Award Watchlist Watch: Outland, Nagurski, Maxwell, Bednarik, Rimington, and Mackey

OSU FootballLove them or hate them, pre-season award watchlists are a rite of passage, a smoke signal to the fan that the college football season fast approaches. It’s a tiny morsel, a table scrap fallen from the buffet of September Saturdays, whetting the appetite. They’re a tease, and they know it.

They serve as validation to current players, recognition of their hard work and dedication from the previous year. Maybe a snub from a watchlist will be the motivation a player needs to drive him to the next level.

They also serve fans as a little forum ammunition, a sense of pride to see your player on the list of the best “such-and-such” position (never mind that some of these lists have 50+ “potential” winners).

They give us something to chat about and blog about. The Buckeyes are no strangers to preseason award watch lists, and this season is no different. A handful of awards have recently announced their watch lists. Here are the honored Buckeyes:

2013 Awards:

Outland Trophy (Best interior lineman in college football)
Andrew Norwell, G
Jack Mewhort, OT

Bronko Nagurksi Trophy (National defensive player of the year)
Christian Bryant, Ohio State, DB
Bradley Roby, Ohio State, DB
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB

Maxwell Award (America’s College Player of the Year)
Carlos Hyde, RB
Braxton Miller, QB

Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year)
C.J. Barnett, S
Bradley Roby, DB
Ryan Shazier, LB

Rimington Award (Best Center)
Corey Linsley, C

Mackey Award (Top Tight End)
Jeff Heuerman, TE

Comments

  1. Carlos Hyde up for the Maxwell Award is the most surprising to me. I still don’t know who I think is a better player/defender Roby or Shazier???

    • Yeah Hyde is interesting here. Remember he missed time last year with an injury that prevented him from hitting that magical thousand-yard season. He was pivotal in a couple games down the stretch, gutting out tough yards to seal victories. He’s a bruiser and a gamer, I just don’t know if he’s a Game Changer. If he is our teams MVP, things either went really well or really bad.

  2. That is a good question. The biggest thing from Roby and Shazier this season will have to be their leadership. We know the have the talent but they need to replace in what the Silver Bullets Defense lost with last seasons departures. I am glad Roby came back for this season and is already telling everyone he not next year so there isn’t any distraction.

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