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Jerome Baker, Chris Worley, Parris Campbell Named to Watch Lists

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July 17, 2017 at 10:01am

Three more Ohio State players were named to preseason watch lists on Monday.

Jerome Baker earned his third nomination of watch list season on Monday.

Buckeyes senior Chris Worley and junior Jerome Baker were both named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, which honors college football's best linebacker. Junior receiver Parris Campbell was chosen as one of 46 preseason nominees for the Paul Hornung Award, which honors college football's most versatile player.

Baker is coming off a breakout sophomore season in which he recorded 83 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions, including one returned for a 68-yard touchdown against Oklahoma. Baker was previously named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Award, both of which honor college football's best defensive player.

Worley is also entering his second season as a starter. He recorded 69 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble last season.

Campbell is expected to make an impact for the Buckeyes offense this season as a receiver, returner and runner. He had only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but also had four carries for 54 yards and a rushing touchdown and had 21 kickoff returns for 584 yards. Campbell is in line to replace Curtis Samuel as Ohio State's H-back this season.

Ohio State has two previous winners of the Butkus Award: Andy Katzenmoyer in 1997 and James Laurinaitis in 2007. No Buckeye has won the Hornung Award, which was first awarded in 2010.

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