Former Navarro College defensive lineman Calvin Barnett has been included on preseason watch lists for three of the most prestigious honors presented yearly by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).
Barnett, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from Tulsa’s Washington High School, begins his senior season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys as a candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the 68th Outland Trophy, and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Members of the NCFAA are unveiling preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fifteen of the association’s 21 awards select preseason watch lists, and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s candidates.
On Monday, July 8, the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia, Pa., first included Barnett as a candidate for the Chuck Bednarik award, which recognizes college football’s defensive player of the year. The award, given since 1995, is named in honor of the College and NFL Hall of Famer who played at Penn and later for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bednarik List will pare down to semifinalists on October 29, and finalists on November 25.
On Thursday, July 11, Barnett’s name appeared on the preseason watch lists for the Outland and the Bronko Nagurski Trophies.
Barnett is one of 75 offensive and defensive interior-line players considered for the Outland, named in honor of former Penn star John Outland. That list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on November 20. Five days later, The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) will name three Outland finalists. The award will be announced December 12 on ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards program from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will occur January 9, 2014, in Omaha, Neb.
The OSU senior also was announced as one of 81 candidates for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, an award created by the FWAA in 1993 and and presented to college football’s best defensive player by the Charlotte, N.C., Touchdown Club.
Last season, Barnett recorded 30 tackles, 24 solos, eight tackles for losses, and helped anchor the Cowboys’ defensive line on his way to becoming the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Coaches selected him as First-Team All-Big 12; Associated Press members picked him as a second-team selection.
Barnett has an opportunity to become OSU’s first two-time all-conference defensive lineman since Stacy Satterwhite in 1990 and 1991.