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Tigers Have Placed Eight on Preseason Award Watch Lists

By on July 18th, 2017 in Football, News 5 Comments »

Kerryon Johnson is Auburn's most versatile player. (photo: John Reed/USA TODAY Sports)

‘Tis the season for college football awards watch lists, and Auburn has placed eight Tigers on awards lists thus far. The latest two players to be honored came today with the announcements that Tré Williams and Kerryon Johnson had been selected for consideration by prestigious awards.

Williams was added to the list for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation’s top linebacker, and Johnson has been honored by a nomination to the Paul Hornung Award watch list.

The Hornung, named after Green Bay Packer great Paul Hornung, recognizes college football’s most versatile player. And the Butkus Award is named after the Chicago Bears’ Hall of Famer, Dick Butkus.

Williams had 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and 67 tackles last season while Johnson has amassed 2,078 all-purpose career yards, including 1,103 rushing, and he has a career kick return average of 25.12 yards, the seventh best in Auburn history.

It’s great to see all these guys get the recognition they deserve. And it’s also great because it means the best time of the year is just around the corner. Auburn football is only 46 days away.

War Eagle!

A list of the players that have been placed on watch lists is after the jump.


1. Running back Kerryon Johnson – Paul Hornung Award.
2. Linebacker  Tré Williams – Butkus Award.
3. Safety Tray Matthews – Bednarik Award.
4. Running back Kamryn Pettway – Maxwell Award.
5. Center Austin Golson – Rimington Trophy.
6. Kicker Daniel Carlson – Lou Groza Award.
7. Offensive Lineman Braden Smith – Outland Trophy.
8. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham – Maxwell Award.


  1. neonbets says:

    How did that happen? I was told that Malzahn “doesn’t develop players”. I went and checked their class designations, and none of them are Freshman…so it just doesn’t make any sense. How did players– who aren’t Freshman yet have been with a coach who “doesn’t develop players”– end up on all these Pre-season Award Watch Lists?

    I’m so confused.

    • sparkey sparkey says:

      He doesn’t develop quarterbacks or receivers. He does great with running backs and blockers and possibly kickers.

  2. Tiger Tiger says:

    Haha, point taken. And it’s not a bad one.

    But still, Malzhan did whiff on Kiehl Frazier, Jeremy Johnson, (almost) Kam Pettway, (almost) Darius James, and others.

    I don’t know the answer to your question….maybe it’s that Malzahn is human and makes a lot of mistakes like everyone else. And sometimes he gets it right, like everyone else.

    I was a little sad to not see any boys from the D-line on this list. But it’s still a good list to have. War Eagle!

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Agree with Neon.

    And Malzahn wasn’t the only one that missed on Jeremy Johnson. All coaches expected him to be a stud. I remember Will Muschamp saying he thought he would be great and when he didn’t pan out that he had never seen anything like it.