Husker I-back Rex Burkhead received preseason recognition honor on Monday, as the senior was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday.
The Maxwell award lists 65 players on the preseason watch list, which is presented to the nation’s most outstanding football player. Burkhead earned All-Big Ten honors, rushing for 1,357 yards and accounting for 17 touchdowns in 2011.
Husker tight end Kyler Reed has been named to the John Mackey Award Watch list. The award, presented to the nation’s top tight end, is named after NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, features 33 of the top tight ends in college football.