Running back Jeremy Langford joins quarterback Connor Cook on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which honors the top college football player. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)
Michigan State junior quarterback Connor Cook and senior running back Jeremy Langford have made the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the best player in college football player.
Cook is 12-1 (8-0 Big Ten) in the last 13 games he’s started for the Spartans. He’s completed 232-of-397 passes for 2,849 yards and 23 touchdowns in 17 career games.
Langford led the Spartans with 1,422 rushing yards on 292 carries for 19 touchdowns, 18 of those rushing, while starting all 14 games at tailback last season.
On the other side of the ball, MSU senior safety Kurtis Drummond, junior cornerback Trae Waynes and junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun were named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which honors the best college defensive player.
Drummond, who was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches last season, has 161 tackles and 18 passes defended (eight interceptions and 10 pass break-ups) in 39 career games.
Waynes, who started all 14 games at cornerback as a sophomore in 2013, has 55 tackles and three interceptions in 23 career games.
Calhoun was 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and Associated Press Second-Team All-American. In 26 career games, Calhoun has 43 tackles, including 16.5 for losses (77 yards) and 8.5 sacks (46 yards).
The Maxwell and Bednarik award winners will be announced Dec. 11.