The preseason award watch list recognitions keep piling up for Cougar football players. It was announced that Alani Fua, Bronson Kaufusi, and Remington Peck are on the list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, and Fua was also added to the Butkus Award watch list on Monday.
The Lombardi Award is awarded to a defensive lineman or linebacker who besides showing exemplary play on the field, shows other qualities on and off the field. Those qualities include leadership, courage, respect for authority, among others. The recipient is chosen by coaches, media, and former recipients of the award.
The Butkus Award is awarded to the nation's best linebacker based on on-field performance and off-field character.
Alani Fua has already received several national recognitions this off-season, including being named to Phil Steele's All-Independent team First team, the College Football Performance Award Linebacker watch list, and the Bronco Nagurski Award watch list. Fua tallied 63 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions. He also has reportedly added 20 pounds to his 6-5 frame which brings him to 235 which will help him be more physical and possible make even more plays for the defense this season.
Bronson Kaufusi, who is moving from playing defensive end to playing linebacker this season, recorded 37 tackles, 4 sacks, and 6 pass breakups. He is also on the Phil Steele preseason All-Independent First team. Many fans are excited to see Bronson play as a linebacker and if reports from the coaches are to be believed, the coaches also have big expectations for his play this season.
Remington Peck has already been named to the College Sports Madness preseason All-Independent First team, and Phil Steele's All-Independent Second team. He started 12 games last season at defensive end and recorded 38 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.
With the media and college football awards taking notice of BYU football players, it seems as if it is not only the fans who are starting to have expectations of the Cougar football team and players. This is important as BYU is trying to gain national attention and respect as college football moves into the playoff era.