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Marcus McMaryion named Maxwell Award Semifinalist

Fresno State QB makes elite list

NCAA Football: Fresno State at UCLA Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, the Maxwell Football Club announced their semi-finalists for the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Awards, and senior Fresno State QB Marcus McMaryion found his way onto the Maxwell list. This is a huge honor for the Bulldog signal caller, and is the first Fresno State player to appear on the list since Derek Carr did it in 2013.

The senior QB has thrown for 2,142yds on the season, completing over 70% of his passes. He’s also tossed 18 touchdowns, while adding 7 more rushing touchdowns, compared to only 2 interceptions. His QBR of 85.0 is absurd so far, and puts him into rather elite QB company behind only Tua Tagovialoa, Kyler Murray, and D’Eriq King. All of this of course comes with leading the Bulldogs to a 7-1 record so far this season, and a #20 national ranking in the AP Poll. As a starting QB, McMaryion is 16-3, one of the school’s best marks for a 2 year starter. With at least 5 more games to go, McMaryion is only 584 yards behind his season total from last season, and looks assured to pass it as he’s throwing for 268 yards/game up to this point.

As of right now, Marcus sits 8th in completion percentage at 70.4%, 8th again for total touchdowns with 25, and 18th in the country for passing yards. Pretty spectacular performance for the grad transfer QB, and shows how good this Fresno State program has been under Jeff Tedford.

The Finalists will be announced on November 19th, and the winners for both awards will be part of the ESPN College Football Awards Show on December 6th.