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A lot to watch: Selvie among 88 on Nagurski list

The fact that we have a Watch List Watch List suggests that we're condoning the practice of college football awards putting out less-than-selective lists of players who are being considered for their prestigious honors. A nice, trim preseason watch list might have 30 players, maybe 40 if you're dealing with multiple positions. But we have to scoff at -- nay, we have to openly chide the folks at the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, who have kindly put together an elite list of 88 (eighty-eight) players up for consideration for their award, which honors the top defensive player in college football.

It's remarkably unremarkable, then, that USF defensive end George Selvie, a 2007 Nagurski finalist, is on the watch list for the 2008 award. I dare say he's in the top 10 percent of the watch list, and yet he's still stuck behind past winner Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Other notables on the list? This is testing the space constraints of the Internet, which really has none beyond your own attention span. Other players from Florida schools? There's Florida State cornerback Myron Rolle and defensive lineman Everette Brown, Central Florida safety Joe Burnett, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham and Florida Atlantic linebacker Frantz Joseph. So there's 88 players on the list and not one from Miami? Wow. Even Miami of Ohio has one.

Other Big East players to watch? Impressively, there's only five others: Pittsburgh linebacker Scott McKillop, Cincinnati defensive tackle Terrill Byrd and cornerback Mike Mickens, Rutgers safety Courtney Greene, Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones. Surprised to see USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie not on the list, given the ridiculous amount of tackles he's piled up in the last two years. I'm not lobbying for more players on the list, but he'd be a smart addition this fall. Maybe sneak him in on the cut to 80.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:24pm]


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