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Rypien, McNichols make Maxwell Award watch list

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The Maxwell Award is awarded annually to the best college football player in the nation. Don't confuse it with the Heisman Trophy...that's awarded to the most outstanding college football player in the nation, silly. Well, we'll see about outstanding part soon enough, but for now, the Broncos have two returning players deemed "best enough" to garner inclusion on the Maxwell Award's 2016 watch list. I'd have been tempted to put Thomas Sperbeck on this list, but as it stands, junior running back Jeremy McNichols and sophomore QB Brett Rypien made the cut and Sperbeck will have to hold out for the Biletnikoff watch list (drops July 13, like my mixtape).

Jeremy McNichols rushed for 1,337 yards and 20 TDs last season for the Broncos and also had 460 receiving yards and 6 scores to pad his offensive totals. He was a 2nd team All-MWC honoree.

Brett Rypien was a first-team All-MWC QB last year as a true frosh, and was also named MWC Freshman of the Year after putting up 3,353 passing yards, 20 TDs and just 8 INTs. Possibly most importantly, he tossed a 50 yard pass into a basketball hoop on the FIRST TRY.

Hail fellows, well met.