Preseason Award Watch List Roundup (7/26/19): KJ Hamler, Yetur Gross-Matos Earn Even More Accolades

James Franklin was also recognized on the Dodd Trophy's preseason watch list as one of the nation's best coaches.

As the start of training camp nears for Penn State football, many of the different awards in college football are releasing their preseason watch lists to recognize some of the best players and coaches in college football.

Three Nittany Lions were named to the Nagurski Award (best defensive player award), including defensive tackle Robert Windsor. Windsor, who will likely start at defensive tackle for the second consecutive season, also earned a spot on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is annually awarded to the best interior lineman in college football.

Elsewhere, KJ Hamler was named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player). Penn State is fairly familiar with that award -- Hamler was a finalist for it in 2018 after Saquon Barkley won the trophy following his spectacular final season as a Nittany Lion.

Here's a roundup of all the preseason watch list honorees from Penn State over the past week:


James Franklin

Dodd Trophy (coach of the year) Watch List

Cam Brown

Butkus Award (best linebacker) Watch List

Blake Gillikin

Ray Guy Award (best punter) Watch List

Yetur Gross-Matos

Nagurski Award (best defensive player) Watch List

KJ Hamler

Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player) Watch List

Micah Parsons

Nagurski Award (best defensive player) and Butkus Award (best linebacker) Watch Lists

Robert Windsor

Nagurski Award (best defensive player) and Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) Watch Lists