Maxwell Award highlights several B1G stars as potential candidates
It was a big weekend in the Big Ten for some of the conference’ biggest stars.
Several big names in the conference were highlighted by the Maxwell Football Club, the organization that gives out the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player. Several Big Ten players were noted for impact performances this past weekend.
Justin Fields, not surprisingly, was the first Big Ten player underscored by the Maxwell Football Club. The Ohio State quarterback was impressive in Saturday night’s road win at previously ranked Penn State.
He was 28-of-34 for 318 yards with four touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception yet this season:
“Fields is off to a wicked hot start to his second season in Columbus. In fact, he looks even sharper than in his breakout debut as a Buckeye, especially on deep throws and when going through his progressions.”
The organization also praised another Big Ten quarterback. Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa was instrumental in the Terrapins home win over Minnesota, with the club noting that “The Alabama transfer was Pro Football Focus’ sixth highest graded Week 9 quarterback.”
This is on top of Tagovailoa being named as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week for his outstanding performance on Friday night.
The Maxwell Football Club hasn’t had a Big Ten recipient since Penn State running back Larry Johnson in 2002. The club also gives out the Chuck Bednarik Award, annually handed out to the nation’s top defensive player.
Last year, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young won the award from the club.
Also included in the club’s weekly accolades was Iowa defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon, Michigan State linebacker Antjuan Simmons and Ohio State nose tackle Tommy Togiai.