The Maxwell Football Club announced its preseason candidates for the 74th annual Maxwell Award and the 16th annual Chuck Bednarik Award today and the watch lists feature two USC football players.
Gamecock junior quarterback Stephen Garcia is one of 60 players on the 2010 Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. Tiny Maxwell.
Carolina sophomore cornerback Stephon Gilmore is one of 60 players on the 2010 Bednarik Award watch list. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation’s top defensive player since 1995. Mr. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame ’69 and the NFL Hall ofFame ’67.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced on November 8 and three finalists for each award will be announced November 22.
The winners of the 2010 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 9th. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 4th.