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McFadden and Olajubutu Named to National Award Watch Lists

McFadden and Olajubutu Named to National Award Watch Lists

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden and linebacker Sam Olajubutu have been named to watch lists for The Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, respectively, it was announced by The Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate player of the year while the Bednarik Award is presented to the outstanding defensive player of the year. The respective watch lists include a field of 60 candidates for each of these awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club Advisory Committee. Additions and subtractions to the lists, based on player performance, will be made throughout the 2006 football season.

“It is an honor for Darren and Sam to be named as pre-season candidates for these prestigious national awards,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Both of these young men are valuable members of our team and among the best in the nation at their respective positions. With the help of their teammates, they have been able to accomplish some outstanding things in their time at Arkansas. We are all looking forward to another great season from Darren and Sam.”

Players selected to these initial watch lists have distinguished themselves as all-conference or All-America selections from their respective universities in past years. Underclassmen are selected based on recommendations from the Maxwell Football Club Advisory Committee.

McFadden is a candidate for 70th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. The North Little Rock product is one of only 11 sophomores to be included on the pre-season list. McFadden was an honorable mention All-America selection last season after rushing for 1,113 yards and 11 touchdowns. The consensus freshman All-American was also named as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference running back and the SEC Freshman of the Year.

Olajubutu is listed among the pre-season candidates for the 12th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The LaGrange, Ga., product has already been named to the national watch lists for the Lombardi Award, the Lott Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Olajubutu earned honorable mention All-America accolades and first-team All-SEC honors last season after racking up 118 tackles including 14.5 (-80) tackles for loss. He ranked third in the SEC in tackles and tallied an SEC single game-high 18 tackles against Auburn.

Twelve semi-finalists for each award will be announced in October 2005 and the field will be trimmed to three finalists in November 2005. The winners of the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show that will be broadcast on ESPN in December 2006. The formal presentation of the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will take place at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Banquet in March 2007.


(Collegiate Player of the Year)


Ainge, Erik- University of Tennessee, QB, JR

Bomar, Rhett – University of Oklahoma, QB, SO

Booker, Lorenzo – Florida State University, RB, SR

Booty, John David – University of Southern California, QB, JR

Breaston, Steve – University of Michigan, WR, SR

Brennan, Colt – University of Hawaii, QB, JR

Brohm, Brian – Louisville, QB, JR

Brown, Thomas – University of Georgia, RB, JR

Bush, Michael – Louisville, RB, SR

Charles, Jamaal – University of Texas, RB, SO

Cox, Brandon – Auburn University, QB, JR

Darby, Ken – University of Alabama, RB, SR

Davis, James – Clemson University, RB, SO

Ginn, Ted – Ohio State University, WR/Ath, JR

Green-Ellis, BenJarvus – University of Mississippi, RB, JR

Hamilton, Lynell – San Diego State University, RB, SR

Harris, Clark – Rutgers University, TE, SR

Hart, Michael – University of Michigan, RB, JR

Henne, Chad – University of Michigan, QB, JR

Hollenbach, Sam – University of Maryland, QB, SR

Irons, Kenny – Auburn University, RB, SR

Jarrett, Dwayne – University of Southern California, WR, JR

Johnson, Calvin – Georgia Tech, WR, JR

Kolb, Kevin – University of Houston, QB, SR

Leak, Chris – University of Florida, QB, SR

Leonard, Brian – Rutgers University, FB, SR

Little, Rafael – University of Kentucky, RB, JR

Lynch, Marshawn – University of California, RB, JR

McFadden, Darren – University of Arkansas, RB, SO

Meyer, Bret – Iowa State University, QB, JR

Miller, Zach – Arizona State University, TE, JR

Mitchell, Blake – University of South Carolina, QB, JR

Moss, Tyrone – University of Miami, RB, SR

Olsen, Greg – University of Miami, TE, JR

Olson, Ben – UCLA, QB, SO

Palko, Tyler – University of Pittsburgh, QB, SR

Palmer, Jordan – UTEP, QB, SR

Peterson, Adrian – University of Oklahoma, RB, JR

Pittman, Antonio – Ohio State University, RB, JR

Quinn, Brady – Notre Dame, QB, SR

Rice, Sidney – University of South Carolina, WR, SO

Russell, Jamarcus – Louisiana State University, QB, JR

Samardzija, Jeff – Notre Dame, WR, SR

Slaton, Steve – West Virginia University, RB, SO

Smith, Steve – University of Southern California, WR, SR

Smith, Troy – Ohio State University, QB, SR

Stanton, Drew – Michigan State University, QB, SR

Stocco, John – University of Wisconsin, QB, SR

Sutton, Tyrell – Northwestern, RB, SO

Tate, Drew – University of Iowa, QB, SR

Taylor, Zac – University of Nebraska, QB, SR

Thomas, Jamario – North Texas, RB, JR

Walker, Darius – Notre Dame, RB, JR

Weatherford, Drew – Florida State University, QB, SO

White, Pat – West Virginia University, QB, SO

Williams, Derek – Penn State University, WR/Ath, SO

Wolfe, Garrett – Northern Illinois, RB, SR

Wright, Kyle – University of Miami, QB, JR

Young, Albert – University of Iowa, RB, JR

Zabransky, Jared – Boise State University, QB, SR


(Oustanding Defensive Player of the Year)

Player, School, Position, Class

Abbate, Jonathon – Wake Forrest, LB, JR

Adams, Gaines – Clemson University, DE, SR

Adibi, Xavier – Virginia Tech, LB, JR

Ah You, C.J. – University of Oklahoma, DE, SR

Alexander, Rufus – University of Oklahoma, LB, SR

Battle, Tra – University of Georgia, DB, SR

Bazuin, Daniel – Central Michigan University, DE, SR

Blades, H.B. – University of Pittsburgh, LB, SR

Blake, Tommy – Texas Christian University, DE, JR

Brown, Kareem – University of Miami, DL, SR

Brown, Kevin – UCLA, DL, SR

Bruce, Mkristo – Washington State University, DE, SR

Bryant, Red – Texas A&M University, DT, JR

Bunting, Nick – University of Tulsa, LB, JR

Burgess, Prescott – University of Michigan, LB, SR

Caldwell, Rob – U.S. Naval Academy, LB, SR

Carriker, Adam – University of Nebraska, DE, SR

Cason, Antoine – University of Arizona, DB, JR

Connor, Dan – Penn State University, LB, JR

Crowder, Tim – University of Texas, DE, SR

Cushing, Brian – University of Southern California, LB, SO

Davis, Buster – Florida State University, LB, SR

Everett, Earl – University of Florida, LB, SR

Griffin, Michael – University of Texas, DB, SR

Groves, Quinton – Auburn University, DE, JR

Hall, Korey – Boise State, LB, SR

Hall, Vince – Virginia Tech, LB, JR

Harrell, Justin – University of Tennessee, DL, SR

Herring, Will – Auburn University, LB, SR

Highsmith, Ali – LSU, LB, JR

Howard, Loren – Arizona State University, DE, SR

Hughes, Daymeion – University of California, DB, SR

Jackson, Lawrence – University of Southern California, DE, JR

Landry, La Ron – LSU, DB, SR

Lua, Oscar – University of Southern California, LB, SR

McKeon, Core – University of Nebraska, LB, JR

McLee, Kevin – West Virginia University, LB, SR

McSwain, Larry – UAB, DE, SR

Mebane, Brandon – University of California, DL, SR

Meriweather – Brandon, University of Miami, DB, SR

Moses, Quentin – University of Georgia, DE, SR

Nelson, Reggie – University of Florida, DB, JR

Okam, Frank – University of Texas, DT, JR

Olajubutu, SamUniversity of Arkansas, LB, SR

Phillips, Kenny – University of Miami, DB, SO

Pitcock, Quinn – Ohio State University, DL, SR

Posluszny, Paul – Penn State University, LB, SR

Pressley, DeMario – North Carolina State University, DL, SO

Rivers, Keith – University of Southern California, LB, JR

Shaw, Tim – Penn State University, LB, SR

Siler, Brandon – University of Florida, LB, JR

Taylor, Tony – University of Georgia, LB, SR

Thomas, Marcus – University of Florida, DL, SR

Toal, Brian – Boston College, LB, JR

Walters, Anthony – Clemson University, LB, SR

Warren, Justin – Texas A&M University, LB, SR

Weddle, Eric – University of Utah, DB, SR

Willis, Patrick – University of Mississippi, LB, SR

Woodley, LaMarr – University of Michigan, DE, SR

Zbikowski, Tom – Notre Dame, DB, SR

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