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Penn State Football: McSorley and Miller Hit Watch Lists

by on July 16, 2018 2:00 PM

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award for the National Player of the Year and junior defensive end Shareef Miller earned a spot on the preseason Bednarik Award watch list for the National Defensive Player of the Year, which were revealed Monday.

Penn State is tied for the national lead among all programs with 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 the national 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, a former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967.

McSorley, a two-time captain, enters his final season at Penn State having thrown a touchdown pass in 28-straight games, the longest active streak in FBS. He holds the Penn State career records for completion percentage (61.8), passing efficiency (152.9), passing touchdowns (59) and total offense (8,268). He also owns the Penn State season marks for passing yards (3,614; 2016), completions (284; 2017), passing touchdowns (29; 2016), total offense (4,061; 2017), 300-yard passing games (5; 2016 and 2017), 200-yard passing games (11; 2016 and 2017) and touchdowns responsible for (37; 2017).

Miller earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and honorable mention from the league’s coaches in 2017. A member of the midseason Bednarik Award watch list last year, he led the team with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Miller earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus (PFF) Big Ten Team of the Week after registering a pair of tackles and two quarterback hurries against Michigan. He was also selected to the PFF Big Ten Team of the Week after recording two tackles for losses against Nebraska. Miller was ninth on the team with 37 tackles a year ago. He also had nine quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and a safety in 2017.

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