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WKU's Brandon Doughty headlines C-USA's watch list of preseason accolades


Brandon Doughty, the first Western Kentucky player named to the preseason watch list for Davey O'Brien Award, added another preseason accolade on Thursday when he was one of was 30 players named to the watch list for the Manning Award.

Doughty, the top returning quarterback in FBS and last season's Conference USA MVP, is one of 15 quarterbacks named to four watch lists — the Walter Camp Award, presented to the nation's most outstanding player; the Maxwell Award, presented the nation's player of the year; and the Davey O'Brien and Manning awards, presented to the nation's top quarterback.

Doughty, one of 50 players on the Walter Camp watch list and one of 24 quarterbacks on the Davey O'Brien watch list, led FBS with 4,830 passing yards and 49 touchdowns last season while leading the Hilltoppers to an 8-5 record and their first FBS bowl victory in program history. He eclipsed 300 yards passing in 10 games and won the Sammy Baugh Award, presented to the nation's top passer.

Doughty headlines 46 Conference USA players named to preseason awards watch lists. Seven players were included on multiple lists, including Doughty and Marshall's Devon Johnson, who rushed for 1,767 yards last season.

Johnson joined Doughty and running backs Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech and Aaron Jones of UTEP on the 80-player watch list for the Maxwell Award.

Johnson, Dixon and Jones  joined Western Kentucky's Leon Allen on the 69-player watch list for the Doak Walker Award presented to the nation's top running back.

Allen, who made the Doak Walker watch list for the second consecutive season, ranked 18th in FBS last season with 1,542 rushing yards. He and Doughty made WKU the first team in FBS history with a 1,500-yard rusher and 4,500-yard passer in the same season.

Ray Lawry of Old Dominion and Shane Tucker of Middle Tennessee also were named to the Doak Walker watch list.

Here's a roundup of C-USA players named to other FBS preseason award watch lists.

Hornung Award (3)


Autrey Golden of UTEP, Carlos Harris of North Texas and Carlos Henderson of Louisiana Tech were among the 44 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the most versatile player in major college football.

Mackey Award (2)


Jonnu Smith of Florida International and Tyler Higbee of Western Kentucky were among the 33 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top tight end.

Rimington Award (7)


Middle Tennessee's Josh Chester, Western Kentucky's Max HalpinKaydon Kirby of North Texas, UTEP's Eric Lee, Marshall's Michael SelbyCameron Tom of Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech's Kirby Wixon were among the 63 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top center.

Ray Guy Award (1)


Dalton Schomp of Florida Atlantic was among 25 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top punter.

Lou Groza Award (2)


Jay Mattox of UTEP and Trevor Moore of North Texas were among 30 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top placekicker.

Bronko Nagurski Award (1)


Xavier Woods of Louisiana Tech was among 88 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top defensive player.

Outland Trophy (3)


Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech, Marshall's Clint Van Horn and Rice's Andrew Reue were among 81 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top interior linemen on offense or defense.

Thorpe Award (4)


Adairius Barnes and Xavier Woods of Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee's Kevin Byard and Florida International's Richard Leonard were among 42 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top defensive back.

Rotary Lombardi Award (13)


T.T. Barber and Darius Johnson of Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech's Vernon Butler, Florida Atlantic's Trevon Coley, Marshall's D.J. Hunter and Clint Van Horn, Western Kentucky's Nick Holt and Forrest Lamp, Kaydon Kirby of North Texas, Rice's Alex Lyons and Andrew Reue, and Florida International's Denzell Perine and Michael Wakefield were among 145 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top down linemen on offense or defense who line up 10 yards right or left of the ball, and linebackers no more than 5 yards off the line of scrimmage.

Biletnikoff Award (4)


Jared Dangerfield and Taywan Taylor of Western Kentucky, Carlos Harris of North Texas and Louisiana Tech's Trent Taylor were among 48 players named to the watch list for the award presented to the nation's top receiver.

Wuerffel Trophy (5)


Tyler Compton of Old Dominion, Rice's James Farrimond, Florida Atlantic's Jaquez Johnson, UTEP's Aaron Jones and Florida International's Jonnu Smith were among 80 players named to the watch list for the award presented for community service.



Above: Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty led FBS last season in passing yards and touchdowns. (Courtesy WKU Athletics)

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