For the second season in a row, Clemson Football running back Will Shipley has been named to the Maxwell Award preseason watchlist.
Shipley joins 83 other players on the list for the 2023 award, which will be the 87th handed out annually from the Maxwell Football Club. The Club also awards the Chuck Bednarik Award annually to the best defensive player in the country, as well as several others for college football and the NFL.
Shipley would become the first Clemson Tiger to win the award if he was selected this season. He is the second Tiger named to a watchlist this summer following head coach Dabo Swinney being named to the Dodd Trophy watchlist.
A group of sportscasters, sportswriters, and head football coaches join the Maxwell Football Club membership in voting for the award, which is bestowed on the player judged to be the best all-around in college football.
USC quarterback Caleb Williams won the award in 2022. The Maxwell is annually awarded at the ESPN Home Depot College Awards Show following the regular season.
Other ACC players included on the watchlist are Riley Leonard from Duke, Jordan Travis and Trey Benson from Florida State, Jack Plummer from Louisville, Drake Maye from North Carolina, Phil Jurkovec from Pittsburgh, Garrett Shrader and Oronde Gadsden from Syracuse, and Donavon Greene from Wake Forest.
Several big names in college football are joining Will Shipley from Clemson Football on the Maxwell watchlist
Grayson McCall from Coastal Carolina, Spencer Rattler and Antwane Wells from South Carolina, and Nate Noel from Appalachian State are the other players included from the Carolinas.
Other notable national contenders include Williams, Brock Bowers from Georgia, JJ McCarthy from Michigan, Sam Hartman from Notre Dame, Bo Nix from Oregon, and Quinn Ewers from Texas.
Williams will have a chance to be the third player to win the award twice, following Johnny Latner from Notre Dame in 1952-53 and Tim Tebow from Florida in 2007-08.
Notre Dame and Penn State are tied for the most all-time winners at seven times each.