Another mid-July day, another two college football watch lists. Today, the Lombardi Award announced their (rather lengthy) preseason watch list for the nation’s top lineman or linebacker, while the Butkus Award to the nation’s top linebacker also unveiled theirs. Penn State placed one player on each, but two you would have expected were left off.
The good news first, however. John Urschel appears on his second preseason watch list of the season. The first team All Big 10 guard was named to the Outland Trophy list last week, which goes to the nation’s top interior lineman. As opposed to some of the other awards, which use a more subjective approach, Lombardi candidates must have received All-American honors, been named to their respective all-conference teams or received 2013 preseason honors. Once those 2013 preseason honors have been announced, the list will be updated.
Additionally, senior linebacker Glenn Carson was named to the Butkus Award watch list. Carson has started at middle linebacker the previous two seasons, but has often been overlooked with the now graduated Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti sharing the spotlight. As Eric Sion said in our top players countdown, Carson is not the flashiest player, but his 85 tackle performance in 2012 is more than indicative of his ability.
The fact Deion Barnes is not on the Lombardi list at this point is laughable. Not because of the criteria, but because he didn’t appear on any All Big 10 team last season. I would be shocked, however if he is not a preseason All Big 10 player, at which point he officially becomes a candidate. On the Butkus side, I’m somewhat surprised to see Carson not included, as well as junior Mike Hull. Hull was likely overlooked as he only started 1 game last year, but anyone who has followed PSU this summer knows big things are expected from him. As that list is updated during the season, I would expect both Hull and Carson to make an appearance.
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