COLUMBIA - College football's preseason award watch lists started being released Monday morning, and South Carolina has already made a splash.

Gamecocks running back Mike Davis was one of 76 players named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. Similar to the Heisman Trophy, the award is given annually to the nation's top college football player. Last season, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron won the Maxwell.

Davis has collected preseason honors after a breakout sophomore season last fall, rushing for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns on 203 carries.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Nov. 3, and the group will dwindle to three finalists Nov. 24. The winner will be announced Dec. 11 during the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show.