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Jared Goff makes the Maxwell Award watch list

This is just the beginning.

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As a dark horse Heisman Trophy contender, Jared Goff will be on many watch lists this season. The first one he was named to was the Maxwell Award, his second appearance on the list. Here is the official announcement from

Cal junior quarterback Jared Goff was named Tuesday to the 79th annual Maxwell Award Watch List for the honor given annually to the nation’s College Player of the Year. The award is named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell for his extensive contributions to the game including time as a player, sportswriter and official. Goff, also a candidate for the 2015 Heisman Trophy and other national honors, is on the award’s watch list for the second consecutive season.

It should go without saying why Goff is on the first list for this award. Many predict Goff to have an outstanding 2015 campaign filled with touchdowns, lots of passing yards, potential offensive records being broken. All those possibilities should provide Goff with plenty of possibilities at potential accolades.

The Maxwell Award is usually given to the best college football player in the country, and is usually a precursor for the recipient to also be a Heisman Trophy finalist, if not outright winner.

Expect this to be the first of many preseason accolades for Jared, who you should expect to be on all the shortlists for best offensive player, best quarterback, etc. Keep on the look out.