Penn State wideout Jahan Dotson and safety Jaquan Brisker were both named to preseason watch lists on Monday afternoon.
Dotson, among the best returning receivers in the nation and Big Ten, was named to the watch list for the 85th Maxwell Award which is presented each season to the most outstanding player in the college football. As for Brisker, he was named to the annual Chuck Bednarik Award which is giving to the most outstanding defensive player in the nation.
Former Penn State running back Larry Johnson is the most recent Nittany Lion to win the Maxwell Award, picking up the honors in 2002 while Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor are the most recent Penn State defensive standouts to win the Bednarik Award with Posluszny winning it in back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006 while Connor took home the honor in 2007.
The current Penn State duo look to help the Nittany Lions bounce back from an 0-5 start in 2020 that ended with Penn State winning four-straight to close out the season. Dotson will do his part as quarterback Sean Clifford’s primary receiver while Brisker is set to anchor a Nittany Lion secondary that will look to limit big plays down the field.
Dotson has caught a pass in 29-straight games while Brisker was named First Team All-American by Pro Football Focus following a 2020 campaign that saw him make a name for himself as one of the nation’s best safeties and rising stars at his position.
Penn State opens training camp in less than a month with a September 4th meeting in Madison, Wisconsin set to open up the 2021 season.