SEATTLE- After originally signing with the University of Georgia before transferring to the University of Washington, Lake Stevens native, quarterback Jacob Eason hasn’t even take a snap for the Washington Huskies yet, but big things are expected out of him with his name appearing on the Maxwell Award watchlist.
Eason was a highly touted prospect leaving high school and he performed well at Georgia before an injury saw Jake Fromm take his starting job and play well enough to keep it. Eason decided to move back home to the Pacific Northwest after Jake Browning graduated last year. Despite not officially being named the starter, all signs indicate that he’ll be at the helm of Chris Petersen’s offense next season.
The Maxwell award is given to the best overall player in college football. It’s a prestigious and coveted award, even if it doesn’t have the same hype around it as the Heisman. Winners of the award have a pattern of going on to have successful college and pro careers. Recent Maxwell Award winners include Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Derrick Henry, Marcus Mariota, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and most recently Tua Tagovailoa.
Eason isn’t the only player to make the watchlist for a prestigious award. Cornerback Myles Bryant is on the Chuck Bednarik Award for best defensive player in the year. Bryant is another in a long list of top-tier corners to come out of Washington. Others include Sidney Jones, Kevin King, Byron Murphy and Marcus Peters. Although Bryant has an opportunity to do something none of those other players did, win this award.
The Bednarik Award has more scattered results when it comes to projecting future success. Successful NFL players such as Aaron Donald, Johnathan Allen, Patrick Peterson and Minkah Fitzpatrick have won the award, whille a few, like Scooby Wright III and Tyler Matakevich haven’t found as much pro success.
No UW player has ever won either award. The season will start on August 31 when the Huskies host Eastern Washington University.