SYRACUSE Syracuse University running back Jerome Smith is one of 75 college football players named to the 2013 Maxwell Award Watch List.
Smith, a junior, is one of eight players from the Atlantic Coast Conference to make the list. The annual award has been given to Americas College Player of the Year since 1937.
Smith ran for 1,171 yards on 227 carries last year, which leads all returning ACC rushers.
The semifinalists for the award will be announced on Oct. 29 and three finalists will be revealed on Nov. 25.
SU will open the season with a 3:30 p.m. game against Penn State on Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.