Three Clemson players named to award watch lists

CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Three Clemson football players have been named to prestigious award watch lists given to some of the top players in the country.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins have been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, while Vic Beasley was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday.

The Maxwell Award is presented each year to the Most Outstanding Player in college football, while the Bednarik goes to the top defensive player. Clemson and Miami are the only ACC schools with two players on the Maxwell Watch List.

Beasley was one of 10 ACC players on the Bednarik Award Watch List. Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech were the only ACC schools with at least one player on the Maxwell and the Bednarik lists.

Boyd set an ACC record last year for touchdown passes in a season with 36, while piling up 3,896 passing yards and completing 67.2 percent of his passes. The Virginia native was the ACC Player of the Year and a first-team All-American according to the American Football Coaches Association.

Watkins had 57 catches for 708 yards and three touchdowns last year in just 10 games. He has 139 catches for 1,927 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons at Clemson.

Beasley led Clemson in sacks last year, even though he never started a game. The Georgia native collected eight sacks and eight quarterback pressures last season.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 25.