LAFAYETTE — A day after being named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire found his way onto another prestigious list Tuesday.
McGuire was one of 80 players on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the nation’s top player since 1937.
Sharing carries with former Cajuns running back Alonzo Harris last season, McGuire ran for 1,264 yards on just 166 carries last season, a 7.6 yards per carry average, adding 14 touchdowns. He also caught a team-high 45 passes for 468 yards and two touchdowns.
McGuire, the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year, was one of four SBC players on the list, joined by Arkansas State’s Fredi Knighten, Georgia Southern’s Matt Breida and Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox.
LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon joined McGuire as Louisiana representatives on the list. Also on the list is Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott of Haughton.
Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the award last year. A quarterback has won the award in 12 of the past 13 years, with the exception being former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o in 2012.