Manziel, Winston, Mariota, McCarron all Maxwell Award semifinalists

Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy but not the Maxwell Award in 2012. (USATSI)
Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy but not the Maxwell Award in 2012. (USATSI)

The Maxwell Award, presented annually to the the most outstanding player in college football, has released a 16-player list of semifinalists for the prestigious award. The group includes two repeat semifinalists from 2012; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel .

The Maxwell Award was won by former Notre Dame linebacker and current San Diego Charger Manti Te'o in 2012. Te'o, the runner-up to Manziel in the Heisman voting, became the first player to win the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award for defensive player of the year (both awards are presented by the Maxwell Football Club). 

The 2013 list of semifinalists  is made up of  ten quarterbacks, four running backs, and two wide receivers. Three different schools ( Baylor Bears , Oregon State, Texas A&M) have two players on the list and seven different conferences are represented.

The winners will be named as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12. 

QB Teddy Bridgewater , Louisville Cardinals

RB Ka'Deem Carey , Arizona Wildcats

QB Derek Carr , Fresno State Bulldogs

WR Brandin Cooks , Oregon State Beavers

WR Mike Evans , Texas A&M Aggies

RB Melvin Gordon , Wisconsin Badgers

QB Sean Mannion , Oregon State Beavers

QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies

QB Marcus Mariota , Oregon Ducks

QB AJ McCarron, Alabama Crimson Tide

QB Aaron Murray , Georgia Bulldogs

QB Bryce Petty , Baylor Bears

RB Bishop Sankey , Washington Huskies

RB Lache Seastrunk , Baylor Bears

QB Jameis Winston , Florida State Seminoles

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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