Keith Wenning, a senior quarterback on the 2013 Ball State football team, has been named to the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List for an award which has gone to the nation’s college football player of the year since 1937.
The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists for the 77th annual Maxwell Award, which is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
Wenning was named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2012 and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week. He enters his senior season second in career passing yards (7,254) and first in career pass attempts (1,144) at Ball State. He started 33 straight games before missing the 2012 regular season finale with an injury, but returned to start the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. A 2013 team captain, Wenning received Ball State's John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as a junior. Also a team captain as a junior, Wenning's name has shattered many of the school's single season marks. Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game. He completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. Wenning set the school record for pass completions in a single season and career last season. Wenning has passed for 7,254 career yards and is only the second player in Ball State history to surpass the 7,000-yard passing plateau.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 18. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show Dec. 12.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2013 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
Wenning's teammate Jamill Smith was earlier named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, which goes to the nation's most versatile college football player.
Ball State, under the direction of third-year head football coach Pete Lembo, will open the 2013 football season Thurs., Aug. 29, with a home game vs. Illinois State at Scheumann Stadium.