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BOONE, N.C. — App State cornerback Steven Jones Jr. has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and offensive tackle Cooper Hodges has been included on the watch list for the Outland Trophy.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy goes to the national defensive player of the year. and the Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman on offense or defense.

Jones adds the Nagurski Trophy Watch List to being a second-team preseason All-American from Walter Camp and making the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back).

Last season, Jones tied for second place nationally and first in the Sun Belt last season with five interceptions. He led the country with three pick-six interception returns for touchdowns, ranked in the top 20 nationally with 13 passes defended (counting eight breakups) and finished the season with 51 tackles.

Heading into the 2022 season, Jones has seven career interceptions, four interception returns for touchdowns and five total touchdowns.

Hodges has received All-Sun Belt recognition after each of the last three seasons, as he’s been App State’s starting right tackle for 39 consecutive games. He graded out at 86 percent and had a team-high 84 knockdown blocks in 2021.

A preseason first-team All-Sun Belt selection by Sun Belt coaches, Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele, Hodges has been part of an App State offensive line that’s been recognized as a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award in two of his three seasons.