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McSorley, Miller Find Their Way Onto Award Watch Lists

NCAA Football: Penn State Blue White Game Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeaaarrr.

No, not Christmas. Not bowl season.


College football is quickly approaching and there’s no better indicator of this than the beginning of watch list season. Yes, that wonderful time of year where half the college football players in the country are nominated for some type of award you just learned existed.

Thankfully for Penn State, it has a ton of talented players and two of them have already been named to watch lists.

Senior quarterback Trace McSorley was named to Maxwell Award watch list for America’s College Player of the Year. The award, named for Robert W. ‘Tiny’ Maxwell has been given since 1937.

Richie Lucas, Glenn Ressler, Mike Reid, John Cappalletti, Chuck Fusina, Kerry Collins and Larry Johnson Jr. are all former winners of the Maxwell Award for Penn State.

Both Penn State and Notre Dame have had seven former winners, the most of any school in the country.

On the defensive side of the ball, Shareef Miller was named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award given to the College Defensive Player of the Year annually since 1995. The award is named for former Penn and Philadelphia Eagles star Chuck Bednarik,

LaVar Arrington, Paul Posluszny (2x) and Dan Connor have each won the award for the Nittany Lions, with Posluszny and Connor doing so in three consecutive seasons between 2005 and 2007.

With three winners and four wins, Penn State has held the trophy more than any other school in the nation.