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Utah Quarterback Jake Bentley Named To Maxwell Award Watch List For Fourth Straight Season

Quarterback Jake Bentley runs a drill as the University of Utah football team opens spring camp at the Eccles Football Facility practice fields in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 2, 2020. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah quarterback Jake Bentley was named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list for the fourth consecutive season and first time as a member of the Utes.

Since 1937, the Maxwell Award has been presented annually to college football’s most outstanding player.

On Friday, July 24, it was announced that Bentley was on the award’s watch list for the 2020 season. He was a member of the award’s watch list from 2017-2019 as a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks football team.

Bentley joined the Utes after transferring from South Carolina in December 2019.

He entered each of the last two full seasons as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback. Bentley suffered a season-ending injury during the first game of the 2019 season.

Bentley recorded 6,680 passing yards, 50 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions during his time at the SEC school.

The senior QB is eligible to immediately play for the Utes in 2020.

Last season, former Utes running back Zack Moss was a member of the award’s watch list.

Utah football has never had a player win the Maxwell Award.

Bentley joined other Utah players who have been nominated for preseason award watch lists. Those players include: