Preseason award watch lists for college football were announced this week and four Bulls were nominated.
Senior center Austin Reiter was added to the Rimington Award watch list for the second consecutive year. The Rimington Trophy is given annually to the most outstanding center in college football. Reiter has started every game for the Bulls over the past two seasons and has added over 20 pounds to his playing weight from last season.
Senior wide receiver and kick returner Chris Dunkley was added to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Paul Hornung Award. The award is presented to the most versatile player in college football. Dunkley caught seven passes for 87 yards last season, but special teams is where he shined for the Bulls. Dunkley returned kickoffs for an average of 22.6 yards, which ranked 62nd in the nation out of 113 returners. Dunkley also saw limited time returning punts, including a 50-yard return for a touchdown. To improve more on his versatility, Dunkley practiced as a defensive back with the Bulls in the spring.
Sean Price, the only junior to be nominated, was named to the watch list for the 2014 Mackey Award, which is presented to the most outstanding tight end in college football. Price caught 21 passes in each of his first two seasons with the Bulls and was the only tight end in the AAC and one of 40 players nationally to be nominated to the watch list.
Senior kicker Marvin Kloss was a 2013 finalist for the Lou Groza award, awarded to the most outstanding field-goal kicker in college football. This season, he was once again named to the preseason watch list for the award. Kloss enters his senior season already holding the USF-record for most consecutive field goals (13).