Photo: UTEP Athletics: Aaron Jones stiff arms a Texas Tech defender during their 30-26 loss in 2014.
Aaron Jones was named to the 80th annual Maxwell Award watch list on Tuesday.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
Jones is one of six Conference USA players receiving recognition on the watch list. The junior currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list with 2,341-career rushing yards and has scored 20 total touchdowns in 23-career games. Last season, Jones started the first two games before a season ending injury.
In the first half versus Texas Tech, he gained 139 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a program best 91-yard touchdown rush and added a 24-yard touchdown reception.
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