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Notre Dame players land on several preseason award watch lists

Watch lists for college football awards are being released July 7-18. So far, Notre Dame is on five of those lists.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

It’s watch list season.

It’s that time of then summer when the college football award committees roll out their annual preseason watch lists. The first lists came out July 7 for the Maxwell and Bednarik awards.

There are no Irish contenders for the Paul Hornung Award, which honors the most versatile player in college football, the Ray Guy Award, which recognizes the top punter in college football, the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the top defensive back in college football or the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the top receiver in college football.

Note: This blog will be updated throughout the week as more lists are released.

Maxwell Award

Awards: College football player of the year.

Notre Dame player on list: Everett Golson, quarterback.

2013 winner: AJ McCarron, Alabama quarterback.

Chuck Bednarik Award

Awards: Top defensive player in college football.

Notre Dame players on list: Jaylon Smith, linebacker; KeiVarae Russell, cornerback.

2013 winner: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle.

John Mackey Award

Awards: Top tight end in college football.

Notre Dame player on list: Ben Koyack.

2013 winner: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington.

Rimington Trophy

Awards: Top center in college football.

Notre Dame player on list: Nick Martin.

2013 winner: Bryan Storck, Florida State.

Lou Groza Award

Awards: Top place-kicker in college football.

Notre Dame player on list: Kyle Brindza.

2013 winner: Roberto Aguayo, Florida State.


Bronko Naguski Trophy

Awards: Top defensive player in college football.

Notre Dame players on list: Jaylon Smith, linebacker; KeiVarae Russell, cornerback.

2013 winner: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle.

Outland Trophy

Awards: Top interior lineman in college football.

Notre Dame player on list: Sheldon Day, defensive end.

2013 winner: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle.

 

Butkus Award

Awards: Top linebacker in college football.

Notre Dame players on list: Jarrett Grace, Jaylon Smith.

2013 winner: C.J. Mosley, Alabama.

 

Lombardi Award

Awards: Top lineman or linebacker in college football.

Notre Dame players on list: Nick Martin, center; Jaylon Smith, linebacker.

2013 winner: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle.

 

Davey O’Brien Award

Awards: Top quarterback in college football.

Notre Dame player on list: Everett Golson.

2013 winner: Jamies Winston, Florida State.

 

Watch lists still to come:

  • Thursday, July 17: Doak Walker Award (top running back)

  • Friday, July 18: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)


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