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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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