Stevie Scott had a huge freshman season in 2018. (Bobby Ellis | Getty Images)

Indiana Football: Running Back Stevie Scott on Maxwell Award Watch List

A record-setting freshman season has garnered national attention as Indiana running back Stevie Scott has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award for America’s top college football player.

Here is the full release from the school via iuhoosiers.com:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana sophomore running back Stevie Scott III landed on the watch list for the 83rd annual Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday afternoon. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937.

One of 80 standouts on the prestigious list, Scott became the 13th Hoosier (19th time) to reach 1,000 yards in a single season and finished 14th overall in program history with 1,137 yards. The Syracuse, N.Y., native set IU true freshman records in yardage, attempts (228), touchdowns (10) and 100-yard games (6).

Amongst true freshmen running backs nationally, Scott ranked second in yardage, 100-yard games and attempts, and third in rushing TDs. He averaged 101.9 all-purpose yards per game, 94.8 rushing yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry to go along with 16 receptions for 86 yards and one score.

The 6-2, 233-pounder finished fourth in the Big Ten in attempts per game (19.0, 23rd nationally), tied for fourth in rushing touchdowns, fifth in rushing yardage (33rd) and rushing yardage per game (27th), eighth in all-purpose yardage (1,223), tied for eighth in total TDs (11) and 10th in all-purpose yardage per game.

Indiana’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year also earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades and Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors twice.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced Oct. 29, 2019, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov.25, 2019. The winners of the 2019 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12, 2019. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel &Casino Atlantic City on March 13, 2020.

The Maxwell and Bednarik Awards are members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.


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