In the midst of watch list season, Mississippi State football’s record setting quarterback, Will Rogers, has landed on the 2023 Maxwell Award Watch List.
We’re officially in award watch list season, folks. And Mississippi State football’s very own Will Rogers has recently earned his spot on the 2023 watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is routinely given to the most outstanding player in college football.
That’s a pretty good spot for Rogers to be, to be completely honest.
Monday, the Maxwell Football Club announced that Rogers was among the players to make the 2023 Maxwell Award watch List.
The Brandon, Mississippi native has worked hard to represent the Mississippi State football program ever since he arrived in Starkville and he has put his name all over the Mississippi State football record book.
He’s working on some pretty impressive SEC records as well.
Will Rogers represents Mississippi State football on 2023 Maxwell Award Watch List
Rogers currently sits at eighth in SEC history with 10,689 passing yards. All he needs to earn the spot as the SEC’s all time leading passer is 2,478 yards. While the Bulldogs are moving away from the Air Raid, that number is certainly still attainable for Rogers with Kevin Barbay as the offensive coordinator.
If Rogers can produce as he has in years past in Barbay’s offense (and if the Bulldogs can find a way to get some significant wins), then he should be able to shake off the stigma that he’s somehow a “system quarterback” (all quarterbacks are system quarterbacks of some sort) and he should earn some recognition.
That could mean attention for this reward late in the season if Rogers can have a stellar senior season.
But even if Rogers isn’t able to win this award and the Bulldogs don’t get double digit wins, that doesn’t mean his career hasn’t been spectacular or that this year is a failure.
Rogers has been instrumental in helping reestablish Mississippi State football alongside Mike Leach after the disastrous tumbling that this program took following Dan Mullen’s departure and before Leach’s arrival. Now Rogers gets one more season to build upon his record setting resume.