Now that all of the completely relevant and always accurate watch lists for the major college football awards have been announced, let’s take a look at where the Auburn guys landed. Overall, seven Tigers were named to nine different lists, including four offensive players, one defensive player, and two kickers. Three are seniors, three are juniors, and one is a sophomore. Here’s the list of the lists that include Auburn men:
Lombardi Award (Best Lineman): Corey Lemonier, Philip Lutzenkirchen
Doak Walker Award (Best Running Back): Onterio McCallebb
Biletnikoff Award (Best Receiver): Emory Blake
Nagurksi Trophy (Best Defensive Player): Corey Lemonier
Mackey Award (Best Tight End): Philip Lutzenkirchen
Lou Groza Award (Best Placekicker): Cody Parkey
Maxwell Award (Best Player): Onterio McCallebb
Ray Guy Award (Best Punter): Steven Clark
Rimington Trophy (Best Center): Reese Dismukes
Hendricks Award (Best Defensive End): Corey Lemonier
Hornung Award (Most Versatile Player): Onterio McCallebb
Of these nine awards/trophies (I don’t know why there is a difference, but apparently there is), I feel like Lutzenkirchen has the best chance to win. If he continues to play like he has his entire career, on top of the fact that he won’t have to be a part-time “fullback” anymore, he could easily take this award.
That’s not to say that he is the only guy on the team with a chance. Lemonier is poised to have a huge season and is on everybody’s radar. He could among the finalists in both the Lombardi, Nagurski, and Hendricks awards/trophies.
Steven Clark was a finalist in for the Ray Guy Award last year, so as long as he doesn’t take a step back, he should be up there again. Cody Parkey has shown that he could be one of the top placekickers in the country, so I can say his spot on the watch list is at least warranted.
McCallebb might be a stretch for his two (Maxwell and Doak Walker), but only because he’s most likely going to split time with Auburn’s stable of running backs.
Blake definitely has proben himself to be Auburn’s top receiver, but he’ll need to stay healthy and step up against the opponents’ top DBs. He’ll always pull the top defender, so he’ll have to show he can separate like he did before his injury last season.
Dismukes is only a sophomore so it’s pretty huge that he’s already on a watch list for the best player at his position. He could win. I don’t really know. I don’t follow center play too hard.
Auburn has good football players. These lists, as ridiculous as they may be, show it. In all honestly, they mean nothing, even more than preseason polls, but it’s good to see that national organizations recognize players from a team that is predicted to go 6-6 by some guys on ESPNU.