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Wannstedt, Lewis named Maxwell semifinalists


Freshman running back Dion Lewis and coach Dave Wannstedt are semifinalists for two of its most prestigious college football honors.

Lewis is one of 16 players named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, given to the College Player of the Year, while Wannstedt is one of 15 semifinalists for the George Munger Award, presented to the College Coach of the Year.

Finalists for the respective awards will be announced Nov. 23. Lewis is the nation’s fourth-leading rusher at 128.63 yards per game. His 1,029 total rush yards also rank fourth nationally.

Wannstedt has the No. 14 Panthers (7-1, 4-0) off to their best start in 27 years.



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