LOS ANGELES - The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists for the 77th annual Maxwell Award and the 19th annual Bednarik Award on Monday and several Bruin players were among those names.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Senior linebacker Anthony Barr was named to the watch lists for both awards, while quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker Eric Kendricks were named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, respectively.
Barr, playing on defense for the first time in his collegiate career in 2012, ranked second in the nation in sacks (13.5) and tied for fifth in the country in tackles for loss (21.5). A second-team Associated Press All-America selection, he had at least 0.5 tackles for loss in each game and his 2012 season total ranked fourth on the all-time school list. Barr's total of 13.5 sacks was the second-highest single-season total in UCLA annals. He was named first-team all-conference by the league's coaches and was an honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 selection.
Hundley, a redshirt freshman, had a record-setting debut season in 2012. He started all 14 games for the Bruins, scoring a touchdown on his first collegiate play (72-yard run in the season opener at Rice). He established new school marks for single-season completions (318), single-season passing yardage (3,740) and single-season total offense (4,095 yds). He also became the first Bruin quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three straight games. When it was all said and done, Hundley's 29 touchdown passes put him at second place on the school's all-time single-season list. He was named an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in a vote of league coaches.
Kendricks led the Pac-12 Conference in tackles with an average of 10.7 per game in 2012, a mark which rated ninth in the nation. His total of 150 tackles was the most by a Bruin player since Jerry Robinson registered a school-record 161 stops in the 1978 campaign. Kendricks also returned two fumbles for touchdowns (v. Houston, at Washington State), blocked a punt (v. USC) and made his first career interception (v. USC) last season. He recorded nine games with double-digit tackles, including the final seven contests of the year, topped by a high of 17 in the win at Arizona State. Kendricks was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions last season following wins over USC and Arizona. He was an honorable mention all-conference pick.
Watch lists for both the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award can be found HERE.