2012 major awards watch lists

DALLAS -- The 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list features the best and brightest of the upcoming season's defensive players.

One of 84 players on the list most likely will receive the Bronko Nagurski Trophy awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Every Football Bowl Subdivision conference and independents BYU and Notre Dame are represented on the list that is led by 30 standout linebackers.

Players may be added or deleted from the Bronko Nagurski watch list during the season. For the 12th consecutive season, the FWAA will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. If a recipient is not on the Watch List, he will be added. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 15.

The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 25-man FWAA All-America Team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski finalists. Committee members then select the winner by individual ballot. The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be Dec. 3 in Charlotte.

2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY SUMMER WATCH LIST
POS PLAYER SCHOOL POS PLAYER SCHOOL
CB Johnny Adams Michigan State DE Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame
CB Ricardo Allen Purdue DT Rob Lohr Vanderbilt
CB David Amerson NC State LB Travis Long Washington State
LB Dion Bailey USC DT Star Lotulelei Utah
CB Johnthan Banks Mississippi State LB Khalil Mack Buffalo
LB Chris Borland Wisconsin LB Trent Mackey Tulane
S John Boyett Oregon CB Nigel Malone Kansas State
LB Travis Brown Fresno State DE Stansly Maponga TCU
LB Jonathan Brown Illinois CB Tyrann Mathieu LSU
LB Arthur Brown Kansas State S Dexter McCoil Tulsa
CB Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State S T.J. McDonald USC
DE Michael Buchanan Illinois CB Leon McFadden San Diego State
LB Max Bullough Michigan State CB Dee Milliner Alabama
CB Carrington Byndom Texas DE Barkevious Mingo LSU
DE Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina DE Sam Montgomery LSU
LB Jamie Collins Southern Miss LB C.J. Mosley Alabama
S Matt Elam Florida DT Roosevelt Nix Kent State
DT Sharrif Floyd Florida DE Alex Okafor Texas
CB Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Boston College
DE William Gholston Michigan State LB Sean Porter Texas A&M
LB Khaseem Greene Rutgers CB Jordan Poyer Oregon State
LB Steve Greer Virginia LB Kevin Reddick North Carolina
DT Johnathan Hankins Ohio State S Eric Reid LSU
LB Gerald Hodges Penn State CB Xavier Rhodes Florida State
S Jarred Holley Pittsburgh CB Nickell Robey USC
CB Demontre Hurst Oklahoma DT Kawann Short Purdue
CB Micah Hyde Iowa DE John Simon Ohio State
LB Andrew Jackson Western Kentucky LB Shayne Skov Stanford
DE Jackson Jeffcoat Texas S Hakeem Smith Louisville
S Tony Jefferson Oklahoma DE Devin Taylor South Carolina
DE Brandon Jenkins Florida State LB Bruce Taylor Virginia Tech
DL John Jenkins Georgia LB Mike Taylor Wisconsin
LB Nico Johnson Alabama LB Manti Te'o Notre Dame
DE Travis Johnson San Jose State LB Chase Thomas Stanford
LB Jarvis Jones Georgia S Kenny Vaccaro Texas
DE Dion Jordan Oregon LB Kyle Van Noy BYU
S Lamarcus Joyner Florida State DT Joe Vellano Maryland
LB A.J. Klein Iowa State DE Bjoern Werner Florida State
LB Jake Knott Iowa State DL Jesse Williams Alabama
S Jordan Kovacs Michigan DE Trevardo Williams Connecticut
DE Corey Lemonier Auburn LB Dwayne Woods Bowling Green
S Robert Lester Alabama LB Tom Wort Oklahoma