Four members of the TCU football team were named to preseason award watch lists Monday, including three defensive players, before one more joined the group Tuesday.
Along with sophomore Devonte Fields, seniors Sam Carter and Chucky Hunter were named to the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List Monday, according to a press release from TCU Director of Athletics Media Relations Mark Cohen.
The Bednarik Award is given to the nation’s top college defensive player.
As a freshman, Fields won the distinction of Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press in 2012. The defensive end has 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 16 games with the Frogs, according to GoFrogs.
Fields missed much of last season due to suspension and injury, but head coach Gary Patterson praised Fields during spring football.
“Best he’s looked since he’s been a freshman,” Patterson said in late March.
Carter received his degree from TCU in sociology in the spring and takes the field for the purple and white as a graduate student. The two-time All-Big 12 selection at safety has 120 tackles through three seasons.
Hunter, a defensive tackle from West Monroe, Louisiana, has started 22 games for the Frogs and also holds two All-Big 12 selections.
A force on the field as well as the weight room, Hunter holds maxes of a 750 lbs. squat for two reps, a 520 lbs. bench press for one rep and a 460 lbs. power clean for one rep, according to the release.
TCU is one of only 10 programs to place at least three players on the Bednarik Award Watch List, according to the release.
On the offensive side of the ball, junior running back B.J. Catalon was named to the 2014 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s most versatile player. Catalon has 1381 total yards and seven touchdowns in his TCU career, according to GoFrogs.
Catalon also gained honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a kickoff returner last season. His 100-yard return for a touchdown against LSU is tied for the second longest in school history.
Joey Hunt, a junior center from El Paso, Texas, was named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy Watch List Tuesday. Hunt was placed on the watch list for the award, which is given to the nation’s top center, after starting all 12 games on TCU’s offensive line last season.
The Frogs open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 in Amon G. Carter Stadium against the Samford Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.