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Penn State Football: Allen, Cabinda Named To Nagurski Watch List

by on July 13, 2017 11:00 AM

Senior safety Marcus Allen and senior linebacker Jason Cabinda are both picking up even more preseason honors as both were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the Football Writers Association of America’s National Defensive Player of the Year.

The award is given yearly to the National Defensive Player of the Year, named after Bronko Nagurski, who played for Minnesota before taking the field for the Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Penn State has never won a Nagurski Trophy, but has had five finalists, most recently Carl Nassib in 2015.

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Eight different Nittany Lions have been named to preseason watch lists so far this preseason.

Those Lions include: junior running back Saquon Barkley – Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year); junior quarterback Trace McSorley – Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year); senior safety Marcus Allen – Lott IMPACT Trophy (National Defensive of the Year on and off the field), Bednarik Award (National Defensive of the Year), Nagurski Trophy (National Defensive of the Year); senior linebacker Jason Cabinda – Lott IMPACT Trophy (National Defensive of the Year on and off the field), Bednarik Award (National Defensive of the Year), Nagurski Trophy (National Defensive of the Year); senior tight end Mike Gesicki –Mackey Award (top tight end); senior linebacker Brandon Smith – Allstate AFCA Good Works; senior kicker Tyler Davis – Lou Groza Award (top kicker); sophomore punter Blake Gillikin – Ray Guy Award (top punter).

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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