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Penn State Football: Four Nittany Lions Hit Major Award Watch Lists

by on July 10, 2017 10:21 AM

It's that time again, award watch list season is upon us.

And Penn State football has started off the season strong with four players named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, which were revealed Monday.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley and junior quarterback Trace McSorley are among the candidates for the Maxwell Award for the National Player of the Year, while senior safety Marcus Allen and senior linebacker Jason Cabinda are nominees 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.

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.

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