Beginning on Monday with the Bednarik and Maxwell Awards, the watch lists for a variety of college football’s top honors were released.
The names and watch lists will continue to roll in between now and next Friday, when the watch list for the Walter Camp Award (nation’s most outstanding player) is named.
So far, seven different Notre Dame football players have earned nine citations on various watch lists.
- Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year): KeiVarae Russell, Jaylon Smith
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player): KeiVarae Russell, Jaylon Smith
- Lou Groza Award (top place-kicker): Kyle Brindza
- John Mackey Award (most outstanding tight end): Ben Koyack
- Maxwell Award (player of the year): Everett Golson
- Outland Trophy (most outstanding interior lineman): Sheldon Day
- Rimington Trophy (premier center): Nick Martin
Of Notre Dame’s selections thus far to these preliminary watch lists, which Irish players have the best chance to win those national awards in 2014?
For now, we’ll only consider the awards for which the watch lists have already been released. That means we’re not including the Biletnikoff, Butkus, Davey O’Brien, Doak Walker, Jim Thorpe, Lombardi and Walter Camp Awards for consideration.