The Maxwell Award is presented each year to the Most Outstanding Player in college football, while the Bednarik goes to the top defensive player.
Clemson and Miami (FL) were the only ACC schools with two players on the Maxwell
Watch List. The Miami players were Duke Johnson (RB) and Stephen Morris (QB).
Other ACC players on the Maxwell list were Stefon Diggs (WR, Maryland), Bryn Renner
(QB, North Carolina), Jerome Smith (RB, Syracuse), and Logan Thomas (QB, Virginia Tech).
Beasley was one of 10 ACC players on the Bednarik Award Watch List. Clemson, North
Carolina and Virginia Tech were the only ACC schools with at least one player on the
Maxwell and the Bednarik lists.
Boyd set an ACC record last year for touchdown passes in a season with 36. He threw
for 3,896 yards and completed 67.2 percent of his passes. He was fifth in the nation
in passing efficiency. The native of Virginia was the ACC Player of the Year and a
first-team All-American according to the American Football Coaches Association.
Watkins had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns last year when he
played just 10 games. In two years, he has 139 catches for 1,927 yards and 15
touchdowns. Watkins was a first-team All-American by College & Pro Football Weekly
last year and a first-team All-American as an all-purpose player by the Associated
Press in 2011. Last week, Watkins was named to the preseason Watch List for the
Paul Hornung Award, which goes to the top all-purpose player in the nation.
Beasley led Clemson in sacks last year, even though he never started a game. The
junior from Adairsville, GA had eight sacks for 55 negative yards last year in 13
games. He had eight quarterback pressures to go with it. He was in on 288 plays as
a reserve, but is in line to be a starting defensive end for the Tigers this season.
Three Tigers named to watch lists
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