Big East players on Rimington, Lombardi lists

Two more award watch lists to update you on.

First up is the Rimington Award, given to the nation's top center. The Big East preseason nominees are:

  • Ryan Bartholomew, Syracuse

  • Mario Benavides, Louisville

  • Moe Petrus, Connecticut

Also out today is the Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the top down lineman or linebacker. The Big East players on that watch list are:

  • Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia

  • Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

  • Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

  • Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse

  • J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia

  • Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut