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Three Bruins named to watch lists for football awards


Redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley was announced to the Maxwell Award short list. The Maxwell Award has been awarded annually to America's College Player of the Year since its inception 77 years ago. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley was announced to the Maxwell Award short list. The Maxwell Award has been awarded annually to America's College Player of the Year since its inception 77 years ago. (Katie Meyers/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Three UCLA football players were named to watch lists for some of the most prestigious college football awards on Monday: the Maxwell Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Paul Hornung Award.

Redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley was one of 76 players selected to the Maxwell Award watch list. In its 78th year, the award recognizes America’s College Player of the Year.

Including Hundley, 16 Pac-12 players were listed, seven of whom were quarterbacks. Oregon, USC and Arizona State each had three players named to the list, tied for highest in the conference.

Redshirt senior linebacker Eric Kendricks and sophomore linebacker Myles Jack were among 76 players chosen to the Chuck Bednarik Award – the College Defensive Player of the Year – watch list.

In total, 13 Pac-12 players were chosen, six of whom were linebackers. Stanford led the way with four players. USC and Washington each had three.

Jack was also named to the Pal Hornung Award watch list. The award is given annually to the nation’s most versatile college football player. Of the 47 players chosen, seven were from the Pac-12.

Jack, a finalist for the award last year, should prove to be a major contender again.

In 2013, he became the first player ever to win the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Remarkably, Jack finished the year with seven rushing touchdowns and 267 yards despite taking his first offensive snap in the season’s ninth game.

The three awards are presented by the Maxwell Football Club and The Louisville Sports Commission.

Compiled by Chris Kalra, Bruin Sports senior staff.

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