PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch list for the 75th annual Maxwell Award, given to America’s outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. 

The watch list incorporates a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast. Returning Maxwell Award semifinalists from 2010 include Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, Baylor QB Robert Griffin, Oregon RB LaMichael James, Stanford QB Andrew Luck, Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, Boise State QB Kellen Moore and Michigan QB Denard Robinson.

The 2010 Maxwell Award winner, QB Cam Newton of Auburn left school early following his junior season. Newton was selected No. 1 overall in the National Football League Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 31 and the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 21. The winner of the 2011 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 8. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 2.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, evaluating past performance and future potential. Additions and deletions to these lists will happen as the 2011 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the award.

The Maxwell Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.

2011 Maxwell Award Watch List
Player Position School Player Position School
Edwin Baker RB Michigan State Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
Montee Ball RB Wisconsin Case Keenum QB Houston
Vick Ballard RB  Mississippi State Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina
Matt Barkley QB USC Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State
Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Zach Line RB SMU
Tyler Bray QB Tennessee Andrew Luck QB Stanford
Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma E.J. Manuel QB Florida State
Greg Childs QB Arkansas Doug Martin RB Boise State
Marcus Coker RB Iowa Taylor Martinez QB Nebraska
Zach Collaros QB Cincinnati Bryant Moniz QB Hawaii
Kirk Cousins QB  Michigan State Kellen Moore QB Boise State
Juron Criner WR Arizona Aaron Murray QB Georgia
Dayne Crist QB Notre Dame Danny O'Brien QB Maryland
Dominique Davis QB East Carolina Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati
Knile Davis RB Arkansas Dan Persa QB Northwestern
Michael Dyer RB Auburn Chris Polk RB Washington
Andre Ellington RB Clemson Tauren Poole RB Tennessee
Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Bobby Rainey RB Western Kentucky
Nick Foles QB Arizona Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA Denard Robinson QB Michigan
Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M Nathan Scheelhaase QB Illinois
Stephen Garcia QB South Carolina Geno Smith QB West Virginia
Mike Glennon QB NC State Rodney Stewart RB Colorado
Ray Graham RB Pittsburgh Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M Stepfan Taylor RB Stanford
Robert Griffin QB Baylor Darron Thomas QB Oregon
Chandler Harnish QB  Northern Illinois Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
Montel Harris RB Boston College Ed Wesley RB TCU
Jared Hassin RB Army James White RB Wisconsin
Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
LaMichael James RB Oregon Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas
Damaris Johnson WR Tulsa Robert Woods WR USC