EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon was added to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, an annual honor bestowed upon the college football player of the year.
A senior from San Leandro, Calif., Dixon has been an integral part of the Ducks' 6-1 start and No. 5 national ranking. Dixon ranks fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (165.81) and 11th in total offense (306.3). He has passing and rushing touchdowns in all seven games this season, and has completed close to 70 percent of his passes.
Dixon joins teammate Jonathan Stewart on the Maxwell list. Stewart, a junior running back, rushed for 251 yards at Washington last weekend and is just 60 yards shy of 1,000 through seven games.
The Ducks (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) will likely face their toughest challenge to date when they go up against early season favorite and current No. 9 USC (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. with a live telecast on FSN.
ABOUT THE MAXWELL FOOTBALL CLUB: The Maxwell Football Club (originally called the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia) was established in 1937 to promote safety in the game of American football. Named in honor of the late Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official, and sports columnist, the club was founded by his friend Bert Bell, then owner of the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team and later commissioner of the National Football League. The club's headquarters are located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Courtesy of Wikipedia
ABOUT THE MAXWELL AWARD: The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. The award is named for Robert W. Maxwell, a college football player, coach and sportswriter. John Lattner of Notre Dame is the only player to receive the award twice, winning it in 1952 and 1953. Courtesy of Wikipedia