Several football players from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa are listed on preseason award lists.
The Maxwell Award is given annually to the best college football player in the nation.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Samaje Perine are on the list for the Maxwell Award.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington are on the Maxwell list.
Rudolph has a 12-3 career record as a starter, with seven of those 12 wins coming away from home, and his 9.1 yards per completion over the span of his career is a school record. Last season, his 264 completions, 424 pass attempts, 3,770 passing yards, 290.0 passing yards per game and 287.3 yards of total offense per game trail only Brandon Weeden in 2010 and 2011 on Oklahoma State’s single-season list. Rudolph surpassed 300 yards passing six times and 400 yards three times during his sophomore campaign and he received numerous weekly recognitions.
Washington was a second-team All-Big 12 selection. He is the conference’s only returning 1,000-yard receiver and led all returning Big 12 wideouts in yards per game and touchdowns last season. With 1,087 receiving yards, he became one of only four underclassmen ever at OSU to post a 1,000-yard receiving season, joining Rashaun Woods, Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. He had five games with at least 100 yards receiving and led the team with 17 explosive plays from scrimmage.
The Bednarik Award is presented to the college defensive player of the year.
Sooners Jordan Evans, Jordan Thomas and Charles Walker are on the preseason list for the Bednarik Award.
OSU safety Jordan Sterns is on the Bednarik list.
With 103 tackles in 2014 and 108 in 2015, Sterns is the first Cowboy since Keith Burns in 1992 and 1993 to post consecutive seasons with 100 tackles or more. He has started every game at safety each of the past two years and led the team in tackles both seasons. Sterns was directly responsible for four turnovers last year, including a game-clinching interception on Iowa State’s last drive of the game to preserve a four-point win for the Cowboys in Ames.
University of Tulsa sophomore offensive center Chandler Miller has been named to the 2016 Fall Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, an award that is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding center.
Miller started all 13 games last season as a redshirt freshman for the Golden Hurricane. He sat out the 2014 season after an all-state season in 2013 at Bixby High School.
Oklahoma State’s Brad Lundblade has been named to the 2016 Fall Watch List for the Rimington Trophy.
A one-time walk-on, Lundblade was put on scholarship prior to the opening of 2015 fall camp and started every game of the 2015 season. He was honored last year as a first team Academic All-Big 12 honoree and a first-team selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District squad. During his freshman season in 2014, Lundblade walked on as a late addition and played significant reps in the last seven games of the season, earning his first career start at Baylor.
OU’s Jonathan Alvarez is on the short list for the Rimington Trophy.