Fourth of July is over, that means it is officially “Watch List” season! That’s right, for the next week and a half you will get a slew of names on the watch list for the various college football awards. We aren’t going to sit here and pretend this is riveting stuff, but look at it this way, it is another sign that we are getting closer to what we all really care about: actual college football games!
Okay, time to get back to the task at hand here; the watch list season rundown. First, here is the watch list schedule so you can mark your calendar and make sure you don’t miss the release of any of these highly anticipated watch list.
Mon., July 7: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
Tue., July 8: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 9: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Fri., July 11: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 14: Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award
Tue., July 15: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 16: Davey O’Brien Award
Thurs., July 17: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 18: Walter Camp Award
Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let’s fill you in on who is representing Clemson and USC on the lists released today, Bednarik/Maxwell.
First the Bednarick Award, named after Chuck Bednarick and given to the top defensive player in college football, regardless of position. Last year Clemson’s Vic Beasley was a semi-finalist for this award. As you might expect, the senior defensive end is also on this year’s preseason watch list. So are his teammates, linebacker Stephone Anthony, and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.
The Maxwell Award is named after Robert ‘Tiny” Maxwell and is given annually to college football’s player of the year. USC junior running back Mike Davis is on its preseason watch list.
You can get the full list of Bednarick and Maxwell watch list players here.
Don’t worry, football season will be here. Eventually. Until then, enjoy the heat and all these watch list! Happy Summer, ya’ll.