Watch-list-o-rama: Buckeyes' Bennett on Outland, Nagurski lists

Watch-list-o-rama: Buckeyes' Bennett on Outland, Nagurski lists
July 10, 2014, 11:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

By the time the parade of preseason award watch lists finally wraps up, Michael Bennett is going to find his name on a whole bunch of them.

Thursday, the Ohio State defensive tackle was 2-for-2, landing on the watch lists for both the Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

Bennett is expected to be one of the Big Ten's top defensive players this season, and his inclusion on these watch lists shows it's a nationwide sentiment, as well. The Outland Trophy is awarded each season to the country's top interior lineman (offensive or defensive), while the Nagurski Trophy honors college football's best defensive player.

Last season with the Buckeyes, Bennett made both All-Big Ten Second Teams with 11.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles.

But the Ohio State senior was far from the only Big Ten name on Thursday's watch lists. Combined, the lists included 19 Big Ten names. Here they are.

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Outland Trophy:

— Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
— Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
— Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
— Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
— Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
— Kaleb Johnson, G, Rutgers
— Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
— Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
— Brandon Vitabile, C, Northwestern

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Nagurski Trophy:

— Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
— Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
— Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
— Frank Clark, DE, Michigan
— Blake Countess, DB, Michigan
— Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
— Kurtis Drummond, DB, Michigan State
— Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
— Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan
— Trae Waynes, DB, Michigan State