BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Maxwell Football Club announced the preseason watch list for the prestigious Maxwell Award today. The accolade has honored college football’s player of the year since 1937. Alabama placed two players on the preliminary list in tight end O.J. Howard and wide receiver Calvin Ridley. The Crimson Tide’s Derrick Henry took home the honor last year.
Howard was the star of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game with five catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns. On the season he had thirty-eight receptions for 602 yards. Ridley led the Tide in receiving as a true freshman, hauling in eighty-nine passes for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns.
Semifinalists for the award will be named on October 31st, and three finalists will be announced on November 21st. Former winners from Alabama and Auburn include Henry (2015), quarterback A.J. McCarron (2013) and quarterback Cam Newton (2010).