More Watching Of Alabama Players
This is the time of watch lists, when organizations presenting post-season college football awards announce the players who have already deemed themselves worthy of early consideration for the honors. For instance, Alabama senior linebacker C.J. Mosley is a returning finalist from last year's Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker, and is considered a leading candidate for the award this year.
Mosley's teammate, upcoming junior linebacker Adrian Hubbard, was also named to the list of 51 being watched for the Butkus Award, which has honored the nation's best college linebacker since 1985.
Alabama has had two previous winners of the Butkus, Derrick Thomas in 1988 and Rolando McClain in 2009. Last year Notre Dame's Manti Te'o won the award.
Also on Monday, the Rotary Lombardi Award Committee released the preliminary watch list for the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award, which has honored the nation's best lineman since 1970. In addition to Mosley and Hubbard (who, honestly, would not seem to be linemen), Alabama is represented by offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio, a junior tackle, and Anthony Steen, a senior guard, on the initial list of 107.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the lone returning finalist from 2012 on the Lombardi watch list.
Mosley running his total to six watch lists is pretty good since there have only been 12 watch lists announced for major college football. Thus far in addition to the Butkus and Lombardi, there have been watch lists announced for The Maxwell Award Player of the Year, Bednarik Award (defensive player), Lott (defensive impact player), Mackey (tight end), Rimington (center), Lou Groza (place-kicker), Ray Guy (punter), Bronko Nagurski (defensive), Outland (interior lineman), Jim Thorpe (defensive back), and Hornung (all-around).
Mosley's four other lists are Lott, Maxwell, Bednarik, and Nagurski.
The six he missed out on were because they didn't include his position. The Mosleyless awards are for punter, placekicker, tight end, center, defensive back, and player playing multiple positions. And he'll be disappointed if he is expecting anything tomorrow. The July 16 watch list announcement is for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's best wide receiver. He'll also miss out Wednesday on the Davey O'Brien best quarterback and Thursday on the Doak Walker running back watch lists.
Hubbard had previously been named to the Nagurski list. Kouandjio and Steen are also on the Outland Award watch list.
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