BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY: DEMETRIUS TAYLOR
BOONE, N.C. — For the second straight summer, App State defensive end Demetrius Taylor has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
The Football Writers Association of America, in conjunction with the Charlotte Touchdown Club, announced the watch list for a trophy that is presented by LendingTree and goes to the national defensive player of the year. Taylor is also on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, another method of determining the nation’s top defensive player.
In his two seasons as a starter and first-team All-Sun Belt selection, Taylor has posted 84 tackles, 26.0 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and nine passes defended (with one interception). His 19.5 career sacks rank fourth among active FBS players, and he has also totaled 35.5 tackles for loss in his career.
OUTLAND TROPHY: BAER HUNTER
BOONE, N.C. — App State offensive lineman Baer Hunter is a repeat selection to the watch list for the Outland Trophy.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound super senior is a two-time All-Sun Belt selection who moved to center in the spring after starting the last 31 games at right guard. Change isn’t new to him, though, considering he began his App State career as a defensive lineman and spent time at tight end before becoming a standout offensive lineman who has 38 total starts entering the 2021 season.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded since 1946, is presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman on offense or defense. Hunter already has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top center.
JIM THORPE AWARD: SHAUN JOLLY
BOONE, N.C. — For the second straight year, App State cornerback Shaun Jolly has been named to the watch list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award that goes to the nation’s best defensive back.
The list from The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association includes 40 of the nation’s best defensive backs.
Jolly has received All-America recognition in each of his first two years as a starter, with PFF College naming him a second-team All-American to end a five-interception campaign in 2019 and Phil Steele naming him an Honorable Mention All-American in 2020.
Also a first-team All-Sun Belt pick in 2019 and 2020, Jolly has recorded 19 passes defended and 86 tackles in his two years as a starter.