The Kansas State football team was well represented on the national awards front Monday morning.
Three Wildcats were named to preseason watch lists for some of the most prestigious awards in college football.
Senior quarterback Collin Klein is up for the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate football player. Senior cornerback Nigel Malone and senior linebacker Arthur Brown are both up for the Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player at the end of each season.
Klein is one of 65 total players, including 11 from the Big 12, named to the Maxwell watch list. He is the third player in K-State history to make the list and the first since Darren Sproles in 2004.
Brown was a semifinalist for the Bednarik last season, but Malone is in the mix for the first time. They are the third and fourth K-State players to be considered for the award and the first since Chris Canty in 1996.
A list of semifinalists for both awards will be announced on Oct. 29, with the field being cut to finalists on Nov. 19. Both awards will be presented Dec. 6 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.