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Watch Lists: Golson, Russell and Smith earn mention

Jul 8, 2014, 8:39 AM EST

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A trio of Notre Dame football players find themselves on the watch list for some very impressive postseason awards. Quarterback Everett Golson is on the Maxwell Award’s watch list while junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell and sophomore linebacker Jaylon Smith were both selected to the Bednarik’s watch list.

The Maxwell Award is given to college football’s player of the year while the Bednarik honors the defensive player of the year. Manti Te’o won both after the 2012 season.

That Golson finds himself on this list gives you an idea of the expectations for the rising senior quarterback, even after a season off. After drawing rave reviews for his workouts at the Elite 11 camp, where Golson is serving as a counselor, the Irish quarterback will be the engine that drives Notre Dame’s offense in 2014.

Both Russell and Smith are on this list based more on promise than production. Russell has started all 26 games of his college career at cornerback after joining the Irish as a running back. He had 51 tackles last season and eight pass breakups. Smith’s impressive freshman season had him finishing third on the team in tackles with 67 and second with 6.5 tackles for loss.

A slew of other watch list announcements are set for later this week.

Tue., July 8: Mackey Award/Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 9: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy
Fri., July 11: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 14: Butkus Award/Rotary Lombardi Award
Tue., July 15: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 16: Davey O’Brien Award
Thurs., July 17: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 18: Walter Camp Award

  1. danirish - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    GO IRISH!

  2. notthatconfused - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    53 days and counting till Rice is in South Bend!

    • notthatconfused - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Why would someone give that a “thumbs-down”?

      • danirish - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Two Rice fans – infiltrators!

  3. fnc111 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    It’s probably the USC fan johngall doing it.

    • andy44teg - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Wait…I thought he was a tO$U homer??

  4. fnc111 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I think it’s the complete opposite of that. Smith and Russell have both produced and deserve the pre season attention. Golson has barely even played college ball. EG is on the list because he plays at Notre Dame. He’s done nothing to say he’s the best in the nation. You might want to edit that paragraph.

    • mediocrebob - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Being on the list doesn’t mean he’s the best in the nation. It just means he could make a run at the award. It’s not like he’s a heisman preseason list.

      Having said that, he is on it because he’s at notre dame and because he went to the NCG in his RS freshman season. Expectations…

    • heartofgoldandblue - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Settle down….there’s over 60 players on the maxwell watch list. Names like Jameis Winston and TJ Yeldon but also names like Trevor Knight and Dak Prescott who haven’t done much either but have the potential for a break out season. Picking a QB who led his team to the NC as a freshman, although sometimes shakily and with some assistance, who progressed greatly (in my opinion) through that time, and who has a talented supporting cast is hardly a far fetched candidate to potentially have a big year….IMHO

  5. don74 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    following preseason watch lists is like follow class of ’16 recruiting.

  6. don74 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    following class of ’16………….

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