University of Wyoming junior running back Xazavian Valladay has been named to the 2020 watch list for the 84th Maxwell Award, presented annually to the most outstanding player in college …
University of Wyoming junior running back Xazavian Valladay has been named to the 2020 watch list for the 84th Maxwell Award, presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
Valladay is coming off a 2019 season in which he rushed for 1,265 yards to lead the Mountain West. He ranked 18th in the nation in rushing yards per game (105.4). The native of Matteson, Illinois, also ranked No. 26 in the nation in all-purpose yards, averaging 124 yards per game. Valladay was a First Team All-MW honoree as a sophomore as selected by MW head coaches and media.
He rushed for 100 or more yards seven times in the 12 games he played in 2019, and rushed for over 200 yards twice.
His 204-yard performance in Wyoming’s 38-17 victory over Georgia State in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl earned Valladay a spot on the 2019 Associated Press All-Bowl Team; he was one of only three running backs named to that team. Valladay also caught three passes for 91 yards in the bowl win, scoring one touchdown rushing and one receiving while accounting for 295 all-purpose yards.
The winner of the 2020 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10, with a formal presentation made in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on March 12.
The Maxwell Award is named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell, a former standout at Swarthmore College who went on to become a well-known sportswriter and football official.