With the release of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List on Monday, the National Collegiate Football Awards Association July calendar of announcements is complete and the Huskies were all over the lists this year. See all the lists
In all, four NIU players earned eight Watch List mentions. After a stellar junior season in which he led Northern Illinois to a record-setting offensive campaign while breaking the NIU marks for single season and career total offense, senior quarterback Chandler Harnish was recognized on the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp lists. Those mentions put him in elite company as they are not a single position or position group award Harnish the only MAC player on the Maxwell listing and one of just 40 total players named to the Walter Camp group. Harnish also was selected to the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award Watch List.
Center Scott Wedige and offensive tackle Trevor Olson were two-list honorees this preseason. Wedige made the Rimington Trophy Watch List as an elite center, while senior left tackle Olson was named on the Outland Trophy roll. Both of them, along with defensive end Sean Progar, are on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
A few awards will not release a summer Watch List while others wait for the start of the season, so there's still a chance for more recognition to come the Huskies' way.
For a listing of all the preseason awards and their watch lists, go to http://www.ncfaa.org/.