Three Mississippi State players were picked to watch lists for national football awards by the Maxwell Football Club on Tuesday.
Senior quarterback Dak Prescott was named to the Maxwell Award watch list while junior defensive tackle Chris Jones and senior cornerback Will Redmond were added to the Bednarik Award watch list.
Prescott was a finalist for the Maxwell Award last season and is the only returning finalist on the list. It is given to the College Player of the Year. Former Oregon signal caller Marcus
Mariota claimed the Maxwell Award last year.
Prescott broke 12 MSU records in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Haughton, La., completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 3,449 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for an additional 986 yards and 14 more scores. He also caught two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Jones appeared in all 13 games as a reserve along the Bulldogs’ defensive line. The 6-foot-6, 308-pounder from Houston finished last fall with 26 tackles, 3.5 for loss, three sacks, two pass deflections and eight quarterback hurries.
Redmond was also a back-up in 2014 but finished tied for the team lead with three interceptions. The 6-foot, 186-pounder from Memphis, Tenn., made 51 stops including three for loss to go along with eight pass deflections and two quarterback hurries.
The Bednarik Award is given to the Defensive Player of the Year and was won by Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, who is on the watch list again this year.
Semifinalists for the awards will be announced on Nov. 23 and then will be narrowed to three finalists for each. The winners will be selected on Dec. 10 at the Home Depot College Football Awards.