The watch list: 18 BYU, Utah, USU players named candidates for college football awards

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  • scott182 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2013 8:09 p.m.

    Congrats to the BYU and Aggie players on the watch list, I think both are all around quality teams and will be very tough. I would have liked to see more from the Utes but I still think we have solid players.

    July 19, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    JD - "BYU played a horrible teams last year, but that creates huge stats against very weak opponents,"

    BYU played five football teams that finished in the top 25 last year, you might want to rethink your post.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 19, 2013 9:12 a.m.


    Bitter huh. I'll tell you why it matters. utah "fans" have been telling us how superior utah's athletes and recruiting are. Well if that were actually true then utah would have more players that are actually recognized as superior. The fact they don't just shows utah "fans" blustering about the superiority of their recruits and athletes is just a fantasy, fiction pushed by supporters of a losing program "frantically and emotionally" grasping fro relevance. Kinda sad really.

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    July 18, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    These award lists are ridiculous. Some have as many as 70-80 names on them. The Desert News and BYU have been reporting these lists as of late like they are the greatest things ever. When the list is narrowed to 10, report it. Until then, it is silly and a waste of time. BYU media milks the naming on a list like nobody else. The LA Times does not have an article every day about which UCLA or USC player is on a "list." It is rarely mentioned until five candidates are left. BYU played a horrible teams last year, but that creates huge stats against very weak opponents, thus the number of players on lists. Is Provo that desperate for recognition that being on a "list" is the end all greatest thing ever? Here is the only list you need to know "BCS or BIG 5 conference teams" and "non-BCS conference less teams." Here is a prediction, nobody from the state of Utah will win one of these dozens of awards, nobody. But you can bet BYU announcers will mention being on a list every time they say a players name during every broadcast all season.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 12:17 p.m.


    Ah, thanks. I realized soon after I posted that the rest of the posts were from days before mine so I thought that was a possibility. Now that it says 17 that was definitely the case.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    July 18, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    A simple reminder to all BYU haters! These watch lists are picked by people outside of Utah that have no ties to BYU or Utah State and do not drink the Blue cool-aid in any shade!!! So why is there only 1 Ute listed for 1 award? See you on the field in Sept.!!!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 8:30 p.m.


    "BYU = 7 Nominees

    Utah Stae = 6 Nominees

    Utah = 1 Nominee"

    The lone Utah nominee would have been playing for BYU if the Cougars had had an available scholarship for him when he returned home early from his LDS mission.

    It's only July and the PACy-WACers are already loading up on excuses for another losing, bowl-less season.

    July 16, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    Trevor Reilly is on the Butkus watch list, by the way. This is all a bunch of meaningless preseason hoopla anyway. It's cool for the individuals that get noticed, but will hardly factor into the actual awards whatsoever, and has no bearing on how these players will actually do. If I remember correctly, Marqise Lee wasn't on the watch list for the Biletnikoff last year, and he looked like one of the most freakishly athletic and talented receivers in college history winning the award last year. Good luck to all these guys, though.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 16, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    "By the way, where in the world are you all getting BYU: 3 USU: 2 Utah: 1 from? The list is of 14 players, 7 from BYU, 6 from USU and 1 from Utah".

    They've been adding to the article as players are added to new lists coming out. The article now says 14, but it didn't before.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    *shrugs* Preseason predictions aren't worth much of anything since there's too many unknowns.

    By the way, where in the world are you all getting BYU: 3 USU: 2 Utah: 1 from? The list is of 14 players, 7 from BYU, 6 from USU and 1 from Utah.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    July 14, 2013 12:41 a.m.


    Up for it but not even gonna come close to winning it. There is no chance of that happening as long as he's an aggie.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 11, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    This proofs we have three times more talent than utah.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    July 11, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    They must not be 4-star athletes

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    July 11, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Uh, CougFaninTX there are 3 Aggies on the list, up for 4 awards. And the Deseret News fails to mention here that Chuckie Keeton is also on the watch list for a small award known as the "Heisman," see the DesNews article on Apr. 26, 6:22 PM. (Admittedly, I don't expect him to win it, but neither will all or most of the players listed here.) Here are the Aggies who are currently on award watch lists: Chuckie Keeton (Heisman, Maxwell), Tyler Larson (Rimington), and Nick Diaz (Groza)

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    Crissy, A
    re you out there??

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    3 BYU, 2 USU, 1 Utah. Well, so much for the power conference. Nice work BYU and USU. Should be a great season. Still waiting for the Chris B spin.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 9, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    Congrats to all!

    Go Murphy! Go Utes!!

  • STuFOO Korea, AE
    July 9, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    I honestly think BYU should be more nervous about USU than playing the u.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 9, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Wow, three for the Cougs, two for the Aggies, and one for the Utes.

    This must be disappointing for chris b.