Conference USA Today: Some football watch list news, plus other notes

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Nov 24, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Louisiana Tech Bulldogs running back Kenneth Dixon during the second half against the San Jose Spartans at Spartan Stadium. The San Jose Spartans won 52-43. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

In today’s Conference USA Today, we’ll spotlight some of the football players in conference that were named to watch lists over the past few days–plus take a look at some other news and notes from around the league, including some schedule updates for the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team.

First up is the Maxwell Award, given to “America’s college football player of the year” according to the Maxwell Football Club website.  Three C-USA players made the list:

  • Marshall junior quarterback Rakeem Cato, who threw for 4,201 yards and 37 touchdowns, while just committing 11 picks;
  • La. Tech sophomore running back Kenneth Dixon, who rushed for 27 touchdowns and 1194 yards on 200 carries (Depending on scheduling, Charlotte might get a chance to face him in 2015);
  • Tulsa senior running back Trey Watts, who ran for 1108 yards on 186 carries (5.95 ypc).
  • Senior RB Antonio Andrews from future C-USA member Western Kentucky was also named.

USA Today put out a ranking of the Maxwell Award watch list members, and Cato ranked the highest at #48. Dixon was #56 and Watts was #66. Here’s the rest of the list if you’re interested; number 1 shouldn’t be a surprise.
Next is the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive college football player.  No current C-USA players were named, but senior LB Andrew Jackson from C-USA bound Western Kentucky showed up.
Finally, a look at the Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in college football.  Marshall’s Gator Hoskins made that list after 10 touchdowns last season for the Thundering Herd; FAU’s Nexon Dorvilus (30 catches, 301 yards, 5 TDs) was also listed.

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