You know college football is just around the corner when the watch lists begin to roll out.
Georgia players are well-represented on the Maxwell and Bednarik Award preseason lists that came out Monday.
Particularly the Bednarik Award, named after Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik.
Three Bulldogs are on the Bednarik list which goes to the nation‚Äôs top defensive player: outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins and inside linebacker Ramik Wilson.
Wilson, a rising senior, led the SEC in tackles last season with 133. Floyd had 55 tackles and 6 ¬Ω sacks last year as a freshman and Jenkins had 45 tackles and five sacks as a sophomore.
No surprise that tailback Todd Gurley from Georgia made the Maxwell list for collegiate player of the year.
Quarterback Aaron Murray, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, was among 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell last year.
Gurley, a rising junior, rushed for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games last season while catching 37 passes for 441 yards and five touchdowns.
The Paul Hornung Award watch list also came out Monday. Former Bulldogs cornerback/returner Brandon Boykin won the award in 2011 for the most versatile player in college football. No Georgia players were among the 47 on the list this time around.
There will be 13 more award lists released before the end of next week.