The Maxwell Award is awarded to the college player judged by a panel of pretty heady people to be the best football player in the United States. The award is named after Robert W. Maxwell, who played guard for the University of Chicago around the turn of the century (the last century).
Well BO is in contention:
College Football Awards 2012: National Watch Lists Now Being Released - SBNation.com
Monday, the Maxwell (for the nation's best player) and Bednarik (for the best defensive player) came out. Here are each of those:
Oliver is one of 65 players, and 30 running backs, on the list.