Oct. 8, 2009
Southhampton, Pa. -
The Maxwell Football Club today announced the expansion of its 2009 Watch List for the 73rd Maxwell Award and Marshall University running back Darius Marshall is among the additions.
Marshall, a junior from Milledgeville, Ga., leads the nation in rushing with 159.75 yards per game and in all-purpose yards with 235.75 yards per game. The Thundering Herd standout has already set a career-high with seven rushing touchdowns in only four games. He will lead his team into a Conference USA test in the Louisiana Superdome against Tulane on Saturday.
The original lists were comprised of 55 players, who were selected based on their performances during the 2008 season. As the 2009 season has progressed, the Club believes that several additional players warrant attention because of their noteworthy play.
12 new names, including Darius Marshall, have been added to the Maxwell Watch List.
62 FBS schools, representing 10 conferences, are now represented on the Watch Lists. The expansion encompasses players from five universities previously not on the watch list.
The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell.
Tim Tebow of the University of Florida was the recipient of the 72nd Maxwell Award for his outstanding performances during the 2008 season. Tebow, the first sophomore to ever win the Maxwell Award, and just the second ever two time winner of the award returns for his senior season with the Gators.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced on November 4th and three finalists for each award will be announced November 23rd. The winners of the 2009 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 10, 2009. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 5, 2010.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2009 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.
The Maxwell Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website, ncfaa.org.