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2019 Preseason National College Football Award Release Dates
Mon., July 15: Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player), Maxwell Award (Player of the Year)
Tue., July 16: Davey O'Brien Award (Best Quarterback)
Wed., July 17: Doak Walker Award (Premier Running back)
Thur., July 18: Biletnikoff Award (Most Outstanding Wide Receiver)
Fri., July 19: Mackey Award (Most Outstanding Tight End), Rimington Trophy (Nation's Premier Center)
Mon., July 22: Paycom Jim Thorpe Award (Nation's Best Defensive back), Butkus Award (Best Linebacker)
Tue., July 23: Outland Trophy (Most Outstanding Interior Lineman), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Most Outstanding Defensive player)
Wed., July 24: Lou Groza Award (Top Kicker), Ray Guy Award (Punter of the Year)
Thur., July 25: Paul Hornung Award (Most Versatile Player), Wuerffel Trophy (Community Service)
Fri., July 26: Walter Camp Award (Most Outstanding Player)

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  07/22/19 - SS Grant DelpitJr/2021, LSU, 6-2, 203 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame has released the 2019 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List. The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award annually recognizes the best defensive back in college football. The award is based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character. As such, it is considered one of the most coveted awards in college football.

This list includes 46 of the nation's best defensive backs, representing 10 conferences and 1 Independent. The preseason watch list is selected by a screening committee who compiles a list of 30-50 players. This list is not final and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The award recipient is selected by the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award National Selection Committee, which boasts members of the NCFAA, an Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in-house award committee, former Paycom Jim Thorpe Award recipients, and sportswriters and college football journalists throughout the country. - Paycom Jim Thorpe Award

(DS#1 SS) Jr/2021 SS Grant DelpitLSU
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  07/22/19 - CB Bryce HallSr/2020, Virginia, 6-1, 200 (DS#3 CB) + More +

  The Virginia Cavaliers have been tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division, according to a poll of 173 media members credentialed for last week's 2019 ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C. It is the first time since the ACC went to two divisions in 2005 that the Cavaliers have been the media's preseason pick to win the division.

Virginia received 82 first-place votes and amassed 1,003 total points. The Cavaliers placed just 11 points ahead of Miami (55 first-place votes, 992 points), while Virginia Tech finished third in the voting with 20 first-place votes and 827 points. Since the ACC went to divisions in 2005, the previous highest media predicted finish for the Cavaliers in the Coastal Division was third in 2005. Prior to divisions, UVA was the media's choice to win the league title in 1990. The Cavaliers went on to tie for second that season. - Virginia Football

(DS#3 CB) Sr/2020 CB Bryce HallVirginia
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  07/22/19 - QB Trevor LawrenceSo/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Reigning national champion Clemson is an overwhelming preseason favorite to claim its fifth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference football title, according to a poll of 173 media members credentialed for last week’s 2019 ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tigers, who posted a perfect 15-0 record last season en route to earning their second College Football Playoff championship in three years, were also chosen to repeat as Atlantic Division winners.

Virginia was picked to finish atop the Coastal Division following an eight-win 2018 season that culminated with a 28-0 shutout of South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. Clemson was named the likely 2019 ACC champion on 170 ballots. Syracuse picked up two votes, and Virginia received one. In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Clemson led the way with 171 first-place votes and 1,209 total points. Syracuse received the other two first-place votes while placing second with 913 points. - ACC Football

(DS#1 QB) So/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  07/22/19 - ILB Dylan MosesJr/2021, Alabama, 6-2, 235 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  The Butkus Award honoring the nation's best linebackers kicked off its 35th annual selection process today by announcing its collegiate and high school preseason watch lists. Each watch list contains 51 linebackers, mirroring the legendary “51” pro jersey associated with the Award’s namesake Dick Butkus, who was recognized by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history.

The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes candidates from 39 universities, including returning finalist Dylan Moses of Alabama who won the 2016 high school Butkus Award, and returning semifinalist Markus Bailey of Purdue. The High School Butkus Award watch list includes candidates from 47 secondary schools across 22 states, with Georgia schools fielding the most candidates (6). Semi-finalists will be named November 4, finalists November 25, and winners on or before December 10. Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement to win the award. - The Butkus Award

(DS#1 ILB) Jr/2021 ILB Dylan MosesAlabama
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  07/22/19 - OG Justus BasingerrSr/2020, Wofford, 6-3, 305 (DS#58 OG) + More +

  Two-time defending Southern Conference champion Wofford is the media's pick to win the league again in 2019, earning 21 of a possible 29 first-place votes. The Terriers are the media's preseason pick for the second time and first since 2017. Wofford went 9-4 overall and 6-2 in SoCon play in 2018, head coach Josh Conklin's first season, spending the entirety of the season ranked in the top 15 nationally, including eight weeks in the top 10, and finishing 12th in the AFCA Coaches' Top 25 and 13th in the STATS poll.

The Terriers, who earned 253 points in the media poll, claimed a share of their sixth SoCon title last season and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs, where they fell to second-ranked Kennesaw State, 13-10. The Terriers no longer have the services of All-American fullback Andre Stoddard but return third-team All-American offensive lineman Justus Basinger among their nine offensive starters. Basinger was joined on HERO Sports' Preseason All-America third team by fellow lineman Michael Ralph. Wofford lost six starters on defense, including third-team All-American lineman Miles Brown. - SoCon Football

(DS#58 OG) rSr/2020 OG Justus BasingerWofford
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  For the sixth-straight year and eighth time in the past 10 years, Jacksonville State has been picked the preseason football favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference for 2019. The Gamecocks, who have won five-straight OVC Championships and 39 of its last 40 OVC games, received 14 of a possible 18 first-place votes in a poll of league head coaches and communications directors. The Gamecocks totaled 126 total points to out-distance Southeast Missouri, who ended the Gamecocks 36-game OVC win streak a season ago and earned an at-large berth into the FCS playoffs, who picked up the other four first-place votes and was tabbed second (115 points).

Eastern Kentucky was picked third (98) and followed by Austin Peay (70), Murray State and Tennessee State (61), UT Martin (60), Eastern Illinois (35) and Tennessee Tech (22). Despite suffering its first Conference loss since the 2013 season last season, Jacksonville State finished the year 7-1 in OVC play to win its record fifth-straight OVC Championship. The Gamecocks would go on to top East Tennessee State in the first round of the FCS Playoffs before falling to Maine in the second round. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#35 WR) rSr/2020 WR Josh PearsonJacksonville State
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  07/22/19 - SS Grant DelpitJr/2021, LSU, 6-2, 203 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: Grant Delpit, LSU, Jr.,...One of only nine unanimous All-Americas in LSU history, Delpit led the Southeastern Conference interceptions (5) and ranked No. 2 in the league in passes defended (14) in 2018. He led the Tigers in sacks (5.0), finished third in tackles (74), and added another 10.5 tackles for loss. For his outstanding defensive play as a sophomore in 2018, Delpit was one of five finalist for the Nagurski Trophy as well as being a first team All-SEC selection. - LSU Football

(DS#1 SS) Jr/2021 SS Grant DelpitLSU
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  07/22/19 - ILB Dante OlsonrSr/2020, Montana, 6-3, 237 (DS#15 ILB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Dante Olson, Montana,...The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Montana senior linebacker Dante Olson, today named to the 35th annual Butkus Award collegiate watch list honoring the nation's top Division-I linebacker. He is the only player from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to make the list. Olson is also only the second player in Montana history, and the second in as many years to be named to the prestigious watch list following Josh Buss' recognition in 2018. Devin White of Louisiana State won the Butkus Award that season before being selected fifth in the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Olson, a 6-3, 237-pound senior from Medford, Ore., is coming off one of the most productive defensive seasons in Montana and Big Sky Conference history with a school-record and FCS-best 151 total tackles. He has since been named to seven All-America teams, was a top-three finalist for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award, earned first-team all-conference honors, and was named Montana's Steve Carlson team MVP. - Montana Football

(DS#15 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Dante OlsonMontana
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