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Lyle McCombs, Trevardo Williams make prestigious preseason award watch lists

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EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 26:  Lyle McCombs #43 of the Connecticut Huskies carries the ball in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 26, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 26: Lyle McCombs #43 of the Connecticut Huskies carries the ball in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 26, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Lyle McCombs had one hell of a freshman season, gaining 1151 yards on the ground and scoring eight touchdowns. But you're a UConn fan, so you know that, and I know that, but today it became clear that at least someone else there knows it too because McCombs was named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list. What's the Maxwell Award? Well, it's the award not named after John Heisman that happens to go to the best player in college football each year.

Is Lyle McCombs going to be the best player in college football this year? Maybe, maybe not (okay, probably not), but someone thinks he might have a chance, and in July that's a hell of a lot to be happy about.

McCombs wasn't the only one who got some dap on Monday. Defensive teammate Trevardo Williams got some love as well, but his came from the Bednarik Committee. The Bednarik award is given each year to the best defensive player in the nation and though Williams might be a long shot like McCombs, you can make a fair argument that a lot of that has to do with the team he plays on and exposure he gets, because he's primed to have one hell of a year.

Preseason award watch lists are being announced all week, so we'll keep you updated as they come out. Tomorrow the Mackey Award (tight end) and Rimington Trophy (center) announce their lists, so we might have some good news about Ryan Griffin to report.