Six Boise State football players added to 2022 NCAA award watchlists

Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

With college football starting in less than a month, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has decided to roll out their award watchlists for the 2022 season.

Six players on the Boise State football team have been named to multiple watchlists so far this season. 

The following is a list of all the Broncos receiving award recognitions for the 2022 football season.

JL Skinner

Senior safety JL Skinner was placed on the watchlist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award. The Jim Thorpe Award is given to the top defensive back in college football while the Bronko Najurski Award is awarded to the best defensive player in college football.

Stefan Cobbs

Redshirt senior receiver Stefan Cobbs was added to the Paul Hornung Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watchlists. The Paul Hornung Award is given to the most versatile player in college football that resembles the play of late running back Paul Hornung. The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the best offensive player in the season.

“We are extremely excited about Stef and his progress, not only what he did last year, but what he’s done this whole offseason,” head coach Andy Avalos said. “What he’s doing right now, the way he’s moving, obviously his chemistry with Hank [Bachmeier] and the other quarterbacks is everything.”

George Holani

Redshirt junior running back George Holani was nominated for the Maxwell Award for the best player in college football and the Doak Walker Award for the top running back in the NCAA.

Jonah Dalmas

Junior kicker Jonah Dalmas was placed on the Lou Groza Award watchlist awarded to the best placekicker. Dalmas was also named one of the 20 semifinalists for the award last season.

John Ojukwu

Sixth-year offensive lineman John Ojukwu was nominated for the Outland Trophy and the Wuerffel Trophy. The Outland Trophy represents the best interior lineman and the Weurffel Trophy is awarded to the athlete with the most athletic and academic achievement.

Scott Matlock

Redshirt senior defensive tackle Scott Matlock is in the running for both the Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award. The Chuck Bednarik Award is given to the best defensive player according to the Maxwell Football Club.

The semifinalists for these awards will be released near the end of the year with the earliest being Oct. 24.

[Safety JL Skinner during Boise State vs. University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) game.]
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

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