From the last time that we looked at Preseason Watch Lists, several more College Football award committees have named their initial watch lists. For Hornung, Maxwell, and Bednarik lists, look here.
The John Mackey Award- The Best Tight End in College Football
Braxton Dever- TE- SR- Duke
Starting to think they really like Duke football this year. Possible snub would be Jack Tabb of UNC, who will be the primary weapon at the position now with Eric Ebron playing in the NFL
The Rimmington Trophy- The Best Center in College Football
Matt Skura- C- JR- Duke
Unproven offensive linemen abound in state schools this year.
The Lou Groza Award- The Best Kicker in College Football
Niklas Sade- K- SR- NC State
State had a hard time scoring last year and sometimes this is a back handed compliment to the kicker that they had to settle for so many field goals. If State has a strong year, Sade is less likely to win the Groza, because those field goals will hopefully become touchdowns.
The Ray Guy Award- The Best Punter in College Football
Tommy Hibbard- P- SR- North Carolina
Will Monday- P- JR- Duke
Big fan of Hibbard, mostly because he is from Charlotte. He played his high school ball for Butler.
The Bronko Nagurski Award- The Best Defender in College Football
Kelby Brown- LB- SR- Duke
Jeremy Cash- S- JR- Duke
You can see cross over with the Bednarik. I am thinking that we really don’t play much defense in this state.
The Outland Trophy- The Best Interior Lineman in College Football (Offense or Defense)
Laken Tomlinson- G- SR- Duke
See comments on Rimmington Award.
Based only on the information taken from these watch lists, I would predict that Duke should have a good year in football this year. The other schools are not as well represented. There are still awards we have not yet seen, so look out next week for those.