PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Three Stanford football players – Ben Gardner, Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov – were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award while two players – Kevin Hogan and David Yankey – were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.
- Complete Bednarik and Maxwell Award Watch Lists
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including as a player, a sportswriter and an official. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 25th. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12th. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2013 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
Gardner, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, started all 14 games at defensive end in 2012 and helped lead one of the nation's top defenses. Gardner tied for second on the team in both tackles for a loss (14.5) and sacks (7.5).
Murphy, an AP third team All-American and Butkus Award semifinalist was a frequent visitor in the backfield last season, when the senior outside linebacker led the Cardinal with 10.0 sacks and 18.0 TFL.
Skov returned to the lineup in 2012 after major knee surgery and returned to dominant form by season’s end. Set to return for his fifth year with the Cardinal, Skov totaled a team-leading 82 tackles (43 solo) with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks from the inside linebacker spot.
Yankey, one of the most dominant and versatile offensive linemen in the nation, goes into his senior campaign as a preseason candidate for many awards including the Outland Trophy. Yankey will move to left guard in 2013 after starting 14 games at left tackle in 2012, where he was named All-America first team by the American Football Coaches Association and Sporting News, and copped second-team honors by the Associated Press. The 2012 Morris Trophy winner as the outstanding offensive lineman in the Pac-12, Yankey has started 27 career games and been an impact performer since his freshman season.
Hogan, the Pac-12 Championship Game MVP, started and won the last five games of 2012-13 for Stanford. He won four straight games against as many ranked opponents to end regular season as well as defeating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl Game. Despite his limited play, Hogan was Stanford’s second-leading rusher (263 yards) while quickly establishing himself as an accurate passer, completing nearly 72 percent of his attempts with nine touchdown passes against just three interceptions.
Stanford’s season opens Sept. 7 with an 8 p.m. (PT) home game against a San Jose State team that won 11 games a year ago. The game will be televised nationally on Pac-12 Networks.
Season ticket holders are now able to purchase individual game tickets for all 2013 home games. Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 1 with availability based on remaining interest after season ticket sales, which are at an all-time high with nearly 32,000 already sold. Fans are encouraged to visit GoStanford.com to buy season tickets.
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