBJunior
Ito SmithSouthern MissRBSenior
Benny SnellKentuckyRBSoph
Wilton SpeightMichiganQBJunior
Jarrett StidhamAuburnQBSoph
Brent StockstillMiddle TennesseeQBJunior
Clayton ThorsonNorthwesternQBJunior
Akrum WadleyIowaRBSenior
Mark WaltonMiamiRBJunior
Chris Warren IIITexasRBJunior
James WashingtonOklahoma StateWRSenior
Ralph WebbVanderbiltRBSenior
Mike WeberOhio StateRBSoph
Mike WhiteWestern KentuckyQBSenior
Christian WilkinsClemsonDEJunior
Trayveon WilliamsTexas A&MRBSoph
Logan WoodsideToledoQBSenior
Malik ZaireFloridaQBSenior

 

Lamar Jackson won the 2016 Maxwell Award and is looking to take home the award for a second straight season. Jackson would join Johnny Lattner (1952-53) and Tim Tebow (2007-08) as the only players to win the Maxwell Award twice. Last season, Jackson was one of the most electrifying players in college football throwing for 3,543 yards, rushing for another 1,571 yards, and scoring 40 total touchdowns.

Jackson faces tough competition again for this year’s Maxwell Award. The 2017 college football season is being portrayed as the “Year of the Quarterback” as there are so many great college QB’s in this year’s lineup. Jalen Hurts, Baker Mayfield, and Jake Browning also lead the way for 2017’s top college quarterbacks. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is another favorite to win the Maxwell Award. Barkley finished his 2016 campaign rushing for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Maxwell Award Projected Shortlist

  1. Saquon Barkley – Penn State
  2. Jake Browning – Washington
  3. Sam Darnold – USC
  4. Derrius Guice – LSU
  5. Jalen Hurts – Alabama
  6. Lamar Jackson – Louisville
  7. Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
  8. Calvin Ridley – Alabama
  9. Wilton Speight – Michigan
  10. James Washington- Oklahoma State

Share your thoughts on who you think will be college football’s best all-around player this coming season and win the 2017 Maxwell Award.