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Local talent on Nagurski, Outland lists

A number of area college football players were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists on Friday.

Northwestern defensive end Vince Browne, Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence, Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o made the Nagurski Trophy watch list. The Nagurski Award is given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers won the award last season.

Illinois offensive tackle Jeff Allen, Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence, Northwestern offensive tackle Al Netter, Northern Illinois offensive tackle Trevor Olson and Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin were named to the Outland Trophy watch list. The Outland Trophy is given to the nation’s top interior lineman. Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi won the award in 2010.