Baylor’s Bryce Petty and Lache Seastrunk have been named semifinalists for the 77th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and Texas senior Jackson Jeffcoat has been named a semifinalist for the 19th Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, the Maxwell Football Club announced.
In 2013, Petty has produced FBS-leading numbers for passing efficiency (219.0) and passing yards per completion (20.11). He has amassed 2,453 yards through the air by completing 122 of 176 passes with 18 touchdowns. Petty's 350.4 passing yards per game and completion percentage of 69.3 lead the Big 12. The Midlothian, Texas, native also has 28 carries for 73 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Petty has thrown for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in all seven games this year.
This year, Seastrunk is off to a fast start as well. The Temple, Texas, product is fourth nationally with an average of 9.1 yards per carry. He has totaled 869 yards on 96 rushing attempts, while scoring 11 touchdowns. He ranks first in the Big 12 and ninth nationally with 124.1 yards per game on the ground. Seastrunk has rushed for over 100 yards in six of the first seven games of the season.
Jeffcoat, who has been named Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season, leads the conference and ranks tied for 18th in the FBS in sacks (0.86 per game). The senior also has one interception, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.
Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 25, with a second round of voting will take place at that time. The winners of the Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 12.
The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, N.J.