2017 College Football Awards preseason watch lists tracker
This page will be updated through July 21 as the National College Football Awards Association releases watch lists for a number of awards. The full schedule is listed below.
The Walter Camp Award is a big one, given to the nation's best player across the board. Oregon's Marcus Mariota was the last Pac-12 winner, taking home the trophy in 2014.
This season, there are several preseason nominees from the Conference of Champions vying for the prize: Washington's Jake Browning, USC's Sam Darnold, Washington State's Luke Falk, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oregon's Royce Freeman, and Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky.
Running backs from nine Pac-12 schools land on the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list. Oregon's LaMichael James is last Pac-12 athlete to win this award in 2010 with Stanford's Toby Gerhart claiming the award the year before.
The Pac-12 field represented this year is stacked: Arizona State's Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard, Oregon State's Ryan Nall, USC's Ronald Jones II, Colorado's Phillip Lindsay, Stanford's Bryce Love, Washington State's Jamal Morrow, Utah's Armand Shyne, Cal's Tre Watson and Washington's Myles Gaskin.
Four Pac-12 quarterbacks land on the Davey O'Brien watch list this year. Rivalry is the theme as Josh Rosen out of UCLA and Sam Darnold of USC represent the South division, while Washington's Jake Browning and Washington State's Luke Falk represent the North division. These student-athletes will try to join the past Pac-12 winners of Troy Aikman (UCLA, 1988) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014).
Another quartet of nominees from the Conference of Champions fills up Wednesday's other watch list for The Dodd Trophy – the nation's top coaching award. After Colorado's Mike MacIntyre took home the honor in 2016, this year's preseason favorites from the Pac-12 include Stanford's David Shaw, USC's Clay Helton, Utah's Kyle Whittingham and Washington's Chris Petersen.
Gotta catch ‘em all! Five Pac-12 football players were named to the Biletnikoff watch list, given to the nation’s outstanding college receiver. This year’s watch lists includes: Colorado’s Shay Fields and Devin Ross, Washington State’s Tavares Martin, Jr., Washington’s Dante Pettis and California’s Demetris Robertson. They will try to join the ranks of past Pac-12 winners of: Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 2013, Marqise Lee, USC, 2012, Mike Hass, Oregon State, 2005, Troy Walters, Stanford, 1999.
The Wuerffel Trophy is presented to the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Making the watch list for standing out in the classroom and the gridiron for the Pac-12 are: Arizona’s Jacob Alsadek, Arizona State’s Tashon Smallwood, California’s Raymond Davison, Colorado’s Derek McCartney, Oregon’s Juwaan Williams, Oregon State’s Marcus McMaryion, Stanford’s Harrison Phillips, UCLA’s Kenny Young, USC’s Nico Falah, Utah’s Chase Hansen, Washington’s Azeem Victor and Washington State’s Peyton Pelluer.
Two more preseason watch lists were announced today: the Butkus Award and the Paul Hornung Award.
The Butkus Award honors the nation’s best linebackers after the award’s namesake, Dick Butkus. 51 student-athletes made the list honoring Butkus’ “51” jersey.
10 Pac-12ers landed on the 2017 watch list evenly split between the North and South:
Washington’s Keishawn Bierria and Azeem Victor, Arizona State’s Koron Crump, California’s Devante Downs, USC’s Porter Gustin, Uchenna Nwosu and Cameron Smith, Oregon State’s Manase Hungalu, Stanford’s Peter Kalambayi, and UCLA’s Kenny Young.
The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to recognize the most versatile player in major college football. Inducted in 2010, Pac-12 players have won this honor more than any other conference (Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 2015, Shaq Thompson, Washington, 2014, Owen Marecic, Stanford, 2010).
Here are the six players from the Conference of Champions on the 2017 watch list: Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage, Colorado’s George Frazier, Washington State’s Jamal Morrow, Oregon’s Charles Nelson, Washington’s Dante Pettis, and California’s Tre Watson.
Last season, USC's Adoree Jackson took him the Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the best defensive back in college football. Here are the Pac-12ers that made the preseason watch list for 2017.
Utah's Chase Hanson, USC's Iman Marhsall, Stanford's Quenton Meeks, Washington's Taylor Rapp, Stanford's Justin Reid, UCLA's Jaleel Wadood.
The Nagurski Trophy is award to the best defensive player in the country, and this year the Pac-12 is well represented in the nominations.
Washington's Greg Gaines, Vita Vea, Azeem Victor, and Taylor Rapp, USC's Rasheem Green, Cameron Smith and Iman Marshall, Utah's Chase Hansen, Cal's James Looney, Utah's Lowell Lotulelei, Washington State's Hercules Mata'afa, Stanford's Quenton Meeks, and Arizona State's Jojo Wicker.
The Outland Trophy is given to the nation's best interior lineman. The most recent Pac-12 player to take home the honor was Stanford's Joshua Garnett in 2015. The conference is stacked with nominees again this season.
Washington's Trey Adams, Coleman Shelton, Vita Vea, and Greg Gaines, Oregon's Tyrell Crosby, USC's Rasheem Green, Utah's Lowell Lotulelei, Washington State's Cody O'Connell, Stanford's Harrison Phillips, UCLA's Scott Quessenberry,
The Lou Groza Award is given annually to college's top place kicker. Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez was the Pac-12's most recent winner, taking home the honor after his record-setting 2016 season. Gonzalez finished his career at ASU with the most NCAA field goals (96), points (494), and set the Sun Devil's record for longest field goal ever with a 59-yarder.
Cal's Matt Anderson is the lone Pac player nominated.
Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky took home the Ray Guy Award in 2016, given to the nation's top punter. It was the third-straight year that a Ute was the winner, with Tom Hackett bringing it to Salt Lake City in 2014-15. Five Pac-12 players, including Wishnowsky, are up for the award in 2017.
Stanford's Jake Bailey, Cal's Steve Coutts, Oregon State's Nick Porebski, USC's Chris Tilbey, and Utah's Wishnowsky.
The Mackey award honors college football's best tight end. Washington's Austin Sefarian-Jenkins was the last winner out of the Conference of Champions in 2013. Five Pac-12 atheltes made the preseason watch list in 2017.
Cal's Ray Hudson, USC's Daniel Imatorbhebhe, UCLA's Austin Roberts, Washington's Drew Sample and Stanford's Dalton Schultz.
The Rimington Trophy is given to college football's most outstanding center. At least one center is chosen from every conference; the Pac-12 has seven selected to the preseason watch list in 2017.
Cal's Addison Ooms, Washington's Coleman Shelton, Oregon's Jake Hanson, Stanford's Jesse Burkett, Arizona's Nathan Eldridge, UCLA's Scott Quessenberry and Oregon State's Sumner Houston.
Marcus Mariota (2013) and Andrew Luck (2011) are the Pac-12's most recent recipients of this award honorng the country's Player of the Year. This year, some of the Pac-12's biggest names made the cut.
Among them is USC quarterback Sam Darnold, who's primed to have a breakout year with the Trojans after leading his team to a comeback Rose Bowl win last season. Washington quarterback Jake Browning – who led his team to a Pac-12 title and CFP semifinal appearance – is in contention. Washington State's Luke Falk and UCLA's Josh Rosen are also among the Pac-12 quarterbacks in contention. A group of running backs and an offensive lineman also made the cut:
Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage, Oregon running back Royce Freeman, Washington running back Myles Gaskin, Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay, Stanford running back Bryce Love, Oregon State running back Ryan Nall, Washington State offensive lineman Cody O'Connell.
The Conference of Champions is loaded with top tier defenders. The Trojans are heavily represented, with three players on the national radar. Here's the full list:
ASU linebacker Koron Crump, Oregon linebacker Troy Dye, Utah defensive end Kylie Fitts, USC linebacker Porter Gustin, Utah defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei, USC cornerback Iman Marshall, Washington State defensive end Hercules Mata'afa, Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, Stanford safety Justin Reid, USC linebacker Cameron Smith, Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, Washington linebacker Azeem Victor, UCLA linebacker Kenny Young.
Preseason award watchlists announced next:
Friday, July 21: Walter Camp