The Maxwell Club announced its first two watch lists for the upcoming season on Monday afternoon: The Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award.
The latter distinction, the Bednarik, is given annually to the best defensive player in college football. Manti Te'o won in 2012, ending a two-year streak from LSU, who saw Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson land the honor in consecutive years.
All 75 men listed by The Maxwell Club enter 2013 with aspirations to bronze-plated grandeur. But of those 75, ten stick out above the rest as particularly good candidates for the award.
Here's a way-too-early look at where they stand: