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3 Wildcats among SEC players on national award watch lists

Three football Wildcats are among dozens of Southeastern Conference players who have been nominated for national college football awards.

Craig McIntosh is on the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's best kicker.

Center Matt Smith is up for the Rimington Award, given each year to the nation's top center.

Senior offensive guard Larry Warford is on the lists for both the Outland Trophy, which goes to the sport's top lineman, and the Lombardi Trophy, presented specifically to an interior lineman.

The SEC placed a total of 93 of its football players on 2012 National Awards Watch Lists, the most of any conference. The 93 players were listed on 17 awards watch lists a total of 183 times, also the most of any conference.

Three SEC football players were listed on five of the 17 watch lists – Florida DT Sharrif Floyd was named to the Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi and Walter Camp lists while Georgia LB Jarvis Jones was named to the Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus, Lombardi and Camp lists and Alabama DT Jesse Williams was named to the Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi and Lott IMPACT Watch Lists.

15 SEC players were named to four watch lists including Mississippi State DB Johnthan Banks, Tennessee QB Tyler Bray, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Missouri QB James Franklin, Georgia DT Jonathan Jenkins, Alabama LB Nico Johnson, Alabama C Barrett Jones, LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, LSU DT Sam Montgomery, Alabama LB C.J. Mosley, Georgia QB Aaron Murray, Texas A&M LB Sean Porter, LSU DB Eric Reid and Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson.

The 17 national award watch lists include the Bednarik (Outstanding Defensive Player), Maxwell (Outstanding Player), Mackey (Outstanding Tight End), Rimington (Outstanding Center), Groza (Outstanding Placekicker), Guy (Outstanding Punter), Nagurski (Outstanding Defensive Player), Outland (Outstanding Interior Lineman), Thorpe (Outstanding Defensive Back), Butkus (Outstanding Linebacker), Lombardi (Outstanding Lineman), Biletnikoff (Outstanding Receiver), O’Brien (Outstanding Quarterback), Walker (Outstanding Running Back), Walter Camp (Outstanding Player), Manning (Outstanding Quarterback), Lott (Defensive Impact Player).

Alabama and LSU had the most players on the combined lists with 12 followed by Florida with 11, Arkansas 9, Texas A&M 8, Auburn 7 and Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee with six each.

Last season, the SEC had four recipients of the 17 awards – Alabama’s Barrett Jones (Outland), LSU’s Morris Claiborne (Thorpe), LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu (Bednarik) and Alabama’s Trent Richardson (Walker).

Since 2006, SEC football players and coaches have won 51 national individual post-season awards, an average of more than eight per season. Of the 29 individual awards given last season (includes ones that do not issue a watch list), the SEC has had at least one recipient in 24 of them since 2006. Four SEC players have won national player of the year in five times in the last six seasons – Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (2007, Walter Camp), Florida’s Tim Tebow (2007, Heisman & Maxwell; 2008, Maxwell); Alabama’s Mark Ingram (2009, Heisman); and, Auburn’s Cam Newton (2010, Heisman, Maxwell and Camp).

Name School Award
Drew Alleman LSU Groza
Alvin Bailey Arkansas Outland / Lombardi
Johnthan Banks Mississippi State Bednarik / Thorpe / Nagurski / Lott
Emory Blake Auburn Biletnikoff
Jon Bostic Florida Butkus / Lombardi
Josh Boyd Mississippi State Outland
Tyler Bray Tennessee Maxwell / Manning / Camp / O’Brien
Dylan Breeding Arkansas Guy
Tyler Campbell Ole Miss Guy
Steven Clark Auburn Guy
Chase Clement LSU Mackey
Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina Bednarik / Nagurski / Lombardi / Camp
Knile Davis Arkansas Maxwell / Camp / Walker
Dillon Day Mississippi State Rimington
Andre DeBose Florida Biletnikoff
Reese Dismukes Auburn Rimington
Matt Elam Florida Thorpe / Nagurski
Chris Faulk LSU Outland / Lombardi
Sharrif Floyd Florida Bednarik / Outland / Nagurski / Lombardi / Camp
D.J. Fluker Alabama Outland / Lombardi
James Franklin Missouri Maxwell / Manning / Camp / O’Brien
Chris Gragg Arkansas Mackey
Cobi Hamilton Arkansas Maxwell / Biletnikoff
Jonathan Harrison Florida Rimington
Alonzo Highsmith Arkansas Butkus
Zach Hocker Arkansas Groza
DeVonte Hollomon South Carolina Butkus
Justin Hunter Tennessee Biletnikoff
Alex Hurst LSU Outland / Lombardi
Gabe Jackson Mississippi State Outland / Lombardi
Jelani Jenkins Florida Butkus / Lombardi
Jonathan Jenkins Georgia Bednarik / Outland / Nagurski / Lombardi
Luke Joeckel Texas A&M Outland / Lombardi
A.J. Johnson Tennessee Butkus
Malcolm Johnson Mississippi State Mackey
Nico Johnson Alabama Bednarik / Nagurski / Butkus / Lombardi
T.J. Johnson South Carolina Rimington / Outland
Wesley Johnson Vanderbilt Outland
Barrett Jones Alabama Rimington / Outland / Lombardi / Camp
Jarvis Jones Georgia Bednarik / Nagurski / Butkus / Lombardi / Camp
Richard Kent Vanderbilt Guy
Tavarres King Georgia Biletnikoff
Eddie Lacy Alabama Maxwell / Walker
Marcus Lattimore South Carolina Maxwell / Camp / Walker
Cameron Lawrence Mississippi State Butkus
Corey Lemonier Auburn Nagurski / Lombardi
Robert Lester Alabama Bednarik / Thorpe / Nagurski
Patrick Lewis Texas A&M Rimington
Bennie Logan LSU Outland
Rob Lohr Vanderbilt Nagurski / Lombardi
P.J. Lonergan LSU Rimington
John Lotulelei Florida Butkus
Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn Mackey / Lombardi
Tyrann Mathieu LSU Bednarik / Thorpe / Nagurski / Camp
Jake Matthews Texas A&M Outland / Lombardi
Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt Biletnikoff
Onterio McCalebb Auburn Maxwell / Walker
A.J. McCarron Alabama Maxwell / Manning / Camp / O’Brien
Lerentee McCray Florida Butkus
Craig McIntosh Kentucky Groza
Christine Michael Texas A&M Maxwell / Walker
Dee Milliner Alabama Nagurski
Barkevious Mingo LSU Bednarik / Nagurski / Lombardi
Kevin Minter LSU Butkus
TJ Moe Missouri Biletnikoff
Sam Montgomery LSU Bednarik / Nagurski / Lombardi / Lott
Damontre Moore Texas A&M Butkus
C.J. Mosley Alabama Bednarik / Nagurski / Butkus / Lombardi
Aaron Murray Georgia Maxwell / Manning / Camp / O’Brien
Uzoma Nwachukwu Texas A&M Biletnikoff
Cody Parkey Auburn Groza
Sean Porter Texas A&M Bednarik / Nagurski / Butkus / Lombardi
Jordan Reed Florida Mackey
Eric Reid LSU Bednarik / Thorpe / Nagurski / Lott
Mychal Rivera Tennessee Mackey
Da’Rick Rogers Tennessee Maxwell / Biletnikoff
Connor Shaw South Carolina O’Brien
Jeremy Shelley Alabama Groza
Matt Smith Kentucky Rimington
Zac Stacy Vanderbilt Maxwell / Walker
Caleb Sturgis Florida Groza
Travis Swanson Arkansas Rimington / Outland
Evan Swindall Ole Miss Rimington
Ryan Swope Texas A&M Biletnikoff
Devin Taylor South Carolina Bednarik / Nagurski / Lombardi
Dallas Thomas Tennessee Outland
Larry Warford Kentucky Outland / Lombardi
Chance Warmack Alabama Outland / Lombardi
Cornelius Washington Florida Butkus
Jesse Williams Alabama Bednarik / Outland / Nagurski / Lombardi / Lott
Michael Williams Alabama Maxwell
Tyler Wilson Arkansas Maxwell / Manning / Camp / O’Brien
Brad Wing LSU Guy
TOTAL – 93 / 183 total mentions


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