While the status of the 2020 college football season is up in the air, that hasn’t stopped a number of Troy Trojans from being named to national award watch lists.
This past week junior linebacker Carlton Martial, senior receiver Kaylon Geiger, senior running back BJ Smith, junior receiver Luke Whittemore and sophomore safety Dell Pettus were all named to national award watch lists.
On July 16, Geiger saw his name added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, which is presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation every year to the nation’s top receiver.
Geiger was the 2019 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year after posting 77 catches for 873 yards as a junior.
Martial was named to both the Bronko Nagurski Award and Butkus Award watch lists on July 21 after already earning Preseason Walter Camp First-Team All-American honors and second-team Pro Football Focus All-America honors earlier in the summer. He was also named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.
The Nagurski Award is presented annually to the nation’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Athletic Club and the Butkus Award goes to the nation’s top linebacker presented by the Dick Butkus Foundation.
Martial – a Mobile native – walked on at Troy before earning Freshman All-America honors in 2018 and first-team All Sun Belt honors in both 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Martial racked up an eye-popping 126 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss and three interceptions as the leader of the Trojan defense.
On July 20, Pettus was named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, which is presented annually by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the nation’s top defensive back.
Pettus earned Freshman All-American honors last season after recording 63 tackles in 2019.
Whittemore was named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List on July 23. The award is presented annually by the Chik-Fil-A Foundation to a college football player who serves others with community service and outreach in the community.
Whittemore is one of Troy’s leaders in community service having assisted with Troy’s efforts at local schools, the Christian Love Center, the Colley Senior Complex and the Special Olympics. On the field, Whittemore has caught 46 passes for 631 yards and three touchdowns in his Troy career.
On July 24, Smith was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is presented by the Maxwell Football Club annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
Smith is coming off a 2019 in which he redshirted after tearing his ACL in the Troy’s second game. In 2018, Smith rushed for 1,186 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List earlier this summer.