July 17, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football saw nine of its players dot 11 different preseason watch lists in the past two weeks. Over that time, 17 awards released their preseason watch lists and the Crimson Tide was well-represented once again.
Senior linebacker Reggie Ragland and junior defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson received the most nominations, with four apiece. Ragland and Robinson were each nominated for the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player) and the Rotary Lombardi Award (down lineman or linebacker). Ragland was also recognized as part of the Butkus Award (top linebacker) watch list, a trophy that only Derrick Thomas (1988), Rolando McClain (2009) and C.J. Mosley (2013) have won in Crimson Tide history.
Robinson joins Jarran Reed, Cam Robinson and Ryan Kelly on the watch list for the Outland Trophy (interior lineman). Alabama has had three Outland Trophy winners, including Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008) and Barrett Jones (2011). Kelly is on the watch list for two more awards this preseason including the Rimington Trophy (top center) and the Rotary Lombardi Award.
Derrick Henry enters the new season on three separate watch lists. He will seek to join Trent Richardson as the only players in Alabama history to win the Doak Walker Award (top running back) with his watch list nomination. The junior was also nominated for the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, both of which honor the top player in all of college football.
Jonathan Allen rounds out the trio of Crimson Tide players on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. Also earning single nominations were O.J. Howard for the John Mackey Award (top tight end) and J.K. Scott for the Ray Guy Award (top punter).
Alabama opens its 2015 season on Sept. 5 in Arlington, Texas, as the Crimson Tide squares off with Wisconsin in the annual AdvoCare Classic inside AT&T Stadium. The matchup is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on ABC.
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AWARD WATCH LISTS
John Mackey Award
Ray Guy Award
Doak Walker Award
Walter Camp Player of the Year