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It's that time of the year: ZOMG PRESEASON WATCH LISTS TIME. In college football there's an award for nearly everything. Positions, coaches, academics, humanitarian efforts, walk-ons, "inspirational players" and so on. And why shouldn't there be? If you're a student-athlete who does tremendous work in the community you should be recognized for it. If you're the best strength and conditioning coach in college football you should be recognized for it. If you're the best return specialist in college football you should be recognized for it. There are a hundred awards and I think each one serves a purpose.
What purpose do the preseason watch lists serve? Last year Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette wrote an article summarizing my feelings: preseason watch lists are ridiculous. Why? More after the jump.
To my knowledge, seven preseason watch lists have been announced as of July 11th: the Maxwell Award, the Mackey Award, the Bednarik Award, the Rimington Trophy, the Ray Guy Award, the Lou Groza Award and the College Football Performance Awards. The Maxwell Award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the best college football player in the nation. This year's preseason list names a whopping 64 players from 9 different conferences. Is that a problem? Yes. It's a problem when you're listing an egregious amount of players when you're only seriously considering 10 of them. It's nice that Casey Pachall of TCU (TOLD YOU THE PICTURE WAS RELEVANT) got some love but why even mention his name when you know damn well you're going to give the award to Matt Barkley?
Same goes for the Rimington Trophy and the Bednarik Award. The Remington Trophy is presented to the best center in college football and lists 51 players. The Bednarik Award (also via the Maxwell Football Club) is presented to the best college defensive player in the nation. It's cool that you listed 60ish players as candidates for the award but are you really going to consider Jamie Collins of Southern Mississippi or Joe Vellano of Maryland?
As an Iowa fan, what in the world is the Palm Beach County Sports Commission thinking? The PBCSC (I don't even know if that's an acronym) is responsible for handing out the Lou Groza Award to the nation's best kicker. Their watch list is shorter and actually gives explanations as to why these players are being nominated. However, Iowa's kicker, Mike Meyer is listed and I'm not sure why. He is the second most inaccurate kicker listed, making only 70% of field goals attempted and was anything but clutch last season (AHHHHH MINNESOTA AHHHHH). It's clear that the only reason he's being listed was because he was a semi-finalist last season. And why was he a semi-finalist last season?
The College Football Performance Awards are arguably the greatest offender as they list everybody. Seriously, check their list of watch lists. I'm shocked they don't have a preseason watch list for fullback. Here's the PDF listing their offensive nominees. That's what, 100 or so players? That doesn't even count the defensive or special teams nominees. They aren't joking when they say they're the "Largest Awards Organization in D-I College Football."
These preseason watch lists create so many questions. Why do they nominate players who have no business being nominated? Is this some kind of prediction contest? Do the organizations cast such a broad net because they want to be right at the end of the season? Do they just want to be able to say "See, we told you that guy was good"? Are they created because these organizations actually consider every one of these players as a viable candidate for the award? Or are they created to make "good" players feel good despite already having the true contenders (aka the "great" players) narrowed down? I feel like it's the latter. To me, it's the equivalent of saying to the "good" players:
Good job, good effort guys...but we already know Matt Barkley is winning everything. On to the links.
- A Heisman winner at Indiana? Hey, nothing wrong with a little hypothetical!
- Bill Connelly gives us an excellent preview for the 2012 Fighting Illini at the mothership
- Bill C. does the same for the Iowa Hawkeyes
- Iowa fans undoubtedly remember the 2001 Alamo Bowl but do they remember Mike Leach's amazing halftime interview?
- BHGP asks what would've happened if Mark Ingram attended Iowa instead of Alabama
- Jon Miller of Hawkeye Nation summarizes Iowa's uphill recruiting battles
- Maize n Brew explores totally implausible but fun to consider alternate Heisman realities for Michigan football and profiles Roy Roundtree
- Michigan recruit Shane Morris didn't mean any disrespect to Mark Dantonio following his impersonation of the coach who never smiles
- MGoBlog wraps up Michigan's latest recruiting news
- Former Michigan State football coaches Clarence "Biggie" Munn and Hugh Duffy will be added to Spartan Stadium's Ring of Fame this fall
- Bill C's Michigan State preview
- MLive previews Michigan State's week one opponent: Boise State. AIEEEEEEEE
- Fringe Bowl Team profiles the Gophers 5th commitment: Chris Wipson
- Hammer and Rails profiles the 2012 Gophers
- TCF Bank comes in at #8 in ESPN's Big 10 stadium rankings
- The Daily Gopher lists EA Sports NCAA 13 Minnesota Rosters. Despite being mediocre all around, the virtual Gophers still beat Iowa by a field goal
- The Nebraska Cornhuskers landed a 4-star quarterback in Johnny Stanton. Here's Big Red Today's take and Corn Nation's take.
- The Omaha World-Herald thinks QB style has something to do with how Nebraska plays defense. Obviously
- Taylor Martinez uses the criticism as motivation
- Per Lake the Posts, season ticket sales are up more than 50% at this time a year ago. Doing the math, this means that Northwestern is on pace to sell 438 season tickets
- Pre-Snap Read's Northwestern preview
- Sippin on Purple has excellent names for offensive lineman Geoff Mogus like "Mogus Operandi" and "Jeff"
- Eleven Warriors has an interesting take on why the great powers are great and the power cycle theory of college football
- Land Grant Holy Land reminds us of some forgotten players and lists Ohio State's latest depth chart
- Buckeye Empire kicks off their 2012 preview by welcoming us all to the Urban era
- Eleven Warriors talks with one of the smartest men in college football: Phil Steele
- The Freesh Report will be released at 9AM ET on Thursday, July 12th. BSD also looks at the aftermath of the Sandusky trial
- LaVar Arrington gives his thoughts on the latest developments in the Penn State scandal
- Hammer and Rails asks which Heisman player Purdue would want. My answer: Kyle "I love getting shitty in Iowa City" Orton
- Boiled Sports looks at the 2012 season through pessimist lenses and has the Boilers going 5-7
- Madtown Badgers asks what's holding Wisconsin back from playing for the title in 2012
- Tom Dienhart has a question and answer session with Wisconsin OC Matt Canada
- The best B1G player in EA Sports NCAA 2013? Montee Ball, who has a 98 overall rating.
- Vote for Hayden, Tom or Bo (but not Jim) to be inducted into the SB Nation College Football HOF!
- Part II of Dienhart's best B1G games in 2012
- Here's a complete 2012-2013 bowl schedule
- A poll for the B1G's most underrated coaching job
- Finally...ZOMG B1G PLAYERS ON THE MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON LIST
- Ritt names the Big Ten's biggest coaching bargains. Kirk Ferentz printed off this article, shredded it, shredded it again, wrapped it in a $1,000 dollar bill and smoked it. STRAIGHT CASH HOMIE