We’ll start with the Maxwell Award watchlist. The Maxwell is given out out the end of the year to the nation’s top offensive player. Often times, that ends up going to the same guy that wins the Heisman, but many other times you’ll see it go to a runner-up who was within just a few votes of winning the Heisman. On the preseason watchlist this year, Alabama has QB Jalen Hurts, QB Tua Tagovailoa, and RB Damien Harris. Looks like the Maxwell folks are really covering their bases with that Alabama QB situation.
The Maxwell’s defensive counterpart, the Bednarik award, features three more Tide players. Raekwon Davis, Anfernee Jennings, and Mack Wilson all made the list. It’s interesting that Jennings was chosen over Dylan Moses and Christian Miller.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Tchio — who hails from Alpharetta Milton — is considered the 14th-best offensive tackle and No. 119 prospect overall in the Class of 2020. He landed a scholarship offer from co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach/area recruiter Alex Grinch during the Spring Evaluation Period back in May, and he’s built a strong relationship from afar from offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
“Coach Stud is a really cool dude,” Tchio said. “[There are] always laughs with him.”
Tchio holds nearly a dozen offers from some of the nation’s top programs, but named Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State as his Final 3. He visited the Crimson Tide and Tigers last month and hopes to make a decision soon after he sees what the Buckeyes have to offer.
“[The biggest factors will be] relationship with the offensive line coach, if could I see myself at the school if I wasn’t playing football and early playing time,” Tchio said.
Tchio is probably a Buckeye lean, but it’s always good to keep your eyes on a top 2020 recruit... especially one that 325 pounds.
The College Football Playoff has extended their agreements with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl through the 2025-26 season, Executive Director Bill Hancock announced on Friday.
“These bowl games have provided a quality experience for the student-athletes and fans for many years, including the first four seasons of the CFP, and we know that will continue,” said Hancock. “The communities of greater Dallas, Phoenix and Atlanta have fully embraced the opportunity to be a part of this very popular event and to showcase the unique opportunities they offer to visitors.”
Cool. I guess. More Peach Bowl for everyone.
Also, I didn’t realize the Fiesta Bowl was now sponsored by Playstation. Did I miss that in the past, or did they just silently announce that?
As a rookie in 2016, having been selected in the sixth round, Drake appeared in all 16 games, starting once, with 33 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He entered 2017 as the presumed third option on the depth chart, behind 2016 breakout player Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams. Midway through the year, the Dolphins traded Ajayi, opening up the backfield to a combination of Williams and Drake, then saw Williams sustain a dislocated shoulder. For the season, Drake appeared in 16 games, starting six times, with 133 carries for 644 yards with three touchdowns, along with 32 receptions for 239 yards and another score. Over the final five weeks of the season, Drake led the NFL with 444 rushing yards, a stat he downplayed earlier this offseason as some of the other top running backs did not play in every game down the stretch, but still signifies that he has the ability to be that kind of dominant runner.
Drake was one of the most explosive and elusive runners in the NFL in the final few games of the season, and led the league in quite a few of PFF’s stats. We’ll have to see if the Dolphins want to give him the chance to become a full-time contributor, or try to stick to the RB-by-committee approach that so many pro teams are employing to try and copy the Patriots.