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Which Boise State standouts are on 2019 college football watch lists?

Big hit on QB leads to 55-yard defensive TD for Boise State

Our Boise State play of the week focuses on Curtis Weaver’s 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown vs. Washington State. (Video courtesy of Boise State)
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Our Boise State play of the week focuses on Curtis Weaver’s 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown vs. Washington State. (Video courtesy of Boise State)

The 2019 watch list season is in full swing.

Part of the annual buildup to college football’s opening weekend is the release of these extensive watch lists, and there are a number of Broncos who are recognized each year.

While a shout-out at the national level provides a bit of validation for one of the most consistent Group of Five teams in the country, the best form of validation for the 2019 Broncos will come game time.

Below is a list of the Broncos receiving preseason recognition ahead of BSU’s opener Saturday, Aug. 31, against Florida State at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (5 p.m. MT, ESPN).

Lott IMPACT Trophy

What: This award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates excellence in the field of athletics and recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies the IMPACT acronym: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Who: Curtis Weaver, redshirt junior, STUD

Bednarik Award

What: The College Defensive Player of the Year Award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Who: Curtis Weaver, redshirt junior, STUD

John Mackey Award

What: This award is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. It is named in honor of NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey, who is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position.

Who: John Bates, redshirt junior, tight end

Rimington Trophy

What: The award is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I college football. Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982.

Who: Garrett Larson, redshirt senior, center

AFCA Allstate Good Hands Team

What: An annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field. Eleven players from the FBS will be recognized.

Who: Kole Bailey, redshirt junior, offensive line

Bronko Nagurski Trophy

What: Created in 1993 by the Football Writers Association of America, this award goes to the best defensive player in college football. It is named for Bronko Nagurski, who played football for the University of Minnesota and the Chicago Bears.

Who: Curtis Weaver, redshirt junior, STUD

Outland Trophy

What: Presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America.

Who: Ezra Cleveland, redshirt junior, left tackle; John Molchon, redshirt senior, left guard

Dodd Trophy

What: Coach of the Year award established in 1976. Factors in a program’s academics and community service.

Who: Coach Bryan Harsin

Paul Hornung Award

What: 10th annual award for college football’s most versatile player

Who: Avery Williams, redshirt junior, cornerback, punt returner and kickoff returner

Wuerffel Trophy

What: Given to an FBS player who combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement

Who: Kole Bailey, redshirt junior, offensive lineman

Polynesian Player of Year

What: The award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity. The 2019 watch list is composed of 62 players from 32 FBS schools.

Who: David Moa, redshirt senior, defensive tackle; Sonatane Lui, senior, nose tackle; Kekoa Nawahine, senior, safety; Kekaula Kaniho, junior, nickel

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Rachel Roberts has been covering sports for the Idaho Statesman since 2005. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and is Boise born and raised.
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