University at Buffalo players Anthony Johnson and Khalil Hodge have been named to watch lists for two of college football most prestigious awards.
Johnson is the second player in UB history to be named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award. The senior wide receiver caught 76 passes for 1,356 yards and a school record 14 touchdowns last season. He ranked second in the nation in receiving yards per game (113.0) and third in receiving touchdowns. He was a first team All-Mid-American Conference selection after a season when he had 140 or more receiving yards in a game six times.
Hodge was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list for the first time. The Bednarik honors the nation's top defensive player.
A linebacker, Hodge racked up 154 tackles, most in the MAC, and most ever for a UB player in its Football Bowl Subdivision era. He was second in the nation in total tackles. He is a two-time All-MAC selection and has more tackles (277) in the lsat two seasons than any player in the nation.
Johnson is one of four MAC players on the 84-man Maxwell list. Others are James Gilbert (Ball State), James Gardner (Miami) and Nathan Rourke (Ohio).
Hodge is one of four MAC players on the Bednarik list, joining Ulysees Gilbert (Akron), Maxx Crosby (Eastern Michigan) and Sutton Smith (Northern Illinois).