PHILADELPHIA (July 9, 2012) -- Baylor senior wide receiver Terrance Williams has been named to the 65-man watch list for the 76th annual Maxwell Award, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday. Williams is one of 11 Big 12 Conference players and one of 11 wide receivers on the watch list.
The Maxwell Award has been given annually to America’s outstanding collegiate football player since 1937, and the award is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell.
Semifinalists will be announced Oct. 29, and the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 19. The winner of the 2012 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 6. Baylor’s Robert Griffin III was one of 16 semifinalists in each of the last two seasons.
Williams, a fifth-year senior from Dallas, Texas, earned second-team All-Big 12 honors a season ago when he caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 11 touchdown receptions tied for the second-most in a single season in program history, while his 957 receiving yards ranked fourth and his 59 receptions ranked eighth all-time at Baylor.
During his breakout junior season, Williams was on the receiving end of one of the most memorable plays in program history when he hauled in a game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining to give Baylor a 45-38 win over No. 5 Oklahoma.
Williams had five catches for 99 yards in the Oklahoma game, coming up one yard shy of five 100-yard receiving games during the season. He also had six receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Baylor’s season-opening win against No. 14 TCU, eight catches for 146 yards and a touchdown at Texas A&M, eight receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown at Oklahoma State and seven catches for 100 yards and two TDs against Missouri.
Williams is tied for the team lead with 38 career games played and has made 21 career starts. He’s tied for fifth on Baylor’s all-time receiving touchdowns list (15), ranks ninth in career receiving yards (1,502), 11th in career receptions (105) and six in career kickoff return yardage (1,180). He enters the 2012 season with at least one touchdown catch in seven consecutive regular season games and at least one reception in 26 of his last 27 games played.
Other Big 12 players on the 65-man watch list are: Collin Klein (Kansas State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Kenny Stills (Oklahoma), Dominique Whaley (Oklahoma), Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State), Casey Pachall (TCU), Malcolm Brown (Texas), Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Geno Smith (West Virginia) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia).