Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen and receiver Golden Tate are two of the 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to college football's player of the year, the Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday.
Texas is the only other school with two semifinalists. Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy and receiver Jordan Shipley are also up for the award.
Clausen was one of sixquarterbacks to make the list while Tate was one of two wide receivers selected a semifinalist.
Clausen has completed 66.9 percent of his passes this year for 2,318 yards with 18 touchdowns and two interceptions. He ranks second nationally in passing efficiency.
Tate has 56 catches for 927 yards and nine touchdowns, and he has run for 155 yards with two touchdowns.
The three finalists will be announced Nov. 23 and the winner will be announced on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10.
Jahvid Best, California, RB, Jr
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame, QB, Jr
Noel Devine, West Virginia, RB, Jr
Toby Gerhart, Stanford, RB, Sr
Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB, So
Case Keenum, Houston, QB, Jr
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, QB, Sr
Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh, RB, Fr
Ryan Matthews, Fresno State, RB, Jr
Colt McCoy, Texas, QB, Sr
Kellen Moore, Boise State, QB, So
Christian Ponder, Florida State, QB, Jr
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, RB, So
Jordan Shipley, Texas, WR, Sr
Golden Tate, Notre Dame, WR, Jr
Tim Tebow, Florida, QB, Sr