Temple’s outstanding junior running back Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, PA) was named to the prestigious Maxwell Award watch list on Tuesday. The Maxwell Award is awarded by the Maxwell Club to the most outstanding football player in the country.
Pierce was one of nine players added to the list, which now has 75 players. The list includes Heisman candidates Landry Jones (Oklahoma), who is second in the nation in total offense at 363 yards/game; LaMichael James (Oregon), who leads the nation is rushing at 170.4 yards/game; and Andrew Luck (Stanford), who has 1383 passing yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
The list will be shortened to semifinalists on October 31st, last year there were 16 but there isn’t a set number, and three finalists will be announced November 21st. The winner of the 2011 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 8th.
Pierce has put together quite an impressive junior season so far as he leads the nation in rushing touchdowns (with 15) and has 692 rushing yards, good for seventh in the nation. Last year’s Maxwell Award winner was Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who went on to win the national championship and was the first pick in the NFL Draft.
Temple (4-2, 2-1 MAC) hosts rival Buffalo (2-4, 1-1 MAC) in its annual Homecoming game sponsored by the Pennsylvania Lottery, on Saturday, October 15th at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 1:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime.
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