Three Badgers football players made the watch lists for prestigious national awards. Corey Clement is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award. Vince Biegel and Michael Caputo are up for the Bednarik Award.
Clement rushed for 949 yards and scored 11 total touchdowns last season. He is expected to have an even greater role in his junior season. He is one of 80 players on the Maxwell Award watch list. Melvin Gordon was a finalist for the award last season, which goes to the most outstanding player in college football.
Biegel led the Badgers with 16.5 sacks last season. The junior linebacker also notched 7.5 sacks. Caputo led Wisconsin with 106 tackles last season and tallied six tackles for loss. The senior safety is one of 10 safeties up for the Bednarik Award, which honors the top defensive player in the country. Biegel is one of 28 linebackers on the watch list.