College Football All-Americans, Award Watch Lists 2012: Florida Schools Dominate Watch Lists

As college football season nears, two of the Gators' linemen are on watch lists for position and unit awards.

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SB Nation Preseason All-Americans: Brandon Jenkins Celebrated Among D-Linemen

Brandon Jenkins, defensive end for the Florida St. Seminoles was named as one of five defensive line honorable mentions in SB Nation's Preseason All-American list. Jenkins recorded eight sacks and 41 total tackles in 2011. Jenkins recorded 29 solo tackles including 12 tackles for loss.

Despite his natural quickness and his instincts, which has led him to be placed on several award watch lists including the Nagurski and Bednarik awards, Jenkins missed out on one of the two defensive end spots. Both of those spots were taken by LSU Tigers defensive end Sam Montgomery and Michigan St. Spartans defensive end William Gholston.

Great performances by Jenkins this year could catapult him from an honorable mention to an All-American by season's end. A lot can happen during the season, but Jenkins has more than enough talent to not only lead the Seminoles' defense, but also get a lot of national attention.

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2012 Biletnikoff Award Watch List: Florida Schools Feature Three Players On List

On Tuesday, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. announced 48 candidates as part of the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the best receiver in all of college football. Among the 48, are three players from schools from the Sunshine State in Florida wideout Andre Debose, Florida State's Willie Haulstead and Miami's Allen Hurns.

Last season, Debose finished with 16 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns. Haulstead had 39 for 597 and six touchdowns and Hurns had 31 for 415 and four touchdowns.

The foundation will announce 10 semifinalists for the award on Nov. 12, before narrowing the list down to three finalists on Nov. 19. A winner will be unveiled as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6.

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Five Candidates From Florida Schools Nominated For Thorpe Award

The latest watch list prior to the 2012 college football season has been released and it's for the Jim Thorpe Award to recognize the nation's top defensive back. Among the nominees are five different players from four colleges in Florida including two Florida State Seminoles.

Lamarcus Joyner and Xavier Rhodes represent the Seminoles on the list while Matt Elam is the sole Florida Gators representative on the list. Rounding out the list for the Florida universities is Kemal Ishmael from UCF and Jonathan Cyprien of Florida International.

Lawrence Wright of the Florida Gators won the award in 1996, but no player from the state has won since. Louisiana State has won the award in two consecutive seasons and has two players on the 2012 watch list.

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Florida State, Florida Boast Six Candidates For Bronko Nagurski Trophy

While only two Florida schools made the list of candidates for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's best defensive player, the combination of the Gators and Seminoles put six different players on the watch list.

The Seminoles boast an impressive four players on the Nagusrki watch list, including defensive end Bjoern Warner, corner Xavier Rhodes, saftey LaMarcus Joyner and defensive end Brandon Jenkins. Florida has a pair of defenders who made the list - defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam

Since its inception in 1993, neither Florida or Florida State have had a player win the Nagurski. Miami has had two players win the trophy, Warren Sapp in 1994 and Dan Morgan in 2000.

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College Football Awards 2012: Preseason Watch List For Kickers, Punters Announced

Preseason watch list for college football awards continue to appear this week. On Wednesday, America's finest young legs had their day in the sun, with the release of watch lists for the Lou Groza Award and the Ray Guy Award, recognizing the top kickers and punters in college football. Once again, several Florida schools were well represented.

Names on the Lou Groza Award watch list, for the best kicker, include:

No players from the handful of major college football programs in the state of Florida made an appearance on the Ray Guy Award watch list, honoring the best punter.

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College Football Awards 2012: Florida Stars On The Mackey, Rimington Watch Lists

A second pair of watch lists for college football preseason awards came out on Tuesday. Watch lists for the Mackey Award and the Rimington Award included two players from Florida.

The Mackey Award recognizes the nation's top tight end every year. Florida tight end Jordan Reed made the watch list this year. A redshirt junior, Reed caught 28 passes for 307 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 11 games last season. In two seasons with the Gators, Reed has played in 23 games, starting 14, including some starts as a quarterback.

Gators center Jonotthan Harrison is on the watch list for the Rimington Award, which honors the nation's top center. A redshit junior, Harrison has played in all 26 games of his college career so far. Listed at 6'3" 309 pounds, Harrison has also taken some snaps at guard.

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College Football Awards 2012: Trio Of Florida State Players On Bednarik, Maxwell Watch Lists

July is a long, difficult month for college football fans. On the horizon is football, actual football, but it remains far enough out of reach to test the stamina of the average Paul Finebaum caller. Monday's news brought something of an oasis with the announcement of preseason watch lists for the Bednarik and Maxwell Awards. A trio of Florida State players were on the lists.

The Bednarik Award honors the top defensive player in college football. The Maxwell Award does the same for the offense. Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel missed only one game, but was sidelined in parts of three others with injuries. He threw a pair of fourth quarter passes to beat Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. After the game, it was revealed that Manuel played through a broken leg.

A complete preseason watch list is available here along with the scheduled release of other watch lists in the days ahead.

Names on the Bednarik Award watch list include:

The only player to make an appearance on the Maxwell Award watch list was:

  • QB EJ Manuel, Florida State

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Miami Hurricanes Defensive Back Ray-Ray Armstrong Named To Bednarik Watch List

Miami Hurricanes defensive back Ray-Ray Armstrong was named to the watch list for the 2012 Chuck Bednarik Award for college football's most outstanding defensive player on Monday.

Armstrong makes the list despite having what most (including Armstrong) considered a "disastrous 2011 season." Armstrong was suspended twice for five games and considered leaving The U for the NFL. In seven games, Armstrong had 34 total tackles and one interception, down two from the season prior.

Of the four college football award watch lists issued on Monday - the Benarik, the Lott Trophy, the Rimington Trophy and The Maxwell - Armstrong was the only Hurricane named thus far, but over 20 different award watch lists are set to be unveiled through end of July.

For a look at the complete list of nominees, click here and here.

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Sharrif Floyd, Jonotthan Harrison Make Preseason Awards Watch Lists For Florida Gators

As college football season nears, two of the Gators' linemen are on watch lists for position and unit awards.

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