Indiana landed a trio of players on the initial 90-person watch list for the Maxwell Award announced Friday.
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr., receiver Whop Philyor, and running back Stevie Scott are now officially on the radar for the award, which honors college football’s most outstanding player.
All three are intriguing talents, including the redshirt sophomore quarterback Penix, who threw for 1,394 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019 despite numerous injuries. His completion percentage of 68.8 was a new single-season record for IU, ranking sixth all-time in Big Ten history.
Philyor was one of Penix and Peyton Ramsey’s favorite targets last season, amassing 70 receptions for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns. He had three games with 10 or more catches, making him one of only 10 players in FBS football to do so in 2019.
Scott, on the other hand, rushed for 845 yards on 178 carries, scoring 10 touchdowns in 2019. He heads into his junior season needing just 18 yards to become the 14th Hoosier all-time with 2,000.
Scott was previously placed on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, while Philyor has been named to the Biletnikoff list. This is Penix’s first recognition of this preseason.
They join Tiawan Mullen (Bednarik), Peyton Hendershot (Mackey), and Harry Crider (Wuerffel) as nominees.