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Two Tigers named to Maxwell Award watch list

Two Tigers named to Maxwell Award watch list”

University of Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Ian Book has been selected to the 2020 Maxwell Award Watch List.

Quarterback Michael Penix Jr., receiver Whop Philyor, and running back Stevie Scott are now officially on the radar for the award, which honors college football's most outstanding player.

The star linebacker and running back both had massive seasons for the Nittany Lions past year and were key pieces to the 11-2 campaign. He set a Penn State bowl record by rushing for 202 yards in a Cotton Bowl victory against Memphis. He heads into his junior season needing just 18 yards to become the 14th Hoosier all-time with 2,000. Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts was the only other FBS quarterback to reach those milestones in 2019. The award is given annually to the best all-around player in college football.

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The Irish historically have had success winning the award, as six players have won the award a total of seven times.

In addition to being a candidate for the Maxwell Award, Mason is also on the official watch list for the 2020 Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) and has been named preseason all-ACC by Athlon, Lindy's and Phil Steele this summer. The Notre Dame award winners are Leon Hart (1949), Johnny Lattner (1952 & 1953), Jim Lynch (1966), Ross Browner (1977), Brady Quinn (2006) and Manti Te'o (2012). The victor will be announced during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 10 and the award will be formally presented at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City, N.J. on March 21, 2020. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.

Scott was previously placed on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, while Philyor has been named to the Biletnikoff list.



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