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Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2012 Semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise Lee and running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon headline a strong field of semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Lee’s Trojan teammate Matt Barkley is the only player who repeats as a semifinalist from 2011. On the defensive side of the ball, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and Georgia’s Jarvis Jones head the nominees for the Bednarik Award and are both also semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner and linebacker C.J. Mosley are two of eight Bednarik nominees from the Southeastern Conference. Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o are repeat semifinalists from 2011.  Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Andrew Luck from Stanford University while the Bednarik went to Tyrann Mathieu of LSU. Luck is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. The winners of the 76th Maxwell Award and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 19, 2012 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s Awards Gala which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Harrah’s Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 18th. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player’s school, position and class designated. 2012 Maxwell Award Semifinalists Player Class Pos College Montee Ball Sr RB University of Wisconsin Matt Barkley Sr QB University of Southern California Kenjon Barner Sr RB University of Oregon Giovani Bernard Soph RB University of North Carolina Johnathan Franklin Sr RB UCLA Mike Gillislee Sr RB University of Florida Jarvis Jones Jr LB University of Georgia Collin Klein Sr QB Kansas State University Marqise Lee Soph WR University of Southern California EJ Manuel Sr QB Florida State University Johnny Manziel Fr QB Texas A&M University AJ McCarron Jr QB University of Alabama Braxton Miller Soph QB Ohio State University Geno Smith Sr QB West Virginia University Manti Te’o Sr LB University of Notre Dame De’Anthony Thomas So RB/ATH University of Oregon 2012 Chuck Bednarik  Award Semifinalists Player Class Pos College Johnthan Banks Sr DB Mississippi State University Arthur Brown Sr LB Kansas State University Jadeveon Clowney Soph DE University of South Carolina Matt Elam Jr DB University of Florida Khaseem Greene Sr LB Rutgers University Johnathan Hankins Jr DL Ohio State University Jarvis Jones Jr LB University of Georgia Star Lotulelei Sr DL University of Utah Dee Milliner Jr DB University of Alabama Sam Montgomery Jr LB Louisiana State University Damontre Moore Jr DL Texas A&M University C.J. Mosley Jr LB University of Alabama Jordan Poyer Sr DB Oregon State University Will Sutton Jr DL Arizona State University Manti Te’o Sr LB University of Notre Dame Bjoern Werner Jr DL Florida State University    
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