San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny named Maxwell Award semifinalist

Posted: 12:16 PM, Oct 30, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-30 19:16:15Z

(KGTV) - For the second straight year, a San Diego State Aztecs running back is a semifinalist for the prestigious Maxwell Award.

Aztecs senior running back Rashaad Penny was announced Monday as a semifinalist for the award, which is given to the nation's best player. Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey, on his way to a record-breaking season, was named a semifinalist in 2016.

As of Oct. 30, Penny is second in the nation in rushing yards (1,368) and total touchdowns (15). He leads the country in all-purpose yards with 1,799.

Penny rushed for a career-high 253 yards and scored twice in SDSU's 28-7 win over Hawaii on Oct. 28.

The Aztecs (7-2; 3-2 in Mountain West play) next play Nov. 4 at San Jose State.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, who won the award last season in addition to the Heisman Trophy, is also a semifinalist this year.