Over the next two weeks, college football’s biggest awards will unveil its Watch Lists. The Maxwell Football Club kicked off things by releasing its Maxwell Award Watch List and Bednarik Award Watch List.
The Maxwell Award has been presented annually for 78 years to college football’s player of the year. Only two Sooners have won the award—Tommy McDonald in 1956 and Jason White in 2003.
This year’s Watch List includes none other than redshirt sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight, who led Oklahoma to a Sugar Bowl victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.
While he missed some of 2013, his potential is through the roof this season. He will be attending the Big 12 Media Day event in Dallas, Texas as just a sophomore quarterback. Though, as the new leader of this team’s offense, Knight’s expectations are greater than anyone could have expected a year ago when Blake Bell was expected to inherit Landry Jones’ starting position.
Knight played in only eight games last year, passing for 819 yards and throwing nine touchdowns. However, he ran for 445 yards and scored twice on the ground. His ability as a dual threat quarterback makes him an appealing pick as the nation’s top player, and possibly as a Heisman candidate if Oklahoma runs the table and Knight can stay healthy.
To name a few quarterbacks, the San Antonio native joins the likes of Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Auburn’s Nick Marshall, and Baylor’s Bryce Petty. Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon, also, made the Watch List.
The entire Maxwell Watch List can be seen here, as well as the Bednarik Award Watch List.