It’s “Watch List Season,” and you can tell because it’s as humid as a gorilla’s armpit outside and mysterious organizations are posting watch lists. You may take a very dim view of Watch Lists. It’s noise signifying nothing, right? Still, when your favorite player or team is snubbed by one list or another, it can hurt, man. Deep down. (Deeeeeeper….)
Monday morning, the Bendarik (best college defensive player) and the Maxwell (college player of the year) submitted their watch lists to the masses. As usual, we don’t care about the Power Five players that are 99% most likely to win. WE CARE ONLY TO REMEMBER THE FORGOTTEN!
The Bendarik Award
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Last year, the hardware was delivered to Johnathan Adams of Alabama. The last year a Forgotten won? In 2015, Temple legend Tyler Matakevich earned the nod. This year’s Forgotten nominees:
Sean Chandler, Safety, Temple
Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
Heath Harding, CB, Miami (OH)
Justin Lawler, ED, SMU
David Moa, NT, Boise State
Deatrick Nichols, CB, USF
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, DE, Arkansas State
Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii
Micah Thomas, LB, Navy
Andrew Wingard, Safety, Wyoming
In total, of the whopping 86 nominees, twelve hail from the ranks of Forgotten. That’s 14% if you’re into percentages.
The Maxwell Award
The Maxwell Award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Last year, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson received the honor. The last Forgotten to collect a Max? If you count BYU (and I don’t), it was Ty Detmer in 1990. Not counting BYU, it’s Steve Joachim from Temple in 1970. Yeah, we’re overdue.
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
D’Angelo Brewer, RB, Tulsa
Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
Quinton Flowers, QB, USF
James Gilbert, RB, Ball State
Ray Lawry, RB, Old Dominion
Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Larry Rose III, RB, New Mexico State
Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy
Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss
Brent Stockstill, QB, Middle Tennessee
Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo
Of the 85 nominees selected for the Maxwell, 16 hail from the Forgotten (about 19%). Look out, Steve Joachim!
Next Up, July 11: John Mackey Award (Presented to the nation’s most outstanding tight end), Rimington Trophy (Presented to the nation’s premier center)
Got snubbed? Watch List Season is just beginning.