Stanford's football trio of Henry Anderson, Andrus Peat and A.J. Tarpley have been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, which comprises 123 athletes from 76 universities.
Tarpley and James Vaughters, meanwhile, are among the early candidates for the Butkus Award, given to the most outstanding college linebacker.
These watch list mentions are the latest in a slew of preseason recognitions for a talent-laden Stanford team. Tarpley and Anderson, for example, have been named to four preseason watch lists.
Anderson is receiving his preseason recognition despite being limited to eight games during 2013 due to a leg injury. Anderson still earned All-Pac-12 honors.
Tarpley, a fifth-year senior, started 32 career games at inside linebacker and is regarded as one of Stanford's most underrated players. Tarpley finished second with 93 tackles in 2013 (52 solo) while playing opposite of All-Americans Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy.
Peat makes his second career watch list after quickly earning recognition last year in his first season as a starter. In fact, head coach David Shaw moved two-time All-American David Yankey (drafted by Minnesota this spring) last season from left tackle to left guard to make room for Peat's 6-foot-7, 312-pound frame guarding quarterback Kevin Hogan's back.
Vaughters makes his first career watch list. The 6-2, 254-pound outside linebacker is among the most physically talented players on the list. Playing alongside Tarpley and 2013 All-Americans Skov and Murphy, Vaughters played solidly with 36 tackles (19 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He appeared in all 14 games with a career-high seven tackles in a win at Army.
Stanford's season opens Aug. 30 with a home game against UC Davis on Pac-12 Networks at 1 p.m.