Vanderbilt’s football program is not yet at a point where all eyes are on the Commodores.
There are, however, a lot of folks keeping watch.
Thursday, offensive lineman Wesley Johnson and cornerback Andre Hal added to the growing number of national awards watch lists that include a Vanderbilt player.
Johnson is one of 75 on the Outland Trophy watch list. The Outland Trophy recognizes the country’s most outstanding interior lineman and is presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
Hal is one of 81 on the Bronco Nagurski College Trophy watch list. The Bronco Nagurski College Trophy recognizes the national defensive player of the year and is presented by the Football Writers Association of America in association with the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Johnson, a Montgomery Bell Academy graduate, has started 38 games at four different positions and never has been called for holding.
Hal, from Port Allen, La., also is on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which likewise recognizes the national defensive player of the year. He is a second-year starter who earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2013.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews and kicker Carey Spear also have been named to similar lists in recent days.