Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA;Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive lineman Chris Jones (96) tries to knock down the pass by South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) during the third quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports


My head is spinning from all the watch lists nominations. This could mean one of two things – MSU has a ton of great players and this year is going to be awesome or these watch lists nominate way to many people. Hopefully the former.

Chris Jones and Benardrick McKinney were named to the Lombardi Award watch list which goes to the best down lineman.

McKinney was also put on the Butkus Award watch list for the best linebacker. That makes at least four watch lists for McKinney, although there may be some obscure award we aren’t aware of, like lineman most likely to win a hot dog eating contest or something.

Somehow Taveze Calhoun and Jamerson Love were left off the Jim Thorpe watch list. I will say that award (defensive backs) does not seem to nominate as many players as some of the others, however, since ESPN ranked both of them in the top 10 of the SEC and Calhoun as the 2nd best CB in the best CB conference in the nation I thought he might get some consideration here.

Here’s a rundown of the remaining watch lists to be announced (we’ll try to keep the site up-to-date with MSU nominations as best we can):

  • July 15 – Biletnikoff (WR)
  • July 16 – Davey O’Brien (QB)
  • July 17 – Doak Walker (RB)
  • July 18 – Walter Camp (Player of the Year


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