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Joey Bosa, Joshua Perry headline Lombardi, Butkus Award watch lists

An Ohio State team loaded with talent continues to rack up preseason watch list nominations.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Butkus and Lombardi Award watch lists were release Tuesday morning, and had plenty of Buckeyes, as expected. Joey Bosa, Taylor Decker, Pat Elflein, Darron Lee and Adolphus Washington headlined the Lombardi Award watch lists, while Joshua Perry and Raekwon McMillan headlined the Butkus Award watch list.

Joey Bosa, to no surprise, appears on the Lombardi Award watch list. Bosa is considered one of the best players in the nation going into the 2015 season. He is the 27th unanimous All-American in Ohio State history. In his sophomore campaign, Bosa earned unanimous All-America honors. He totaled 55 tackles, 21 of which went for loss. Bosa also put fear into opposing quarterbacks with 13.5 sacks in 15 games last season. The 6'6 defensive lineman also forced four fumbles, and recovered one for a touchdown.

Taylor Decker and fellow offensive lineman Pat Elflein were also named to the Lombardi Award watch list, after leading an Ohio State offensive line that was one of the best in the nation last season. For his efforts, Decker earned second-team all-Big Ten honors last season. With the help of Decker, Elflein and the rest of the offensive line, the Buckeyes set numerous school records in one of the greatest seasons in school history.

Adolphus Washington finds himself on the Lombardi Award watch list after coming off of a career season. He was named an honorable mention for all-Big Ten Conference. He recorded 48 total tackles, 10.5 of which went for loss. He also posted 4.5 sacks on what was a scary Buckeye defensive line.

Also named to the Lombardi watch list, is linebacker Darron Lee. Lee was one of the best freshman linebackers in all of college football last season. In 15 games, the freshman recorded 81 total tackles, 54 of them solo tackles. Lee also had 16.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks. He also had two interceptions, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. For his efforts, the New Albany, Ohio native was named a freshman All-American by USA Today last season.

Joshua Perry headlines the Butkus Award watch list, after having a standout junior campaign for the Buckeyes in their National Championship season. Perry was 2nd in the Big Ten with 124 total tackles. Out of his 124 total tackles, 73 were solo, and 8.5 for loss. Perry also accumulated three sacks. The Galena, Ohio native's best game came against Penn State, where he recorded a career-best 18 tackles, 12 of them solo. Perry was also named second-team all-Big Ten Conference last season.

Raekwon McMillan was also named to the Butkus Award watch list. McMillan had 54 total tackles in his freshman year with the Buckeyes, 6.5 of them for loss. He also posted 2.5 sacks, as well as one interception. Although he did not start in any games last season, he played more snaps at linebacker than the starting Curtis Grant.

The Butkus Award was first given out back in 1985. It is awarded to the top linebackers in high school, collegiate, and pro football. Andy Katzenmoyer was the first Buckeye to win the Butkus Award back in 1997, and more recently, James Laurinaitis won it in 2007.

The Rotary Lombardi Award goes to the best college football lineman or linebacker, who also best exemplifies the discipline of the great Vince Lombardi. The award was founded in 1970. Ohio State currently holds the record for most Lombardi awards, with six. Jim Stillwagon, John Hicks, Chris Spielman, Orlando Pace (twice), and A.J. Hawk have all won the award.