The college football season is getting closer and closer and today, the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award have released their Watch Lists for the upcoming season. As ESPN's Big East blogger Andrea Adelson writes, four Big East players made each Watch List and among those, two Pitt Panthers. RB Ray Graham is listed for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the best all-around player in college football, and DE Brandon Lindsey is listed for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's best defensive player.
Lindsey on the other hand, was more expected. After having to fill in for Greg Romeus for pretty much all of last season, he proved to be a force on the defensive line. He led the team and was second in the Big East in sacks with 10.0 and was named to the All-Big East second team. He figures to once again be near the top of the Big East in sacks and a leader on defense for the Panthers.