COLUMBUS OH - NOVEMBER 13: Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions stiff arms Jermale Hines #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 13 2010 in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

College Football Awards 2012: Pitt, Penn State Players Getting Early Recognition

Pittsburgh and Penn State players are featured prominently on the preseason watch lists for college football awards this year.

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SB Nation Preseason All-Americans: Gerald Hodges Makes Linebackers

SB Nation released its Preseason All-American Team for the upcoming 2012 college football season on Tuesday, and Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Gerald Hodges made the honorable mentions list. Hodges, a member of the Butkus Award Watch List and the Lombardi Award Wach List, is so far the only Penn State player on the All-American list.

Last season, Hodges was named First-Team All-Big 10 Conference by the coaches and ESPN.com after leading the team with 106 tackles (60 solo) and collecting 4 1/2 sacks.

The other linebackers joining Hodges on the SB Nation Preseason All-America Team were: Jarvis Jones (Georgia), Manti Te'o (Notre Dame), Chris Borland (Wisconsin), Chase Thomas (Stanford), Arthur Brown (Kansas State), C.J. Mosley (Alabama) and Sean Porter (Texas A&M).

The complete Preseason All-American list can be found here.

For more on the Penn State football team, please be sure to check out our blog Black Shoe Diaries and SB Nation Pittsburgh or all the latest news and updates.

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