STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Junior quarterback Dak Prescott is a prime time candidate for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the College Player of the Year since 1937. Heading into his junior season, Prescott is rated as one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks after shattering the MSU single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback last season.
Prescott threw for 1,940 yards and 10 touchdowns. He added 947 yards rushing and has 17 career rushing touchdowns.
Junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney is a candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which honors college football's National Defensive Player of the Year.
He was also named to FoxSports.com's "Freaks" athlete list after piling up 71 tackles last season. The 6-foot-5 McKinney is ranked as one of the top linebackers in the SEC by ESPN.com.
Senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis is a candidate for the Hornung Award, given to college football's most versatile player. The cat quick Lewis hauled-in 64 receptions for 923 yards in 2013 and averaged 23.5 yards per kick return.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced on November 3, while the three finalists for those awards will be named on November 24. On December 11 at Walt Disney World, the winners of the 2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Award will be unveiled.
The Paul Hornung Award Banquet is set for late January 2015 to be held at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in downtown Louisville.