Wazzu watchlist recognition continues

THE PRESEASON college football watch lists are coming out and more Cougs are beginning to see their names pop up.

WR Marquess Wilson figures to see him name featured prominently on the preseason awards lists. He was recently named to the Maxwell Award watchlist.

But he's not the only one in crimson getting some ink.

WSU's Travis Long has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watchlist.

The Nagurski Trophy isn't limited by position, it's given annually to the nation's best overall defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Long is one of 84 players on the watchlist. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be selected on Nov. 15, the winner will be named Dec. 3.

Wazzu kicker Andrew Furney is on the Lou Groza Award watchlist for the second year.

Furney, a 2011 Groza semifinalist, went 14-for-16 in field goal attempts last season including a perfect 7-for-7 from beyond 40 yards.

The Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate placekicker, will name 20 semifinalists on Nov. 5, three finalists on Nov. 19 and the winner will be announced Dec. 6.

Wilson was named to the Maxwell Award preseason watchlist as one of 65 nominees. This past season he racked up 82 receptions for 1,388 yards with 12 touchdowns.

He also led the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game at 115.7 in 2011.

The Maxwell Award has been given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937. Stanford QB Andrew Luck won the award last year.

The NCFAA watch lists this year are coming out of over a 12-day period in July. The complete 2012 preseason watch list calendar:

Mon., July 9: Maxwell Award/Bednarik Award
Tues., July 10: Mackey Award/Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 11: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 12: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy
Fri., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 16: Butkus Award/Rotary Lombardi Award
Tues., July 17: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 18: Davey O'Brien Award
Thurs., July 19: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 20: Walter Camp Award

Keep the date Oct. 17 in mind. That's when the Mackey Award midseason watchlist is scheduled to be released and it won't be a surprise to see a Coug who was not on the preseason list make the midseason ledger. Granted, his stats from 2011 were not the kind that gets you to sit up and take notice – 7 catches for 96 yards with 1 TD. But Andrei Lintz had a huge spring in the Cougs' new Air Raid offense, and every indication is that he'll be putting up some crooked numbers -- some John Mackey Award-worthy type numbers -- in 2012.

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