You know that the long college football offseason is almost over when the award watch lists start coming out and the first ones came out yesterday. One of them was the Maxwell Award watch list and UCLA Bruins running back Joshua Kelley was one of the players named to the watch list for the 83rd annual Maxwell Award.
Last season, Kelley had six 100-yard rushing games including his record-setting 289-yard performance against Southern Cal, the most for any running back for either team. He also rushed for at least one touchdown in the last eight games of last season, helping him finish tenth in the Pac-12 in scoring with an average of 6.5 points per game.
Kelley will be looking to become only the second Bruin to win the Maxwell Award. Bruin legend Gary Beban became UCLA’s only Maxwell Award winner in 1967.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced on October 29 and three finalists will be named on November 25.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Football Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contribution to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
The Maxwell Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. All of the NCFAA awards will be announced during the College Football Awards Show on ESPN on December 12, 2019.