Daily Blog •July 12, 2013

Yesterday I started giving you the preseason watch lists for the various awards that I am a proud voting member for and with each of these lists I was an integral part in the players that were selected. Yesterday the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List was released. The award goes to the nation’s best defensive player and the winner is selected by the Football Writers Association of America, which I am also a proud member ofand the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

This year 81 players make the list and every conference along with Notre Dame and BYU are represented on the list that is pretty evenly divided among linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. Overall 15 players make the list for the second year in a row including Purdue CB, Ricardo Allen, Wisconsin: LB Chris Borland, Buffalo LB Khalil Mack: Illinois LB Jonathan Brown: Michigan St LB Max Bullough: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney: WKU LB Andrew Jackson: Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat: Florida St DB Lamarcus Joyner: Alabama LB CJ Mosley: Kent St DT Roosevelt Nix: Boston College LB Kevin Pierre-Louis: Stanford LB Shayne Skov: Louisville S Hakeem Smith and BYU LB Kyle Van Noy.

Here is the complete list.

2013 Nagurski Trophy Watch List

Ricardo Allen, Purdue, DB Christian Jones, Florida State, LB
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, DL Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, DB
Deion Barnes, Penn State, DL Eric Kendricks, UCLA, LB
Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, DL Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State, DL
Anthony Barr, UCLA, LB Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, LB
Deion Belue, Alabama, DB Craig Loston, LSU, DB
Bene Benwikere, San Jose State DB Aaron Lynch, USF, DL
Greg Blair, Cincinnati, LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB
Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB Kareem Martin, North Carolina, DL
Tre Boston, North Carolina, DB Daniel McCullers, Tennessee, DL
Carl Bradford, Arizona State, LB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, DB
Morgan Breslin, USC, DL James Morris, Iowa, LB
Jonathan Brown, Illinois, LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB
Christian Bryant, Ohio State, DB Trent Murphy, Stanford, LB
Max Bullough, Michigan State, LB Marco Nelson, Tulsa, DB
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DL Louis Nix III, Notre Dame, DL
Ross Cockrell, Duke, DB Roosevelt Nix, Kent State, DL
Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, DB Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, LB
Scott Crichton, Oregon State, DL Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College, LB
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, DB Hayes Pullard, USC, LB
Quandre Diggs, Texas, DB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida, DB
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DL Ed Reynolds, Stanford, DB
Dominique Easley, Florida, DL Bradley Roby, Ohio State, DB
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, DB Marcus Rush, Michigan State, DL
Antone Exum, Virginia Tech, DB Tyler Scott, Northwestern, DL
Devonte Fields, TCU, DL Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB
Ben Gardner, Stanford, DL Shayne Skov, Stanford, LB
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, DB Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut, LB
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, DB Chris Smith, Arkansas, DL
Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DL Hakeem Smith, Louisville, DB
Bryce Hager, Baylor, LB Will Sutton, Arizona State, DL
Andre Hal, Vanderbilt, DB Damian Swann, Georgia, DB
Jordan Hicks, Texas, LB Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame, DL
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama, LB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, LB
Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, DL Kyle Van Noy, BYU, LB
Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky, LB Jason Verrett, TCU, DB
Shawn Jackson, Tulsa, LB Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State, DB
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, DL Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, DL
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DL Leonard Williams, USC, DL
A.J. Johnson, Tennessee, LB Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, DB
Anthony Johnson, LSU, DL  

By conference: SEC (16), Pac-12 (14), Big Ten (13), ACC (12), Big 12 (12), American Athletic (4), Independents (3), Conference USA (2), Mid-American (2), Mountain West (2), Sun Belt (1).

Only 48 Days Until the First College Football Game!!!