Maxwell, Bednarik watch Lists

You know the season is around the corner when the watch lists for college football awards are revealed. Today, the watch lists for the Bednarik and Maxwell awards were released, and several Big East players are on them. The Maxwell Award recognizes the most outstanding all-around player in college football, while the Bednarik Award recognizes the nation's most outstanding defensive player.

Here are the Big East players who have been recognized:

Maxwell Award

QB Zach Collaros, Cincinnati

RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati

QB Geno Smith, West Virginia

Bednarik Award

DE Bruce Irvin, West Virginia

DE Brandon Lindsey, Pittsburgh

DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut

CB Keith Tandy, West Virginia

More watch lists to come:

July 6: Biletnikoff Award/Mackey Award

July 7: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award

July 8: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy

July 11: Jim Thorpe Award

July 12: Rotary Lombardi Award

July 13: Rimington Trophy

July 14: Butkus Award

July 15: Davey O'Brien Award/Doak Walker Award

July 18: Walter Camp Award