POOLE, BRAY NAMED TO MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST
senior tailback Tauren Poole and sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray have
each been selected to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has
annually honored college football’s most outstanding player since
The Vols’ duo account for two of 12 SEC student-athletes on the
list, making UT just one of three teams in the conference with multiple
names on the 66-player group. Just 16 teams in the nation feature two
or more student-athletes on the list.
Poole, who tied for the SEC lead with six 100-yard rushing games in
2010 en route to just the 16th 1,000-yard season in UT history with
1,024 yards, earned Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention
accolades in his first year as the starter.
The Toccoa, Ga., native is one of 27 tailbacks on the Maxwell Award
Bray, one of just 11 sophomores recognized, completed 125-of-224 pass
attempts for 1,849 passing yards and 18 touchdowns in 2010 to set UT
freshman records in each category. In five starts, Bray earned three
SEC Freshman of the Week awards and was one of just two quarterbacks in
the league to record four 300-yard passing performances last season.
Peyton Manning is the only Vol to earn the Maxwell Award, doing so as a
senior in 1997.
The award is presented in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, a
legendary college player, official and sports columnist.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 31 and the
three finalists will be unveiled on Nov. 21. The winner of the 2011
Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College
Football Awards Show held on Dec. 8. The formal presentation of these
awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by
Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 2, 2012.