Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown, defensive end Michael Buchanan, center Graham Pocic and defensive tackle Akeem Spence were named to watch lists today for a pair of national awards.
Brown and Buchanan were two of the 84 players listed for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which goes to the nation's top defender. The list will be cut to five finalists on Nov. 15. Brown and Buchanan are among 14 players from the Big Ten to make the initial cut. Only the SEC had more players on the list (19).
Pocic and Spence are on the Outland Trophy watch list. The award goes to the nation's top interior lineman. Twelve players from the Big Ten are on the list, topped only by the SEC (19).