Four players with state ties are on the Maxwell award watch list. That honor is given annually to the top player in college football. Clemson running back Andre Ellington, USC tailback Marcus Lattimore, Gamecock wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia are among the 66 on the preseason watch list.
Last year the award went to Auburn’s Cam Newton.
Meanwhile, USC defensive back Stephon Gilmore and Gamecock defensive end Devin Taylor are among the 65 players on the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. LSU’s Patrick Peterson won the award last year.