Pitt’s Conner, WVU’s White named Maxwell Award semifinalists
Pitt running back James Conner and West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White on Monday were named two of 20 semifinalists for the 78th Maxwell Award, giving annually to the player of the year in college football.
Conner, who leads the nation in yards rushing (1,342) entering the final month of the season, also has scored 17 touchdowns in nine games for Pitt (4-5). He is one of only two sophomores on the Maxwell list, along with Florida State redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
White, a senior, has recorded 75 receptions for 1,075 yards and 8 touchdowns for No. 24 West Virginia (6-3).
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who won the Maxwell in 2012, is the only non-quarterback to win the award since Penn State running back Larry Johnson in 2002.
Three finalists for the 2014 award will be named Nov. 24, and the winner will be announced Dec. 11 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN. The formal presentation will occur March 6 at the Maxwell banquet in Atlantic City, N.J.
Also, Conner and teammate T.J. Clemmings were named co-ACC offensive back and lineman of the week, with quarterback Jameis Winston and tackle Cameron Erving, both of Florida State. Conner and Clemmings have earned the conference weekly honors three times this season.