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Ohio State's Jacoby Boren and Nick Vannett join preseason watch lists

Two more Buckeyes found themselves on watch lists ahead of the 2015 season.

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Still more than a month away from college football kick-off, both offensive and defensive players are finding themselves on early watch lists for a myriad of awards and honors. Two more Ohio State football players joined the ranks of some of the best and brightest in college football.

Senior tight end Nick Vannett was announced to the preseason Mackey Award watch list, and is one among 33 of the nation's best players at his position. The annual award, named after Hall of Famer John Mackey, is one of the biggest honors for tight ends in college, and the winner is selected by a vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and will be announced on Dec. 9th.

Vannett finished the 2014 season with 19 receptions for 220 yards and five touchdowns while filling in for an injured Jeff Heuerman. The Ohio native has played in 40 games for the Buckeyes and has started to stand out on offense; with Heuerman now in the NFL (albeit on the injured list for his first season), Vannett will get a lot more playing time going into the fall.

Senior center Jacoby Boren was announced to the Rimington Award watch list, which honors the "most outstanding" center in college. The award is named after Dave Rimington, who was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which fundraises for cystic fibrosis research having raised over $115 million since the foundation's inception.

Boren finished last season having started in all 15 games and logged more than 1,000 offensive plays. He is a star on and off the field, earning Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar award and second-team Academic All-America honors in 2014. He's also been chosen twice as the teams most accountable, toughest and competitive leaders during the winter conditioning.