D'Eriq King named Maxwell Award semifinalist


UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON — Houston quarterback D'Eriq King was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday morning.

King is one of 20 semifinalists for the award and one of three from The American Athletic Conference.

After eight games of action, King leads the nation in points responsible for with 236, is No. 3 nationally with 28 passing touchdowns, No. 5 in total offense with 352.0 yards per game, No. 6 with 11 rushing touchdowns, No. 6 with a passer efficiency rating of 173.0 and No. 8 with 2,403 passing yards.

With 39 touchdowns responsible for already this season, 28 passing and 11 rushing, King already ranks fourth on The American Athletic Conference's single-season chart, and is only six away from the record of 45, set by UCF's McKenzie Milton in 2017.

His 11 rushing touchdowns also leads all quarterbacks nationally as he is the only quarterback in the nation with at least 20 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns.

The recent announcement came after King totaled seven touchdowns and 551 yards of total offense in Houston's 57-36 win over previously undefeated and then-No. 21/20 University of South Florida.

The Manvel, Texas, native threw for 419 yards and five touchdowns on 28-of-40 passing while rushing for 132 yards and two scores on 12 attempts, leading a Houston offense to the most points ever scored against USF.

The game against USF was the eighth straight of 40+ points this season for the Houston offense which leads the nation in total offense with 571.1 yards per game while trailing only Alabama in scoring offense at 49.8 points per game.