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July 21 — Tide places four on Walter Camp Award watch list 

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Jalen Hurts was one of four Alabama players named to the Walter Camp Award watch list. Photo | USA Today.


Alabama led all schools with four players selected to the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Trophy it was announced Friday. The Walter Camp Trophy is given to the nations most outstanding college football player.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Bo Scarbrough and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick were four of the 40 players selected. In all, 30 schools and 10 conferences are represented on the list. Ohio State finished in second behind Alabama with three players selected.

The watchlist will be narrowed down to 10 semi-finalists in November with the winner to be announced on Dec. 7. Derrick Henry is the only Alabama player to earn the Walter Camp Trophy, earning the award in 2015.

July 20 — Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough on Doak Walker Award watch list 

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Damien Harris led Alabama with 1,037 yards on the ground last season.

Alabama running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough were two of the 61 running backs named to the Doak Walker Award’s watch list Thursday. The Doak Walker Award is given to the nation’s top running back.

Harris led Alabama in rushing last season with 1,037 yards on 146 carries, an average of 7.10 yards per carry. Scarbrough finished third on the team in rushing with 812 yards on 125 carries (6.5 ypc). Scarbrough also led all Alabama running backs with 11 touchdowns.

Derrick Henry was the last Alabama running back to win the Doak Walker Award, earning the honor in 2015. Trent Richardson also won the award in 2011.

July 19 — Jalen Hurts on Davey O'Brien Award watch list

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Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was named to the preseason Davey O'Brien Award watch list.

Alabama sophomore Jalen Hurts was one of 30 quarterbacks placed on the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award presented to the nation’s top collegiate quarterback.

Last season, Hurts became the first true freshman quarterback to start at Alabama since 1984. He broke Alabama’s single-season touchdown record with a combined 36. Hurts earned SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors, passing for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He also rushed for 954 yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound quarterback was named to the Maxwell Award watch list earlier this offseason.

July 19 — Nick Saban on Dodd Trophy watch list

Alabama head coach Nick Saban joined 18 other college football coaches on the preseason watch list for the Dodd Trophy. The award is presented to “the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.”

Last season Saban led Alabama to a 14-1 record while helping coach the Tide to its third straight SEC title. Alabama nearly earned its second straight national title, falling to Clemson in the final seconds of the national championship game.

Saban won the Dodd Trophy in 2014 joining Bill Curry (1989) as the only Crimson Tide head coach to earn the honor.

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Seven players from Alabama have been nominated for preseason awards going into 2017
2017 Preseason Watch List
Name Position Watch List 2016 Season

Bo Scarbrough

RB

Maxwell Award Watch List, Doak Walker Award Watch List, Walter Camp Award Watch List

812-yards off 125 carries with 13-touchdowns

Bradley Bozeman

OL

Rimington Trophy Watch List, Outland Trophy

Started all 15 games for Alabama at center during the 2016 season

Calvin Ridley

WR

Maxwell Award Watch List, Biletnikoff Award Watch List, Walter Camp Award Watch list

72 receptions for 769-yards and 8-touchdowns

Da'Ron Payne

DT

Bednarik Award Watch List, Outland Trophy. Nagurski Trophy

36 tackles, 3.0 for loss, 1.5 sacks

Hale Hentges

TE

John MacKey Award Watch List

3 receptions for 10-yards

Jalen Hurts

QB

Maxwell Award Watch List, Davey O'Brien Award Watch List, Walter Camp Award Watch List

240 for 382 passing for 2,780-yards for 23-touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 954-yards rushing for 13-touchdowns

Minkah Fitzpatrick

S

Bednarik Award Watch List, Maxwell Award Watch List, Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, Paul Hornung Award Watch List, Walter Camp Award Watch list

66 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 6 interceptions, 7 pass breakups

J.K. Scott

P

Ray Guy Award

Over 44.0 per punt last year

Jonah Williams

OL

Outland Trophy

29 knockdown blocks

Ronnie Harrison

DB

Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

83 tackles and 7 pass deflections

Rashaan Evans

LB

Nagurski Trophy Watch List, Butkus Award Watch List

52 tackles, 4.5 for loss

Shaun Dion Hamilton

LB

Butkus Award Watch List

64 tackles, 9 for a loss, 2 interceptions

Damien Harris

RB

Doak Walker Award Watch List

1,037 yards on 146 carries, two rushing touchdowns.

July 17 — Shaun Dion Hamilton, Rashaan Evans named to Butkus Award watch list

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Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Keith Mixon (23) is hit by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (20) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Photo | USA Today

Senior linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton and Rashaan Evans were two of the 51 linebackers named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list announced Monday morning. The two will look to follow in the footsteps of former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster who won the Butkus Award given to the nation’s top linebacker last season.

Hamilton finished fifth on the team last season despite missing the Crimson Tide’s final two games after tearing his ACL in the SEC Championship Game. The Montgomery, Ala., native finished the year with 64 tackles, nine for a loss, and led all Alabama linebackers with two interceptions.

Evans started in place of Hamilton while he was injured. The former five-star recruit finished played in 14 of Alabama’s 15 games last year, tallying 53 tackle, 4.5 for a loss, with four sacks. He was also named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

July 17 — Minkah Fitzpatrick named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) tackles Washington Huskies running back Myles Gaskin (9) for a short gain during the fourth quarter in the 2016 CFP Semifinal at the Georgia Dome.

From Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has been named to the 2017 Paul Hornung Award Watch List announced today by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Fitzpatrick is among 46 players from around the country named to the preseason list. The watch list is the sixth for Fitzpatrick this preseason. He has also been named to lists for the Maxwell, Bednarik and Thorpe awards and the Lott IMPACT and Nagurski trophies. In addition to the watch list honors, Fitzpatrick is also a nominee for the American Football Coaches Association’s Good Works Team.

The leader of the Crimson Tide secondary, Fitzpatrick made the move to safety midway through the season in 2016 and will once again direct the Tide secondary in 2017. He has returned four interceptions for touchdowns during his career to set the Alabama all-time mark for pick-sixes. The Old Bridge, N.J., native was a first team All-American by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Pro Football Focus in 2016 and earned second-team honors from Walter Camp and The Sporting News. He led the team in interceptions (6) and interception return yards (186) as a sophomore and his 186 return yards ranked near the top nationally while his six picks tied for seventh in the FBS.

The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville (Ky.) Sports Commission, and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet in Louisville on March 8, 2018.

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