KU's Tim Biere Lands On John Mackey Award Watch List Given To Nation's Top Tight End

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John Mackey Award: KU's Tim Biere Lands On The Watch List

More and more players from the Kansas City area are landing on preseason watch lists.

Landing on the watch list for the John Mackey Award, given the nation's top tight end, is Kansas Jayhawks Tim Biere.

He only caught 14 passes for 183 yards last year but with guys like Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier leaving the Jayhawks the opening is there.

Here's the full list of those on the watch list.

Dwayne Allen  Clemson
Jeffery Anderson     UAB
Tim Biere  Kansas
George Bryan  NC State
Ryan Deehan  Colorado
Drake Dunsmore  Northwestern
Charlie Gantt  Michigan St
Cameron Graham   Louisville
Marcus Green   Mississippi St
Virgil Green  Nevada
Ryan Griffin  Connecticut
Ben Guidugli  Cincinnatti
Joe Halahuni  Oregon St
Blake Hammond  W. Michigan
Brett Huffman   Duke
DC Jefferson   Rutgers
Andrew Jones  Missouri
Lance Kendricks         Wisconsin
Kevin Koger         Michigan
Brian Linthicum         Michigan St
Kavario Middleton         Washington
Anthony Miller                  California
Kyle Rudolph         Notre Dame
Eric Peitz        Colorado St
Zach Pianalto          North Carolina
Konrad Reuland   Stanford
Weslye Saunders           South Carolina
Lee Smith         Marshall
Luke Stocker  Tennessee
Aron White        Georgia
DJ Williams             Arkansas
Alston Umuolo  San Diego St


Maxwell Award Watch List Includes Mizzou's Blaine Gabbert, KSU's Daniel Thomas

The Maxwell Award watch list is out and there is one Mizzou player and one Kansas State player that's on the list.

Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert: He's also on the O'Brien and Manning award watch lists. It seems that he's ready for a monster year. He can put up huge numbers so he's someone to keep an eye on.

Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas: He's the key to KSU's offense so there will be no shortage of touches for him. He's the first KSU player to land on the list since Darren Sproles in 2004. He rushed for over 1,200 yards last year.

There will be semifinalists announced on Nov. 8, three finalists announced on Nov. 22 and then the winner on Dec. 9.


Bednarik Award Watch: Mizzou's Aldon Smith Lands On The Watch List

Mizzou's DE Aldon Smith had a terrific 2009 season.

He totaled 11.5 sacks and they all weren't against no-name, lower division schools -- eight came against the pass happy Big 12 offenses.

45 schools and 11 conferences are represented on the Chuck Bednarik Watch List, including Smith.

The award is given annually to the defensive player of the year, according to the Maxwell Club.

Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 8 and three finalists will be announced Nov. 22. The winner will be announced Dec. 9.


Kansas And Missouri Both Have Player On Defensive End Of The Year Watch List

The preseason watch lists are starting to come out and some local guys are included.

First up is KU's Jake Laptad for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

The award, which began in 2002, is awarded to college football’s top defensive end and is named after three-time first-team All-American Ted Hendricks, who played collegiately at Miami before spending 15 years in the National Football League.

Laptad was KU's defensive team MVP.

Also appearing on the list is Mizzou DE Aldon Smith. He had a breakout year in 2009 with 11.5 sacks and eight of those came against Big 12 offenses.

Here's the complete list of those on the Hendricks Award watch list.

Sam Acho, Texas
Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame
Pierre Allen, Nebraska
Greg Lloyd, Connecticut
Christian Anthony, Grambling
Kentrell Lockett, Ole Miss
Allen Bailey, Miami
Cliff Matthews, South Carolina
Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
Josh McNary, Army
Broderick Binns, Iowa
Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State
Da'quan Bowers, Clemson
Bruce Miller, Central Florida
Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
Von Miller, Texas A&M
Jack Crawford, Penn State
Dontay Moch, Nevada
Marcell Dareus, Alabama
Nick Perry, USC
Ricky Elmore, Arizona
Robert Guinn, North Carolina
Jonathan Freeny, Rutgers
Johnathan Rainey, New Mexico
Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
Adrian Robinson, Temple
Datone Jones, UCLA
Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh
Cameron Jordan, California
Kenny Rowe, Oregon
Thomas Keiser, Stanford
Aldon Smith, Missouri
Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Chris Walker, Tennessee
Jake Laptad, Kansas
Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State


Move Over O'Brien, Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert Also On Manning Award Watch List

It's been quite a 24 hours for Missouri Tigers QB Blaine Gabbert.

On Wednesday he was named to the prestigious Davey O'Brian Award watch list. That goes out to the nation's top quarterbacks. To win the award, you have to be on the watch list so that's a good start.

On Thursday, Gabbert landed on the Manning Award watch list. Gabbert was understandable pleased. Via Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune:

"The Manning family is like the first family of quarterbacks, to be considered for the award is a real honor,” Gabbert said in a statement released by Missouri. “But I know it’s only pre-season, and that we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us as a team to reach our goals, so that’s what my focus is on."

The unique part of this award is that it does take bowl games into account. Other awards don't take into account what is sometimes the biggest game of the year.

Ten finalists will be named on Nov. 29 and the winner will be announced on Jan. 19.


Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert Lands On O'Brien Award Watch List

Each year, a watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. This is basically recognizing the top quarterback in the country. It's a prestigious award and that's why the Missouri Tigers have to be happy their guy, Blaine Gabbert, landed on the list.

Per the official release:

In addition to 2009 O'Brien Finalist Case Keenum (Sr., Houston), five 2009 semifinalists are included on the list: Matt Barkley (Jr., USC), Jacory Harris (Jr., Miami), Jake Locker (Sr., Washington), Kellen Moore (Jr., Boise State) and Ricky Stanzi (Sr., Iowa).

The 2010 O'Brien Watch List features 13 seniors, 13 juniors and four sophomores. The ACC and Big 12 lead all conferences with five candidates each on the list. The Pac-10 is represented by four players.

As far as winning the award goes, Gabbert has made the first cut. To win the award, the player must be on the watch list does not have to be on the watch list.

The next cut down date is Oct. 25 when the finalists will be cut down to 16. On Nov. 22, three finalists will be announced and then the winner on Dec. 9.

Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune looks at where Gabbert ranks relative to the other quarterbacks on the list:

Among the watch list QBs, Gabbert ranked fourth last season in passing yards per game, tied for seventh in touchdown passes and 12th in efficiency rating.

For the complete list, click here.

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