Aug. 14, 2009
AUBURN - Auburn senior running back Ben Tate has been named to the 2009 Maxwell Award Pre-Season Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Friday. He is one of 55 players selected to the list, based on his performance during the 2008 season.
The Maxwell Award is given annually to the nation's most outstanding player. The watch list candidates were chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee. Members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the award.
Tate finished sixth in the SEC in rushing last season with 55.3 yards per game. Playing in all 12 games, he led the Tigers with 664 rushing yards and 765 all-purpose yards. Tate had a season-high 115 rushing yards in the 2008 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe and followed up in the next game with a season-high 122 all-purpose yards against Southern Mississippi.
Tate will enter his senior season with 1959 career rushing yards, a mark good enough for 14th all-time at Auburn. He is 228 yards away from breaking Auburn's top 10 list.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Nov. 4 and the three finalists will be announced Nov. 23. The winner will be honored as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Dec. 10.