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Penn State Football: Zettel, Hamilton And Hackenberg Make Award Watch Lists

by on July 07, 2015 2:00 PM

Penn State football started off the college football watch list season strong with three Nittany Lions getting mentions on Tuesday morning.

Junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg and redshirt sophomore wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton were among the candidates for the Maxwell Award for the National Player of the Year.

Senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel 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.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937.

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.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced November 2, 2015. The three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 23, 2015. The winners of the 2015 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 10, 2015.

The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on March 11, 2016.

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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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