Following a 2016 season that put his name next to Colt McCoy on the Texas freshman quarterback record books , Shane Buechele is among a number of college football standouts on the Maxwell Award watch list.
Buechele is one of three Longhorns on the watch list, joining Chris Warren and Connor Williams. The last Longhorn to win the Maxwell Award was McCoy in 2009, he joined Vince Young (2005), Ricky Williams (1998) and Tommy Nobis (1965) as Maxwell Award honorees.
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Buechele’s inclusion is another accolade for the sophomore quarterback as he’s been listed as a fringe Heisman candidate by several publications after he passed for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns while starting 12 games as a true freshman for Texas. The yards were the most by a freshman, surpassing McCoy, while the touchdowns were the second most by a freshman behind McCoy.
After a highlight-filled freshman season in 2015, Warren’s sophomore season derailed by injuries and following an injury against Oklahoma was lost of the season. Still the talented running back and son of former Pro Bowl running back of the same name is expected to be one of Texas’ top running backs in 2017. Warren made quite the impression on running back coach Stan Drayton during the spring when the coach said: “I’ve coached some backs in my day, but I’ve never seen one that looks like Chris Warren.”
Perhaps the most lauded player on the roster, All-American offensive lineman Williams is one of four lineman to make the Maxwell watch list. He helped lead the way for a 2,000-yard rusher in 2016 in D’Onta Foreman and joined Hub Bechtol, Russell Erxleben and Earl Thomas as All-American sophomores from Texas. The Coppell product was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy last season.
The Maxwell Award has been handed out every year since 1937.
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