Tagovailoa named to Maxwell Prize Watch List
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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Junior quarterback in red shirt Taulia Tagovailoa has been named to the watchlist for the 86th annual Maxwell Prize, it was announced on Monday. It’s the second year in a row that Tagovailoa has been named to the prestigious preseason list, which recognizes the best Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player in the country, regardless of position.
Tagovailoa elevated Maryland’s passing game to heights it had never seen before during the 2021 season. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native completed 328 of 474 passes for 3,860 yards and 26 touchdowns while setting seven program records in one season. He broke school single-season records for passing yards and completions while tying for touchdowns thrown.
Tagovailoa became the first quarterback to start every game in a season for Maryland since CJ Brown did so in 2014. He capped off his sensational season completing 20 of 24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns to lead Maryland to a 54-10 rout of Virginia. Tech in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Tagovailoa was named the game’s most valuable player after leading an offense that rushed for 481 total yards and scored the most points in Pinstripe Bowl history.
Maryland has had a player on the Maxwell Awards watch list in three of the past four years, with Tagovailoa also on the list last year and running back Anthony McFarland Jr. making the list in 2019.
The Maxwell Prize semi-finalists will be announced on November 1, 2022, while the three finalists will be revealed on November 22, 2022. The winner of the 86e The Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be held on December 8, 2022. Official Maxwell Award presentations will be made during the Maxwell Football Club Awards live from Atlantic City, NJ on December 10 March 2023. .
Tagovailoa and the Terps open their 2022 season at home Sept. 3 against Buffalo. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.