June 26, 2007
University of Notre Dame senior tight end John Carlson has been named to the 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. The award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937.
Carlson enters his fifth year at Notre Dame after a strong campaign in 2006. The Litchfield, Minn., native was a 2006 Mackey Award finalist and he was also named a second-team All-American by SI.com after posting 47 receptions for 634 yards with four touchdowns. He finished the season third on the team in receiving yards, fourth in receptions and fifth on the team in scoring with four touchdown catches.
Selected a 2007 team captain by his teammates, Carlson was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team in 2006.
The Maxwell Club sponsors the Maxwell Award and the winner is selected by the members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media. Former Irish quarterback Brady Quinn was the 70th recipient of the Maxwell Award for his performance during the 2006 season. Quinn became the fifth Irish player to win the award and the six Maxwell Awards won by Notre Dame student-athletes is the second-most of all schools.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced in early November and three finalists will be announced Nov. 26. The 2007 Maxwell Award announcement will be on Dec. 6 in Orlando, Fla., as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. The formal presentation will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City in March 2008.