Maxwell Award

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Maxwell Award
Awarded forCollege football player of the year
Country United States
Presented by Maxwell Football Club
First award1937
Most recent DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Website The Maxwell Award

The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the college football player judged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best all-around in the United States. The award is named after Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, a Swarthmore College football player, coach, and sportswriter. Johnny Lattner (1952, 1953) and Tim Tebow (2007, 2008) are the only players to have won the award twice. It is the college equivalent of the Bert Bell Award of the National Football League, also given out by the Maxwell Club. [1] [2]


1937 Clint Frank Yale
1938 Davey O'Brien TCU
1939 Nile Kinnick Iowa
1940 Tom Harmon Michigan
1941 Bill Dudley Virginia
1942 Paul Governali Columbia
1943 Bob Odell Pennsylvania
1944 Glenn Davis Army
1945 Doc Blanchard Army (2)
1946 Charley Trippi Georgia [3]
1947 Doak Walker SMU
1948 Chuck Bednarik Pennsylvania (2)
1949 Leon Hart Notre Dame
1950 Reds Bagnell Pennsylvania (3)
1951 Dick Kazmaier Princeton
1952 Johnny Lattner Notre Dame (3)
1954 Ron Beagle Navy
1955 Howard Cassady Ohio State
1956 Tommy McDonald Oklahoma
1957 Bob Reifsnyder Navy (2)
1958 Pete Dawkins Army (3)
1959 Richie Lucas Penn State
1960 Joe Bellino Navy (3)
1961 Bob Ferguson Ohio State (2) [1]
1962 Terry Baker Oregon State
1963 Roger Staubach Navy (4)
1964 Glenn Ressler Penn State (2) [4]
1965 Tommy Nobis Texas
1966 Jim Lynch Notre Dame (4) [5]
1967 Gary Beban UCLA [6]
1968 O. J. Simpson USC [7]
1969 Mike Reid Penn State (3) [8]
1970 Jim Plunkett Stanford [2]
1971 Ed Marinaro Cornell
1972 Brad Van Pelt Michigan State
1973 John Cappelletti Penn State (4)
1974 Steve Joachim Temple
1975 Archie Griffin Ohio State (3)
1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh [9]
1977 Ross Browner Notre Dame (5)
1978 Chuck Fusina Penn State (5)
1979 Charles White USC (2)
1980 Hugh Green Pittsburgh (2)
1981 Marcus Allen USC (3)
1982 Herschel Walker Georgia (2)
1983 Mike Rozier Nebraska
1984 Doug Flutie Boston College
1985 Chuck Long Iowa (2)
1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami
1987 Don McPherson Syracuse [10]
1988 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State [11]
1989 Anthony Thompson Indiana [12]
1990 Ty Detmer BYU [13]
1991 Desmond Howard Michigan (2) [14]
1992 Gino Torretta Miami (2) [15]
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State
1994 Kerry Collins Penn State (6) [16]
1995 Eddie George Ohio State (4)
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee [17]
1998 Ricky Williams Texas (2)
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin
2000 Drew Brees Purdue [18]
2001 Ken Dorsey Miami (3)
2002 Larry Johnson Penn State (7)
2003 Eli Manning Ole Miss
2004 Jason White Oklahoma (2) [19]
2005 Vince Young Texas (3)
2006 Brady Quinn Notre Dame (6) [20]
2007 Tim Tebow Florida (3)
2009 Colt McCoy Texas (4)
2010 Cam Newton Auburn
2011 Andrew Luck Stanford (2)
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame (7) [21]
2013 A. J. McCarron Alabama
2014 Marcus Mariota Oregon
2015 Derrick Henry Alabama (2)
2016 Lamar Jackson Louisville [22]
2017 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma (3) [23]
2018 Tua Tagovailoa Alabama (3)
2019 Joe Burrow LSU [24]
2020 DeVonta Smith Alabama (4)

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