Tuitama, Thomas on Maxwell List

June 30, 2008

ROSLYN, Pa.--University of Arizona seniors Willie Tuitama and Mike Thomas have been named to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award, putting them in focus among those under early consideration as the nation's outstanding football player for 2008.

Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski today announced the 2008 Watch Lists for the 72nd Maxwell Award and the 14th Chuck Bednarik Award. Each list is comprised of 75 players selected based on their performance during the 2007 season.

The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. 'Tiny' Maxwell. The Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 to an outstanding defensive player and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagle great.

Tim Tebow of the University of Florida was the recipient of the Maxwell Award and Dan Connor of Penn State University was awarded the Bednarik Award for their outstanding performances during the 2007 season.

Tuitama led the Pac-10 with 28 touchdown throws and accumulated a school-record 3,683 passing yards among other program marks in his first season running the spread offense. Thomas had 83 receptions for 1,083 yards, led the Pac-10 with 11 touchdown catches and has a good chance to surpass Dennis Northcutt and Bobby Wade to become UA's all-time leading receiver this year. Tuitama, too, likely will pass longtime UA passing record holder Tom Tunnicliffe on the career chart.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced in early November and three finalists for each award will be announced November 25th. The winners of the 2008 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 6, 2009.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2008 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.

2008 Maxwell Award Watch List

PLAYER NAME	SCHOOL	POSITION	CLASSBeckum, Travis	University of Wisconsin	TE	SRBenn, Arrelious	University of Illinois	WR	SOPHBoeckman, Todd	Ohio State University	QB	SRBradford, Sam	University of Oklahoma	QB	SOPHBritt, Kenny	Rutgers University	         WR	JRByrd, Demetrius	Louisania State University	WR	SRCantwell, Hunter	University of Louisville	QB	SRCarpenter, Rudy	Arizona State University	QB	SRCarr, Greg	Florida State University	WR	SRClaussen, Jimmy	Notre Dame	         QB 	SOPHCoffman, Chase	University of Missouri	TE	SRCrabtree, Michael	Texas Tech	         WR	SOPHCrompton, Jonathan	University of Tennessee	QB	JRDaniel, Chase	University of Missouri	QB	SRDavis, James	Clemson University	         RB	SRDavis, Nate	Ball State	         QB	JRDevine, Noel	West Virginia University	RB	SOPHDillard, Jarett	Rice 	                  WR	SRFletcher, Damion	Southern Mississippi	RB	JRFoster, Adrian	University of Tennessee	RB	SRGibson, Brandon	Washington State University	WR	SRGoodson, Mike	Texas A&M	                  RB	JRBeckum, Travis	University of Wisconsin	TE	SRBenn, Arrelious	University of Illinois	WR	SOPHBoeckman, Todd	Ohio State University	QB	SRBradford, Sam	University of Oklahoma	QB	SOPHBritt, Kenny	Rutgers University	         WR	JRByrd, Demetrius	Louisania State University	WR	SRCantwell, Hunter	University of Louisville	QB	SRCarpenter, Rudy	Arizona State University	QB	SRBeckum, Travis	University of Wisconsin	TE	SRBenn, Arrelious	University of Illinois	WR	SOPHBoeckman, Todd	Ohio State University	QB	SRBradford, Sam	University of Oklahoma	QB	SOPHBritt, Kenny	Rutgers University	WR	JRByrd, Demetrius	Louisania State University	WR	SRCantwell, Hunter	University of Louisville	QB	SRCarpenter, Rudy	Arizona State University	QB	SRCarr, Greg	Florida State University	WR	SRClaussen, Jimmy	Notre Dame	         QB 	SOPHCoffman, Chase	University of Missouri	TE	SRCrabtree, Michael	Texas Tech	         WR	SOPHCrompton, Jonathan	University of Tennessee	QB	JRMcCoy, LeSean	University of Pittsburgh	RB	SOPHMcKinley, Kenny	South Carolina	         WR	SRMcKnight, Joe	Southern California	RB	SOPHMoody, Emmanuel	University of Florida	RB	SOPHMoreno, Knowshon	University of Georgia	RB	SOPHMurray, DeMarco	University of Oklahoma	RB	SOPHPainter, Curtis	Purdue University	         QB	SRReesing, Todd	University of Kansas	QB	JRRinger, Javon	Michigan State University	RB	SRRobinson, Zac	Oklahoma State University	QB	JRRobiskie, Brian	Ohio State University	WR	SRSanchez, Mark	Southern California	QB	JRSmith, Antone	Florida State University	RB	SRSpiller, C.J. 	Clemson University  	RB	JRStafford, Matthew	University of Georgia	QB	JRStroughter, Sammie	Oregon State University	WR	SRSutton, Tyrell	Northwestern	         RB	SRTate, Ben	         Auburn University	         RB	JRTebow, Tim	University of Florida	QB	JRThomas, Mike	University of Arizona	WR	SRTuitama, Willie	University of Arizona	QB	SRTurner, Patrick	Southern California	WR	SRUnderwood, Tiquan	Rutgers University	         WR	SRWeatherford, Drew	Florida State University	QB	SRWells, Chris 	Ohio State University	RB	JRWhite, Pat	 West Virginia University	QB	SRWilliams, Jaison	University of Oregon	WR	SRWilliams, Keiland	Louisania State University	RB	JRWilliams,Derrick	Penn State University	WR	SRWilson, John 	University of Alabama	QB	SR
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