Preseason watch list honors continue to roll in for Washington football players as senior Hau'oli Kikaha and junior Shaq Thompson have made the list for the Dick Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker, while Thompson and senior Danny Shelton are up for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given to offensive linemen and defensive front-seven players.
Kikaha, a senior from Laie, Hawai'i, notched 13 sacks last season, second-most in UW history. He earned second-team All-Pac-12 and first-team Academic All-Pac-12 after having missed most of the previous two seasons due to injuries.
Thompson, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., has earned preseason All-America honors this summer. Last year, he totaled 78 tackles and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12. He has started all 13 games of his UW career.
Shelton, a senior from Auburn, Wash., has started every game of the last two seasons as the anchor of the Huskies' defensive line. Last year, he earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 as well as first-team Academic All-Pac-12. He notched 59 tackles for the season.
Kikaha, Shelton and Thompson were named to the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, each given to the nation's top defender. Thompson was also watch-listed by the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football. Shelton also made the Outland Trophy's list, for the country's top interior lineman.