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Monday October 29, 2012Elam & Gillislee Named Semifinalists For National Awards

Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida junior defensive back Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens) and senior running back Mike Gillislee (DeLand) have been named Bednarik and Maxwell Award semifinalists, respectively, announced by Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski on Monday.

 

Elam and Gillislee are two of 16 candidates for each award that honors each the nation’s top defensive player (Bednarik) and nation’s most outstanding player (Maxwell). 

 

This season for the Gators, Elam has 41 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.  His 41 tackles are the third-best total for the Orange and Blue this season and his two interceptions ties for a team-high with Jaylen Watkins.   

 

Gillislee leads UF on the offensive side, where he has rushed for 729 yards on 161 carries and has seven touchdowns.  He is fourth in the SEC in rushing yards and eighth in scoring touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per rush. 

 

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 Dec. 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on Nov. 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, N.J.. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 30th and close on Sunday, Nov. 18th. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media.

 

 

Maxwell Award Semifinalist

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

So

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

So

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

So

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

 

Bednarik Award Semifinalist

Player          

Class

Pos

College

Johnthan Banks

Sr

DB

Mississippi State University

Arthur Brown

Sr

LB

Kansas State University

Jadeveon Clowney

So

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

LSU

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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