Another day, another pair of players from local teams landing on preseason award watch lists.
On Wednesday, it was specialists Nate Freese (Boston College place-kicker) on the Lou Groza watch list and Colter Johnson (Massachusetts punter) on the Ray Guy watch list. On Thursday, it was two guys from opposite sides of the line of scrimmage in the news, as UMass offensive tackle Anthony Dima was included on the Outland Trophy watch list and BC linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis was included on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
The Nagurski award goes to the national defensive player of the year, while the Outland award goes to the nation’s top interior lineman.
Dima, a 6-foot-7, 302-pound fifth-year senior, is a two-year starter at UMass after transferring from Hofstra. He’s one of three MAC linemen on the Outland list (along with Kent State defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix and Toledo center Zac Kerin).
Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior, is on the Nagurski watch list for the second straight season. In 2011, the award went to BC’s Luke Kuechly.
Despite playing in just nine games in 2012, Pierre-Louis ranked fourth on the Eagles with 85 tackles. The speedy outside linebacker has 252 career tackles, with 145 of those the solo variety and 14 for a loss.
The BC ‘backer is one of 12 ACC players on the Nagurski list (for a complete list of the ACC’s representatives, go here ).
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