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Denis Poroy, AP
FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2016, file photo, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) passes during the first half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Minnesota, in San Diego. Falk says he will return for his senior season. Falk made the announcement Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

College football season is closing in fast, as attested by the fact watch lists are beginning to be released.

During early to mid-July, more than 20 watch lists will be released. Come back here daily for updates on which locals have been named to the various lists.


Walter Camp Award watch list


College football's most outstanding player

(Full 2017 watch list)

Luke Falk, senior QB, Washington State (Logan High)

Falk is on the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list for the second straight year. He's averaged 351.4 yards passing per game throughout his college career, which includes an 18-10 record in 28 starts.

Mitch Wishnowsky, junior P, Utah

Wishnowsky was a first-team selection on the 2016 Walter Camp All-America team. The reigning Ray Guy Award winner, presented to the nation's top punter, led the country in net punting last year (44.63 yards).


Doak Walker Award watch list


Nation's premier running back

(Full 2017 watch list)

Tonny Lindsey Jr., senior RB, Utah State

Lindsey started 10 games for the Aggies in 2016, rushing for a team-high 148 carries and 763 yards while adding a team-lead tying six rushing touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 123 yards.

Armand Shyne, junior RB, Utah

Shyne missed more than half of the 2016 season with a season-ending injury. Prior to that, he rushed for a then team-leading 373 yards on 78 carries with four touchdowns.


The Dodd Trophy watch list


College football coach of the year

(Full 2017 watch list)

Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Whittingham is one of 19 coaches on the Dodd Trophy watch list, the fourth straight year he's been on the watch list. He has a 104-50 record in 12 years as the Utes' coach, including a 10-1 bowl record. Whittingham has led Utah to nine or more wins for three straight seasons.

Previous local winners

1979: LaVell Edwards, BYU


Davey O'Brien Award watch list


The nation's best college quarterback

(Full 2017 watch list)

Luke Falk, senior QB, Washington State (Logan High)

The former walk-on has started 28 games for Washington State and thrown for 10,893 yards and 89 touchdowns in his career. Falk is a two-time semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award (in 2015 and 2016) and was honored as a Davey O'Brien "Great 8" Performance of the Week five times last year.

Tanner Mangum, junior QB, BYU

Mangum returns to the starting lineup in 2017 after backing up Taysom Hill last year; he replaced an injured Hill as the starter in 2015. Mangum, who's thrown for 3,618 yards and 26 touchdowns in college, was named to the 2016 Davey O'Brien Award watch list.

Previous local winners

1991: Ty Detmer, BYU

1990: Ty Detmer, BYU

1983: Steve Young, BYU

1981: Jim McMahon, BYU


Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list


The nation's outstanding senior or fourth-year junior quarterback

(Full 2017 watch list)

Luke Falk, senior QB, Washington State (Logan High)

Falk was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas award last season, when he threw for 4,468 passing yards (third-most in the country) and 38 touchdowns. The senior has completed 69 percent of his passes in his career.

Kent Myers, senior QB, Utah State

Myers, who's started 25 games over his first three college seasons, has thrown for 4,848 yards and 31 touchdowns in his Aggie career. The versatile quarterback has also rushed for 1,115 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 449 yards last season.

Troy Williams, senior QB, Utah

Williams returns for his second year as the Utes' starting quarterback. He threw for 2,757 yards, fifth-most in the Pac-12, and 15 touchdowns during the 2016 season while also rushing for 235 yards and five more scores, leading the Utes to a 9-4 record and a top 25 finish.


Wuerffel Trophy watch list


College football's premier award for community service

(Full 2017 watch list)

Chase Hansen, junior S, Utah (Lone Peak High)

After signing with Utah as a quarterback, Hansen switched to defense full-time last year and one of his top games from the 2016 season included a career-high 13 tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble against Colorado. He earned honorable mention all-Pac-12 honors as a sophomore.

Dallin Leavitt, senior DB, Utah State

Leavitt, in his first season at USU after transferring from BYU, started all eight games he played in during the 2016 season. He had 57 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a team-best three interceptions for the Aggies.

Fred Warner, senior LB, BYU

Warner is among BYU's most experiences players, with 25 career starts in 36 games played for the Cougars. He was last year's leading tackler at BYU (86 tackles) and has two pick-sixes in his Cougar career.


Biletnikoff Award watch list


Nation's outstanding college receiver

(Full 2017 watch list)

No local representatives in 2017


Butkus Award watch list


Nation's best college football linebacker

(Full 2017 watch list)

Porter Gustin, junior, LB, USC (Salem Hills High)

Gustin has 94 career tackles for the Trojans heading into his junior season, including 20 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He's started 15 games for USC in his college career.

Fred Warner, senior LB, BYU

Warner has 177 career tackles for the Cougars through three seasons, including 23 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He's also grabbed six interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered four fumbles in his career.


Paul Hornung Award watch list


Most versatile player in college football

(Full 2017 watch list)

No local representatives in 2017


Jim Thorpe Award watch list


Best defensive back in college football

(Full 2017 watch list)

Chase Hansen, junior S, Utah (Lone Peak High)

In his first season as a full-time starter in the defensive backfield, Hansen had 54 unassisted tackles (including a team-leading 90 overall) and 12 pass deflections. He also had 7.5 tackles for loss while forcing six turnovers, with three interceptions (including one that went for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles.


Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list


College defensive player of the year

(Full 2017 watch list)

Chase Hansen, junior S, Utah (Lone Peak High)

Hansen earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors last year after leading Utah in tackles (90), passes defended (12) and pass breakups (nine) while also finishing tied for second nationally with four fumble recoveries. He also forced three fumbles while starting all 13 games.

Lowell Lotulelei, senior DT, Utah (Bingham High)

Lotulelei, a four-year starter, had 28 tackles and a career-high 8.5 tackles for loss as a junior last season. He was also named to the Nagurski watch list last year.


Outland Trophy watch list


College football's top interior lineman

(Full 2017 watch list)

Tejan Koroma, senior C, BYU

The three-year starter, one of four returning starters on the offensive line for the Cougars, graded out as one of the top four centers in college football in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Lowell Lotulelei, senior DT, Utah (Bingham High)

Lotulelei has started 30 of the 38 games he's played at defensive tackle for the Utes over his career. The three-time All-Pac-12 honoree was also named to the Outland Trophy watch list in 2016.

Previous local winners

1989: Mohammed Elewonibi, BYU

1986: Jason Buck, BYU

1961: Merlin Olsen, Utah State


Ray Gay Award watch list


College punter of the year

(Full 2017 watch list)

Mitch Wishnowsky, junior P, Utah

Wishnowsky, a unanimous consensus All-American last year, won the 2016 Ray Guy Award after leading the nation in net punting (44.63 yards), punts of 50-plus yards (30), punts inside the 10 (17). He was also second nationally in punt average (47.7), punts inside the 20 (34) and percentage of punts inside the 20 (53.13 percent).

Jonny Linehan, senior P, BYU

Linehan averaged 42.5 yards per punt last season with 30 punts inside the 20-yard line, helping BYU hold opponents to an average of 2.53 yards per punt returns (sixth nationally). He was also a Ray Guy Award candidate in 2016.

Previous local winners

2016: Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah

2015: Tom Hackett, Utah

2014: Tom Hackett, Utah


Lou Groza Award watch list


College football's top kicker

(Full 2017 watch list)

No local representatives in 2017


Rimington Trophy watch list


Most outstanding center in college football

(Full 2017 watch list)

Tejan Koroma, senior C, BYU

Koroma has started 38 games at center for the Cougars in his collegiate career and helped BYU average more than 200 rushing yards per game in 2016. This is the third straight year he's been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list.


John Mackey Award watch list


College football's most outstanding tight end

(Full 2017 watch list)

Dax Raymond, sophomore TE, Utah State (Timpview High)

A season-ending back injury forced Raymond to redshirt during the 2016 season. He had four receptions for 72 yards as a freshman in 2015 and is the expected starter at tight end this season for the Aggies.

Dalton Schultz, senior TE, Stanford (Bingham High)

Schultz had 23 receptions for 222 yards and a touchdown during the 2016 season while earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors. This is the second straight year Schultz has been named to the Mackey Award watch list.


Maxwell Award watch list


College football player of the year

(Full 2017 watch list)

Luke Falk, senior QB, Washington State (Logan High)

Falk threw for 4,468 yards, 38 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2016 and has thrown for 10,893 yards in his career. He was a Maxwell Award semifinalist and was named to the All-Pac-12 second team last year.

Tanner Mangum, junior QB, BYU

Mangum completed 66.7 percent of his passes last year for 241 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while backing up Taysom Hill. He threw for 3,377 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the starter in 2015.

Previous local winners

1990: Ty Detmer, BYU


Bednarik Award watch list


College defensive player of the year

(Full 2017 watch list)

Kyle Fitts, senior DE, Utah

Fitts missed most of the 2016 season with a season-ending injury but received a medical hardship waiver. He had 41 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four forced fumbles in 2015 and was named to the Bednarik watch list last year.

Porter Gustin, junior LB, USC (Salem Hills High)

Gustin had 68 tackles and a team-high 13 tackles for loss in his first season as a full-time starter in 2016 while adding 5.5 sacks. He was named one of Sports Illustrated's top 10 college football freaks and was Pac-12 honorable mention in 2015.

Lowell Lotulelei, senior DT, Utah (Bingham High)

The 2015 first-team All-Pac-12 honoree had 28 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss as a junior last season while adding 3.5 sacks. He has eight sacks and 18 tackles for loss in his career and was named to the Bednarik watch list last year.

Fred Warner, senior LB, BYU

Warner led the Cougars with 86 tackles last season and tied for second on the team with three interceptions, including one for a pick-six. He has 5.5 career sacks, including 1.5 in 2016.