July 20, 2018

Mack & Nichols Named to Maxwell & Bednarik Watch List


TAMPA, JULY 5, 2016 – USF junior running back Marlon Mack has been named to the watch list for the 80th Maxwell Award and junior cornerback Deatrick Nichols to watch list for the 22nd Bednarik Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Tuesday.

The Maxwell Award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Mack led the American Athletic Conference in rushing for the second-straight season in 2015 as he logged a USF record 1,381 yards and 6.6 yards per carry. The two-time first-team all-conference back enters 2016 with 2,422 career yards and 17 touchdowns, just 309 yards and eight touchdowns shy of the USF career records. He posted a USF record nine 100-yard games in 2015, including in each of the Bulls’ last five games and a 230-yard outing vs. Temple.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Nichols led USF with four interceptions and five pass break-ups in 2015 and earned first-team all-conference honors. Nichols ranked fourth on the team with 62 tackles and added 8.5 tackles for loss (third on the team), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack.

Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ’67.

Coming off the program’s first bowl appearance in five years, USF returns school season record holders at quarterback, running back and wide receiver and four all-conference selections. The Bulls return 93 percent of their offensive yards from a record smashing offense that posted school marks of 5,741 yards and 54 offensive touchdowns in 2015. While the Bulls averaged 33.6 points and 441 yards of offense per game, the defense ranked in the top 25 in the nation in interceptions, turnovers gained, and tackles for loss, and in the top 35 of seven statistical categories. The Bulls return seven of their top nine tacklers and players that accounted for 12 of their 17 interceptions and 16 of 25 turnovers gained.

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