2021 Maxwell Award Watch List Released, History, Past Award Winners

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The 2021 Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List was announced. Who are some of the top players going into the college football season?

The Maxwell Award is presented to the most outstanding player in college football. The 2021 watch list is out, and below are all the hyped players designated by position – but it can go to a player at any position.

2021 Maxwell Watch List: Quarterbacks

Brennan Armstrong, Jr. Virginia
Charlie Brewer, Sr. Utah
Matt Corral, Jr. Ole Miss
Dustin Crum, Sr. Kent State
Malik Cunningham, Jr. Louisiville
Jayden Daniels, Soph. Arizona State
JT Daniels, Jr. Georgia
Jarrett Doege, Sr. West Virginia
Max Duggan, Jr. TCU
Kaleb Eleby, Soph. Western Michigan
Dillon Gabriel, Jr. UCF
Layne Hatcher, Jr. Arkansas State
Sam Howell, Jr. North Carolina
Preston Hutchinson, Jr. Eastern Michigan
Phil Jurkovec, Jr. Boston College
D’Eriq King, Sr. Miami
Levi Lewis, Sr. Louisiana
Adrian Martinez, Jr. Nebraska
Grayson McCall, Soph. Coastal Carolina
McKenzie Milton, Sr. Florida State
Tanner Morgan, Sr. Minnesota
Bo Nix, Jr. Auburn
Michael Penix, Jr. Indiana
Kenny Pickett, Sr. Pitt
Brock Purdy, Sr. Iowa State
Spencer Rattler, Soph. Oklahoma
Chris Reynolds, Sr. Charlotte
Desmond Ridder, Sr. Cincinnati
Kedon Slovis, Jr. USC
Nick Starkel, Sr. San Jose State
Carson Strong, Jr. Nevada
Taulia Tagovailoa, Sr. Maryland
Skyler Thompson, Sr. Kansas State
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Sr. UCLA
DJ Uiagalelei, Soph. Clemson
Grant Wells, RFr. Marshall
Malik Willis, Jr. Liberty

2021 Maxwell Watch List: Running Backs

Tyler Allgeier, Soph. BYU
Greg Bell, Sr. San Diego State
Ulysses Bentley, Soph. SMU
Tank Bigsby, Soph. Auburn
Leddie Brown, Sr. West Virginia
Mataeo Durant, Sr. Duke
Jerrion Ealy, Jr. Ole Miss
Frank Gore, RFr. Southern Miss
Tyler Goodson, Jr. Iowa
Breece Hall, Jr. Iowa State
Kevin Harris, Jr. South Carolina
Xazavian Valladay, Jr. Wyoming
Mohamed Ibrahim, Sr. Minnesota
Austin Jones, Jr. Stanford
Zonovan Knight, Soph. NC State
Kevin Marks, Sr. Buffalo
Sincere McCormick, Jr. UTSA
Camerun Peoples, Jr. Appalachian State
Chris Rodriguez, Jr. Kentucky
Ronnie Rivers, Sr. Fresno State
Bijan Robinson, Soph. Texas
Brian Robinson, Sr. Alabama
Isaiah Spiller, Jr. Texas A&M
Deuce Vaughn, Soph. Kansas State
Kyren Williams, Soph. Notre Dame

2021 Maxwell Watch List: Wide Receivers

Calvin Austin, Jr. Memphis
David Bell, Jr. Purdue
Kayshon Boutte, Soph. LSU
Treylon Burks, WR, Jr. Arkansas
Romeo Doubs, Sr. Nevada
Jahan Dotson, Sr. Penn State
Erik Ezukanma, Jr. Texas Tech
Zay Flowers, WR Boston College
Ty Fryfogle, Sr. Indiana
John Metchie, Jr. Alabama
Marvin Mims, Soph. Oklahoma
Chris Olave, Sr. Ohio State
Jaquaril Roberson, Jr. Wake Forest
Reggie Roberson, Sr. SMU
Justyn Ross, Jr. Clemson
Khalil Shakir, Sr. Boise State
Jalen Tolbert, Jr. South Alabama
Garrett Wilson, Jr. Ohio State

Maxwell Award Winners, History

2020 DeVonta Smith Alabama
2019 Joe Burrow LSU
2018 Tua Tagovailoa Alabama
2017 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma
2016 Lamar Jackson Louisville
2015 Derrick Henry Alabama
2014 Marcus Mariota Oregon
2013 AJ McCarron Alabama
2012 Manti Te’o Notre Dame
2011 Andrew Luck Stanford
2010 Cam Newton Auburn
2009 Colt McCoy Texas
2008 Tim Tebow Florida
2007 Tim Tebow Florida
2006 Brady Quinn Notre Dame
2005 Vince Young Texas
2004 Jason White Oklahoma
2003 Eli Manning Ole Miss
2002 Larry Johnson Penn State
2001 Ken Dorsey Miami
2000 Drew Brees Purdue
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin
1998 Ricky Williams Texas
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1995 Eddie George Ohio State
1994 Kerry Collins Penn State
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State
1992 Gino Louis Torretta Miami
1991 Desmond Howard Michigan
1990 Ty Detmer BYU
1989 Anthony Q. Thompson Indiana
1988 Barry Sanders Oklahoma St
1987 Don McPherson Syracuse
1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami
1985 Chuck Long Iowa
1984 Doug Flutie Boston College
1983 Michael M. Rozier Nebraska
1982 Herschel Walker Georgia
1981 Marcus Allen USC
1980 Hugh Donell Green Pittsburgh
1979 Charles Raymond White USC
1978 Charles Anthony Fusina Penn State
1977 Ross Dean Browner Notre Dame
1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh
1975 Archie Griffin Ohio State
1974 Steven Joachim Temple
1973 John Cappelletti Penn State
1972 Bradley Alan Van Pelt Mich. St.
1971 Edward Francis Marinaro Cornell
1970 James William Plunkett Jr. Stanford
1969 Michael Barry Reid Penn State
1968 O.J. Simpson USC
1967 Gary Joseph Beban UCLA
1966 James Robert Lynch Notre Dame
1965 Tommy Nobis Texas
1964 Glenn Emanuel Ressler Penn State
1963 Roger Staubach Navy
1962 Terry Wayne Baker Oregon St
1961 Robert Eugene Ferguson
1960 Joe Bellino Navy
1959 Richie Lucas Penn State
1958 Pete Dawkins Army
1957 Bob Reifsnyder Navy
1956 Tommy McDonald Oklahoma
1955 Howard Albert Cassady Ohio State
1954 Ron Beagle Navy
1953 John Joseph Lattner Notre Dame
1952 John Joseph Lattner Notre Dame
1951 Dick Kazmaier Princeton
1950 Reds Bagnell Penn
1949 Leon Joseph Hart Notre Dame
1948 Charles Phillip Bednarik Penn
1947 Doak Walker SMU
1946 Charles Louis Trippi Georgia
1945 Doc Blanchard Army
1944 Glenn Woodward Davis Army
1943 Bob Odell Penn
1942 Paul Vincent Governali Columbia
1941 William McGarvey Dudley Virginia
1940 Thomas Dudley Harmon Michigan
1939 Nile Kinnick Iowa
1938 Robert David O’Brien TCU
1937 Clint Frank Yale