With the start of college football season fast-approaching, the attention on 2016’s “players to watch” increases.
Two Penn State linebackers and a receiver earned preseason nods last week.
Junior Jason Cabinda and senior Nyeem Wartman-White both were named to the Butkus Award watch list for the nation’s best linebacker, while junior receiver Chris Godwin made the Biletnikoff watchlist for college football’s best receiver.
Cabinda was named as a nominee for the Bednarik Award for the National Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month, and he is also on the preseason watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which honors the top defensive player in college football who makes the biggest impact for his team, both on and off the field.
Wartman-White missed most of the 2015 season after tearing his ACL in Penn State’s season opener.
The last Nittany Lion to win the award was Paul Posluszny in 2005. LaVar Arrington also won in 1999.
Godwin racked up 1,101 receiving yards and five touchdown catches last season, and was named All-Big Ten second team by the media and third-team all-conference by the media.
Mid-season lists will be released later this year, and the winners will be decided upon after the regular season.