Running back Leonard Fournette lands spot on watch list for Maxwell Award _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette is tackled by Alabama defensive back Nick Perry last season.

The honors continued flowing Tuesday for LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

This time, he had company from a pair of highly regarded defensive teammates.

Fournette was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, a Heisman Trophy-like award given annually to the nation’s best player. This came a day after Fournette was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list for the best all-around athlete.

Two LSU players were named to the Bednarik Award watch list for defensive player of the year: linebacker Kendell Beckwith and safety Jalen Mills.

Three other players with Louisiana ties were named to the Maxwell watch list: UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon and Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott of Haughton.

Fournette rushed for an LSU freshman record 1,034 yards (and 10 touchdowns) last season and led the Southeastern Conference in all-purpose yards with 137.4 per game. He ranked fourth in the SEC with 26.0 yards per kickoff return, and his 1,786 all-purpose yards were the sixth-most in a season at LSU.

Beckwith, a junior, was second on the team in tackles last year and is the Tigers’ top returning tackler with 77, including two sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. He had an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Mills had 62 tackles with an interception and a fumble recovery. He considered foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft but decided in May to remain in school.

The watch list announcements continue Wednesday with the John Mackey Award (best tight end) and Rimington Trophy (best center).

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