Fant, Westbrook receive watch list recognition

Rashard Fant continues to rake in the preseason accolades.

Nick Westbrook, meanwhile, is just getting started.

Fant was named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy on Tueseday, claiming a spot on his fourth preseason watch list. The Wuerffel Trophy is billed as “college football’s premier award for community service.”

For his work last season, Westbrook earned a spot Tuesday on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top receiver.

Fant, who also has summer watch list recognition from the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award, is one of the Hoosiers’ off-the-field leaders. The senior cornerback has served as a student-athlete advisor committee representative, a peer mentor, and won the Director’s Award for “representing all that IU is and the mindset of 24 Sports, 1 Team.”

Among various other causes Fant has championed during his time in Bloomington, he also helped start a program to raise cultural and racial awareness and support.

On the field, Fant has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top cover corners. He’s the NCAA’s active career leader and IU’s all-time leader with 48 passes defended and 44 pass breakups in 38 games.

Fant led the conference last season in pass breakups (17) and passes defended (20).

Westbrook took advantage of the absence of injured top receiver Simmie Cobbs in 2016, catching 54 passes for 995 yards and six touchdowns. He led the Hoosiers in yardage, receiving scores and yards per reception (18.4).


  1. A number of Hoosiers are being recognized for awards list heading into this season. I would think it helps the team’s recruting and the team’s belief in themselves. This is a very important season for IUFB and coach Allen. They need to have a very good season to open up eyes that IUFB is further improved than most think.

  2. truly, it is great to see all the players get recognized….but how will the players and the team handle all this recognition?? Truly, Kevin Wilson did not leave the cupboard totally bare for Tom Allen. Kevin Wilson truly had IU football trending in the right direction ( the talent was starting to develop on this team). IU football had developed into a BIG 10 team… no longer belonging in the MAC conference. Hopefully Tom Allen can keep the progress going.

  3. IU has some good players. Are awards and recognitions watered down like bowl games meaning there are a lot more compared to going back some years ago? I am not saying they are undeserved because I think they are. Just some perspective. Yes, actually T.A. did inherit a team with several solid players. T.A. @ IU could not have ask for much better.

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