AWARD RECOGNIZES NATIONAL PLAYER OF YEAR
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List for the 81st annual award given annually to the nation’s top football player.
Stockstill, a redshirt junior, is 21st nationally among active players in career passing yards and fourth in passing yards per game. He owns the Middle Tennessee career records in touchdown passes (61), 300-yard passing games (14), 400-yard passing games (2) and passing yards per game (303.3).
“It is an honor to even be on a list with some of the top football players in the country,” Stockstill said. “I appreciate the recognition for our program.”
Stockstill suffered a broken collarbone against UTSA last season and missed the final three games of the regular season before returning for the Hawaii Bowl, where he threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns.
Despite missing the final 3-1/2 games of the regular season, Stockstill still threw for 3,233 yards and 31 touchdowns. He averaged 323 yards passing per game and completed 61 percent (262-of-414) of his pass attempts.
Stockstill has completed 65 percent of his 907 career passing attempts while throwing for 7,279 yards in two seasons.
Stockstill is one of four C-USA players amongst the 85 on the watch list, joining Old Dominion’s Ray Lawry, Southern Miss’ Ito Smith and Western Kentucky’s Mike White.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 30, while the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 20. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, Dec. 7.
Middle Tennessee opens the 2017 season at home against Vanderbilt, Sept. 2.