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BYU's Mahina, Fusi named to preseason award watch lists; more honors for Hill

By Greg Wrubell | Posted - Jul 8th, 2014 @ 9:16am



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The roll-out of college football's preseason awards watch lists continued on Tuesday, with BYU players Devin Mahina and Edward Fusi both honored by inclusion on nominee lists for their respective field positions.

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Mahina was one of 38 players named to the nominee list for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's outstanding tight end, while Fusi is one of 66 nominees for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's premier center.

Mahina enters his senior season with 26 career catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns. He is expected to play a significant role in BYU's pass attack in 2014.

A senior in 2014, Fusi played in 10 games last year, starting six games at center, after transferring in from Mt. San Antonio College immediately before the season. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae expects big things from the 6-foot, 317-pound lineman during the upcoming season.

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Also on Tuesday, quarterback Taysom Hill was named to the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Quarterback of the Year Trophy, joining teammates Jamaal Williams and Alani Fua in being honored by the CFPA.

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BYU now has five players nominated for postseason honors, with remaining award watch lists still to come, as scheduled below:

Wed., July 9: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award

Thurs., July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy

Fri., July 11: Jim Thorpe Award

Mon., July 14: Butkus Award/Rotary Lombardi Award

Tue., July 15: Biletnikoff Award

Wed., July 16: Davey O'Brien Award

Thurs., July 17: Doak Walker Award

Fri., July 18: Walter Camp Award

BYU Football Players on 2014 College Football Award Watch Lists

PlayerPositionAwardRecognitionNo. of nomineesSemifinalistsFinalistsWinnerSponsoring Organization
Taysom HillQBMaxwell Award*College Player of the Year76Nov.3Nov. 24Dec.11Maxwell Football Club
Taysom HillQBCFPA Quarterback TrophyQB of the Year40Jan. 14, 2015College Football Performance Awards
Jamaal WilliamsRBMaxwell Award*College Player of the Year76Nov.3Nov.24Dec.11Maxwell Football Club
Jamaal WilliamsRBCFPA Running Back TrophyRB of the Year40Jan. 14, 2015College Football Performance Awards
Alani FuaLBCFPA Linebacker TrophyLB of the Year40Jan. 14, 2015College Football Performance Awards
Devin MahinaTEJohn Mackey Award*Nation's Outstanding Tight End38Nov. 17Nov. 24Dec.10Friends of John Mackey, Inc.
Edward FusiCRimington Trophy*Nation's Premier Center66Dec. 11Boomer Esiason Foundation

* Award sanctioned by the National College Football Awards Association

Greg Wrubell

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