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Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:15 pm

Davey O'Brien Watch List released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Even though we already know that Houston's Case Keenum is going to win it, the Davey O'Brien Foundation released its watch list for the 2011 season on Friday. The Davey O'Brien Award is given annually to the best quarterback in the country, with Auburn's Cam Newton winning the award this season. Two of last year's finalists are back on the list in Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore, but those two are joined by 36 others as well.

Matt Barkley, USC
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
Dayne Crist, Notre Dame
Austin Davis, Southern Miss
Dominique Davis, East Carolina
Nick Foles, Arizona
Jeff Godfrey, UCF
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Jake Heaps, BYU
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Case Keenum, Houston
G.J. Kinne, Tulsa
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
Andrew Luck, Stanford
EJ Manuel, Florida State
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Danny O'Brien, Maryland
Kyle Padron, SMU
Dan Persa, Northwestern
Chris Relf, Mississippi State
Sean Renfree, Duke
Corey Robinson, Troy
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
Geno Smith, West Virginia
Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Jordan Wynn, Utah

While I have no real reasons to root for a winner this season, superficially I'd like to see NC State's Danny O'Brien win it just because I think it would be funny to say Danny O'Brien wins the Davey O'Brien.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 4:56 pm

Walter Payton Award watch list announced

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We don't pay much attention to FCS schools on the Eye On College Football blog, but given the fact that we've been posting the watch lists from all of FBS' major awards, it only makes sense we post the Walter Payton Award watch list as well. If you aren't sure what the Walter Payton Award is, it's the trophy given to the most outstanding college football player in the FCS. In other words, it's the FCS Heisman Trophy. So it deserves some attention, especially when you consider that previous winners in the award's 25-year history include such names as Steve McNair, Brian Westbrook, Tony Romo and Brian Finneran.

Oh, and it's named after Walter Payton, and as a guy who has spent his entire life living in Chicago, if you put Walter Payton's name on anything, I'm going to give it some love.

So here are the 20 candidates for the 2011 Walter Payton Award:

Last year's winner was Jeremy Moses of Stephen F. Austin. All in all, the 20-player list includes six finalists from last season: Appalachian State's DeAndre Presley, Colgate's Nate Eachus, Montana State's DeNarius McGhee, Jackson State's Casey Therriault, Liberty's Mike Brown and Wofford's Eric Breitenstein.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 2:21 pm

2011 Rimington Trophy watch list released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Rimington Trophy preseason watch list was released on Wednesday afternoon by the Rimington Trophy Committee. The Rimington Trophy is given to the player deemed to be the best center in the country every season. Something that is nice for centers everywhere as they generally toil in anonymity until they launch a snap over a quarterback's head.

The list this season consists of 43 players, 13 of whom were finalists last season. The SEC leads all conferences with seven members named to the list with the Big Ten coming in second with six.

Chris Anzevino, Kent State
Eloy Atkinson, UTEP
Mario Benavides, Louisville
Philip Blake, Baylor
Ben Bojicic, Bowling Green
Colin Boss, Middle Tennessee State
Mike Brewster, Ohio State
Terence Brown, BYU
Ben Burkett, Northwestern
Thomas Byrd, Boise State
Mike Caputo, Nebraska
Nick Carlson, Wyoming
Tom Castilaw, Arkansas State
Braxton Cave, Notre Dame
Trent Dupy, Tulsa
Dillon Farrell, New Mexico
James Ferentz, Iowa
Dalton Freeman, Clemson
Kevin Galeher, Western Michigan
Grant Garner, Oklahoma State
Garth Gerhart, Arizona State
Jeremiah Hatch, Kansas
A.J. Hawkins, Mississippi
Cam Holland, North Carolina
Tyler Horn, Miami
Grant Johnson, Oregon State
T.J. Johnson, South Carolina
Ben Jones, Georgia
Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Tyler Larsen, Utah State
P.J. Lonergan, LSU
Joe Madsen, West Virginia
Kai Maiava, UCLA
Blake McJunkin, SMU
David Molk, Michigan
Brian Moore, Duke
Moe Petrus, UConn
Weston Richburg, Colorado State
Darion Smith, UAB
Matt Smith, Kentucky
Travis Swanson, Arkansas
William Vlachos, Alabama
Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 1:07 pm

Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The latest award to release its preseason watch list is the Lombardi Award, which was announced on Tuesday. The award is given annually to the best lineman in the country. Whether it be an offensive guard or a defensive end, if your Saturday is spent battling in the trenches, and you dominate the line of scrimmage like nobody else, The Rotary Lombardi Committee wants you to know that you aren't working in anonymity. Even linebackers can get in on the mix if they put their hands in the dirt from time to time.

Last year's recipient was Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Here are this season's candidates.

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Alvin Bailey, G, Arkansas
Don Barclay, OT, West Virginia
Kelvin Beachum, OT, SMU
Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
Tanner Brock, LB, TCU
Jaymes Brooks, G, Virginia Tech
Austin Brown, DT, Miami
Vince Browne, DE, Northwestern
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
Ben Burkett, C, Northwestern
Miles Burris, LB, San Diego State
Thomas Byrd, C, Boise State
Tank Carder, LB, TCU
Audie Cole, LB, NC State
Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Quinton Coples, DT, North Carolina
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Lavonte David, OT, Nebraska
Ja'Gared Davis, LB, SMU
Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
Joe Duhon, G, Southern Miss
Lonnie Edwards, G, Texas Tech
Joe Flading, OT, Ohio
Joel Foreman, G, Michigan State
Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas
Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
Stephen Good, G, Oklahoma
Ben Habern, C, Oklahoma
Logan Harrell, DT, Fresno State
Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Alex Hoffman, G, Cincinnati
Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia
Malik Jackson, DE/DT, Tennessee
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Cam Johnson, DT, Virginia
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Barrett Jones, G, Alabama
Ben Jones, C, Georgia
Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal
Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State
Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
Brandon Lindsey, DE, Pitt
Trent Mackey, LB, Tulane
Brad Madison, DL, Missouri
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Chris Marve, LB, Vanderbilt
Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
Matt McCants, OT, UAB
Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
Marcus McGraw, LB, Houston
Cameron Meredith, DE, Nebraska
Carmen Messina, LB, New Mexico
Ryan Miller, G, Colorado
Julian Miller, DT, West Virginia
David Molk, C, Michigan
Roosevelt Nix, DE, Kent State
Trevor Olson, OT, Northern Illinois
Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State
Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
Corey Paredes, LB, Hawai'i
Nick Perry, DE, USC
Moe Petrus, C, UConn
Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
Sean Progar, DE, Northern Illinois
Kheeson Randall, DL, Texas
Taylor Reed, LB, SMU
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Kendall Reyes, DE, UConn
Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina
Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas
Adrian Robinson, DE, Temple
Mike Ryan, OT, UConn
Quentin Saulsberry, G/C, Mississippi State
JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati
Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Cal
Mychall Sisson, LB, Colorado State
Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
Bradley Sowell, OT, Ole MIss
Sean Spence, LB, Miami
Andrew Sweat, LB, Ohio State
Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech
Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Taylor Thompson, DE, SMU
Chris Thompson, C, Houston
Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky
Jabaree Tuani, DE, Navy
Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB, Alabama
Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
William Vlachos, C, Alabama
Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
Chaz Walker, LB, Utah
Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Brandon Washington, G, Miami 
Scott Wedige, C, Northern Illinois
Sean Westgate, LB, UCLA
Garrick Williams, LB, Texas A&M
Korey Williams, LB, Southern Miss
Billy Winn, DT, Boise State
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Carson York, G, Oregon
Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin 

Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 1:31 pm

Mackey Award watch list released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's Watch List Week in college football as the games most prominent postseason awards have begun releasing their preseason watch lists. Yesterday we found out who to keep an eye on for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, and on Wednesday we've got the 34 candidates for the John Mackey Award.

The John Mackey Award is given annually by the Nassau County Sports Commission to the nation's best tight end. The award is named for John Mackey, the former Syracuse tight end and NFL Hall of Famer with the Baltimore Colts. Last year's recipient was Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams.

Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Jr
Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt, Sr
Tim Biere, Kansas, Sr
Ted Bolser, Indiana, So
George Bryan, NC State, Sr
Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr
Josh Chichester, Louisville, Sr
Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky, Jr
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern, Sr
Kyle Efaw, Boise St, Sr
Michael Egnew, Missouri, Sr
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, So
Rhett Ellison, USC, Sr
Coby Fleener, Stanford, Sr
Ladarius Green, Louisiana, Sr
Ryan Griffin, Connecticut, Jr
Joe Halahuni, Oregon State, Sr
Cooper Helfet, Duke, Sr
D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers, Jr
Kevin Koger, Michigan, Sr
Eric Lair, Minnesota, Sr
Brian Linthicum, Michigan State, Sr
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, Jr
Anthony Miller, Cal, Sr
Chris Pantale, Boston College, Jr
David Paulson, Oregon, Sr
Colter Phillips, Virginia, Jr
Nick Provo, Syracuse, Sr
Lucas Reed, New Mexico, Jr
Kyler Reed, Nebraska, Jr
Evan Rodriguez, Temple, Sr
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State, Jr
Michael Williams, Alabama, Jr
Luke Wilson, Rice, Jr 
Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:45 pm

Bednarik Award Watch List also released

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The Maxwell Football Club is best known, of course, for the eponymous best-player-in-the-country award whose Watch List was posted on this very blog just a few minutes ago. But the organization also hands out the annual Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive player (since we all know no one's going to vote a defensive player as the best in college football, no matter how good he is). The 2010 recipient was LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

So the Club also released their Watch List for the Bednarik today, featuring the 65 players listed below in alphabetical order. The team with the best mathematical odds of snagging the award? Alabama, leading the way with five Watch List members, though none of them number among the three 2010 Bednarik semifinalists included below. Those players are Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (pictured) and Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins.

Without further ado, the list:

Ray Ray Armstong, Jr., S, Miami
Ryan Baker, Jr., LB, LSU
Mark Barron, Sr., S, Alabama
Jake Bequette, Sr., DE, Arkansas
Brandon Boykin, Sr., CB, Georgia
Nigel Bradham, Sr., LB, Florida State
Tanner Brock, Jr., LB, TCU
Vince Browne, Sr., DE, Northwestern
Vontaze Burfict, Jr., LB, Arizona State
Tank Carder, Sr., LB, TCU
Morris Claiborne, Jr., CB, LSU
Quinton Coples, Sr., DT, North Carolina
Jared Crick, Sr., DT, Nebraska
Vinny Curry, Sr., DE, Marshall
Lavonte David, Sr., LB, Nebraska
Alfonzo Dennard, Sr., CB, Nebraska
Tony Dye, Sr., S, UCLA
Donnie Fletcher, Sr., CB, Boston College
Jerry Franklin, Sr., LB, Arkansas
Stephon Gilmore, Jr., CB, South Carolina
Zaviar Gooden, Jr., LB, Missouri
Casey Hayward, Sr., CB, Vanderbilt
Dont'a Hightower, Jr., LB, Alabama
Jayron Hosley, Jr., CB, Virginia Tech
Jaye Howard, Jr. DT, Florida
Delano Howell, Sr., S, Stanford
Bruce Irvin, Jr., DE, West Virginia
Brandon Jenkins, Jr., DE, Florida State
Coryell Judie, Sr., CB, Texas A&M
Mychal Kendricks, Sr., LB, Cal
Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr., CB, Alabama
Jake Knott, Jr., LB, Iowa State
Luke Kuechly, Jr., LB, Boston College
Robert Lester, Jr., S, Alabama
Travis Lewis, Sr., LB, Oklahoma
Brandon Lindsey, Sr., DE, Pitt
Mike Martin, Sr., DT, Michigan
Chris Marve, Sr., LB, Vanderbilt
Jonathan Massaqoui, Jr., DE, Troy
Tyrann Mathieu, Soph., CB, LSU
T.J. McDonald, Jr., S, USC
Chase Minnifield, Sr., CB, Virginia
Roosevelt Nix, Soph., DT, Kent State
Donte Paige-Moss, Jr., DE, North Carolina
Shaun Prater, Sr., CB, Iowa
Kheeston Randall, Sr., DT, Texas
Kevin Reddick, Jr., LB, North Carolina
Greg Reid, Jr., CB, Florida State
Kendall Reyes, Sr., DT, Connecticut
Xavier Rhodes, Soph., CB, Florida State
Keenan Robinson, Sr., LB, Texas
Shayne Skov, Jr., LB, Stanford
Sean Spence, Sr., LB, Miami
Alameda Ta'amu, Sr. DT, Washington
Keith Tandy, Sr., CB, West Virginia
Kenny Tate, Sr., S, Maryland
Bruce Taylor, Jr., LB, Virginia Tech
Devin Taylor, Jr., DE, South Carolina
Manti Te'o, Jr., LB, Notre Dame
Danny Trevathan, Sr., LB, Kentucky
Courtney Upshaw, Sr., LB, Alabama
Prentiss Waggner, Jr., S, Tennessee
Korey Williams, Sr., LB, Southern Miss
Billy Winn, Sr., DT, Boise State
Jerel Worthy, Sr., DT, Michigan State

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