Jan 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates after a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at EverBank Field . Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia RB Todd Gurley named to 2014 Maxwell Award watch list

The preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s College Player of the Year, has been released, and Georgia running back Todd Gurley has been named as a candidate.

As the preseason watch lists for the college football awards are released, it’s a sure thing we’ll see quite a number of Georgia Bulldogs added to these lists. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, is one of the most prestigious of the postseason awards, and has been presented by the Maxwell Football Club since 1937.

Gurley will more than likely be added to a number of these watch lists, but to be on the Maxwell list is a tribute to just how complete a player the junior running back truly is.

2013 Maxwell Award finalist Florida State QB Jameis Winston is one of three Florida State Seminoles on the list, as RB Karlos Williams and WR Rashad Greene join Winston. Baylor, Oregon, and USC, also each have three players named to the list, and Alabama leads all schools with four players.

The Maxwell Award trophy

The Maxwell Award trophy

If Gurley can stay healthy this season, he’s got a better chance than most of the 76 players who have been named to the list.

Interesting to note, former Georgia cornerback and current Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has also been named to the Maxwell Award watch list this year.

You can see the entire list of players named here.

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