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PROVO — BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum and linebacker Fred Warner were added to 2017 watch lists by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday.
Mangum was named to the 81st annual Maxwell Award watch list, while Warner was named to the 23rd annual Chuck Bednarik Award watch list.
The Maxwell Award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. BYU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Ty Detmer, sets precedence for Mangum, winning the award as a player at BYU in 1990.
Mangum, heading into his junior season, only started in the Poinsettia Bowl last year while leading the Cougars to a victory over Wyoming. As a freshman, he had 3,377 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, setting BYU freshman records.
Entering his senior season, Warner has played in 36 career games as a Cougar at outside linebacker. In 2016, he led BYU in total tackles with 86, while recording a career-high in tackles with 14 against West Virginia.
The Chuck Bednarik Award has been awarded to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.
Alabama leads the way on the Maxwell Award watch list with four players being named while Texas has three Maxwell Award candidates. For the Chuck Bednarik Award, Ohio State and Florida State are represented well with four players apiece on the watch list.
Both the Maxwell Award watch list and Chuck Bednarik Award watch list pull from FBS programs and various conferences across the country. In 2016 Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Maxwell Award, while Jonathan Allen, an Alabama defensive end, won the Chuck Bednarik Award.
On October 30, 2017, Mangum and Warner will find out if they were chosen as semifinalists for their respective awards. The final three finalists will be revealed on Nov. 20, 2017, with the winners of each award being announced on Dec. 7, 2017, at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.