Two more Oregon football players are viewed as candidates for major awards at their respective positions entering the 2018 season.
Tight end Jacob Breeland is on the John Mackey Award watch list, and center Jake Hanson is on the Rimington Trophy watch list. The official preseason candidates for both awards were announced Friday.
Some of the other Ducks already on various watch lists include quarterback Justin Herbert (Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award), running back Tony Brooks-James (Doak Walker Award), linebacker Troy Dye (Chuck Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT Award) and defensive end Jalen Jelks (Chuck Bednarik Award).
Breeland, a 6-foot-5, 243-pound junior, has emerged as one of Herbert’s favorite targets and finished the 2017 season with 18 receptions for 320 yards and five touchdowns.
Hanson, who missed spring practice because of injury, has started 25 consecutive games for Oregon at center. The 6-5, 298-pound junior has been an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection twice.
Oregon State senior Sumner Houston is also on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal, Herbert and Jelks will participate in the Pac-12 media day event next Wednesday in Los Angeles. Fall camp starts Aug. 3.
The Ducks open the season Sept. 1 against Bowling Green at Autzen Stadium (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).