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Penn State Football: Hackenberg, Lucas Named To Maxwell And Bednarik Watch Lists

by on July 07, 2014 4:00 PM

Penn State fans can enjoy some postseason award hype now that sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg and junior cornerback Jordan Lucas have been named to the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award Watch Lists, respectively.

The Maxwell Award is presented to the nation's college football player and has been awarded annually since its creation 78 years ago. Penn State is tied for the national lead among all colleges and universities with its seven Maxwell Award winners.

The Bednarik Award was established in 1995 and is presented annually in honor of linebacking great Chuck Bednarik, a member of both the College Football and NFL Halls of Fame. This season marks the 20th season the award will be bestowed upon the nation's defensive player.

The Nittany Lions' four Bednarik Award recipients are the most of any school in the nation.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced November 3, 2014. The three finalists for each award will be named November 24, 2014. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 11, 2014.

The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Revel Casino Hotel Atlantic City on March 6, 2015.

Penn State’s seven Maxwell Award winners include Rich Lucas (the first Nittany Lion to receive the honor) who won in 1959, followed by Glenn Ressler (1964), Mike Reid (1969), John Cappelletti (1973), Chuck Fusina (1978), Kerry Collins (1994) and Larry Johnson (2002).

Penn State Chuck Bednarik Award winners: LaVar Arrington in 1999, Paul Posluszny in 2005 and 2006, and Dan Connor in 2007. Defensive tackle Devon Still was a Bednarik Award finalist in 2011.

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