The 2021 BYU Football Watch List Compilation

Coming off a 2020 season where the Cougs went 11-1 with a top 15 finish is going to bring some attention to your program. BYU capitalized on that with five players being selected in the 2021 NFL draft and a record 28 former Cougs signing with NFL teams in 2021.

The attention continues to come in for BYU with several players being named to 2021 watch lists for individual achievements in college football. Here is who has been named thus far:

Jake Oldroyd – Lou Groza award

Payton Wilgar – Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award

James Empey – Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy, Good Works Team

Isaac Rex – John Mackey Award

Gunner Romney – Biletnikoff Award

Tyler Allgeier – Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award

Jake Oldroyd (K), named to the watchlist for the Lou Groza award, given annually to the nation’s best place kicker. 30 players are on the watchlist.

Payton Wilgar (LB), named to the watchlist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given annually to the nations best defensive player. 90 players are on this list. He was also named to the watchlist for the Butkus Award, honoring the nation’s best linebackers. 51 linebackers are on that list.

James Empey (C) has been named to the Outland Trophy watchlist, awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. 80 are on that watchlist. He has also been named to the Rimington Trophy watchlist, presented to the nation’s premier center. There are 40 players on that watchlist. He has also been named to the All-State AFCA Good Works Team, given to players who demonstrate exceptional leadership on and off the football field. There are 109 nominees for that list.

Isaac Rex (TE) has been named to the John Mackey award watchlist, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end. There are 56 players on that list.

Gunner Romney (WR) has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watchlist, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding receiver. There are 50 players on that watchlist.

Tyler Allgeier (RB) has been named to the Doak Walker Award watchlist, awarded annually to the nation’s best running back. There are 90 players on that list. He has also been named to the Maxwell Award watchlist, awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. There are 80 on that list.

This list will be updated as more players are added.

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