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Maples, Baggett nab pre-season honors

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Two Army players have received pre-season selection to two of college football’s most prestigious honors.

Senior running back Raymond Maples is one of 77 players listed on the Maxwell Award Watch List. The Maxwell Award, now in its 78th season, has been presented to America’s college football player of the Year since 1937.

And senior running back Terry Baggett has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List. Now in its seventh season, the College Football Performance Awards recognizes those athletes exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their team. Winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015.

Baggett has rushed 168 times for 1,304 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career. He has rushed for 100 yards six times, including an Academy record 304-yard performance last season against Eastern Michigan.

A Chemical Engineering major, Baggett was an Academic All-America selection last season.

Maples suffered a groin injury in the third game last season, against Stanford, and missed the rest of the year. He has rushed for 2,612 yards and seven touchdowns in his career, having started 36 games.

The Maxwell Award is named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell. Maxwell contributed to collegiate football as a player, sportswriter and official. Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron won the award last season.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Nov. 3, while the finalists will be announced Nov. 24. The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.

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Brian Bancroft has been named acting head coach for the Army track & field and cross-country programs.

Bancroft, in his second season at Army following eight years at Texas A&M, will oversee the programs while a national search for a new head coach is conducted.

Troy Engle, who recently completed his sixth season supervising both programs, has left Army to become the Director of Coach Development for the Singapore Sports Institute.

Bancroft, who coached the throwers last season at Army, is a 1993 Texas A&M graduate. He spent eight seasons on the staff at his alma mater. As a student, Bancroft was a four-year member of Squadron 7 in the Corps of Cadets in the ROTC program. He competed in the decathlon for the Aggies’ track and field program in 1992 and 1993.

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