Each week during the 2020 season the Maxwell Football Club will recognize outstanding performances with two weekly awards. The Maxwell Award Player of the Week will be recognized for overall performance on offense, defense or special teams, and the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week will be honored for outstanding defensive play. Players selected do not have to be represented on the Maxwell or Bednarik Award watch lists.
Maxwell Award Player of the Week
Taulia Tagovailoa – QB - Maryland
Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has been named Maxwell Award Player of the Week after leading the Terps past Minnesota in a Big 10 matchup on Saturday. What a difference a week makes. Six days after being held to a field goal by Northwestern, Maryland exploded for 675 yards Friday versus the Golden Gophers. Tagovailoa was the catalyst, rallying the Terps back from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to win, 45-44, in overtime. The Alabama transfer was Pro Football Focus’ sixth highest graded Week 9 quarterback, while becoming just the third Big Ten player this century to rush for two touchdowns and throw for 350 yards and three scores.
Bednarik Award Player of the Week
Joseph Ossai – LB - Texas
Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai was named the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week following the Longhorn’s stunning overtime win over Oklahoma State. If Ossai didn’t deliver the single best defensive effort of 2020 so far, it’s certainly in the discussion. The junior singlehandedly wrecked the Oklahoma State front wall, helping hand the No. 6 Cowboys their first loss. Ossai’s get-off and bend around the edge were just too much for the OSU tackles. He notched 12 tackles, six stops for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three sacks, including a walk-off shoestring stop of QB Spencer Sanders to seal the win in overtime.
The Maxwell and Bednarik Awards are members of the National College Football Awards Association(NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.