Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) reacts during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Irish Players Named To Maxwell, Bednarik Watch Lists

Notre Dame had three players, KeiVarae Russell, Jaylon Smith and Everett Golson, named to watch lists on Monday.

Junior Cornerback KeiVarae Russell and Sophomore Linebacker Jaylon Smith were named to the Bednarik Watch List. The Bednarik Award is given to the top defensive player in the country.

Russell has started all 26 games of his career. Last year, he made 51 tackles and 8 pass break ups. Smith started all games in his career as well. In 2013, Smith collected 67 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.

Senior Quarterback Everett Golson was named to the Maxwell Watch List. The Maxwell Award is given to the top player in college football. Golson did not play last season but was prominent in Notre Dame’s championship run in 2012. Golson threw 2405 yards on 187 of 318 passing. He added 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Notre Dame will count on these players in 2014. It is possible that all of three of these players could be captains when August rolls around.

Other watch lists to be named this week are:

Tue., July 8: Mackey Award/Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 9: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy
Fri., July 11: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 14: Butkus Award/Rotary Lombardi Award
Tue., July 15: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 16: Davey O’Brien Award
Thurs., July 17: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 18: Walter Camp Award

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