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Watch lists keep an eye on Irish standouts

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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.)

Michael Floyd isn’t one of the 10 best receivers in college football

Michael-Floyd
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(Or at least the Tallahassee Quarterback Club doesn’t think so.)

A year after Golden Tate won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best wide receiver, Michael Floyd found himself on the outside looking in as the 10 semifinalists were announced today for the Biletnikoff Award by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club.

Here are the 2010 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists:

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Randall Cobb, Kentucky
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
A.J. Green, Georgia
Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina
Julia Jones, Alabama
Aldrick Robinson, SMU
Greg Salas, Hawaii
Jordan White, Western Michigan

Floyd has 59 catches for 767 yards and 9 touchdowns this season, matching his number from an injury shortened season last year, but seeing his yards per catch average drop from 18.1 to 13 yards, no doubt the effect of a new quarterback and offensive system.

Floyd’s numbers are comparable to those put up by Cobb, Green, Jones, and Robinson, although Green missed some time due to NCAA suspension for selling a game-worn jersey to someone the NCAA classifed as an agent. (For what its worth, Blackmon is a semi-finalist even after getting arrested for DUI in the middle of the season.) One interesting name of note was Western Michigan’s Jordan White, who went head-to-head with Floyd in South Bend, putting up five catches for 55 yards in a 44-20 loss to the Irish where Floyd made 9 catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns.

Awards like this are ultimately meaningless, but Irish fans should hope that a slight like this is the motivation Floyd needs to return for his senior season and make a run at the Biletnikoff.