|Frederick Hugs Pederson, Could They Be Award Winners in 2012?|
Just two days in to the unveiling of the college football awards watch lists and Wisconsin is a perfect 4-for-4. Center Travis Frederick and Tight End Jacob Pederson were named to the Rimington Award(best center) and Mackey Award (best tight end) watch lists respectively in an announcement made earlier today.
Pederson is on the list for the 2nd straight season and was a semi-finalist for the 2011 award. He is one of just 6 Big Ten tight ends on the 33-person watch list for 2012. Wisconsin is continuing to become a hot bed for tight ends as Pederson's name on the watch list marks five out of the last six seasons with at least that honor.
Pederson follows in the footsteps of only one other Badger, Travis Beckum, to be named to mulitple Mackey Award watch lists in their Badgers career.
The list will be narrowed down to the semi-finalists on Nov. 12th this season, in case you are watching out for those things.
The Rimington Award is given to the best center in the country and is given out separately from the College Football Awards show that airs on Dec. 6th, it's given out Jan. 12th instead.
Frederick is going into just his redshirt junior season and first as a full-time starter at the Center position after starting 11 games at left guard and two at center in 2011. He's a third year starter and has made 18 career starts already, becoming the first true freshman to ever start an opening game along the offensive line during the 2009 season.
The junior was a 2nd team all-Big Ten pick last season and is one of six players on the 51 man watch list. Frederick was one of six Big Ten players named to the list, second to only the SEC which had 10 players on the list. You can see the full list here.
Wisconsin probably won't have another shot of having players named to watch lists as tomorrow the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Award watch lists come out and Wisconsin is breaking in new players at both positions.