UGA junior running back Nick Chubb has been named to the 2016 Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Tuesday.
The Maxwell Award, named after Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, is an annual award given to the college football player of the year.
Nick Chubb was also named to the Maxwell Award Watch List last season, but fell out of contention after suffering a season-ending injury at Tennessee. Chubb was also added to the list in late October of his freshman season. Derrick Henry of Alabama was named the winner of the 2015 award.
Semifinalists for the 2016 Maxwell Award will be announced on Monday, Oct. 31, followed by the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 21. The winner of the 2016 Maxwell Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.
In two seasons at UGA, Nick Chubb has rushed 311 times for 2,294 yards and 21 touchdowns. He is also a threat as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 22 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns.
Georgia and Nick Chubb open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 vs. UNC at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game is set for 5:30pm ET on ESPN.