The Bronko Nagurski Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player, released its preseason watch list for 2017 and 13 Pac-12 defenders are among those listed.
The 2017 Bronko Nagurski Award will be awarded to one of five finalists, voted on by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-American committee. The award will be given out at a banquet on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Here are the Pac-12 players on the watch list (alphabetically)
Greg Gaines, defensive tackle, Washington
Rasheem Green, defensive tackle, USC
Chase Hansen, defensive back, Utah
James Looney, defensive end, Cal
Lowell Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah
Iman Marshall, cornerback, USC
Hercules Mata’afa, defensive end, Washington State
Quenton Meeks, cornerback, Stanford
Taylor Rapp, defensive back, Washington
Cam Smith, linebacker, USC
Vita Vea, defensive tackle, Washington
Azeem Victor, linebacker, Washington
JoJo Wicker, defensive end, Arizona State
Washington leads the way with the most players on the list with four, followed by three from USC, two from Utah, and one each from Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, and Washington State.