Four Alabama football players were named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award on Monday.
Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, wide receiver Calvin Ridley and running back Bo Scarbrough made the 85-player list.
Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry won the award in 2015, while former quarterback AJ McCarron earned the school’s first Maxwell Award in 2013.
Fitzpatrick moved to safety midway through the season in 2016 and once again will direct the Tide secondary in 2017. He has returned 4 interceptions for touchdowns during his career to set the Alabama all-time mark for pick-6s. Fitzpatrick was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Pro Football Focus in 2016 and earned second-team honors from Walter Camp and Sporting News.
He led the team in interceptions (6) and interception return yards (186) as a sophomore. His 186 return yards ranked near the top nationally, while his interceptions total tied for seventh in FBS.
Hurts became the first freshman to start at quarterback under Nick Saban when he took control of the Crimson Tide offense in the second game of the season in 2016 and finished 13-1 as the Tide’s starting quarterback. He was selected as a freshman All-American by USA Today and ESPN and earned SEC Offensive Player of the Year accolades from the conference coaches and The Associated Press. The Houston, Texas, native also garnered SEC Freshman of the Year (coaches) and SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP) accolades.
Hurts threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns and completed 62.8 percent of his passes with a 139.1 quarterback rating. He also set school records for touchdown responsibility (36) and quarterback rushing yards (954).
Ridley had 72 catches for 769 yards and 7 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016. Thirty-nine of his receptions went for a first down or a touchdown in 2016. He had 21 receptions of 15 yards or more to lead the Tide last season. As a freshman in 2015, Ridley set Alabama freshman records for receptions (89) and receiving yards (1,045). Ridley has caught at least five passes in 20 of his 30 career games with the Tide and already ranks in the Alabama career top-10 in receptions (161), touchdown receptions (14) and receiving yards (1,814).
Scarbrough provided a power option in the Crimson Tide backfield as a sophomore. He rushed 125 times for 812 yards and 11 rushing scores in 2016 with 42 of his rushes going for a first down or a touchdown. Scarbrough finished the season with some big performances, rushing 46 times for 364 yards and 6 touchdowns over his final three contests to average 7.9 yards per carry (SEC Championship Game, College Football Playoff semifinal and CFP National Championship).
Scarbrough earned Offensive MVP honors for his performance in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Washington, rushing for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Huskies.