Three Kentucky Wildcat football players have been named to Preseason Award watch lists.
Defensive-end/Outside Linebacker Josh Allen and Safety Mike Edwards have been named to the 2018 Bednarik Award Watch List, which is given to the best defensive player in all of college football. Previous winners include Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o (2012), LSU DBs Tyrann Mathieu (2011) and Patrick Peterson (2010), and Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh (2009).
Running Back Benny Snell, Jr. has been named to the 2018 Maxwell Award Watch List, which is given to the best all-around player in the country. Previous winners include Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (2017), Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (2016), Alabama RB Derrick Henry (2015), and Florida QB Tim Tebow (2007 and 2008).
UK has never had a Bednarik or Maxwell Award winner. These are the two most prestigious college football awards outside of the Heisman Trophy. Having players on both sides of the ball nominated for awards like this, even preseason, should have Kentucky Football fans excited for the upcoming season.