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Multiple Kentucky, Louisville players on watch lists for college football awards

Brandon Radcliff celebrating during the 2014 Belk Bowl. (Photo by UofL Media Relations)

Brandon Radcliff celebrating during the 2014 Belk Bowl. (Photo from UofL Media Relations)

Staff report

Look out – five football players from Kentucky universities have been recognized on watch lists for college football awards.

The awards will honor excellent performances and versatility throughout the 2015-16 season.

Louisville junior running back Brandon Radcliff has been selected to the Maxwell Award Watch List for college football player of the year.

Radcliff led the Cardinals in rushing last season with 733 yards and 12 touchdowns. He totaled three 100-yard games a year ago, including a career-best 136 yards in a road win at Notre Dame. He totaled 129 yards and two scores in a 20-10 win over Wake Forest and added 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a win over Syracuse.

In addition, University of Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Forrest and University of Louisville senior defensive end Sheldon Rankins have been placed on the 2015 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List. The award annually honors the Defensive Player of the Year in college football.

Forrest, a Paducah native, led the Wildcats with 110 tackles last year, adding eight tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one fumble forced.

He ranked fourth in the conference in total tackles and 36th nationally, while second in the league in solo tackles.

Josh Forrest going for the tackle during a Louisville matchup last November.

Josh Forrest going for the tackle during a Louisville matchup last November.

Rankins was credited with a career-high eight tackles and a sack against Florida International University and totaled six tackles, three tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks in a road win at Boston College.

As a third-team all-ACC selection in 2014, Rankins led the team with 8.0 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss on one of the nation’s top 10 defenses. He also totaled a pair of interceptions.

Kentu大学cky sophomore running back Stanley “Boom” Williams and University of Louisville junior wide receiver James Quick have been named two of 44 players on the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, which annually honors the most versatile player in college football, the Louisville Sports Commission announced recently.

Williams led Kentucky in all-purpose yards with 1,159, averaging 115.9 yards per game. That total ranked him 59th nationally and sixth among freshmen. He led Kentucky in kickoff returns with 19 for 511 yards and a 26.9 average last season. Williams ranked second in the nation among true freshmen in kickoff return average, and 11th overall.

James Quick celebrating after a touchdown during the 2014 Belk Bowl. (Photo by UofL Media Relations)

James Quick celebrating after a touchdown during the 2014 Belk Bowl. (Photo by UofL Media Relations)

Quick, a Louisville native, has caught 42 passes for 639 yards and three touchdowns in 21 games at Louisville. In his 12 starts last season, he was third on the team in receptions with 36 for 566 yards and three scores, and also totaled a pair of 100-yard receiving games.

Kentucky junior center Jon Toth was also named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List on Wednesday, the trophy’s selection committee announced.

Last season Toth started in all 12 games and was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after UK’s season-opening win over Miami (Ohio), helping the Wildcats roll up 59 points and 656 yards. The 656 yards were the fourth-highest single-game mark in school history. With Toth’s help, UK improved from 20 points per game in 2013 to 29 ppg in 2014.

The Rimington Trophy selection committee will announce its finalists for the award on Dec. 7, 2015.

肯塔基州奥斯汀MacGinnis名叫之一30 placekickers to the 2015 Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List.

MacGinnis set six school records in his collegiate debut season, totaling 21 field goals, the most in Kentucky history. He had the most field goals in the SEC last fall, also leading all NCAA freshmen. MacGinnis finished with a school-record 104 points — equaling the SEC lead — and was one of only five kickers in the nation with three field goals of 50+ yards.

Semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced Nov. 5, while the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 23.

The Chuck Bednarik Award, Maxwell Award and Lou Groza Award winners will be honored Dec. 10 during the Home Depot College Football Awards, and the ceremony will be broadcasted on ESPN. The Paul Hornung Award Banquet will be held at the Galt House Hotel in February of 2016 in downtown Louisville.


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