MSU's McKinney joins Ole Miss' Nkemdiche, Prewitt on Nagurski watch list

FROM STAFF REPORTSJuly 10, 2014 

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MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESSGeorgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee is brought down by Ole Miss defenders Issac Gross, bottom, and Robert Nkemdiche (top). Nkemdiche is a preseason All-SEC first teamer on defense.

MARK HUMPHREY — AP

Ole Miss sophomore defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was named to preseason watch lists for both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy, senior safety Cody Prewitt made the Nagurski list, and sophomore offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil made the Outland list.

Mississippi State junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney joined Nkemciche and Prewitt on the 81-man watch list for the Nagurski Trophy.

has earned watch list recognition for a national individual award as the Bronko unveiled its 81 candidates for the 2014 season, the Football WrThe Narguski Trophy has been awarded to the National Defensive Player of the Year every season since 1993.

Previously announced Rebels on watch lists are Prewitt (Bednarik Award), Bo Wallace (Maxwell Award), Evan Engram (Mackey Award) and Deterrian Shackelford (Lott IMPACT Trophy).

LSU senior left tackle La'el Collins and junior left guard Vadal Alexander were named to the Outland Trophy Watch List.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually to the national defensive player of the year by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The Outland award is presented each season to the best interior lineman on offense or defense in college football.

Nkemdiche was a Freshman All-American last year when he posted 34 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Prewitt earned first team All-America honors as a free safety last year when he led the SEC and ranked among the nation's leaders with six interceptions.

Tunsil exploded onto the college football scene last year as one of the top young offensive linemen in the country. He received All-SEC and Freshman All-America accolades after allowing just one sack all year as the team's primary starter at left tackle.

This marks the second straight season LSU's Collins has earned a spot on the Outland Trophy Watch List. A senior from Baton Rouge, Collins enters the 2014 season as one of the top left tackles in college football. He has started 25 times in 32 games played in his career and has seen action in 1,690 offensive snaps with 134.5 total knockdowns.

Another versatile player, Alexander shifted from right tackle as a freshman to starting left guard as a sophomore in 2013. Excelling in both run blocking and pass protection, Alexander has started 22 times in 26 career games and has piled up 120.5 knockdowns in 1,466 offensive snaps in his first two seasons.

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