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Watch lists keep an eye on Irish standouts

Jul 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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As the run up to the 2011 season continues, various postseason awards announced their preseason watch lists, a good starting point for spirited debate, if not a decent predictor as to who is going to win the award.

Ten Irish players are named, with Manti Te’o and Michael Floyd leading the way with four and three mentions respectively. Here’s a comprehensive list of Irish players listed for awards consideration.

Manti Te’o
Bednarik Award – Awarded to the defensive college football player of the year. (2010′s winner was Patrick Peterson.)
Butkus Award – Awarded to the top linebacker in college football. (2010′s winner was Von Miller.)
Lombardi Award – Awarded to the best college football lineman or linebacker (2010′s winner was Nick Fairley.)
Bronco Nagurski Award – Given to the player that’s judged to be the best defensively. (2010′s winner was Da’Quan Bowers.)

Michael Floyd
Maxwell Award – Awarded to the college football player of the year. (2010′s winner was Cam Newton.)
Biletnikoff Award – Awarded to the top wide receiver in college football. (2010′s winner was Justin Blackmon.)
Walter Camp Award – Awarded to college football’s player of the year. (2010′s winner was Cam Newton.)

Dayne Crist
Davey O’Brien Award – Award to the top quarterback in college football. (2010′s winner was Cam Newton.)
Maxwell Award – Awarded to the college football player of the year. (2010′s winner was Cam Newton.)

Harrison Smith
Bronco Nagurski Award – Given to the player that’s judged to be the best defensively. (2010′s winner was Da’Quan Bowers.)
Jim Thorpe Award – Awarded to the top defensive back in college football. (2010′s winner was Patrick Peterson.)

Tyler Eifert
John Mackey Award – Awarded to the top tight end in college football. (2010′s winner was D.J. Williams.)

Darius Fleming
Butkus Award – Awarded to the top linebacker in college football. (2010′s winner was Von Miller.)

David Ruffer
Lou Groza Award – Awarded to the top placekicker in college football. (2010′s winner was Dan Bailey.)

Zack Martin
Outland Trophy – Awarded to the best interior lineman in college football. (2010′s winner was Gabe Carimi.)

Braxston Cave
Rimington Trophy – Awarded to the best center in college football. (2010′s winner was Jake Kirkpatrick.)

Cierre Wood
Doak Walker Award – Awarded to the best running back in college football. (2010′s winner was LaMichael James.)

  1. smurphdoggy29 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    These watch lists are all well and good, along with congratulations to the young men on being recognized.
    Yet it zeroes in on something I brought up previously, will these players produce from the open kick to the final whistle (in a game hopefully played in January/Late December) at the level that outside perception has of them ? Coaching Staffs put them in position to win/produce, and then they need to hit the ground running, not fumble about for a few games, then blossom.

    Also this drives home a sore point for me, the conversation that Notre Dame has faded over the last 2 decades, and isn’t as important to College Football as it once was. Well then why the media scrutiny ? Why the vested interest ? Why all the debate from innumerable information sources ? IF the Irish aren’t still relevant why do some still passionately comment on them, analyze them, and disseminate them ?

    For those who continue to denigrate Notre Dame please know we have seen you, heard you, and are glad you are such an ardent follower.

    Coach Kelly and his staff are doing (and continue thusly) all they can to get the results they seek, now the players who have been here, and the recent arrivals, must produce, simple as that.

  2. 10of14 - Jul 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Ruffed was the best kicker in America last year and was passed over by a lackluster press corps. He is surely the favorite to win what should have been his second consecutive award in 2011/2012.

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