Around this time of year, every good Bulldog fan is counting down the days to that first Saturday of the season at Davis Wade. We strive to pass the days any way we can, however, the days seem to drag by even more slowly. We are all reading up on the depth chart, the coaches interviews, or anything else we can find to wet our taste until toe finally meets leather. One of every college football fan’s favorite reading this time each year is the award watch lists. This year, as the award watch lists begin to hit, we Bulldog fans are getting in on the fun as we already have several watch lists containing Bulldogs. With still more lists to come out, the Dawgs already have three players named to major award lists. Let’s take a look at these three young men and the awards they are being considered for.
Fitz, not surprisingly, is beginning to see the preseason accolades roll in. As of now, he already has his name included on three different watch lists. The prestigious Maxwell Award tops the list. He is also listed for The Unitas Golden Arm award and the Davey O’Brien Award.
This is one of the most prestigious awards given in college football. The Maxwell is awarded by the Maxwell Football Club each year to the player their panel chooses as the best all-around player in America. Last year’s winner was Lamar Jackson of Louisville.
The Davey O’Brien Foundation has included Fitz in their watch list of thirty players. There is a list of those players on the Davey O’Brien website. This is an award given to the quarterback each year that best exemplifies Davey O’Brien’s character, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm:
Forty-seven college quarterbacks have made the watch list for the Golden Arm Award. Our very own Nick Fitzgerald has made the list. This award was first given in 1987 and is presented annually to the quarterback in whom the Golden Arm Club sees qualities of integrity and honor.
Gabe is showing himself to be one of the true “good guys” of college football. His faith, character and hard work ethic has allowed him to be added to award watch lists as well. Both the Allstate Good Works Team and the Wuerffel trophy watch lists have Myles listed.
Good Works Team:
The Allstate Good Works Team has included Myles, and this is certainly a great honor. In 2008 Allstate began working with the AFCA to put forth each year a Good Works Team of players who have positive impacts on their communities.
Myles has found himself listed for the Wuerffel trophy in 2017. This trophy is presented each year by the All Sports Association to the college football player who best combines community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Cooke, MSU’s punter, has made his way onto a preseason watch list as well.
Ray Guy Award:
For a college punter, no award compares to the Ray Guy Award. MSU’s Logan Cooke has made his way onto the watch list for this very award. Cooke has a career average of just over 41 yards per punt.
Doak Walker award:
A-Train joined 12 other SEC running backs on the watch list for the 2017 Doak Walker Award. This award is presented each year to the nation’s best running back. The last winner hailing from the SEC was Derrick Henry from Alabama in 2015. Aeris burst onto the scene in the final month of the season last year, and looks to continue that success in a backfield that now boasts a running back and quarterback among the elite in the SEC.
Watch lists are all ultimately more for the fans to discuss than for players to really get overly excited about, however it is certainly an honor to be included. You can expect to see more Bulldogs named to lists in the coming days.