ASU places 3 on annual award watch lists

ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly, along with running back D.J. Foster anbd receiver Jaelen Strong, were named to the Maxwell Award wtach list.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Three Arizona State football players were named to watch lists for the annual Maxwell and Paul Hornung awards.

Junior running back D.J. Foster earned a spot on both award watch lists, while senior quarterback Taylor Kelly and junior wide receiver Jaelen Strong were selected to the Maxwell Award watch list.

The Sun Devils’ three representatives on the 76-player Maxwell Award watch list tie for the second most among all schools and tied for the most in the Pac-12. This marks the second consecutive season ASU has placed three student-athletes on the preseason list and its six selections over the past two years trail only Alabama with eight.  

The Maxwell Award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937 and the Paul Hornung Award, now in its fifth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

Kelly, who was named to the 2013 Maxwell Award watch list as well, enters the season with the second most career starts for a quarterback in the Pac-12 at 27 and is just the second Sun Devil in school history to have multiple seasons with 3,000-plus passing yards. He moved into the top five on seven single-season school record lists in 2013, including passing yards, completions, total offense and points responsible for, among others, and was a 2013 Second Team All-Pac-12 member.

Foster racked up more than 1,000 all-purpose yards for the second consecutive season and received 2013 Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 recognition. This is the second consecutive season Foster has earned a spot on the Hornung Award watch list and his inclusion on the 2014 list marks the fourth time in as many years a Sun Devil has made the list as Jamal Miles earned a spot in both 2011 and 2012. Marion Grice was one of five finalists for the award in 2013.

Strong led the team with 75 receptions and 1,122 receiving yards, and finished the season with seven 100-plus yard games en route to earning 2013 Second Team All-Pac-12 honors.