Blake Bell can find his name on the Maxwell Award watch list with the likes of college football heavyweights Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, without ever starting a game.
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The Maxwell Football Club, which gives the award to college football's best player each season, made the announcement Monday.
Bell still hasn't been named the Sooners' starting quarterback for the fall but has gained recognition the past two seasons rushing for 24 touchdowns in his "Belldozer" package.
Tulsa running back Trey Watts was also named to the watch list. Watts rushed for 1,108 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Golden Hurricane. No Tulsa player has ever won the award.
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The last Sooner to win the award was Jason White in 2004. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo won the award last season.