Maxwell Award

The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the college football player judged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best all-around in the United States. The award is named after Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, a Swarthmore College football player, coach and sportswriter. Johnny Lattner (1952, 1953) and Tim Tebow (2007, 2008) are the only players to have won the award twice. It is the college equivalent of the Bert Bell Award of the National Football League, also given out by the Maxwell Club.[1][2]

Maxwell Award
Given forCollege football player of the year
CountryUnited States
Presented byMaxwell Football Club
First award1937
Most recentTua Tagovailoa, Alabama
WebsiteThe Maxwell Award


Year Player School Ref
1937 Clint Frank Yale
1938 Davey O'Brien TCU
1939 Nile Kinnick Iowa
1940 Tom Harmon Michigan
1941 Bill Dudley Virginia
1942 Paul Governali Columbia
1943 Bob Odell Pennsylvania
1944 Glenn Davis Army
1945 Doc Blanchard Army
1946 Charley Trippi Georgia [3]
1947 Doak Walker SMU
1948 Chuck Bednarik Pennsylvania
1949 Leon Hart Notre Dame
1950 Reds Bagnell Pennsylvania
1951 Dick Kazmaier Princeton
1952 Johnny Lattner Notre Dame
1953 Johnny Lattner Notre Dame
1954 Ron Beagle Navy
1955 Howard Cassady Ohio State
1956 Tommy McDonald Oklahoma
1957 Bob Reifsnyder Navy
1958 Pete Dawkins Army
1959 Richie Lucas Penn State
1960 Joe Bellino Navy
1961 Bob Ferguson Ohio State [1]
1962 Terry Baker Oregon State
1963 Roger Staubach Navy
1964 Glenn Ressler Penn State [4]
1965 Tommy Nobis Texas
1966 Jim Lynch Notre Dame [5]
1967 Gary Beban UCLA [6]
1968 O. J. Simpson USC [7]
1969 Mike Reid Penn State [8]
1970 Jim Plunkett Stanford [2]
1971 Ed Marinaro Cornell
1972 Brad Van Pelt Michigan State
1973 John Cappelletti Penn State
1974 Steve Joachim Temple
1975 Archie Griffin Ohio State
1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh [9]
1977 Ross Browner Notre Dame
1978 Chuck Fusina Penn State
1979 Charles White USC
1980 Hugh Green Pittsburgh
1981 Marcus Allen USC
1982 Herschel Walker Georgia
1983 Mike Rozier Nebraska
1984 Doug Flutie Boston College
1985 Chuck Long Iowa
1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami
1987 Don McPherson Syracuse [10]
1988 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State [11]
1989 Anthony Thompson Indiana [12]
1990 Ty Detmer BYU [13]
1991 Desmond Howard Michigan [14]
1992 Gino Torretta Miami [15]
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State
1994 Kerry Collins Penn State [16]
1995 Eddie George Ohio State
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee [17]
1998 Ricky Williams Texas
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin
2000 Drew Brees Purdue [18]
2001 Ken Dorsey Miami
2002 Larry Johnson Penn State
2003 Eli Manning Ole Miss
2004 Jason White Oklahoma [19]
2005 Vince Young Texas
2006 Brady Quinn Notre Dame [20]
2007 Tim Tebow Florida
2008 Tim Tebow Florida
2009 Colt McCoy Texas
2010 Cam Newton Auburn
2011 Andrew Luck Stanford
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame [21]
2013 AJ McCarron Alabama
2014 Marcus Mariota Oregon
2015 Derrick Henry Alabama
2016 Lamar Jackson Louisville [22]
2017 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma [23]
2018 Tua Tagovailoa Alabama

See also


  • "Maxwell Award Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  • "Maxwell Award Winners". USA Today. Associated Press. December 8, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  1. ^ a b "Hornung, Ferguson Honored as 'Best'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. February 6, 1962. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "New Award For Blanda". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 18, 1970. p. 21. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Trippi Winner Of Football Award". The Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. December 11, 1946. p. 3. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Unitas, Ressler To Receive Awards". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. December 4, 1964. p. 17. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Maxwell Club Cites Lynch, Meredith". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. January 24, 1967. p. 2B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Beban, Unitas Win Awards". The Morning Record. Associated Press. December 20, 1967. p. 9. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Simpson, Kelly Win Maxwell Awards". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. December 18, 1968. p. 74. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Reid, Gabriel Are Top Rated". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. January 20, 1970. p. 8. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tony Dorsett Receives Maxwell Club Award". The Morning Herald. Associated Press. January 20, 1977. p. 20. Retrieved June 3, 2017 – via
  10. ^ "Sports People; McPherson Honored". The New York Times. December 18, 1987. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Cialini, Joe (December 13, 1988). "Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders, winner of the..." United Press International. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "Sports People: College Football; Indiana Running Back Wins Maxwell Award". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 16, 1989. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Detmer Gets a New Honor: the Maxwell". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. December 13, 1990. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Thomas Jr., Robert (December 8, 1991). "College Football; Howard Receives Honor As Nation's Top Player". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  15. ^ "Torretta Wins Two More Awards". Chicago Tribune. December 7, 1992. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "Sports People: College Football; Two Awards for Penn State Quarterback". The New York Times. December 9, 1994. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  17. ^ "Manning, Woodson earn football honors". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. December 12, 1997. p. 3C. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  18. ^ Marks, Jon (March 5, 2000). "New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees accepts Maxwell Club's Bert Bell Award". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  19. ^ "White Takes Maxwell, Davey O'Brien Awards". Park City Daily News. Associated Press. December 10, 2004. p. 10C. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  20. ^ "Quinn beats out Smith for Maxwell". The Southeast Missourian. Associated Press. December 8, 2006. p. 4B. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  21. ^ Scheuring, Ian. "Manti Te'o wins Maxwell, Bednarik, Walter Camp player-of-the-year awards". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  22. ^ "Louisville QB Lamar Jackson wins Camp, Maxwell awards". The Boston Globe. December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  23. ^ Stavenhagen, Cody (December 8, 2017). "OU football: Baker Mayfield takes home four trophies in award-season sweep". Tulsa World. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
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