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Where ND fits in on watch lists

7/24/2013

Watch list season came and went, and if the releases are any indication, Notre Dame is in serious trouble at quarterback, running back, center, defensive back and punter.

Well, not really. But those positions are notable considering the Irish did not land anyone on the watch lists for the Davey O'Brien, Doak Walker, Rimington, Jim Thorpe or Ray Guy awards.

(Never mind that cornerback Bennett Jackson made the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player.)

Still, it was quite a run for the Irish, and particularly for Louis Nix, who made six different watch lists. (Stephon Tuitt wasn't too shabby himself, making five.)

Below is a roundup of the dozen different Irish players who made watch lists in the past two weeks. Notre Dame is the only school with multiple defensive players on the watch list for the Maxwell Award and the only school with multiple defensive players on the watch list for the Walter Camp player of the year award. The Irish's four Bednarik watch listers are the most in the nation, and their three players on the Butkus watch list are tied for the most in the nation.

Maxwell (best player): Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt

Bednarik (defensive player): Bennett Jackson, Louis Nix, Prince Shembo, Stephon Tuitt

Mackey (tight end): Ben Koyack, Troy Niklas

Lou Groza (kicker): Kyle Brindza

Nagurski (defensive): Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt

Outland (interior lineman): Zack Martin, Louis Nix

Butkus (linebacker): Carlo Calabrese, Dan Fox, Prince Shembo

Rotary Lombardi (offensive/defensive lineman, linebacker): Zack Martin, Louis Nix, Prince Shembo, Stephon Tuitt

Biletnikoff (receiver): DaVaris Daniels, T.J. Jones

Walter Camp (best player): Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt