Bama Well Represented On Watch Lists

In the crush of Southeastern Conference Media Days coverage, overlooked was the announcement of several more Watch Lists for awards that will be presented following the 2015 college football season.

When final watch lists were announced this week, Alabama was represented with nine players on 11 lists.

The most recent Crimson Tide players to be revealed for various watch lists are:

Reggie Ragland was named to the Butkus Award list for best linebacker and along with center Ryan Kelly and defensive lineman A’Shwan Robinson to the Lombardi Award watch list for best interior lineman/inside linebacker.

Derrick Henry was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list for the nation’s best running back and was also named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award watch list.

Crimson Tide players receiving a total of 19 mentions.

Senior linebacker Reggie Ragland and junior defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson received the most nominations, with four each. Ragland and Robinson were each nominated for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player), and the Rotary Lombardi Award (down lineman or linebacker). Ragland was also recognized as part of the Butkus Award (top linebacker) watch list, a trophy that only Derrick Thomas (1988), Rolando McClain (2009) and C.J. Mosley (2013) have won in Crimson Tide history.

Robinson joins Jarran Reed, Cam Robinson and Ryan Kelly on the watch list for the Outland Trophy (interior lineman). Alabama has had three Outland Trophy winners, including Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008) and Barrett Jones (2011). Kelly is on the watch list for two more awards this preseason including the Rimington Trophy (top center) and the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Derrick Henry enters the new season on three separate watch lists. He will seek to join Trent Richardson as the only players in Alabama history to win the Doak Walker Award (top running back) with his watch list nomination. The junior was also nominated for the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, both of which honor the top player in all of college football.

Jonathan Allen rounds out the trio of Crimson Tide players on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. Also earning single nominations were O.J. Howard for the John Mackey Award (top tight end) and J.K. Scott for the Ray Guy Award (top punter).

Alabama players on watch lists are:

A’Shawn Robinson (4) -- Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player), Rotary Lombardi Award (down lineman or linebacker), Outland Trophy (interior lineman)

Reggie Ragland (4) – Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player), Rotary Lombardi Award (down lineman or linebacker), Butkus Award (top linebacker).

Ryan Kelly (3) – Outland Trophy (interior lineman), Rimington Trophy (top center), Lombardi Award (down lineman or linebacker).

Derrick Henry (3) – Doak Walker (running back), Walter Camp (player of the year), Maxwell Award (player of the year).

Cameron Robinson (1) -- Outland Trophy (interior lineman)

Jonathan Allen (1) -- Bronko Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player).

Jarran Reed (1) -- Outland Trophy (interior lineman)

O.J. Howard (1) – Mackey Award (tight end)

JK Scott (1) – Ray Guy Award (punter)

Watch lists listing Alabama players are:

Maxwell Award for nation’s outstanding player – Derrick Henry.

Bednarik Award for nation’s outstanding defensive player – A’Shawn Robinson and Reggie Ragland.

Rimington Award for nation’s best center – Ryan Kelly.

Mackey Award for nation’s best tight end – O.J. Howard.

Bronko Nagurski Trophy for nation’s best defensive player -- A’Shawn Robinson, Jonathan Allen, and Reggie Ragland.

Outland Trophy for nation’s best interior lineman – A’Shawn Robinson, Cameron Robinson, Ryan Kelly, and Jarran Reed.

Ray Guy Award for best punter – JK Scott.

Butkus Award for best linebacker – Reggie Ragland.

Lombardi Award for best interior lineman/inside linebacker – Reggie Ragland, Ryan Kelly, A’Shawn Robinson.

Doak Walker Award for best running back – Derrick Henry.

Walter Camp Award for player of the year – Derrick Henry.

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