AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn seniors Craig Stevens and Lee Ziemba have been named to watch lists for a pair of national football awards, the Football Writers Association of American announced Monday. Stevens has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, while Ziemba was named to the Outland Trophy watch list.
The Nagurski Trophy is presented annually to the nation's top defensive player, while the Outland Trophy goes to the nation's top interior lineman on offense or defense.
Stevens was named Auburn's Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2009 after finishing with 95 tackles (55 solo, 40 assists), including eight tackles for loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after totaling 11 tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown to seal Auburn's 41-30 victory over West Virginia. It was one of three double-digit tackles games for Stevens during the 2009 season. Stevens, who has started 26 consecutive games dating back to the 2007 season, has 190 tackles during his career (109 solo, 81 assists), including 9.5 tackles for 40 yard in losses. He has collected at least six tackles in a game 16 times during his career.
Ziemba was a Second Team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches in 2009, and an honorable mention pick by the Associated Press. He had the second-most knockdown blocks on the team last year with 67, and was an integral part of an offense that set team single-season records for points (433), total offense (5,613 yards) and passing touchdowns (25). Ziemba has started every game since arriving on the Auburn campus in 2007 for a streak of 38 consecutive starts. If he starts every game during the 2010 regular season, he will break the Auburn school record for consecutive starts, which is currently held by Will Herring with 49 straight from 2003-06.
The winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Dec. 6 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The Outland Trophy winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec 9th.