LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker, cornerback Charles Gaines and defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin are on preseason watch lists for several national awards.
Parker is under consideration for the Maxwell Award, presented to the player of the year. The senior deep threat returns after catching 55 passes for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Gaines is on the Paul Hornung list for most versatile player following a sophomore season in which he returned an interception, a blocked punt and a kickoff for TDs along with picking off a team-best five passes.
Mauldin is on the Chuck Bednarik list for defensive player of the year. The fierce pass rusher recorded a career-high 40 tackles including 12 for loss along with a top-20 national ranking with 9.5 sacks.