Watch List Watch: Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush on Golden Arm list

ND Insider Staff Report
ND Insider

The watch lists never stop.

On Tuesday, Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush found himself on another watch list. This one being for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was one of 49 names on the preseason watch list for the top college quarterback.

But not all quarterbacks are eligible for the Golden Arm Award. Candidates have to be a senior or a fourth-year junior on pace to graduate with their class. Former Irish quarterbacks Tony Rice (1989) and Brady Quinn (2006) have received the honor.

Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph won the Golden Arm Award last season.

Gilman on Polynesian list

Since its creation in 2013, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has worked to recognize football players of Polynesian descent at the pro, collegiate and high school levels. On Aug. 9, the organization released its preseason watch list for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman received a spot on the 50-player list. Former Irish offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley won the award in its second year in 2015. Washington State defensive end Hercules Mata'afa received the honor last season.

Wimbush on Walter Camp list

The end of the traditional preseason watch list mania came July 27 with the release of 50 names for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush was one of the 50 candidates on the watch list. Wimbush was previously named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, also given to college football's player of the year.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Walter Camp Player of the Year award last season. Four Notre Dame players have received the honor since its inception in 1967: linebacker Manti Te'o (2012), wide receiver Rocket Ismail (1990), wide receiver Tim Brown (1987), and tight end Ken MacAfee (1977).

Newsome, Weishar, Tranquill on Wuerffel Trophy list

The Wuerffel Trophy, given annually since 2005 to a college football player devoted to academics, athletics and community service, released its preseason watch list July 26. Three Notre Dame players made the 106-player list: punter Tyler Newsome, tight end Nic Weishar and linebacker Drue Tranquill. 

Both Newsome and Weishar won the Irish Around the Bend Award from the Notre Dame football program for community service in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Tranquill was one of three finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy last season. Kentucky's Courtney Love won the award. 

Lou Groza Award list includes Yoon

Justin Yoon will likely leave Notre Dame as the football progam's all-time leading scorer and most accurate kicker. Could he also be the first Irish player to win the Lou Groza Award?

On July 25, Yoon was named to the 30-player watch list for the award given to college football's top place-kicker. He'll have to beat out a talented field including Utah's Matt Gay, the 2017 winner of the Lou Groza Award.

Yoon, a senior, needs 46 points to surpass Allen Pinkett's career scoring record (320 points) at Notre Dame. Yoon's field-goal accuracy of nearly 81 percent (42 of 52) is almost seven points ahead of John Carney's career mark.

Bars, Mustipher, Tillery on Outland Trophy list

Somehow former Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson didn't win the Outland Trophy last season. Instead, the honor given to the top interior lineman in college football went to Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

Oliver will have a chance to win it again as he returns in his junior season with the Cougars. He was among the 82 players named to the preseason Outland Trophy watch list on July 24. Oliver was joined by a trio of Notre Dame players: offensive guard Alex Bars, center Sam Mustipher and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

It is the first preseason watch list mention for Bars, a graduate student and captain. Mustipher, also a grad student and captain, was previously named to the Rimington Trophy watch list for the best center in college football. Tillery, a senior, has also received spots on the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists, both of which recognize the best defensive player in college football.

Former Notre Dame tackle George Connor won the first Outland Trophy in 1946. Guard Bill Fischer also won the award in 1948, but an Irish player hasn't taken home the honor since defensive end Ross Browner in 1976.

Bronko Nagurski Trophy list includes Irish trio

A whopping 97 names made the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list released on July 24. Three Notre Dame players were listed in contention for the defensive player of the year award: cornerback Julian Love, linebacker Te'von Coney and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

Love, a junior, was previously named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch lists for the top defensive back. Coney, a senior, has already been named to the Butkus Award (linebacker) and Bednarik Award (defensive player) watch lists. Tillery, a senior, was also named to the Outland Trophy (interior lineman) and Bednarik Award watch lists.

In 2012, linebacker Manti Te'o became the only Notre Dame player to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy since its creation in 1993.

Love lands on Jim Thorpe Award list

Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love will have his hands full trying top a sophomore season in which he set the school record for pass breakups with 20. His efforts last year have landed him on the preseason Jim Thorpe Award watch list. The 35-player list was released on July 23.

No Notre Dame player has won the the Jim Thorpe Award, which has been given to the nation's top defensive back in college football since 1986. Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick won the award last season.

Coney, Tranquill on Butkus Award list

Fifty-one college football players were named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker on July 23. Two of them will line up in Notre Dame's defense: Te'von Coney and Drue Tranquill.

Coney, a senior, was also named to the Bednarik Award's preseason watch list for the top defensive player earlier in July. Tranquill, a graduate student and captain, has moved to an inside linebacker position after playing rover last season.

The collegiate Butkus Award has been won twice by Notre Dame linebackers since its creation in 1985: Manti Te'o in 2012 and Jaylon Smith in 2015.

Both Te'o and Smith also won the high school version of the Butkus Award, which released a preseason watch list on July 23 as well. Notre Dame commits Osita Ekwonu, Jack Kiser and NaNa Osafo-Mensah were included on the 51-player list.

Georgia's Roquan Smith and USC signee Solomon Tuliaupupu won the college and high school Butkus awards last year.

Mack on John Mackey Award list again

For the third time in his Notre Dame career, tight end Alizé Mack was named to the John Mackey Award preseason watch list on July 20. Mack, a senior, made the list for the most outstanding collegiate tight end alongside 63 others.

Mack caught 19 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown in 2017. Oklahoma's Mark Andrews was named the 18th winner of the award last season.

Tyler Eifert became the first Notre Dame tight end to win the John Mackey Award in 2012.

Mustipher still on Rimington Trophy list

Fifty-one days after being named to the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, award to college football's best center, Notre Dame's Sam Mustipher made the fall watch list on July 20. The list included 58 potential candidates.

No Irish player has won the Rimington Trophy since it was first awarded in 2000. Mustipher, a graduate student, captain and third-year starter for Notre Dame, also made the fall watch list in 2017.

Ohio State's Pat Elfein won the award last season.

Coney, Tillery on Bednarik Award list

Only one Notre Dame player has won the Bednarik Award for 23 seasons the honor has been given to the best defensive player in college football: linebacker Manti Te'o in 2012.

A pair of Notre Dame defenders were named to the 85-player Bednarik Award Watch List on July 16: linebacker Te'von Coney and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. Both Coney and Tillery returned to the Irish for their senior seasons after considering an early exit for the NFL. Coney led the Irish last season with 116 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. Tillery led the Irish defensive line with 56 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick won the Bednarik Award in 2017.

Wimbush on Maxwell Award list

A quarterback has won the Maxwell Award in 10 of the last 12 seasons. The heavy lean towards quarterback for the annual award for the best college football player was reflected in the Maxwell Award watch list released July 16. Of the 85 players on the list, 41 play quarterback.

Notre Dame's Brandon Wimbush was one of those 41 quarterbacks to make the Maxwell Award watch list. Former Irish linebacker Manti Te'o, who received the honor in 2012, is one of only two non-quarterbacks to win the award since 2005. Brady Quinn is the last Irish quarterback to win the award in 2006.

Kelly on Dodd Trophy list

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was included on the watch list for the Dodd Trophy released July 11.

Kelly was one of 20 coaches on the preseason watch list for coach of the year. The Dodd Trophy, which recognizes scholarship, leadership and integrity, is awarded annually at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Stanford head coach David Shaw won the Dodd Trophy in 2017.

Tranquill, Coney named to Lott Watch List

Both of Notre Dame’s projected starting linebackers were named to the 42-player Watch List on May 21 for the 15th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Grad senior Drue Tranquill, who played rover for the Irish last season, and senior middle linebacker Te’von Coney made the list for the Irish. Former ND All-America linebacker Manti Te’o won the award in 2012.

The 42 (Ronnie Lott’s number) nominees represent defensive players who have had the biggest impact on their teams, both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Quarterback Brandon Wimbush runs in a touchdown during the Notre Dame-Wake Forest game in 2017.