Another day, another watchlist for both senior cornerback Greg Stroman and junior linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Stroman was named to the watchlist for the Paul Hornung Award, while Edmunds earned the honor for the Dick Butkus Award.
The Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in college football. In just its eighth year of existence, it has yet to go to an ACC player - but Stroman could be the one to change that. Most known for his exploits as a return specialist - he returned 25 punts for an average of 8.8 yards with a touchdown, and 22 kickoffs for an average of 20.9 yards in 2016 - he emerged as a very good starting cornerback during his junior season, as well. He made 13 total tackles, intercepted three passes, and broke up ten more balls. He has contributed on offense in the past (nine career rushing attempts and one reception), and even impacted special teams in other ways, blocking a kick and punting twice in 2016.
Stroman's versatility makes him a strong candidate to compete for this award - and win the first one for the ACC. There will be significant competition, though: nine other ACC players are among the 46 total nominees. He has also been nominated for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Edmunds has already earned nominations for the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards, and taking on the watchlist for the Butkus, granted annually to the best linebacker in the nation, should come as no surprise.
He was Virginia Tech's second-leading tackler last year with 106 total stops, 18.5 of them for loss with 4.5 sacks. He also intercepted one pass and broke up three more, and both caused and recovered one fumble. Eight other ACC players make the watchlist as well. It has never gone to a Hokie, but Boston College's Luke Keuchly was the most recent winner for the conference, back in 2011.