Jason Kirk of SB Nation's college football news hub is compiling lists of players to watch for various 2012 college football awards, and in his latest story on candidates for the Mackey tight end award and the Rimington center award prospects from Illinois, Northwestern and Notre Dame are all mentioned.
At tight end, Tyler Eifert of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is the lone local prospect to earn preseason recognition for the Mackey award. With regards to the center position, Braxston Cave of Notre Dame, Graham Pocic of Illinois and Brandon Vitabile of Northwestern are all under consideration for the Rimington award.
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