Rimington, Lott IMPACT Begin College Football Award Watch List Season

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 06: Barrett Jones #75 of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks to the media at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 6, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. LSU and Alabama will play in the BCS National Championship on January 9th. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

College football award watch lists are upon us, y'all. Respond accordingly.

Oh, hey! It's college football award watch list season. This means nothing, since each award can go to a player not listed of any of these lists, but it gives us a good idea of which players to keep an eye on this year. Keep an eye on, because it's a watch list. So visual!

The first two up are the Rimington, which goes to the top center, and the Lott, a general defensive award. First up, the Rimington, featuring last year's Outland winner, Barrett Jones:

Eloy Atkinson UTEP 6'3" 305 Senior
Mario Benavides Louisville 6'4" 301 RS Senior
Nick Carlson Wyoming 6'4"; 292 Senior
Braxston Cave Notre Dame 6'2" 315 Senior
Reese Dismukes Auburn 6'3" 302 Senior
Trent Dupy Tulsa 6'2" 285 Senior
Dillon Farrell New Mexico 6'5" 290 Junior
James Ferentz Iowa 6'2" 284 Senior
Jay Finch Georgia Tech 6'3"; 283 RS Junior
B.J. Finney Kansas State 6'4" 303 Sophomore
Travis Frederick Wisconsin 6'4" 328 Junior
Dalton Freeman Clemson 6'5" 285 Graduate Student
James Fry TCU 6'3" 290 Senior
Kevin Galeher Western Michigan 6'3" 300 Senior
Hronis Grasu Oregon 6'3" 284 Sophomore
Ben Habern Oklahoma 6'4" 292 Senior
Gus Handler Colorado 6'3" 295 Junior
Jonotthan Harrison Florida 6'3" 300 RS Junior
Khaled Holmes USC 6'4" 305 Senior
Andre Huval Louisiana-Lafayette 6'1" 305 Junior
Alec Johnson San Diego State 6'3" 300 Senior
T.J. Johnson South Carolina 6'6" 319 Senior
Barrett Jones Alabama 6'5" 302 Senior
Zac Kerin Toledo 6'5" 294 Junior
Tyler Larsen Utah State 6'4" 308 Junior
Patrick Lewis Texas A&M 6'2" 306 Senior
P.J. Lonergan LSU 6'4" 305 Senior
Mackey MacPherson Syracuse 6'2" 269 Junior
Joe Madsen West Virginia 6'4" 310 RS Senior
Mike Marboe Idaho 6'3" 301 Sophomore
Will Matte Indiana 6'2" 290 RS Senior
Blake McJunkin SMU 6'2" 295 Senior
Andrew Miller Virginia Tech 6'4" 300 RS Junior
Brian Moore Duke 6'2" 285 RS Senior
Graham Pocic Illinois 6'7" 305 Senior
Ryan Powis Army 6'0" 257 Sophomore
Austin Quattrochi Southern Mississippi 6'3" 292 RS Junior
Jordan Rae UCF 6'2" 275 Senior
Weston Richburg Colorado State 6'4" 297 Junior
Sam Schartzstein Stanford 6'3" 290 Senior
Matt Smith Kentucky 6'4" 291 Senior
Matt Stankiewitch Penn State 6'3" 295 Senior
Tevita Stevens Utah 6'3" 302 Senior
Travis Swanson Arkansas 6'5" 305 RS Senior
Evan Swindall Ole Miss 6'2" 300 Junior
Ryan Turnley Pittsburgh 6'6" 320 Senior
Brandon Vitabile Northwestern 6'4" 314 RS Senior
Stephen Warner Louisiana Tech 6'0" 295 RS Senior
Robert Waterman UNLV 6'2" 290 Sophomore
Camden Wentz NC State 6'3" 225 Senior

And the Lott:

David Amerson, North Carolina State, CB, 6-3, 194 (Greensboro, NC): Led the nation with 13 interceptions, most in ACC history ... Had 59 total tackles ... Finalist for Thorpe Award ... ESPN first team All-American.

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, CB, 6-2, 185 (Maben, Mississippi): Semi-finalist for Thorpe Award ... 5 interceptions, 71 tackles ... As a freshman he intercepted two Tim Tebow passes and returned one for a 100-yard touchdown.

Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB, 5-11, 245 (Kettering, Ohio): Consensus All-Big Ten pick ... third team All-American ... Recorded 131 tackles, 18 tackles for loss with two interceptions.

John Boyett, Oregon, S, 5-10, 202 (Napa, Ca.): Has led the Ducks in tackles twice in first three seasons (108 last year, fourt in Pac 12) ... All-Pac 12, honorable mention ... Second team AA in 2010 ... Was on Watch List for Lott Trophy last season ... Active in hometown charities.

Arthur Brown, Kansas State, LB, 6-1, 223 (Wichita): Big-12 Newcomer of the Year ... Recorded 95 tackles as JC transfer ... Intercepted Heisman winner Robert Griffin III to set up game-winning field goal against Baylor ... All-Big 12.

Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State, CB, 5-8, 188 (Houston): Semi-finalist for Lott Trophy and Thorpe Trophy last year ... Sports Illustrated second team All-American and All Big-12 ... 152 career tackles, 28 consecutive starts ... Academic All Big-12.

Jonathan Brown, Illinois, LB, 6-1, 235 (Memphis): Led team with 108 tackles and 19.5 tackles for loss ... Had six sacks and two fumble recoveries ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten.

Max Bullough, Michigan State, LB, 6-3, 245 (Traverse City, Michigan): Third generation Spartan ... Led team in tackles with 89 ... Second team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-District with 3.93 GPA.

Tra'ves Bush, Navy, S, 5-10, 192 (Johnston, South Carolina): Led Midshipmen with 61 solo tackles last season (93 total) ... Had four tackles for loss and two interceptions ... Graduated with academic honors from high school.

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, CB, 6-0, 187 (Baltimore): Recorded team best 14.5 tackles for losses ... Had 65 tackles, two interceptions ... All-ACC.

Steve Greer, Virginia, LB, 6-2, 225 (Solon, Ohio): Two-time Cavalier Captain ... Led team with 103 tackles ... All-ACC.

Gerald Hodges, Penn State, LB, 6-2, 234 (Paulsboro, NJ): Was All-Big Ten selection last season when he led team in tackles with 106 ... Added 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

DeMontre Hurst, Oklahoma, DB, 5-10, 181 (Lancaster, Tx.): 2nd team All-Big 12 ... 119 career tackles, 8 tackles for losses, 2 interceptions ... 27 career starts ... Went on trip to Haiti this spring to help rebuild infrastructure.

Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, DE 6-5, 250, (Plano, Texas): Had 21 tackles for losses with 8 sacks ... second team All-Big 12 ... Volunteers at Children's Medical Center and Dallas Food Bank ... Speaks at local schools ... Father Jim was NFL standout.

Brandon Jenkins, Florida State, DE, 6-3, 265 (Tallahassee): Lott Watch List in '11 ... Had 12 tackles for losses, 8 sacks last season ... 41 tackles ... All-ACC.

Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB, 6-3, 240 (Columbus, Ga.): Led SEC with 19.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in breakout season ... Led Bulldogs with 70 tackles ... Named first team All-American ... Team captain and MVP ... Butkus finalist ... Transfer from USC.

A.J. Klein, Iowa State, LB, 6-2, 244 (Kimberly, Wisconsin): Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big-12 last season ... 116 tackles, second in conference ... Academic All-Big 12 and Commissioner Honor Roll.

Jake Knott, Iowa State, LB, 6-3, 239 (Waukee, Iowa): Team co-captain ... second team All-Big 12 ... Led team with 130 tackles as a sophomore ... 115 tackles (second on team) last year with four tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Jordan Kovacs, Michigan, S, 6-0, 195 (Curtice, Ohio): Lott Player of the Week last season in game against Western Michigan when he had 10 tackles, two sacks and forced fumble ... On Lott Watch list as a junior ... Former walk-on ... Academic All-Big Ten ... 116 tackles second best in Big Ten as a sophomore ... 75 tackles last season ... Honorable mention All- Big Ten ... Academic All-Ohio in high school.

Patrick Larimore, UCLA, LB, 6-3, 253 (Santa Clarita, Ca.): Team captain and defensive MVP last season when he led Bruins with 81 tackles ... Director's Honor Roll three times.

Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT, 6-4, 325 (South Jordan, Utah): Won Morris Trophy as top defensive lineman in the Pac 12 last year...First team All-Pac 12...44 tackles, 9 for losses...Born in Tonga.

Brandon Magee, Arizona State, LB, 5-11, 230 (Corona, Ca.): Missed last season with torn Achilles...Has 118 tackles, 12 tackles for loss in first three years...Honor student.

T.J. McDonald, USC, S, 6-3, 205 (Fresno): Two-time Trojan captain ... All-Pac 12 performer, first team (Sporting News) All-American ... Son of former USC All-American Tim McDonald ... First Father-Son combination in USC history to be All-Americans and team captains ... 163 career tackles, 6 interceptions ... Semi-finalist for Thorpe Award last season and quarter-finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Sam Montgomery, LSU, DE, 6-4, 245 (Greenwood, South Carolina): All-American and Hendricks finalist ... All SEC ... Led team with nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

Brandon Ogletree, BYU, LB, 5-11, 228 (McKinney, Texas): Led Cougars with 76 tackles last season, four tackles for losses ... Eagle Scout ... Has seven sisters ... Married ... Mission trip was to Chile.

Alex Okafor, Texas, DE, 6-5, 260 (Pflugerville, Texas): Unanimous Big 12 pick ... AFCA All-American ... 14 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hurries ... 110 career tackles ... on Hendricks list last year ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

J.C. Percy, Boise State, LB, 6-0, 221 (Blackfoot, Idaho): Three time Mountain West All-Academic with a 3.67 GPA in economics ... Leading returning tackler on team with 46 last season ... Special teams standout.

Ray Polk, Colorado, S, 6-1, 205 (Scottsdale, Az.): Has logged over 70 hours of community service at Upward Foundation that helps mentally challenged kids ... Led team with 59 unassisted tackles last season (80 tackles total).

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, CB, 6-0, 190 (Astoria, Oregon): Was credited with 16 passes defended and 12 passes broken up last season ... 57 tackles, four interceptions ... Second team All-Pac 12 ... Drafted in professional baseball.

Kevin Reddick, North Carolina, LB, 6-3, 240 (New Bern, North Carolina): Led team in tackles as a soph with 74 and second on team last season with 71 (six tackles for losses).

Eric Reid, LSU, S, 6-2, 208 (Geismar, La.): second team All-American ... second team All SEC ... 65 tackles ... Part of touted LSU defensive secondary.

Luke Ruff, Wyoming, S, 5-11, 195 (Castle Rock, Colorado): Led team in tackles with 102 ... Named Academic All-District two consecutive years ... Has a 3.56 GPA in civil engineering ... Special Teams Player of the Year as a freshman.

Kawaan Short, Purdue, DT, 6-3, 310 (E. Chicago, Indiana): second team All-Big Ten ... 17 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks ... 54 tackles ... Team co-captain

John Simon, Ohio State, DT, 6-2, 270 (Youngstown): Lott IMPACT Watch List returnee ... first team All Big-Ten ... Recorded 53 tackles, 16 for losses with seven sacks ... High school national honor society.

Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska, DT, 6-6, 290 (Lincoln): Son of Outland and Lombardi winner Dean Steinkuhler ... Had 40 tackles, five for losses and two sacks as a junior ... Has graduated from Nebraska ... Big-12 Academic Honor Roll.

Mike Taylor, Wisconsin, LB, 6-2, 230 (Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin): Led Badgers with 137 tackles ... eight tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Had 22 tackles against Ohio State ... Team MVP.

Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB, 6-2, 255 (Laie, Hawaii): Finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2011 ... Returning All-American ... Led Irish with 128 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss last season ... Carries a 3.3 GPA ... Eagle Scout ... Does significant volunteer work.

Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford, 6-4, 239 (Marietta, Georgia): Among national leaders with 22 tackles for loss last season (led Pac 12), 10 sacks and five forced fumbles ... Totaled 52 tackles ... First team All-Pac 12.

Joe Vellano, Maryland, DT, 6-1, 285 (Rexford, NY): Most tackles of all defensive linemen in the country last year with 94 ... All-ACC choice, second team All-American ... Team captain ... Had 20 tackles vs. Georgia Tech.

Zach Watts, Army, LB, 5-11, 207 (Pittsburgh): Had 26 tackles, 6.5 for losses and three sacks ... Son of retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major.

Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 273 (Berlin): German native with little experience in football, but came on last year to record 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks ... Academic All-District ... Married.

Jesse Williams, Alabama, DT, 6-4, 319 (Brisbane, Australia): New to football, helped anchor the No. 1 rush defense in the country last season (75 yards per game) ... Contributed 22 tackles.

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