A trio of Hokies named to Maxwell, Bednarik watch lists

McMillian, Ford and Clark named to watch lists for Maxwell and Bednarik awards.

Earlier today, the Maxwell Football Club announced two preseason award watch lists: The Bednarik and Maxwell Awards. Virginia Tech was represented by three players between the two awards. 

Travon McMillan and Isaiah Ford represented the Hokies on the Maxwell Award watch list, which is given annually to the nation's top collegiate player. McMillan is a redshirt sophomore running back, who sprung onto the scene last season after rushing for over 1,000 yards. He averaged just over 80 yards a game last season. 

Ford's presence on the list is no surprise after the success he found on the field last season. Ford broke the all-time VT single-season touchdown record and most receiving yards in a season last year, with 11 TDs and 1,164 yards, respectively.

Virginia Tech's lone representative on the Bednarik Award watch list is senior free-safety Chuck Clark. Clark started all 13 games for the Hokies last season, and had 107 tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception. He returned the fumble for a 20-yard touchdown against Purdue, a game Virginia Tech ended up winning 51-24.

Below is a list of ACC players that are on the two award watch lists:


Maxwell Award Watch List (ACC Players Only)

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. 



Bednarik Award Watch List (ACC Players Only)

Name                                       School                 Pos.      Ht.      Wt.       Cl.           Hometown

Quin Blanding                     Virginia                  S       6-4    215        Jr.        Virginia Beach, Va.

Ben Boulware                     Clemson                LB     5-11  240        Sr.        Anderson, S.C.

Bradley Chubb                    NC State               DE     6-4    273        Jr.        Powder Springs, Ga.

Chuck Clark                        Virginia Tech         FS      6-1    204        Sr.        Suffolk, Va.

DeVon Edwards                  Duke                    CB     5-9    180        Sr.-R    Covington, Ga.

Devonte Fields                    Louisville              LB     6-4    245        Sr.        Ft. Worth, Texas

Derwin James                     Florida State        S       6-3    213        So.       Haines City, Fla.   

Keith Kelsey                        Louisville             LB       6-1    236        Sr.        Gainesville, Fla.

Micah Kiser                        Virginia                 LB       6-2    245        Jr.-R     Baltimore, Md.

Matt Milano                       Boston College      LB       6-1    218        Sr.        Orlando, Fla.

Ejuan Price                         Pitt                       DE      6-0    250        Sr.-R    Rankin, Pa.

Cordrea Tankersley            Clemson              CB      6-1    195        Sr.        Beech Island, S.C.

DeMarcus Walker              Florida State         DE      6-3    273        Sr.        Jacksonville, Fla.

Carlos Watkins                   Clemson              DT      6-3    300        Sr.-R    Mooresboro, N.C.

Jordan Whitehead              Pitt                       S         5-11  185        So.       Aliquippa, Pa.

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