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Five Penn State Football Players Named To 2020 Preseason Award Watch Lists

Five additional Penn State football stars were named to preseason award watch lists this week.

Micah Parsons, Shaka Toney, Jake Pinegar, Journey Brown, and Sean Clifford each received nominations for different awards and honors around college football.

Parsons and Toney were two of the 98 players named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list Tuesday. The award is annually presented to the most outstanding defensive player in college football.

Additionally, Pinegar was one of the 30 players listed on the Lou Groza Award watch list on Wednesday. Each year, the honor is awarded to the best place-kicker in college football.

Brown, on the other hand, was one of the 50 players named to the Hornung Award watch list. The award is yearly presented to the most versatile player in major college football.

Earlier this summer, Brown was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list. If Brown were to win the Hornung Award, he would become the fourth Big Ten player in the last five years to take home the honor, following Saquon Barkley in 2017.

Clifford found his way onto the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Thursday. This honor is handed out to the player who combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement.

Parsons and Toney are expected to lead the Nittany Lions’ defense this upcoming season. Parsons was previously named to three watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award, and the Butkus Award, while the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is the first watchlist Toney has been added to this summer.

Pinegar is fresh off of a 2019 season where he converted 91.7% of his field goals and 96.6% of his extra points. He will attempt to become the first Penn Stater to win the award and the first Big Ten kicker to win the Lou Garza Award since Maryland’s Brad Craddock in 2014.

Brown will presumably be the lead back for the Nittany Lions after his 890-yard campaign last season. He scored 13 total touchdowns and averaged an impressive 6.9 yards per carry in 2019.

The Wuerffel Trophy watch list is the second list that Clifford has been added to this summer. Previously, he was named to the Davey O’Brien Award watch list. If he were to win, Clifford would become the first Penn Stater and only the second Big Ten player to win the award since its creation in 2005.

Several other Nittany Lions were added to preseason award watch lists earlier this summer. Noah Cain joined Brown on the Doak Walker Award watch list, Pat Freiermuth was listed on watch lists for the Mackey Award and the Biletnikoff Award, and Lamont Wade was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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