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Maxwell and Bednarik semifinalists include Manuel and Werner, respectively – Florida State University

Maxwell and Bednarik semifinalists include Manuel and Werner, respectively – Florida State University
















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Maxwell and Bednarik semifinalists include Manuel and Werner, respectively

Florida State's EJ Manuel is a semifinalist for the 76th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and Bjoern Werner is a semifinalist for the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year as announced by Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski Monday morning.

Manuel is nine games into his redshirt senior season at FSU and is third in the nation in passing efficiency. He has thrown for 2,315 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions as the leader of a Seminoles offense that ranks eighth nationally in total yards per game and fourth in points per game.

Werner is one of the nation's top defensive players and helps pace a 'Noles defense that ranks No. 2 in the country in yards allowed per game, third in rush and scoring defense, fourth in pass efficiency defense and sixth in passing defense. Werner is seventh on the team in tackles 27 and first in tackles for loss with 12 1/2. He's tied with Tank Carradine for the team-lead in sacks with eight and has five pass breakups and five quarterback hurries.

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

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.

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