Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 11/20/12
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o The finalists for the Maxwell Award Collegiate Player of the Year (most outstanding) and the Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year was announced Monday November 19 by Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski.  Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was named as a finalist of both awards and he was a potential contender that I mentioned for the Bednarik this preseason.  The finalists of each award are the same players that I nominated as a part of my membership of the Maxwell Football Club.  The Maxwell Award is similar to the Heisman Trophy, but often has different winners. The 2010 and 2011 winners of both awards were the same (Cam Newton 2010 & Robert Griffin III 2011), but in 2009, Alabama RB Mark Ingram won the Heisman while Texas QB Colt McCoy won the Maxwell. With the recent performances of Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel and the decline of Kansas State QB Collin Klein, Johnny Football would have to be a favorite for...
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