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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State senior safety Ji’Ayir Brown and redshirt junior cornerback Joey Porter, Jr. landed on the Chuck Bednarik Award watchlist, announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday.

Redshirt senior long snapper Chris Stoll has been named to the Patrick Mannelly Award watch list. The two watchlists were announced on Monday.

The Bednarik Award is given annually to the most outstanding defensive player in college football.

The Mannelly Award is given to the best long snapper in college football.

Senior defensive tackle PJ Mustipher was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List on Monday.

The Rotary Lombardi Award is given annually to the offensive or defensive lineman who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach Vince Lombardy.

Senior quarterback Sean Clifford was named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List last Friday. The Walter Camp Football Foundation has listed 52 nominees for its prestigious National Player of the Year award ahead of the 2022 college football season.

Pitt Recognition

PITTSBURGH — As the Pitt Football Program opened its 2022 training camp on Monday, three team members were recognized by prestigious national watchlists on Monday.

Junior defensive tackle Calijah Kancey added to his impressive list of preseason award nominations by being named to the Watch List for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award. Senior defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado was also recognized by the Bednariks and senior linebacker SirVocea Dennis joined Kancey on Lombardi’s watch list.

National preseason attention for defensive tackle Pitt Kancey continued as he was named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List.

Kancey was one of eight defenders highlighted.

Help is in progress?

Fans who wish to financially support college athletes through name, image and likeness offerings can now do so with just a few clicks online.

Opendorse, a company that partners with dozens of schools to help initiate, track and monitor NIL deals, launched an online marketplace on Monday where fans can go directly to athletes to buy their autographs, appearances personal information and their publications on social networks.

On Opendorse.com, school-specific pages will be available for the company’s partner universities. Through these pages, users can access athlete profiles with rates for various services.

“Collectives have dominated conversations on NIL, but where are the fans in this conversation?” said Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence. “Most of them don’t know where to go and what it costs.”

Lawrence likened Opendorse’s new service to what Fanatics has done with online team products.



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