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July 16, 2012TUSCALOOSA | Six University of Alabama football players are on the preseason watch list for the 2012 Rotary Lombardi Award, with two of them also on the watch list for the Butkus Award.
Linebackers Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley are on both lists. The Lombardi Award goes to the nation's top college lineman or linebacker. The Butkus Award is presented to college football's top linebacker.
Joining Johnson and Mosley on the Lombardi watch list are offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack and defensive lineman Jesse Williams.
Jones, the 2011 Outland Trophy winner, is also on the watch lists for the Outland and the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's top center. Jones played mostly at left tackle last season on the Crimson Tide's national championship team and has moved to center.
Warmack and Fluker are also watch-list candidates for the Outland Trophy, given annually to the sport's top interior lineman.
Williams is on the watch lists for the Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards, as well as for the Outland Trophy. Mosley and Johnson are also on the watch lists for the Bednarik and Nagurski awards. The Bednarik and Nagurski awards are for college football's outstanding defensive player.