From Nebraska media relations department
Armstrong was among the players named to the watch list for the 79th annual Maxwell Award, given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Collins was among the defensive players named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.
The 6-1, 220-pound Armstrong has engineered the Nebraska offense each of the past two seasons, compiling a 16-5 record as the Huskers’ starting quarterback. In 2014, Armstrong compiled 3,400 yards of total offense, the third-best single-season total in Nebraska history. Armstrong passed for 2,695 yards and 22 touchdowns, while rushing for 705 yards. The Cibolo, Texas, native set Nebraska sophomore records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense in 2014.
Armstrong is one of 12 Big Ten players named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award.
Collins will man the interior of the Nebraska defensive front in 2015. Last season, the Kansas City native emerged as a dominant force at defensive tackle, leading the team with 14 tackles for loss, while adding 4.5 sacks. The 6-2, 300-pound Collins was at his best against the toughest foes, with 12 of his 14 tackles for loss coming in Big Ten Conference games or the bowl game against USC. Collins was named co-Defensive MVP for the Huskers in 2014, and was a second-team All-Big Ten pick.
Collins was among a group of 12 Big Ten defensive standouts on the watch list for the Bednarik Award.
Watch list announcements will continue throughout the next two weeks, with the watch lists for the Rimington Trophy (Center) and the Mackey Award (Tight End) unveiled on Wednesday.