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Dante Fowler was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.

Monday July 7, 2014Driskel, Fowler and Hargreaves Named to National Award Watch Lists

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Dante Fowler was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.

Three University of Florida football players were named to the preseason watch lists for two national awards on Monday, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was named to the 78th annual Maxwell Award Watch List, while defensive end Dante Fowler and defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III both were named to 20th annual Bednarik Award Watch List.

The Maxwell Award is given each year to the college player of the year. The Bednarik Award is presented to the nation’s top college defensive player each season. Semifinalists for both lists will be announced Nov. 3, while the three finalists for each award will be released Nov. 24. The winners will be announced at the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 11.

Driskel, a redshirt junior from Oviedo, Fla., enters his third season as the Gators’ starting quarterback. He passed for 477 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions as a junior, while also rushing for 71 yards and one touchdown before suffering a season-ending leg injury.

Fowler, a junior from St. Petersburg, Fla., has played in 25 games with 13 starts in his career. He has totaled 80 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss and six sacks in his two seasons in Gainesville. Last season, he led UF with 10.5 tackles-for-loss and ranked second on the squad with 3.5 sacks.

Hargreaves, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., appeared in every game during his debut season with the Orange and Blue, including 10 starts. The Freshman All-American led the team with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups, while his 26 tackles were good for seventh on the squad.

The complete watch lists for both awards can be found at NCFAA.org.

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