Myles Jack, Paul Perkins represent UCLA on Walter Camp watch list

UCLA tailback Paul Perkins ran for 1,575 yards to lead the Pac-12 in 2014. He is watch-listed for the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA tailback Paul Perkins ran for 1,575 yards to lead the Pac-12 in 2014. The redshirt junior is watch-listed for the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Both Myles Jack and Paul Perkins made the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

Representing UCLA among 48 other names, the linebacker and running back head into their junior season as arguably the biggest names on the Bruins’ offense and defense. The former is a versatile defender capable of matching up against wide receivers, while the latter was UCLA’s first conference-leading rusher in nearly 15 years.

Perkins is also on watch lists for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards, while Jack is in the running for the Butkus Award, Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Paul Hornung Award.

The Walter Camp watch list also included several other Pac-12 players: Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon and linebacker Scooby Wright III; Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan and linebacker Blake Martinez; USC linebacker Su’a Cravens and quarterback Cody Kessler; Cal quarterback Jared Goff; Oregon running back Royce Freeman; Utah running back Devontae Booker.

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Four UCLA players highlight Lombardi Award watch list

As preseason watch lists continue to drown each other out, the Lombardi Award is trying a new way to distinguish itself: including as many names as it can find.

If such lists are intended as a guideline for award voters heading into the season, this committee won’t get much help from the bloated 145-man roster — a number that more than doubles the size of many other watch lists.

So the fact that four UCLA players are on the radar for the Lombardi Award — given to the top offensive or defensive lineman, or linebacker — is not overly surprising. Linebacker Myles Jack (who also made the Butkus Award watch list today) and defensive linemen Kenny Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes are the Bruin defense’s most valuable players. Each of them will finish the season with at least an all-conference nod.

The one UCLA name on the list that could raise an eyebrow is offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch. While the junior has started 22 games at right tackle, he is not as irreplaceable on the line as center Jake Brendel or left tackle Conor McDermott.

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UCLA’s Kenny Clark, Myles Jack make Bednarik Award watch list

UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark and linebacker Myles Jack both made the 80-man watch list for the Bednarik Award on Tuesday.

Both Clark and Jack are entering their junior seasons as arguably the most valuable players on the Bruins’ defense, if not the team as a whole. Clark registered 58 tackles last season, including 5.5 for loss, while Jack had 88 tackles to go with seven pass breakups.

No Bruin has ever won the Bednarik Award, which has been given to college football’s top defensive player since 1995. Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III won it last fall as a sophomore, and is vying to become the third repeat winner after Penn State’s Paul Posluszny (2005-06) and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald (1995-96).

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UCLA’s Ishmael Adams, Myles Jack named to Paul Hornung Award watchlist

Ishmael Adams and Myles Jack are UCLA’s two candidates to be named the most versatile players in college football.

Both Adams and Jack made the 44-man watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which was announced Monday.

Jack was a finalist for the trophy as a true freshman in 2013, when he made 75 tackles and two interceptions as a linebacker, and rushed for 267 yards and seven touchdowns in four games.

In 2014, Adams took both his interceptions back for touchdowns, and was also a valuable special teams player who had a 100-yard kickoff return.

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Myles Jack named a Sporting News preseason All-American

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA's 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA’s 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack was picked as a preseason All-American by the Sporting News, his second such honor this month.

The junior was a second-team selection, echoing his spot on Phil Steele’s list two weeks ago, and was the only Bruin picked.

Three Pac-12 players made the Sporting News’ preseason All-American first team: Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, and USC safety Su’a Cravens.

Joining Jack on the second team are Cal kick returner Trevor Davis, Utah punter Tom Hackett, and USC center Max Tuerk and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.

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