This from the UConn Athletic Communications Department:
The awards just keep coming for Yawin Smallwood.
On Friday, the junior linebacker was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award watch list — the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Smallwood has now been named to preseason watch lists for four different awards.
Smallwood has also been named to the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Bednarik Award Watch List — both are given to the top defensive player in the country. He was also named to the lists for the Butkus Award that honors the nation’s best linebacker.
The Walter Camp watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 125 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 12. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Smallwood was a first team All-BIG EAST selection in 2012 and led the Huskies in tackles with 120 and was second in tackles for a loss with 15. He had four sacks and two forced fumbles. Smallwood was tied for 20th in the country in tackles per game (10.0) and was third in the BIG EAST. He was a three-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
Smallwood has played in all 24 UConn games over the past two seasons and has 214 career tackles with 5.5 sacks and 17.5 TFLs.