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Maxwell Award: Four Buckeyes top best bets on watch list

Four Buckeyes topped the Maxwell Award watch list. Which one is the best bet to bring home the award?

The Maxwell Award watch list is out, and it features four players from defending national champion Ohio State. Since 2000, quarterbacks have won the award 13 of 15 years. Penn State running back Larry Johnson (2002) and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (2012) were the other winners.

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Oregon’s Marcus Mariota won the award and the Heisman Trophy last season. 

Here’s a look at the best bets to win, as well as the rest of the candidates.

  • Quarterbacks Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller all made the watch list, and that’s a good bet considering Buckeyes quarterbacks combined for 4,941 total yards and 54 TDs last season. Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 1,925 yards and 18 TDs last season, also is a sound pick.

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  • Boykin is Sporting News' top player heading into the 2015 season, and he leads an offense that ranked second in the FBS with 46.5 points per game last season. Boykin figures to put up monster numbers again in the Big 12.

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  • We know. Watson has to stay healthy to achieve these goals, but there might not be a better dual-threat in the country. He flashed glimpses of that potential last season, and he’ll pilot an always-productive Clemson offense.

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  • Cook leads a playoff contender in Michigan State and owns a 24-3 record as a starter. Kessler is hoping to put USC back in the national championship conversation. Cook and Kessler combined for 63 TD passes and just 13 interceptions last season. Both could be first-round picks in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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  • Provided a running back is allowed to win the award, Chubb could be the guy. Chubb rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 TDs as a freshman, and that was in a year in which he didn’t take over as the starter until midseason.

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  • Kyle Allen, QB, Texas A&M
    Tommy Armstrong Jr., QB, Nebraska
    Mike Bercovici, QB, Arizona State
    Jacoby Brissett, QB, N.C. State
    Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
    Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
    Jared Goff, QB, Cal
    Everett Golson, QB, Florida State
    Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
    Taysom Hill, QB, BYU
    Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
    Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn
    Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
    Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State
    Gunner Kiel, QB, Cincinnati
    Fredi Knighten, QB, Arkansas State
    Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
    Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri
    Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
    Keenan Reynolds, QB, Navy
    Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
    Seth Russell, QB, Baylor
    Anu Solomon, QB, Arizona
    Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
    Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech
    Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina
    Malik Zaire, QB, Notre Dame

  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
    Matt Breida, RB, Georgia Southern
    Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin
    Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
    James Conner, Pittsburgh
    Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
    Marcus Cox, RB, Appalachian State
    Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
    Kenneth Farrow, RB, Houston
    Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
    Jarvion Franklin, RB, Western Michigan
    Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
    Aaron Green, RB, TCU
    Russell Hansbrough, RB, Missouri
    Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    Jon Hillman, RB, Boston College
    Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
    Jalen Hurd, RB, Tennessee
    Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
    Devon Johnson, RB, Marshall
    Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
    Shock Linwood, RB, Baylor
    Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida
    Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
    Elijah McGuire, RB, UL-Lafayette
    Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
    Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
    Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
    Brandon Radcliff, RB, Louisville
    DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
    Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
    Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona
    Storm Woods, RB, Oregon State

  • Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
    Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
    Pharoah Cooper, WR, South Carolina
    Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
    D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State
    DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
    Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
    Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
    Nelson Spruce, WR, Colorado
    Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
    Duke Williams, WR, Auburn

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