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Mason Rudolph, James Washington and Jordan Sterns Named To Award Lists

A trio of Oklahoma State Cowboys were announced Monday to watch lists for the Maxwell Award (Mason Rudolph and James Washington) and the Chuck Bednarik Award (Jordan Sterns).

STILLWATER – The Maxwell Football Club announced today its watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, with Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington included on the Maxwell list and safety Jordan Sterns named on the Bednarik list.

The Maxwell Award is given annually to the best college football player in the nation, while the Bednarik Award is presented to the college defensive player of the year.

Rudolph has been nothing short of great during his first two years as a Cowboy, playing at a level that matches some of Oklahoma State's all-time best quarterbacks. The junior holds a 12-3 career record as a starter, with seven of those 12 wins coming away from home, and his 9.1 yards per completion over the span of his career is a school record. Last season, his 264 completions, 424 pass attempts, 3,770 passing yards, 290.0 passing yards per game and 287.3 yards of total offense per game trail only Brandon Weeden in 2010 and 2011 on Oklahoma State's single-season list. Rudolph surpassed 300 yards passing six times and 400 yards three times during his sophomore campaign and he received numerous weekly recognitions.

Washington also had an impressive season as a sophomore last year. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by both the coaches and the media, and a strong case can be made for him as the Big 12's top receiver heading into 2016. He is the conference's only returning 1,000-yard receiver and led all returning Big 12 wideouts in yards per game and touchdowns last season. With 1,087 receiving yards, he became one of only four underclassmen ever at OSU to post a 1,000-yard receiving season, joining Rashaun Woods, Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. He had five games with at least 100 yards receiving and led the team with 17 explosive plays from scrimmage.

On the defensive side, Sterns has long been the leader of the Cowboy defense. With 103 tackles in 2014 and 108 in 2015, he is the first Cowboy since Keith Burns in 1992 and 1993 to post consecutive seasons with 100 tackles or more. He has started every game at safety each of the past two years and led the team in tackles both seasons. He has also been an important special teams player and is one of the vocal leaders on the squad. Sterns was directly responsible for four turnovers last year, including a game-clinching interception on Iowa State's last drive of the game to preserve a four-point win for the Cowboys in Ames.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 31, 2016, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 21. The winners of the 2016 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 8. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 10, 2017.

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