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BYU's Bills, Fua and Yeck added to preseason watch lists

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It’s Watch List Week in College Football, and BYU continues to get plenty of representation.

Thursday, three more Cougars — all seniors — were added to preseason watch lists.

* Defensive back Craig Bills and linebacker Alani Fua were named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.

* Offensive lineman Michael Yeck is on the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch List.

Bills is one of 24 defensive backs on the Nagurski list, and Fua is one of 24 linebackers up for the trophy that goes to the nation’s top defensive player. There are 81 players on the list.

Bills made 78 tackles last season and tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

Fua also had two picks, including one that sealed a win against Houston, and made 63 tackles and three sacks.

Yeck, who is from Keller, Texas, started in all 13 games for BYU lsat year but is currently listed as a backup on the post-spring depth chart. He is one of 22 offensive tackles on the Outland Trophy list.

The Outland Trophy winner will be announced on Dec. 11 at the College Football Awards Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Dec. 8 in Charlotte, N.C.

Here’s the list of BYU players on CFA Watch Lists so far:

QB Taysom Hill — Maxwell Award, CFPA Quarterback Trophy

RB Jamaal Williams — Maxwell Award, CFPA Running Back Trophy

LB Alani Fua — CFPA Linebacker Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award

DB Craig Bills — Bronko Nagurski Award

TE Devin Mahina — John Mackey Award

OL Edward Fusi — Rimington Trophy

OL Michael Yeck — Outland Trophy



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