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Michigan's Speight, MSU's Scott named to Maxwell Award watch list
Thursday Jul 13, 2017 12:00am

(UNDATED) – Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight and Michigan State running back LJ Scott have been named to the Maxwell Award watch list, an award given to college football's best player on an annual basis since 1937. They are two of 11 Big Ten players to make the 85-person watch list. Despite a solid first season as a starter, Speight felt the heat of competition this spring. He has the leadership qualities that a young Wolverines team needs under center. Speight, a 6 foot 6, 243 pound junior, set the Michigan record for most passing yards in the first half of a game, last November when he threw for 292 yards against Maryland. He was also a two time Big Ten Offensive Player Of The Week. Scott, a 6 foot 1, 231 pound junior, finished the 2016 season with 994 rushing yards and six touchdowns, earning third team All-Big Ten honors from the media and honorable mention by the coaches. Scott's standout performance last season came against Ohio State, tallying 236 all-purpose yards in a near-upset of the No. 2 Buckeyes. Scott also ran for 139 yards against rival Michigan, also ranked No. 2 at the time. Scott has led Michigan State in rushing the past two seasons and is on top of the depth chart heading into the fall, with Gerald Holmes and Madre London also challenging for carries.

(top photo) Wilton Speight and (bottom photo) L.J. Scott have been named to the Maxwell Award watch list.
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