CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  –  Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong has been named to the preseason Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday (July 19).

The Maxwell Award, powered by Mammoth Tech, is named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell and has been awarded to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

Armstrong started all but one game under center for the Cavaliers in 2020. As a sophomore last season, he threw for 2,117 yards and 18 touchdowns. On the ground, the dual-threat rushed for 684 yards and five additional scores. Armstrong tied for the FBS lead with the most single-season games (6) with 200+ passing yards and 45+ rushing yards. Armstrong ranked third in the ACC and No. 18 in the nation with 296.6 yards of total offense per game. Pro Football Focus listed him as an honorable mention All-ACC selection.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Nov. 1, 2021, while the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 22, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 9, 2021. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2022.

Armstrong is one of 14 players and eight quarterbacks from the ACC to be included on the watch list.

The Maxwell Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit to learn more about the association.