The preseason honors continue to roll in for Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory. The junior standout was named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thursday.
The 6-6, 240-pound Gregory is among the nation’s top returning defenders. Gregory led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks last season, including nine in conference games. He also led the Huskers with 19 tackles for loss and was third on the team with 66 total tackles.
Gregory earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for his efforts in 2013, and is considered a strong candidate for first-team All-America honors this fall. In addition to being named to the Nagurski Watch List on Thursday, Gregory was earlier named to the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented by the Football Writers Association of America and is given to the nation’s top defensive player. Five finalists for the award will be named on Nov. 20, and the winner will be announced at a banquet in Charlotte on Dec. 8. Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh won the award in 2009.
Gregory is one of 10 Big Ten defenders on the watch list, including fellow defensive ends Joey Bosa (Ohio State), Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State) and Frank Clark (Michigan).
Additional watch lists will be announced through Friday, July 18.