Mississippi State football

Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill (8) looks for running room against Florida last season.

Mississippi State junior running back Kylin Hill was chosen to the watch list for the 83rd annual Maxwell Award, given to America's College Player of the Year, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday.

Eighty players total were picked to the list, and Hill is one of seven Southeastern Conference running backs.

A product of Columbus, Hill is coming off a sophomore season where he rushed for 734 yards and four touchdowns on 117 attempts. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry, which ranked sixth in the SEC. The elusive, bruising running back started all 11 games he played in, and his top performance came in a road win at Kansas State, where he ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores to earn the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Also, Mississippi State was well represented with a pair of defensive standouts on the 25th annual Chuck Bednarik Award list.

Cornerback Cameron Dantzler and linebacker Erroll Thompson were included on the preseason list for the award, which has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

For more on the MSU players on preseason watch lists, see Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.

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