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July 8, 2014

OU quartet on preseason watch lists

NORMAN — The initial individual watch lists for the 2014 college football season started rolling out Monday.

The first two out of the chute where the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and Maxwell (offensive player of the year).

Oklahoma was well represented on both.

Linebackers junior linebackers Frank Shannon and Eric Striker joined third-year defensive end Charles Tapper on the Bednarik Award list.

The Sooner trio was among 76 players named to the initial watch list, which will grow throughout the upcoming season.

The only OU player to receive the award was linebacker Teddy Lehman in 2003.

The Maxwell Award watch list also includes 76 players but features just one from OU. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight was named to its list.

The prize has been handed out annually since 1937.

Two OU players have been named the recipient. The first was running back Tommy McDonald in 1956. The last was quarterback Jason White in 2004.

The awards list rollout continues today with the Mackey (top tight end) and Rimington Awards (top center).

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