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2013 Maxwell Award Favorites

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2013 Maxwell Award Favorites

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Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has moved onto the NFL, so this year we are guaranteed to have a new winner of the Maxwell Award. 16 players this week were announced to the list of semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club’s award to the collegiate player of the year.

The list includes 10 quarterbacks, four running backs and two wide receivers. Players from each of the BCS-automatic qualifying conferences are represented, with the Pac-12 having the most at five. Schools that have two players on the list are Baylor, Texas A&M and Oregon State.

There is also one player on the list from the Mountain West Conference. The list contains four seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores and a freshman.

In about four weeks, that list of 16 will get cut down to three finalists by the members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA football coaches, selected members of the media and sports information directors from schools across the country. Until Nov. 25, those who have a vote will be watching the games of these 16 players and combining that with their entire season’s resume to narrow the contention for the Maxwell Trophy down to three players.

There are five players who have already done enough to make excluding them from that list of three finalists a very difficult decision. If they can continue to perform at the level they have shown they are capable of, they will make the task of choosing just three of them an unenviable one.

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Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin

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The Badgers' backfield centerpiece has totaled 1,017 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns through Wisconsin's first seven games.

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Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

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Johnny Manziel's favorite target has amassed 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns on 48 receptions so far in 2013.

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Sean Mannion QB Oregon State

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Mannion has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 3,263 yards and has thrown 30 touchdowns in eight games.

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Jameis Winston QB Florida State

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The ACC's most prolific passer is completing almost 70 percent of his pass attempts for 2,177 yards and 23 touchdowns for the undefeated Seminoles.

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Marcus Mariota QB Oregon

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The dual-threat quarterback for the Ducks has completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,281 yards and ran for another 511 yards. His 29 total touchdowns are among the NCAA leaders.