Texas Longhorns Football 2008

Michael GonzalezCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas junior QB Colt McCoy and senior DT Roy Miller have been named to the watch lists for the 2008 Maxwell Award (nation's outstanding collegiate player) and Bednarik Award (college defensive player of the year), respectively, the Maxwell Football Club has announced. McCoy is 20-6 in 26 career starts. His 20 victories are already tied for eighth-most in UT history. He has completed 493-of-742 passes (66.4%) for 5,873 yards (No. 6 on UT's all-time list) and 51 TDs (No. 4 on UT's all-time list) against 25 INTs for a passer rating of 148.9 during his career. The 148.9 passer rating and the 66.4 completion percentage are the best of any UT quarterback with at least 700 attempts. In 2007, McCoy started all 13 games and completed 276-of-424 passes (65.1%) for 3,303 yards (No. 2 on UT's single-season list) and 22 TDs (T-No. 4 on UT's single-season list) for a passer rating of 139.2 (24th NCAA). The 276 completions rank first on UT's single-season list and the 424 attempts rank second. He led the Longhorns to a nation-leading seventh-straight season of 10-plus wins and capped the year with Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP honors. Miller has played in 36 career games, starting six, and has recorded 89 tackles, 14 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 16 pressures, two PBD and a forced fumble. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2007, despite battling injuries and sharing time with Frank Okam and Derek Lokey, who are now both on NFL rosters. He appeared in all 13 games and tallied 40 tackles, eight TFL, a sack, seven pressures, a PBD and a forced fumble. He helped UT allow just 93.4 rushing yards per game (sixth NCAA). The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagle great. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame '67. Texas has had three winners of the Maxwell Award in its history, including QB Vince Young in 2005, RB Ricky Williams in 1998 and LB Tommy Nobis in 1965. Linebacker Derrick Johnson was a finalist for the Bednarik Award in 2004. Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced in early November and three finalists for each award will be announced November 25th. The winners of the awards will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The formal presentation will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala on March 6, 2009. The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2008 season unfolds. Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.