Nagurski, Outland Trophy watch lists

July, 12, 2012
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Two more watch lists have been unveiled, featuring four Big East players each.

First up: the Nagurski Trophy, given annually to the nation's best defensive player. This year, a total of 84 players have made the list. Here are your Big East reps:

Nagurski Trophy

Greene was the obvious choice for this list, as he won Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Big East last season. Greene also has been receiving some national attention on several preseason All-America lists as well. Smith and Holley are the two best safeties in the Big East right now, while Williams ranked No. 5 in the nation with 12.5 total sacks. Excellent Big East representation on this list.

Now here are the Big East players on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, given to the best tackle, guard or center in the nation. In all, 71 players made this list.
Not much of a surprise here, either. Benavides is the best center in the Big East. Donald had 11 sacks last year and moves inside now to defensive tackle. Popek and Pugh are the two best offensive tackles in the Big East right now.

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