The First Coast area’s presence on preseason college football awards lists continues to grow.

 

Miami linebacker Shaq Quarterman was named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list Monday. The award, which carries the namesake of former Chicago Bears star Dick Butkus, honors the top linebacker in college football. And Quarterman, an Oakleaf product and the Times-Union’s All-First Coast defensive player of the year in 2015, wasn’t the only area linebacker named Monday.

On the high school version of the Butkus watch list, Trinity Christian’s Eriq Gilyard was a preseason selection to the 51-player list. Gilyard, a two-time All-First Coast selection, was one of just seven players from the state to appear. He’ll try and become just the second area player to win the high school Butkus award. Only Menendez’s Tony Steward (2010) has claimed the top high school honor.

For Quarterman, his rise continues.

His selection is one more honor in what has been a visible lead in to his true sophomore season in Coral Gables. In addition to the Butkus preseason honor, Quarterman has also been named to both the Bednarik and Nagurski watch lists, which go to the top defensive player in college football. Quarterman’s teammate, defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, a Trinity Christian graduate, also appears on three preseason watch lists — the Bednarik, Nagurski and Outland.

The area has been well-represented on the annual flow of preseason awards lists, with 18 selections spread out among the 11 preseason lists released thus far. Area players have appeared on 10 of those lists. The only local-free awards list is the Hornung, which goes to the most versatile player in college football.

And area players likely aren’t done yet.

The final four award watch lists — Biletnikoff, Davey O’Brien, Doak Walker and the Walter Camp — will be released Tuesday through Friday.