UB football players getting national notice, even with uncharacteristic start to season


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“We were on hiatus,” Lockhart said. If they were to play a playoff and a championship, we would go ahead with giving them. But we knew that people might not be equal when it comes to gaming. Obviously we were excited that football was moving forward, and we said, “If there is a season, we will have a prize winner” but we have to evaluate what information we have.

The Bulls will play their remaining five matches against MAC East Division opponents.

This could mean that a player with strong stats who only plays three matches will be compared to a player who appears in eight matches with similar stats.

“We have to try to evaluate that and make the best possible decision,” Lockhart said. “Ideally, most kids would play the same amount of games, but that might not be at all.”

College football watchlists are not static, with players being added regularly. For example, the Nagurski Commission also identifies the weekly National Defense Players for the year, and adds these winners to their watch list, if they are not already on it.

“Our committee members see, every week, the best defensive performances in the country,” Richardson said. “They make the players of the week in every defense-level conference, and if someone goes out of the blue and gives stats, be noticed.”

Prize winners are usually announced at the end of the regular season, but this has also been postponed, as some seasons will extend to the third weekend of December with conference championship matches. The winners of the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on December 9, and the winner will be announced on December 22. The FWAA All-American team is also slated to launch on December 30, two weeks after its regular release.


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