Release from the ACC:
The Atlantic Coast Conference had 15 players selected for the Maxwell Award preseason watch list–the most of any conference nationally–the Maxwell Club announced Tuesday. The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate football player.
In all, 90 players were named to the Maxwell Award preseason watch list. Clemson led all ACC teams with three selections in QB Deshaun Watson, RB Wayne Gallman and WR Mike Williams. Watson was one of two 2015 Maxwell Award finalists named to this year’s preseason watch list.
Miami, with QB Brad Kaaya and RB Joe Yearby, and Virginia Tech, with WR Isaiah Ford and RB Travon McMillian, each had two nominees.
Eleven of the 14 ACC schools had at least one player chosen for the Maxwell Award preseason watch list, and 12 ACC schools had at least one player chosen for either the Maxwell or the Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year preseason watch list, which was also announced Tuesday. A total of 30 ACC players were chosen for both watch lists, with Clemson leading all ACC schools with six selections.
The last player from a current ACC school to win the Maxwell Award was Miami QB Ken Dorsey in 2001. The last ACC player to capture the Maxwell Award was Florida State QB Charlie Ward in 1993.
The ACC Members of the 2016 preseason Maxwell Award preseason watch list are:
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
James Conner Pitt RB 6-2 240 Jr.-R Erie, Pa.
Dalvin Cook Florida State RB 5-11 206 Jr. Miami, Fla.
Matt Dayes NC State RB 5-9 203 Sr. Weston, Fla.
Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech WR 6-2 190 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Wayne Gallman Clemson RB 6-1 215 Jr.-R Loganville, Ga.
Elijah Hood North Carolina RB 6-0 229 Jr. Charlotte, N.C.
Lamar Jackson Louisville QB 6-3 196 So. Boynton Beach, Fla.
Brad Kaaya Miami QB 6-4 210 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif.
Travon McMillian Virginia Tech RB 6-0 200 S0.-R Woodbridge, Va.
Taquan Mizzell Virginia RB 5-10 200 Sr. Virginia Beach, Va.
Thomas Sirk Duke QB 6-4 220 Sr.-R Glen St. Mary, Fla.
Justin Thomas Georgia Tech QB 5-11 185 Sr.-R Prattville, Ala.
Deshaun Watson Clemson QB 6-2 210 Jr. Gainesville, Ga.
Mike Williams Clemson WR 6-4 220 Jr.-R Vance, S.C.
Joe Yearby Miami RB 5-9 202 Jr. Miami, Fla.