For Starkville Daily News
Preseason accolades continue to pile up for Mississippi State football defensive lineman Chris Jones and defensive back Will Redmond. The Football Writers Association of America announced Friday both being included on the 2015 watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, while Jones was additionally selected to the watch list for the 2015 Outland Trophy. The Nagurski Trophy honors the national defensive player of the year, while the Outland Trophy is given to the top interior lineman in college football.
Jones made both watch lists after collecting 26 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore last season. Earlier this week, the preseason Sporting News All-American was additionally chosen to the watch list for the 2015 Bednarik Award.
Like Jones, Redmond found a spot on the Nagurski Trophy watch list after tallying 51 tackles with 3.0 tackles for loss and three interceptions last fall. Also a member of the Bednarik Award watch list, the Phil Steele preseason All-American was selected the top senior defensive back in the country by Mel Kiper Jr. earlier this summer.
The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 20 players on the 88-man Nagurski Trophy watch list and 16 men on the 82-player Outland Trophy Watch List.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 19. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be announced Dec. 7 at the annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Six or seven semifinalists for the Outland Trophy will be revealced Nov. 19. Five days later, the FWAA will announced three finalists. The winner of the 70th Outland Trophy will be announced live on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards Dec. 10. For the first time, the event takes place from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.