The time of year for preseason watch lists in college football is over.
After two weeks of revealed watch lists — some more inclusive than others — six Wake Forest players landed on a total of eight watch lists. Each of Wake Forest’s five captains is on at least one watch list.
Here are the Deacons who were named to preseason watch lists in the last two weeks:
The senior cornerback was named to a pair of watch lists: The Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the top defensive player in the nation by the Charlotte Touchdown Club, and the Jim Thorpe Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive back.
Bassey is entering his third season as a starting cornerback at Wake Forest and has started every game for the past two seasons. In that time, he has piled up 149 tackles, four interceptions and 31 pass break-ups. He’s scored a touchdown in each of the past two seasons, and his 28 career starts are the most among Wake Forest’s defensive players.
Bronko Nagurski Award: 92 total players, 12 from the ACC.
Jim Thorpe Award: 46 players, four from the ACC.
The senior running back is the other multi-list selection for the Deacons. He appears on preseason lists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the top running back in college football, and the Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Carney is the only two-year captain on the team and is coming off the first 1,000-yard rushing season in school history since Chris Barclay in 2005.
Doak Walker Award: 73 players, 10 from the ACC.
Wuerffel Trophy: 93 players, 10 from the ACC.
The senior tight end was named to the John Mackey Award watch list, which is awarded to the nation’s top tight end.
It continues Freudenthal’s ascension from walk-on wide receiver when he arrived at Wake Forest. He enters the season with an average of scoring a touchdown per 3.6 catches — five touchdowns on 18 career catches — which is the highest clip in school history.
John Mackey Award: 60 players, nine from the ACC.
The sixth-year offensive tackle was named to the Outland Trophy watch list, awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman — offensive or defensive.
Herron returns after tearing an ACL ended his 2018 season in the first half of the first game. He’s started 38 games in his career; the record number of starts for a Wake Forest offensive lineman is 48, set by Steve Vallos from 2003-06.
Outland Trophy: 83 players, 11 from the ACC.
The only non-captain to make a watch list, Wake Forest’s sophomore kicker was named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, awarded to the top kicker each year.
Sciba made 19 of 22 field goals last season and all 50 PAT attempts, and he comes into the 2019 season with 11 straight made field goals.
Lou Groza Award: 30 players, four from the ACC.
Senior linebacker was named to the Butkus Award watch list, given to the nation’s top linebacker.
Strnad recorded 105 tackles, 8½ tackles for loss and five passes broken up last season, his first as a starter.
Butkus Award: 51 players, six from the ACC.