USC quarterback Cody Kessler was named to the watchlist for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the college football player of the year.
Kessler, a fifth-year senior, passed for 39 touchdowns with only five interceptions last season.
Kessler, from Bakersfield, will start for the third consecutive season.
Three USC players -- all tailbacks -- have won the Maxwell Award, which has been presented since 1937. O.J. Simpson won in 1968, Charles White in 1979 and Marcus Allen in 1981.