Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy Named Semifinalists for Maxwell Award

Xavier McKinney the Crimson Tide's lone candidate for Bednarik Award for best defensive player
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa led a group of three Crimson Tide players named semifinalists for awards handed out by the Maxwell Football Club on Tuesday.

Both Tagovailoa and junior wide receiver Jerry Jeudy are up for the Maxwell Award for most outstanding player, while junior safety Xavier McKinney is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award for best defensive player in college football.

McKinney wasn't on the award's initial watch list, he was only recently named a candidate.

There are 20 semifinalists for both awards.

Tagovailoa won the Maxwell Award last year. Although the award has been around since 1937, AJ McCarron was the first winner from Alabama in 2013, followed by Derrick Henry in 2015.

A Crimson Tide player has won two of the last three Bednarik awards, with Jonathan Allen in 2016 and Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2017.

Alabama awards rundown

Thorpe Award (best defensive back): Xavier McKinney named semifinalist.

Maxwell Award (most outstanding player): Jerry Jeudy and Tua Tagovailoa named semifinalists.

Bednarik Award (best defensive player): Xavier McKinney named semifinalist.

Davey O'Brien Award (top quarterback): Tua Tagovailoa named to watch list. Semifinalists named Nov. 13.

Doak Walker Award (premier running back): Najee Harris named to watch list. Semifinalists named Nov. 20.

Biletnikoff Award (best receiver): Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle named to watch list. DeVonta Smith added to watch list. Semifinalists named Nov. 18.

Mackey Award (top tight end): Miller Forristall named to watch list. Semifinals named Nov. 18.

Butkus Award (outstanding linebacker): Anfernee Jennings, Terrell Lewis and Dylan Moses named to watch list. Semifinalists named Oct. 29.

Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player): Raekwon Davis, Trevon Diggs, Anfernee Jennings and Dylan Moses named to watch list. Semifinalists named Nov. 14.

Outland Trophy (top interior lineman): Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills Jr. named to watch list. Semifinals named Nov. 14.

Wuerffel Trophy (community service): Chris Owens named to the watch list.

Walter Camp Award (player of the year): Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Najee Harris and Dylan Moses named to watch list. Semifinalists named Nov. 14.

Ted Hendricks Award (best defensive end): Raekwon Davis named to watch list. Semifinalists named in late November.

Manning Award (best quarterback, includes postseason): Tua Tagovailoa named to watch list. Finalists will be named Nov. 28.

Lott Impact Player (defensive impact player of the year): Dylan Moses on watch list. Semifinalists named in late November.

Polynesian College Player of the Year: Tua Tagovailoa on watch list. Finalists named Dec. 5.

Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year: Nick Saban named to the midseason watch list.

FWAA All-Freshman Team: Christian Harris, Shane Lee and Evan Neal named to midseason watch list.

Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year: Nick Saban named to the watch list.

Awards no one on Crimson Tide is up for

Riminigton Award (best center)

Lou Groza Award (top kicker)

Ray Guy Award (best punter)

Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (best senior quarterback)