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College Football Awards Watch For 2012: Colorado, Colorado State, Boise State, Utah And BYU Players Worth Watching

SB Nation is running a series that highlights college football players to watch as possible post-season award winners, so follow along to see what local prospects made each list.

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Boise State, Utah Appear In SI.com's Preseason Predictions

Sports Illustrated's web writers had some kind words to say about Boise State and Utah Wednesday.

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2012 Manning Award Watch List: Wyoming's Brett Smith Only Sophomore Named To List

The 2012 Manning Award Watch List has made its way out and for Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith there is plenty to celebrate. He is one of two quarterbacks from the Mountain West Conference to make the initial cut and the only sophomore quarterback to appear on the preseason list.

The Manning Award, first given out in 2005, is given out to the top quarterback after the postseason takes place. The award is given out in honor of the Manning family of quarterbacks: Archie, Peyton and Eli. Robert Griffin III of Baylor won the award this past season.

Our Wyoming blog, Cowboy Altitude, has begun its preview for this upcoming season and recently profiled the quarterbacks. Here is just a snippet of that preview:

Brett Smith amazed the Mountain West and opened some eyes on the national level with his incredible freshmen season. The dual threat from Salem, Oregon certainly exceeded expectations on the way to being named Mountain West Freshmen of the Year. 61% completion percentage, 2622 yards passing, 710 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns.

Smith and the Cowboys start the season on Sept. 1 with a road game against the Texas Longhorns.

For more, stick with SB Nation Denver. For more news, notes and analysis from around the country, head over to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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