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Watch list season rolls on for WSU

College football season is up in the air... But watch list season is moving forward full steam ahead.

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No one knows what college football is going to look like this fall. We’ve already seen the Pac-12 and Big Ten cut non-conference games, while five of the 13 FCS conferences have postponed or canceled football all together.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the game, one thing a global pandemic can never take away is award watch list season. The recognition started coming in last week for WSU. Max Borghi picked up a pair of honors, including a spot as the only running back on the Bilitnikoff award watch list, honoring the top pass catcher in the county. Jahad Woods has also appeared on his share of lists, including the Bednarik award watch list last week, and the Butkus award watch list Monday.

On Tuesday, two more year end awards unveiled their 2020 watch lists, and each had a representative from WSU included.

Woods picked up his third watch list honor, this time from the Bronko Nagurski Trophy committee. He was joined by offensive lineman Abraham Lucas, who was recognized on the Outland award watch list.

For Woods, the preseason honors are no surprise. The senior produced one of the best seasons in WSU history last season, finishing 4th in the nation with 141 tackles. That number is also tied for the 5th most in program history and represents the highest total since 1991. He’s set to be the conference’s top returning tackler when he hits the field in 2020 (or possibly the spring of 2021).

As for Lucas, the honor from the Outland watch list is his first of the season. The award is given out to the best offensive lineman on either side of the ball in college football. Last season, Lucas started all 13 games for WSU. He has been named All-Pac-12 second team twice in his career.

Major award watch lists are set to be released each day this week, leading up to Maxwell award on Friday.

Links

For third time, Washington State's Jahad Woods named to preseason watch list | The Spokesman-Review
Another day, another watch list for Jahad Woods.

Washington State's Abraham Lucas named to Outland Trophy watch list | The Spokesman-Review
Abraham Lucas, one of the top returning offensive tackles in the Pac-12 Conference, was named Tuesday to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which honors college football's top interior lineman (offense and defense).

How one Washington State professor is tracking COVID-19's impact on college football | SWX Right Now - Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
Scott Jedlicka is still handing out letter grades and publishing report cards, so in some respects the parameters of his job haven’t changed much since Washington State’s academic semester concluded last spring.

Pac-12 football vs. fraternity row with the 2020 season at stake
The fate of the season hinges, in part, on controlling coronavirus outbreaks on campus. But that task is made vastly more difficult by parties on Greek Row.