Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was named to his second preseason award watch list in two days, while linebacker Mohamed Barry also received some preseason recognition.
Martinez, who Monday was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, was named Tuesday to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is presented annually to the best quarterback in college football.
Martinez is one of six sophomores on the 30-player list.
Martinez set 11 school records as a freshman, throwing for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns while completing 64.6% of his passes. He also ran for 629 yards and eight touchdowns as he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten and freshman All-America honors.
Barry was named to the Lott Trophy watch list. The award is given to the defender with the best performance and character.
No Husker has ever won the award. Barry is one of 42 candidates on the watch list.
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The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior from Grayson, Georgia, was second in the Big Ten in tackles last season and led NU with 112 stops, including 55 solo tackles. Barry was a third-team All-Big Ten selection and was chosen by NU coaches as the team’s defensive MVP.
A loud, blunt voice in the locker room, Barry is often the tone-setter for the entire program. He had to wait two seasons before getting a chance for real playing time. In 2017 as a sophomore, he recorded 38 tackles. As a junior, he won an inside linebacker position and led the team in tackles.
Barry and Martinez will join senior defensive lineman Khalil Davis in Chicago this week. The Huskers speak to the media on Thursday.
Also Tuesday, Husker junior defensive lineman Ben Stille was one of 137 college football players named as candidates for the AFCA Good Works Team, which honors players for the impact they make off the field.