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Football: Stroud, Harrison tabbed as finalists for postseason individual awards

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Ohio State third year quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) walks towards the locker room with wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. during the No. 2 Ohio State-No. 13 Penn State game Saturday. Ohio State won 44-31. Credit: Katie Good | Asst. Photo Editor

Third-year quarterback C.J. Stroud and second-year wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. were named finalists for individual awards Tuesday.

Stroud is in contention for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards, which are awarded to the best player and the best quarterback in college football, respectively.

Harrison joins Iowa State redshirt senior wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson and Tennessee junior wide receiver Jalin Hyatt as finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the best receiver regardless of position in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

This is Stroud’s second consecutive season earning a finalist spot for the O’Brien Award and his first time in contention for the Maxwell Award.

In 12 games this season, the Inland Empire, California, native has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 3,340 yards, 37 touchdowns — which is tied for the most in the country with Houston senior quarterback Clayton Tune — and an FBS-best 176.25 passer rating.

Harrison built off his three-touchdown performance in last year’s Rose Bowl with one of the better seasons in Ohio State history. His 72 receptions are the sixth-most in a season for an Ohio State pass-catcher, as his 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns are fourth- and tied-for-fifth-most in program history, respectively.

The other two Maxwell Award finalists are Southern California sophomore quarterback Caleb Williams and Tennessee redshirt senior quarterback Hendon Hooker, while Williams and Texas Christian senior quarterback Max Duggan are in contention for the O’Brien Award.

The winners of all three awards will be announced on ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards show Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

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