Preseason Award Watch List Roundup: Several Nittany Lions Recognized Ahead Of 2019 Campaign

Yetur Gross-Matos, Micah Parsons, and KJ Hamler are three of six Penn State players recognized so far this offseason

Watch list season is well and truly underway in the college football world, and a few Penn State football stars found their names on the lists recognizing college football's top players at particular positions.

Though some like the Bednarik Award (best defensive player) and Maxwell Award (most outstanding college football player) released their watch lists over the last week, a few Penn Staters were recognized beyond the awards scope. Yetur Gross-Matos was named as a Big Ten preseason honoree, which recognizes the five best players in the conference's East and West divisions ahead of Big Ten media days in Chicago.

At any rate, here's a roundup of all the Nittany Lions who received recognition over the course of the past week:


Pat Freiermuth

John Mackey Award (best tight end) Watch List

Blake Gillikin

2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee

Yetur Gross-Matos

Big Ten Preseason Honoree, Bednarik Award (best defensive player) & Lott Impact Trophy (defensive IMPACT player of the year) Watch Lists

KJ Hamler

Maxwell Award (most outstanding player) & Biletnikoff Award (best wide receiver) Watch Lists

Michal Menet

Rimington Trophy (best center) Watch List

Micah Parsons

Bednarik Award (best defensive player) Watch List