Sooners Highlight Preseason Maxwell, Bednarik

NORMAN, Okla. -- Every year when the football preseason award lists are released, the Sooners seem to highlight them, and it's no different this time around, as the Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists for the 75th annual Maxwell Award and the 17th annual Bednarik Award, and three Sooners are on them.

Wide receiver Ryan Broyles and quarterback Landry Jones are on the list for the Maxwell, which is presented to the top player each year in college football.

Linebacker Travis Lewis is under consideration for the Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player.

Broyles ranked second nationally last year in receptions at 131 and fourth in receiving yards with 1,622, which catapulted him to a finalist in the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver.

Jones had a stellar year of his own, earning the Sammy Baugh Award for the nation's top passer when he completed 405-of-617 passes for 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.

He won the offensive MVP in OU's 48-20 Fiesta Bowl victory over UConn, and he already has seven OU passing and total offense records.

On the other side of the ball, Lewis has led the team in tackling in each of his three seasons as a Sooner and is just 82 tackles shy of breaking into OU's Top 10 list in that category.

Lewis has started each of the 41 games in his career.

As for the awards, the Maxwell has been given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell.

The Bednarik has been awarded to the nation's top defensive player since 1995, named after former Penn and Philadelphia Eagles standout Chuck Bednarik, who is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Semifinalists for both awards will be announced Oct. 31, and the three finalists will be publicized Nov. 21.

Winners will be announced during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8, and they will be formally presented with the honors on March 2, 2012 at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City.

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