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Penn State Football: Barkley, Godwin And Cabinda Headline Early Watch List Announcements

by on July 05, 2016 11:15 AM

With football quickly racing toward the preseason phase of the calendar, the Maxwell and Bednarik awards announced their respective watch lists on Tuesday and three Nittany Lions are in their sights.

Sophomore running back Saquon Barkley and junior wide receiver Chris Godwin are among the candidates for the Maxwell Award for the National Player of the Year, while junior linebacker Jason Cabinda is a nominee for the Bednarik Award for the National Defensive Player of the Year.

Penn State is tied for the national lead among all colleges and universities with its seven Maxwell Award winners. The Nittany Lions' four Bednarik Award recipients are the most of any school in the nation.

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The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Penn State opens the 2016 campaign against Kent State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3.

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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