Aaron Murray, Brandon Boykin Among Preseason Award Watch List Honorees

It's nowhere near college football awards season, but it's definitely college football awards watch list season.

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Aaron Murray Adds Davey O'Brien To Watch List List, Doak Walker Hates Georgia

As Aaron Murray goes, so will go the 2011 Georgia Bulldogs. This is not news. But if college football watch lists are any guide, that kernel has not gone unnoticed by the national media as well.

Murray's name appears on the Davey O'Brien quarterbacks watch list, as it did on the Maxwell and likely the Walter Camp as well. The sophomore joins only Chris Relf and Tyler Bray among SEC quarterbacks on the list, and few would be surprised if Murray's season exceeded those of their of those passers. 

The Doak Walker list of running backs includes nary a Dawg or Yellow Jacket. If Washaun Ealey hadn't left town, do you think he would've appeared? He was the returning leading rusher from a major SEC program -- that seems to be enough exposure to have at least somebody expecting a breakout season. Alas! 

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Georgia High School Football Leads Nation In Linebackers On Butkus List

The 2011 Butkus Award watch list is out, and SAD TIMES! The Georgia Bulldogs fail to appear on this one, as all their good linebackers are now running backs. That's not quite true, but this is the first award watch list that hasn't included at least one Dawg. No Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, either.

The Alabama Crimson Tide place a marvelous three players on the list -- Dont'a Hightower, Nico Johnson and Courtney Upshaw. A few other schools delivered two. The Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes and North Carolina Tar Heels were the other major southeastern programs to turn up a pair.

However! The list also includes a high school watch list, which features seven Georgia players. That's tied with Texas for the most of any state. Assuming a Peach State school can add one of those players -- perhaps Kenderius Whitehead, who's attending Dawg Night? -- maybe we won't have this problem in the future. This is a very July problem.

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Georgia Bulldogs Center Ben Jones Makes Third Preseason Watch List

Georgia Bulldogs offensive linemen Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn have formed a pair on two college football watch lists already, but now it's time for the two to part. As the Rimington Trophy watch list is for centers, Jones is the only Georgia player to make the cut. And that makes sense.

With only four watch lists left to be revealed, the Dawgs could wind up with a player on all but two of the 15 lists. Still up are the Butkus (LB), Davey O'Brien (QB), Doak Walker (RB) and Walter Camp (overall). I'm assuming Aaron Murray makes the O'Brien and Camp lists, but no Georgia linebacker has emerged as a national presence, and Isaiah Crowell isn't going to make a backs list as a freshman.

Still, pretty good stuff. 

(Also, do we think the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets can place their second player on a watch list? Roddy Jones and Orwin Smith both seem like good Walker picks.)

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Georgia's Offensive Line Adds Two To Another Watch List: The Lombardi Award

It's been a weird July, watching Georgia Bulldogs football through the eyes of Boise St. Broncos fans. I can't think of two fanbases so different. One program has limitless resources and severely capped confidence, while the other is convinced its outgunned team can beat absolutely anybody anywhere.

Case in point: the news of Brent Benedict's transfer to Virginia Tech, as interpreted by Boise State fans. Instead of it being a sign that the team will lack depth this year, it's something to file away in case SEC fans try to use Georgia's OL depth as an excuse for losing.

The fact is that Georgia does have a thin offensive line and may have to count on inexperienced players. If Georgia can't bemoan its offensive line depth without setting off some confusing GOTCHA!, I don't even know what we're supposed to talk about here.

I say all that to say Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn have been named to another college football award watch list -- the Lombardi Award, which goes to anybody but backs, receivers or kickers. The interior of the line, so long as it stays healthy, might be the most highly touted in the nation. So it may be wise for both sides of the fence (and what a distant fence!) to hold off on proclaiming the death of 2011 Georgia football in July.

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2011 Jim Thorpe Watch List: Brandon Boykin Again, Plus 16 Other SEC Or ACC Players

Another day, another Georgia Bulldogs player on a college football award watch list. Brandon Boykin adds his name to yet another, joining 36 other players on  the Jim Thorpe Award list, which goes to the nation's best defensive back. The SEC leads the way with 10, followed by the ACC's seven.

Both Alabama and Florida State have multiple representatives, while Tennessee probably would've if Janzen Jackson had been able to return to active duty sooner.

Next up is the Lombardi Award, which is supposed to go to the nation's best OL, DL or LB but pretty much never goes to an OL. Georgia's run of watch list appearances is hitting questionable territory. Ben Jones or Cordy Glenn could keep the streak alive, but I'm not sure which UGA front-seven defender has earned that kind of national attention. 

This is the most important thing in the world.

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UGA, Georgia Tech Put Players On Outland Watch List, Plus More Brandon Boykin

Friday's two college football award watch list unveilings continued the Georgia Bulldogs impressive* streak of placing at least one player on each list, a feat no other school in the country has been able to match. Also, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are finally on the board. 

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes to the best defensive player and is totally not the same thing as the Bednarik Award, has its eye on Georgia CB Brandon Boykin. If Boykin is able to win the trophy, he'll get to hang out with Mark Richt one more time, as the UGA coach is the presentation ceremony's keynote speaker. The SEC leads the way with 19 players on the Nagurski list.

The Outland Trophy watch list, which aims to include the nation's best interior linemen, includes Georgia Tech's Omoregie Uzzi, but -- dagnabbit! -- those Dawgs again top their state rivals, putting both Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn on the list. The SEC falls behind the Big Ten here, with only 11 players.

Next up: the Jim Thorpe defensive backs award, which will certainly continue Georgia's streak.

* PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING IS IMPRESSIVE IN MID-JULY.

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Georgia Football Adds To Lou Groza, Ray Guy Award 2011 Watch Lists

Georgia Bulldogs fans may fret about the team's evolving defense, decimated offensive line and lack of proven playmakers at wide receiver and running back, but there's one thing no UGA fan is worried about: special teams. With Blair Walsh and Drew Butler handling the legwork, the Dawgs have quite possibly the nation's finest kicker/punter combo.

And judging by Thursday's college football awards watch list releases, they certainly do. Georgia is the only school to put a player on both the Ray Guy and the Lou Groza lists. 

Only two other SEC players -- Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker and Ole Miss counterpart Bryson Rose -- make either list, though, so I'm not sure if this is anything worth bragging about. I mean, we're talking about punters here, so it's definitely not anything to brag about, but what else is there to gloat over in July?

The Dawgs are also the only team in the country to have made each award list thus far, while Georgia Tech has yet to make an appearance.

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2011 Biletnikoff Award Watch List Includes Tavarres King, A Man With Shoes To Fill

While Justin Blackmon, Ryan Broyles and Michael Floyd are going to be the Fred Biletnikoff Award frontrunners and Alshon Jeffery is the SEC fave, Georgia Bulldogs WR Tavarres King has earned at least a morsel of national attention by being named to the 2011 Biletnikoff watch list.

Considering he's taking over the spot of a player who would've been a legit Heisman Trophy candidate if he'd been able to play an entire junior season -- not to mention he'll receive passes from perhaps the SEC's best quarterback -- King shouldn't be as surprising an honoree as he is.

Remember King put up 504 yards as a sophomore despite being perhaps option No. 4 behind A.J. Green, Kris Durham and Orson Charles. With Durham gone in addition to Green, King has a chance to make a name for himself in his junior season as UGA's most experienced starting wideout.

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2011 Mackey Award Watch List Features Orson Charles Of Tight End U

While this chronicle of 2011 John Mackey Award watch listers introduces the world to Georgia Bulldogs TE Charles Orson, I'm pretty sure they mean Orson Charles. Mackey consideration would certainly be an appropriate honor, given Charles' production (796 yards in his first two seasons), Aaron Murray's obvious connection with his former high school teammate and the raised expectations that await UGA's new premier pass-catcher.

Other SEC contenders: Vanderbilt's Brandon Barden, Auburn's Philip Lutzenkirchen of Marietta and Alabama's Michael Williams. UGA foe Boise State also puts Kyle Efaw in the running. No Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets made the list, and a team of scientists is expected to report back shortly as to why.

No Georgia tight end has ever won the Mackey, though the SEC does have a two-year streak going after Florida's Aaron Hernandez and Arkansas' D.J. Williams each took home the trophy. 

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Aaron Murray, Brandon Boykin Make Maxwell, Bednarik Award Watch Lists

Time again for college football awards dealers to come up with lists of players they plan to monitor for the upcoming season. They will, of course, monitor exactly zero players besides the ones on these lists, making this the most important thing to happen to college football between now and next year's award watch list revelations.

A pair of Georgia Bulldogs players are up for prestigious awards, should they play their entire seasons well enough to earn them, but at least they're being watched: QB Aaron Murray is on the Maxwell Award watch list, and CB Brandon Boykin is on the Bednarik Award list.

The Maxwell is given to the nation's top player and not included in the Heisman Trophy grab bag as commonly thought. The Bednarik goes to the best defender in the country, a player who is apparently not ever eligible to receive the Heisman itself.

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