FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ running back duo of senior Jonathan Williams and junior Alex Collins have been named to the watch list for the 79th Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday. The Maxwell Award has been given annually to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937.
A 2015 preseason All-SEC pick by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, Williams enters his senior campaign ranked No. 10 in school history with 2,321 career rushing yards and sixth with a 5.72 yards per rush average. The 6-0, 224 pound ball carrier rushed for 1,190 yards last season, the eighth-best mark in school history, earning second team All-SEC honors and joining Collins as the only pair of FBS teammates to top 1,000 yards in 2014.
Collins, who has also garnered preseason honors from Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, returns to action after rushing for 1,100 yards on 204 carries in 2014. It was the second consecutive season Collins eclipsed the 1000-yard mark as he joined Darren McFadden as the only Razorbacks to ever begin their careers with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. After just two years, Collins ranks 14th in school history with 2,126 career rushing yards.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Nov. 2, 2015, while the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 23, 2015. The winner of the 2015 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 10, 2015. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2016.
The Razorbacks return 15 starters in 2015 and are a near-consensus preseason top 25 selection by the national media. The Arkansas home schedule is highlighted by 2013 national runner-up Auburn and Orange Bowl-participant Mississippi State. The home schedule concludes with two-time defending SEC East champion Missouri.
Season ticket packages start at $300 in Fayetteville. Fans can also catch the Razorbacks take on Toledo on Sept. 12 in Little Rock for $55, which $10 less than last year’s game at War Memorial Stadium.
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