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Utah running back Tavion Thomas finds himself on another preseason award watch list

College football watchlists: Tracking the Utah athletes receiving preseason recognition.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes running back Tavion Thomas (9) is chases by Oregon Ducks linebacker Noah Sewell (1) as he runs for a touchdown, in PAC-12 action between the Utah Utes and the Oregon Ducks, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Watchlist season is here, which means you’ll be watching college football soon enough.

Here’s a running list of all the players from Utah schools on 2022 preseason watchlists.

Doak Walker Award

For the top running back in the nation

Utah running back Tavion Thomas — An All-Pac-12 first-team selection last year. Had 204 carries for 1,108 yards and 21 touchdowns. Tied the school record twice last year by rushing for four touchdowns in games against Stanford and UCLA.

Utah State running back Calvin Tyler Jr. — Led the Aggies with 884 yards and seven touchdowns on 196 carries. He finished the season with 934 all-purpose yards.

Davey O’Brien Award

Presented to the top quarterback in college football

Utah quarterback Cam Rising — Played in 13 games last season, starting the last 11 with 2,493 passing yards (20 TDs) and 499 rushing yards (6 TDs).

BYU quarterback Jaren Hall — Hall was on the Davey O’Brien Award Midseason Watch List last year as a sophomore. He was also one of eight quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list for helping BYU to a 26-17 win over Utah in week two of the season.

Utah State quarterback Logan Bonner — Bonner and Fresno State’s Jake Haener are the only two Mountain West players on the 35-player list.

The Maxwell Award

Presented by the Maxwell Football Club to college football’s player of the year

Utah quarterback Cam Rising — Utah is one of 14 schools with at least two players on the preseason watchlist for the award.

Utah running back Tavion Thomas — Also on the Doak Walker watchlist.

BYU quarterback Jaren Hall — Completed 189 of 296 passes for 2,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. Also carried the ball 62 times for 307 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Led No. 19 ranked BYU to eight wins in 10 starts during the 2021 season.

Utah State quarterback Logan Bonner — Set single-season school records last year with 3,628 passing yards and 36 touchdown passes.