Three UGA linebackers named to Nagurski watch list; center Andrews on Outland list

The Georgia football team landed three players on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list and a fourth on the Outland Trophy watch list released Thursday.

Sophomore outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, junior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and senior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson are among 81 athletes on the list for the Nagurski Trophy, giving each year to the national defensive player of the year.

Senior center David Andrews is one of 64 players who have been included on the Outland Trophy watch list. The Outland is given to the country’s most outstanding interior lineman.

The Football Writers Association of American will choose a Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the award on November 20.

The Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2014 FWAA All-America Team. The annual Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on December 8 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte.

The Outland Trophy list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on November 20. Four days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11.

Floyd, a native of Eastman, earned Freshman All-America honors after leading all SEC freshmen with 6.5 sacks last season. He finished 2013 with 55 tackles in only eight starts while also forcing two fumbles and blocking a field goal at Auburn.

Jenkins, of Hamilton, was an All-Southeastern Conference Second Team selection in 2013 after starting all 13 games and finishing with a team-leading 12 tackles for loss. He tallied 45 tackles on the year and added two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

Wilson, a native of Tampa, Fla., was an All-SEC First Team performer after leading the league in tackles with 133 stops. He picked up 11 tackles for loss and four sacks during his 13 games on the field and posted a career-high 18 stops during the showdown with Auburn.

Andrews, a native of Johns Creek, started all 13 games in 2013 and was a 14-game starter at center for the Bulldogs two years ago. He anchored an offensive line that allowed Georgia to average 484.2 yards per game and 36.7 points a game last season. Andrews also protected quarterback Aaron Murray on his way to four SEC career records.

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