|Four Tar Heels Named To Awards Watch Lists|
|Written by Kevin Best|
|Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:35|
The John Mackey Award has released the 2013 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, and North Carolina junior tight end Eric Ebron is one of the candidates. Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2013
John Mackey recipient will be presented live on Dec. 12, 2013, at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.Ebron had one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2012, setting new Carolina records for receptions (40) and receiving yards (625) by a tight end. He also scored four touchdowns and earned second-team All-ACC honors from both the media and the coaches. Entering his junior year, Ebron was a preseason first-team All-ACC and fourth-team All-America selection by Phil Steele.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists twelve NFL players as alumni including two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham ('01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark ('02), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller ('04) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth ('06) of the of the Pittsburgh Steelers and 2012 John Mackey Award recipient Tyler Eifert of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Other key dates include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Midseason Watch List on October 14, 2013, the 2013 Mackey Semifinalists on November 18, 2013 and the 2013 Mackey Finalists on November 25, 2013.
Martin, Renner Named To Watch Lists
The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists for the 77th annual Maxwell Award and the 19th annual Bednarik Award Monday, and North Carolina seniors Kareem Martin and Bryn Renner were among the players recognized. Martin, a defensive end from Roanoke Rapids, N.C., is on the Bednarik Award Watch List, while Renner, a quarterback from West Springfield, Va., is a candidate for the Maxwell Award.
A second-team All-ACC pick a year ago, Martin returns to lead the Carolina defense after tallying 40 tackles, including 15.5 for a combined loss of 56 yards, four sacks for 32 yards, eight quarterback hurries and three pass breakups in 2012. He is the top returner for UNC in both tackles for loss and sacks, and was a preseason first-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele.
Renner comes back to Chapel Hill to take aim at the Carolina career record book after one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2012. Renner passed for 3,356 yards and a school-record 28 touchdowns a year ago, and trails just T.J. Yates and Darian Durant in all four major passing categories. An honorable mention All-ACC pick last season, Renner is a preseason third-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were extensive, including as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.
The watch lists will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast. Returning Maxwell Award semifinalists from 2012 include Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, USC WR Marqise Lee, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas. The list also showcases six defensive players, and for the first time in Award history three offensive linemen, Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews and Stanford OG David Yankey. Defending National Champion Alabama is the most represented program, with RB T.J. Yeldon, WR Amari Cooper and LB C.J. Mosley joining McCarron.
The Bednarik Award watch list features three of last season's semifinalists as well, Mosley, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney and Arizona State DT Will Sutton. All three are included on the Maxwell Award watch list as well. Despite losing LB Manti Te'o to graduation, Notre Dame places four players on the watch list, one more than Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Stanford, which are all represented by three players.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 18. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2013 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
The Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards are members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence.
Bodine Named To Rimington List
Five Atlantic Coast Conference players, including North Carolina's Russell Bodine, were named Tuesday to the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top center. Joining Bodine from the ACC are Georgia Tech senior Jay Finch, Syracuse senior Macky MacPherson, Florida State senior Bryan Stork and Miami junior Shane McDermott (Lake Worth, Fla.).
Bodine helped lead a UNC offense which set school records in total points (487) and points per game (40.8) in 2012, as the Tar Heels finished eighth nationally in scoring offense. The Scottsville, Va., junior had a standout season in his first year as a full-time starter.
The ACC was one of three conferences with five nominees, including the Pac-12 Conference and the Mountain West Conference. Only the Southeastern Conference (9) had more selected to the 2013 Spring Watch List. The Rimington Award uses four All-America teams to select its winner: The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the Walter Camp Foundation and The Sporting News. The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 11, 2014.
About the Rimington Trophy
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The fourteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised nearly $100 million for CF Research.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
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