Ka'Deem Carey's NCAA-leading rushing status makes him an obvious choice to land on multiple college football award lists. The preliminary watch lists have begun rolling in, and he found himself eligible for the Maxwell Award given to college football's best player.
No surprise there.
The Bednarik Award, given to the NCAA's best defensive player, was a more surprising preseason watch list because it included Arizona Wildcats linebacker Jake Fischer. That's not to say Fischer isn't deserving, but it does seem a bit of a stretch for a player who led one of the worst defenses in the nation, one that gave up 499 yards per game and a yeesh-inducing, third-down conversion percentage of 43. Arizona was 105th in college football by giving up 35.3 points per game -- granted, possessions given to the opponent are also greater because of the Wildcats' tempo.
Fischer could find a challenger on his own team for best defensive player. While he's clearly the leader of Jeff Casteel's defense, fellow linebacker Marquis Flowers showed flashes that he could challenge Fischer in terms of his playmaking ability. Fischer led the Wildcats with 76 tackles to Flowers' second-ranked 57, but Flowers had a team-high 13 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three interceptions to Fischer's, 6.5 zero and zero.
Whatever the case may be, it could be nice for the Wildcats to at least receive recognition. It's 99.9 percent likely neither Fischer nor Flowers will win the award over Jadeveon Clowney.