Awards watch: More for Simon, Hankins
July, 12, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
The season is finally getting closer. The release of preseason watch lists for the major college football awards confirms it, and starting with the first two that were released on Monday and including all of them that follow, BuckeyeNation will break them down to see which Ohio State representatives have a shot at bringing home some hardware.
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- What: Nation's best defensive player
- On the list: Ohio State defensive linemen Johnathan Hankins and John Simon
- Credentials: Preseason nominations are pouring in for the tandem up front for the Buckeyes, which combined for 28.5 tackles for a loss last season. Simon led the team with seven sacks as a junior on the way to first-team All-Big Ten honors and has drawn high praise from new coach Urban Meyer for his leadership. Hankins is an emerging force on the inside with his mixture of strength and mobility in an oversized frame.
- Head to head: Showcase opportunities against other preseason candidates -- Johnny Adams (cornerback, Michigan State), Ricardo Allen (cornerback, Purdue), Chris Borland (linebacker, Wisconsin), Jonathan Brown (linebacker, Illinois), Michael Buchanan (defensive end, Illinois), Max Bullough (linebacker, Michigan State), William Gholston (defensive end, Michigan State), Gerald Hodges (linebacker, Penn State), Jordan Kovacs (safety, Michigan), Kawann Short (defensive tackle, Purdue), Mike Taylor (linebacker, Wisconsin).
- Odds: Having a teammate up for the same individual award isn't necessarily the best way to win one, but the ability to play next to and feed off of each other is part of the formula for success for Simon and Hankins. Maybe at some point down the line they would split the vote against each other, but both players figure to be in the mix for honors like this at the end of the year.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State