Pitt is racking up the preseason honors (as you already know if you follow this blog loyally) with several players being named to early watch lists. Things started with Tyler Boyd and James Conner being named to the Maxwell Award watch list. This is a big one, as it is given to the nation's top player and a lot of times, and can be used as a nice boost to someone's Heisman hopes.
Not stopping there, Alex Officer has been named to the Rimington Watch List, which is the nation's top center. This one is kind of interesting considering Officer could move to guard, while Artie Rowell could snag the starting spot in the middle. This has been given even more life since the injury to Jaryd Jones Smith. Even before the injury though, Rowell was going to present a challenge to Officer. This is a problem Pitt has not had in many years and is nice to see.
In addition to those two, Adam Bisnowaty was just named to the Lombardi list, given to the top lineman or linebacker and J.P. Holtz is up for the Mackey Award for the top tight end in the country.
This is all great. I think it gives a ton of positive attention during a crucial recruiting time. That being said, there are a lot of fans, who would assume have Pitt fly as close to under the radar as possible and then there is the portion of the fan base that only wants to see wins and nothing else matters except what happens on the field. All aspects have their merits.
Taking that into consideration, how much do you pay attention to these early watch lists for college football awards?