Atlantic Coast Conference Has 15 Selected To the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List

ACC Leads All Conferences in Preseason Maxwell Selections

GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference had 15 players selected for the Maxwell Award preseason watch list--the most of any conference nationally--the Maxwell Club announced Tuesday. The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate football player.
In all, 90 players were named to the Maxwell Award preseason watch list. Clemson led all ACC teams with three selections in QB Deshaun Watson, RB Wayne Gallman and WR Mike Williams. Watson was one of two 2015 Maxwell Award finalists named to this year’s preseason watch list. 
Miami, with QB Brad Kaaya and RB Joe Yearby, and Virginia Tech, with WR Isaiah Ford and RB Travon McMillian, each had two nominees.

Eleven of the 14 ACC schools had at least one player chosen for the Maxwell Award preseason watch list, and 12 ACC schools had at least one player chosen for either the Maxwell or the Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year preseason watch list, which was also announced Tuesday. A total of 30 ACC players were chosen for both watch lists, with Clemson leading all ACC schools with six selections.

The last player from a current ACC school to win the Maxwell Award was Miami QB Ken Dorsey in 2001. The last ACC player to capture the Maxwell Award was Florida State QB Charlie Ward in 1993.

The ACC Members of the 2016 preseason Maxwell Award preseason watch list are:

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.