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Awards watch: Buchanan, Good Works

7/18/2012

The season is finally getting closer. The release of preseason watch lists for the major college football awards confirms it, and with a full week of candidates already announced and more to come, BuckeyeNation will break them all down to see which Ohio State representatives have a shot at bringing home some hardware.

AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM

  • WHAT: A select group of 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision recognized for showing a commitment to making a difference in the community

  • ON THE LIST: Ohio State senior Ben Buchanan

  • CREDENTIALS: The starting punter has an impressive resume on the field, including a career average of more than 41 yards per attempt, but it's his work away from it makes him a preseason candidate for the American Football Coaches Association award. Buchanan has taken three medical missions to Honduras, spent his most recent spring break working with Habitat for Humanity and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

  • ODDS: Given the qualities he already has demonstrated during his career with the Buckeyes, it's hard to see Buchanan as anything other than a strong candidate for the 11-man roster, which will be announced in September.