(WTVM)- Sixty-six players made the cut for the 2011 Maxwell Award watch list. Headlining the list are Auburn running back Michael Dyer, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. The Maxwell Award has been given to America's most outstanding collegiate football player since 1937.
Dyer could help Auburn win back to back Maxwell awards (Cam Newton won in 2010). Dyer rushed for 1,093 yards in his freshman season on the Plains. He rushed for 143 yards in the National Championship game and won the game's Offensive MVP Award.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Murray passed for 3049 yards and 24 touchdowns in his first season at UGA. He had a competition percentage of 61.1 percent and a passer rating of 154.5.
Richardson hopes to become the first Alabama player to win the Maxwell Award. Richardson was a backup to 2009 Heisman Winner Mark Ingram and this year will be the Crimson Tide's primary running threat. He has rushed for 1,451 yards and 14 touchdowns the past two seasons. He also has caught 39 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns.
Twelve SEC players made the list. South Carolina and Arkansas placed three each, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt were shut out.