The watch lists for the 81st annual Maxwell Award and the 23rd annual Chuck Bednarik Award include 21 SEC players and 14 SEC players, respectively.
The Maxwell Award has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.
Semifinalists for the awards will be announced October 30, and three finalists for each award will be announced November 20. The winners of the 2017 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 7.