Haynes Named To Nagurski Trophy Watch List

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Haynes Named To Nagurski Trophy Watch List

Alabama’s quarterback Jalen Hurts takes a high snap as Jonah Williams (73) provides protection against Marquis Haynes at Vaught-Hemmingway stadium Saturday during the Ole Miss v Alabama.
Entering his final season as a Rebel, Ole Miss senior defensive lineman Marquis Haynes found his name on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy announced Thursday morning. Haynes has made the watch list for the second straight year for the award given annually to the best defensive player in college football.

The Nagurski Trophy Watch List is made up of 103 defensive standouts throughout the country, and Haynes is one of 14 players from the Southeastern Conference on the list. The defensive end landed on the watch list for the Bednarik Award earlier this week.

Haynes, the winner of the 2017 Chucky Mullins Courage Award, has been a consistent threat in opposing teams’ backfields since his freshman year in 2014 when he helped Ole Miss finish as the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense. The Jacksonville, Florida, native ranks third in school history with 24.5 career sacks and fourth with 36.5 tackles for loss entering his senior year. Haynes has led the Rebels in sacks all three years (7.5 in 2014, 10 in 2015, 7 in 2016), while earning All-SEC honors twice (2015, 2016).

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous seasons, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time.

The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 16. The Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football. The award will be presented at the annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet on Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football, then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

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Little Lands on Outland Trophy Watch List

Following a breakout freshman season in 2016, Ole Miss offensive lineman Greg Little has been named to the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List released Thursday morning. The Rebel is one of 81 players on the list for the award given to the nation’s top interior lineman.

The list includes 24 offensive tackles, 21 defensive tackles, 19 centers and 17 offensive guards. Little is on the list along with 10 other linemen from the Southeastern Conference.

A native of Allen, Texas, Little made an immediate impact in his first season as a Rebel. He played in every game, while making five starts at left tackle. Throughout the 2016 campaign, he helped protect the Ole Miss quarterbacks that led the SEC and ranked 13th nationally in passing as a unit (314.9 ypg). The strong season earned him Freshman All-America honors by Rivals.com, and the coaches voted him first team Freshman All-SEC as well.

Entering the fall, Little is expected to be the Rebels’ starting left tackle. NFL.com has him rated as the 31st-best player in college football heading into the season, while Phil Steele credits Little a fourth team Preseason All-America honoree.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 15. Six days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 72nd Outland Trophy – named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced live on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 7.

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