Three Bruin players were among those recognized as The Maxwell Football Club and The Louisville Sports Commission announced its watch lists for the 78th annual Maxwell Award, the 20th annual Bednarik Award and the fifth annual Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse on Monday.
Quarterback Brett Hundley was named to the Maxwell watch list. Linebackers Eric Kendricks and Myles Jack were chosen to the watch list for the Bednarik Award. Jack, a finalist a year ago, was also selected to the Hornung watch list.
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. The Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and Louisville native Paul Hornung.
Hundley, a redshirt junior, has run for or thrown for a touchdown in each of his 27 games. He enters 2014 ranked third on the school career list in touchdown passes (53) and total offense (7,914) while ranking fourth in passing yards (6,811). In 2013, the redshirt junior rated among the nation’s best in completion percentage (14th-.668), passing efficiency (20th-152.9), touchdown passes (23rd-24), points responsible for (14th-216) and total offense (23rd-293.8).
Hundley became the first Bruin to throw for, run for and catch a pass for a touchdown in the same game during the 2013 contest at Utah. He finished the season with one interception in his last 158 passing attempts and none in his last 77 passes. His completion percentage of .668 was the highest by a Bruin starter since 1983. He was the first Bruin quarterback to lead the team in rushing (748 yards) since 1964.
Kendricks topped the team in tackles for the second straight season with 106 stops in 2013 and ranks tied for eighth on the all-time school list in the category. His per game average of 8.8 tackles was third-best in the Pac-12 Conference. He was the first Bruin player to record back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since 1988-1989 (Craig Davis). His 2012 season total of 150 tackles was the most by a Bruin player since Jerry Robinson registered a school-record total of 161 stops in the 1978 campaign. Kendricks has scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in his career and recorded two blocked punts.
Jack became the first player in history to be voted both the Conference Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2013. He was inserted into the starting lineup at linebacker in game two of the season and his 75 tackles were the second-most ever by a Bruin true freshman defender. Jack saw action on offense for the first time in game nine and finished the year with 267 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. His four rushing scores against the University of Washington set a school record for a true freshman player.
The Bruins' 2014 football season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Noon ET at Virginia. UCLA's home opener will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7pm at the Rose Bowl against Memphis. Season tickets for the 2014 season are on sale now at uclabruins.com/tickets. The Bruins have six home games at the Rose Bowl in 2014 – Sept. 6 vs. Memphis, Oct. 4 vs. Utah, Oct. 11 vs. Oregon, Nov. 1 vs. Arizona, Nov. 22 vs. USC and Nov. 28 vs. Stanford.