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The college football preseason award watch list parade rolled on Monday, with nominee rosters released for the Butkus (nation's best linebacker) and Rotary Lombardi (college lineman/linebacker of the year) Awards.
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy appears on both lists, while fellow LBs Uani Unga and Spencer Hadley joined him as Butkus nominees. BYU is one of only three schools with three linebackers named to the Butkus watch list; Notre Dame and UCLA are the others. Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Iowa, Alabama, Florida State, Mississippi State and Stanford each placed two nominees on the 51-player list.
Van Noy is one of 107 players up for the Rotary Lombardi Award. Last year, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won both the Butkus and Lombardi honors.
Today's watch lists mean Van Noy is now up for four national awards. Over the next four days, watch lists will be released for the Biletnikoff (receivers), Davey O' Brien (QBs), Doak Walker (RBs) and Walter Camp (most outstanding player) Awards.
Here's the updated tally featuring BYU players already named to watch lists:
BYU Football Players on 2013 Preseason Award Watch Lists
|Player||Position||Award||Recognition||No. of nominees||Semifinalists||Finalists||Winner||Sponsoring Organization|
|JD Falslev||WR/KR||Paul Hornung Award||Most Versatile Player in Major College Football||44||N/A||December 2013||January 2014||Louisville Sports Commission|
|Kyle Van Noy||LB||Chuck Bednarik Award||College Defensive Player of the Year||75||Oct. 29||Nov.25||Dec.12||Maxwell Football Club|
|Kyle Van Noy||LB||Bronko Nagurski Trophy||Most Outstanding Defensive Player||81||N/A||Nov. 21||Dec.9||Charlotte Touchdown Club|
|Kyle Van Noy||LB||Butkus Award||Nation's Best Linebacker||51||Oct. 28||Nov. 26||Dec. 7||Butkus Foundation|
|Kyle Van Noy||LB||Rotary Lombardi Award||College Lineman/Linebacker of the Year||107||Nov.7||Nov.21||Dec.11||Rotary Club of Houston|
|Kaneakua Friel||TE||John Mackey Award||Most Outstanding Tight End||37||Nov. 18||Nov. 25||Dec. 12||Friends of John Mackey|
|Eathyn Manumaleuna||DL||Outland Trophy||Most Outstanding Interior Lineman||75||N/A||Nov. 25||Dec. 12||Football Writers Association of America|
|Uani Unga||LB||Rotary Lombardi Award||College Lineman/Linebacker of the Year||107||Nov.7||Nov.21||Dec.11||Rotary Club of Houston|
|Spencer Hadley||LB||Rotary Lombardi Award||College Lineman/Linebacker of the Year||107||Nov.7||Nov.21||Dec.11||Rotary Club of Houston|
Photo: Courtesy BYU Photo