Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the top player in college football since 1937, making it one of the oldest individual awards in college football.
The award, named for former Chicago and Swarthmore offensive lineman and College Football Hall of Famer Robert “Tiny” Maxwell, is voted on by the membership of the Maxwell Football Club, along with a panel of broadcasters, sportswriters and head coaches.
Pickett, a senior from Oakhurst, New Jersey, is entering his third full season as Pitt’s starting quarterback.
He’s coming off a career season statistically in 2019, his first under offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Pickett passed for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2019, while leading his team to four game-winning drives in the last two minutes or later, including catching the game winning touchdown on a trick play to beat UCF and throwing a touchdown pass with 47 seconds on the clock to beat Eastern Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Three of those four drives came with Pitt trailing by more than a field goal. In Pickett’s career, he has led six game-wining drives in the final two minutes or overtime, the most of any Pitt quarterback dating back to at least 1969.
Two Pitt players have won the Maxwell Award: Tony Dorsett in 1976 and Hugh Green in 1980. Quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 13 of the last 15, with LSU’s Joe Burrow winning in 2019.