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July 17, 2012

Several U-M players on national awards Watch Lists

Michigan Players On National Award Watch Lists

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About The Award(s)
Other Big Ten Players On List(s)

Kenny Demens
5th-year Senior
Middle Linebacker
Lombardi Award
The Lombardi Award is given annual award given the nation's top lineman (offensive or defensive) or the nation's best linebacker.

According to the Houston Rotary Club Of Houston, who gives out the award, players were named to the Watch List by "earning All-American honors last season; being named to their respective all-conference first team last season; being projected as an All-American or first-team all-conference player for the coming season; or by nomination."

Last season, the finalists for the award were Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower, Alabama outsider linebacker Courtney Upshaw, Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, who won the award.

Other notable winners: Nick Fairley (Auburn, 2010), Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska, 2009), LaMarr Woodley (Michigan, 2006) and Orlando Pace (Ohio State, 1995 and 1996).
*Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State
*Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
*Johnathan Brown, LB, Illinois
*Michael Buchanan, LB, Illinois
*Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
*Travis Frederick, OL, Wisconsin
*Will Gholston, DE, Michigan State
*Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
*Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
*Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
*Spencer Long, OL, Nebraska
*Chris McDonald, OL, Michigan State
*James Morris, LB, Iowa
*Marcus Rush, DE, Michigan State
*Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
*John Simon, DE, Ohio State
*Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
*Baker Steinkuhler, DT, Nebraska
*Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State
*Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin
*Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin

Brendan Gibbons
Redshirt Junior
Lou Groza Award
The Lou Groza Award has been awarded to the nation's best placekicker since 1992. It is named after former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns kicker Lou Groza, and it is given out by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Only one school has had more than one winner: Florida State. The Seminoles have seen placekickers take home three Groza Awards. Sebastian Janikowski won twice (1998 and 1999), and Graham Geno won in 2008.

The Big Ten leads the country with seven kickers on the 2012 Watch List.

Two Big Ten kickers have won the award in the past: Iowa's Nate Kaeding in 2002 and Ohio State's Mike Nugent in 2004.

Last season, Texas A&M's Randy Bullock took home the award.

*Mitch Ewald, Indiana
*Mike Meyer, Iowa
*Dan Conroy, Michigan State
*Brett Maher, Nebraska
*Drew Basil, Ohio State
*Anthony Fera, Penn State

Jordan Kovacs
5th-year Senior
Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Lott IMPACT Trophy
The Bronko Naguski Trophy, named after a former Minnesota Gophers and Chicago Bears great, has been given out annually to the best defensive player in the country. It was first given out in 1993, and it is voted on by the Football Writers Of America Association and given out by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Last year's winner, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, led the nation in tackles, with 191. In just 12 games (the Eagles did not qualify for a bowl, Kuechly was two tackles shy of the NCAA record for tackles in a season. His 16.0 tackles per game over the course of the season did set an NCAA record.

Michigan has had one Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner: cornerback Charles Woodson in 1997. Other Big Ten players to win the award: Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska, 2009), James Laurinaitis (Ohio State, 2008) and Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern, 1995 and 1996).

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is given out annually to the best defensive player who displays Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity (IMPACT)."

It was founded by Ronnie Lott and the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and has been given out since 2004. Kuechly won the award in 2011, and two Big Ten players have received it in the past: Laurinaitis from Ohio State (2008) and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt (2010).
*Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State
*Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
*Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
*Johnathan Brown, LB, Illinois
*Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
*Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
*William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
*Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
*Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
*Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
*Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
*John Simon, DE, Ohio State
*Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin
*Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
*Johnathan Brown, LB, Illinois
*Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
*Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
*Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
*John Simon, DT, Ohio State
*Baker Steinkuhler, DT, Nebraska
*Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin

Taylor Lewan
Redshirt Junior
Offensive Tackle

Outland Trophy

Lombardi Award
The Outland Trophy, named after former Penn All-American lineman John Outland, has been given to the nation's best interior lineman (offensive or defensive) since 1946.

Nebraska has traditionally had a stranglehold on the trophy, having had nine winners in the past (Suh in 2010, Aaron Taylor in 1997, Zah Wiegert in 1994, Will Shields in 1992, Dean Steinkuhler in 1983, Dave Rimington in 1982 and 1981, Rich Glover in 1972 and Larry Jacobson in 1971). That's four more Outland Trophies than any other school.

The rest of the Big Ten has won 14 of them: Ohio State (4), Iowa (3), Minnesota (3), Wisconsin (2), Michigan State (1), Penn State (1). The Wolverines have never won and Outland Trophy.

Last year's winner was Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones.

(See under Demens for Lombardi Trophy.)
*James Ferentz, C, Iowa
*Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
*Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
*Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
*Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska
*Chris McDonald, OG, Michigan State
*Graham Pocic, C, Illinois
*Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
*Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
*Baker Steinkuhler, DT, Nebraska
*Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin

(See Demens, above)

Denard Robinson
Maxwell Award
The Maxwell Award, two years younger than the Heisman Trophy, has been given out since 1937 to the best college football player in America, as voted on by a panel of sportswriters, head coaches and members of the Maxwell Football Club.

The award is named after Bob "Tiny" Maxwell, who played guard at Chicago from 1902-1905 and was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame in 1974.

Penn State and Notre Dame lead the country in winners, with seven and six, respectively.

Big Ten teams have had 20 combined winners: Penn State (7), Ohio State (4), Iowa (2), Michigan (2), Indiana (1), Michigan State (1), Nebraska (1), Purdue (1), Wisconsin (1). No Big Ten player has won the Award since Penn State running back Larry Johnson in 2002.

The two Michigan players to win the award also went on to win the Heisman Trophy: Tom Harmon (1940) and Desmond Howard (1991). When Charles Woodson won the Heisman, Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning won the Maxwell Award.

Last year, the award wen to Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
*Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
*Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
*Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
*Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
*Silas Redd, RB, Penn State

Roy Roundtree
5th-year Senior
Wide Receiver
Biletnikoff Award
The Biletnikoff Award has been given out since 1994 to the nation's best wide receiver.

It is named after Fred Biletnikoff, who is a member of both the College Football Hall Of Fame (Florida State) and the Pro Football Hall Of Fame (Oakland Raiders).

It is presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation and voted on by journalists, broadcasters and former players.

The Big Ten has seen four winners: Penn State's Bobby Engram (1994), Ohio State's Terry Glenn (1995), Michigan State's Charles Rogers (2002) and Michigan's Braylon Edwards (2004).

The award has gone to just three different players in the last five seasons: Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (2011, 2010), Notre Dame's Golden Tate (2009) and Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree (2008, 2007).
*Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
*Corey Brown, Ohio State
*Keenan Davis, Iowa

Fitzgerald Toussaint
Redshirt Junior
Running Back
Maxwell Award
(See Robinson, above.)
(See Robinson, above)
Awards Watch Lists Still To Come:

The Davey O'Brien Award: July 18
The Doak Walker Award: July 19
The Walter Camp Award: July 20

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