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July 9, 2012

Tide players on watch lists

TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama had six players chosen for the watch lists for two of college football's major awards Monday, with two candidates for the Maxwell Award and four for the Bednarik Award.

Quarterback AJ McCarron and running back Eddie Lacy, both juniors, are on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually since 1937 to the nation's outstanding college player. Linebackers Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley joined defensive lineman Jesse Williams and safety Robert Lester on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, established in 1995 to go to the nation's top defensive player.

Alabama's quartet of defenders is among the 65 watch-list candidates for the Bednarik Award. There are also 65 players on the Maxwell Award watch list.

McCarron passed for 2,634 yards last season as a sophomore, throwing 16 touchdowns with five interceptions while completing 66.8 percent of his passes. He capped his season by passing for 234 yards in the BCS National Championship Game to earn Most Valuable Player honors in leading Alabama past LSU for the national title. Lacy rushed for 674 yards with seven touchdowns, averaging 56.2 yards per game, as Trent Richardson's primary backup at running back last season. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry.

Johnson is Alabama's leading returning tackler with 47 stops last season, including 6.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Mosley made 37 tackles last season with 4.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks, and intercepted a pass. Lester made 39 tackles with two interceptions, breaking up three passes and defending five more. Williams made 24 tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage, and was credited with three quarterback hurries.

The watch lists for the Rimington Trophy, for the country's top center, and Mackey Award, for college football's top tight end, are scheduled to be released today.


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