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2012 Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List

As the week rolls on, so do the release of the major award watch lists for 2012 college football. Today, the watch list for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Award has been released, an award which honors the best defensive player in college football.

This list includes some of the biggest names in the collegiate game, and several men who will make huge impacts on their respective teams this fall.

Here is the list:

CB Johnny Adams, Michigan State
CB Ricardo Allen, Purdue
CB David Amerson, N.C. State
LB Dion Bailey, USC
CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin
S John Boyett, Oregon
LB Travis Brown, Fresno State
LB Jonathan Brown, Illinois
LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
CB Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State
DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois
LB Max Bullough, Michigan State
CB Carrington Byndom, Texas
DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
LB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
S Matt Elam, Florida
DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
DE William Gholston, Michigan State
LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
LB Steve Greer, Virginia
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State
S Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh
CB Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma
CB Micah Hyde, Iowa
LB Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
DL John Jenkins, Georgia
LB Nico Johnson, Alabama
DE Travis Johnson, San Jose State
LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
LB A.J. Klein, Iowa State
LB Jake Knott, Iowa State
S Jordan Kovacs, Michigan
DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn
S Robert Lester, Alabama
DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame
DT Rob Lohr, Vanderbilt
LB Travis Long, Washington State
DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
LB Trent Mackey, Tulane
CB Nigel Malone, Kansas State
DE Stansly Maponga, TCU
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
S Dexter McCoil, Tulsa
S T.J. McDonald, USC
CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State
CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
DT Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
DE Alex Okafor, Texas
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M
CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
S Eric Reid, LSU
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
CB Nickell Robey, USC
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
DE John Simon, Ohio State
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
S Hakeem Smith, Louisville
DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
LB Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
LB Chase Thomas, Stanford
S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
DT Joe Vellano, Maryland
DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
DL Jesse Williams, Alabama
DE Trevardo Williams, Connecticut
LB Dwayne Woods, Bowling Green
LB Tom Wort, Oklahoma

This is a much larger list than some of the other watch lists which have been released during the course of the week, but it also isn’t as position-specific as the others.

The SEC (19) and Big Ten (14) lead the way in total number of players, with the Big XII (13) close behind. The list is littered with potential high draft picks in 2013 and guys that will be a thrill to watch as the season rolls around on September 1st.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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