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Bernard A Maxwell Semifinalist
Release: 10/29/2012

North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2012 Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year.  Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2012 semifinalists Monday.

Bernard leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game, punt return average and scoring per game.  He is alslo third in the country in rushing.  In seven games this season, Bernard has 930 rushing yards and has scored 15 touchdowns.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Andrew Luck from Stanford University while the Bednarik went to Tyrann Mathieu of LSU. Luck is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

The winners of the 76th Maxwell Award and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 19, 2012 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Gala which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 18th. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2012 Maxwell Award Semifinalists

Player

Class

Pos

College

Montee Ball

Sr

RB

University of Wisconsin

Matt Barkley

Sr

QB

University of Southern California

Kenjon Barner

Sr

RB

University of Oregon

Giovani Bernard

Soph

RB

University of North Carolina

Johnathan Franklin

Sr

RB

UCLA

Mike Gillislee

Sr

RB

University of Florida

Jarvis Jones

Jr

LB

University of Georgia

Collin Klein

Sr

QB

Kansas State University

Marqise Lee

Soph

WR

University of Southern California

EJ Manuel

Sr

QB

Florida State University

Johnny Manziel

Fr

QB

Texas A&M University

AJ McCarron

Jr

QB

University of Alabama

Braxton Miller

Soph

QB

Ohio State University

Geno Smith

Sr

QB

West Virginia University

Manti Te'o

Sr

LB

University of Notre Dame

De'Anthony Thomas

So

RB/ATH

University of Oregon


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