Dating back to 1937, the Maxwell Award is presented to the college football player of the year, annually. The award is compiled from a panel that consists of sportswriters, sportscasters, head coaches of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and members of the Maxwell Football Club.
Out of the thousands of Division I college football players in the Country, The Maxwell Football Club narrowed it down to 85 possible candidates to win its prestigious award. One of those players is Oregon State’s running back, Ryan Nall.
After a stupendous sophomore campaign that includes 15 total touchdowns, and 1100 scrimmage yards, Nall is well-deserving to be on the preseason watch-list for the award. Along with his stats, he is also a big playmaker. In 2016, the Oregon native had two 80-plus yard runs, and five runs of 40-plus yards. The 6’2 halfback also showed his versatility with three receptions of over 30 yards. The junior running-back eclipsed 100 rushing yards in four games, and over 200 rushing yards on 14 carries in a 47-44 overtime thriller against the California University Golden Bears last season.
Among his 84 peers Nall is competing with include, Penn State running-back, Saquan Barkley, Ohio State Buckeyes’ quarterback, J.T. Barrett, and last year’s winner, Louisville University Cardinals’ quarterback, Lamar Houston. While Ryan Nall faces plenty of competition & adversity to capture the Maxwell Award, do not count him out to replicate his sophomore season success.