Cavaliers on 2022 Preseason Watch Lists

 Name  Award/Watch List
 Brennan Armstrong  Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award
 Dontayvion Wicks  Maxwell Award, Biletnikoff Award
 Chayce Chalmers  AFCA Good Works Team, Wuerffel Trophy
 Keytaon Thompson  Biletnikoff Award
 Nick Jackson  Butkus Award, Bednarik Award
 Aaron Faumui  Polynesian Player of the Year Ward

August 18 – Aaron Faumui – Polynesian Player of the Year Award Watch List

Presented by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award is annually bestowed on the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity. The watch list is composed of 85 players from 43 different FBS schools.

A native of Kapolei, Hawaii, Faumui appeared in all 12 games for the Cavaliers in 2021 and made six starts the the UVA defensive line. He recorded 23 tackles, including 13 solo stops last season. He was also credited for 3.5 tackles for loss three quarterback hurries and one sack.

Faumui enters the 2022 season having played in 38 games the past four seasons and has 15 career starts, the second-most amongst UVA’s defensive returners. Faumui had a career-high four sacks as a sophomore in 2019 and has six total sacks in his time at Virginia.

Virginia linebacker Nick Jackson was one of 90 defensive players across the country that comprised the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday (Aug. 1). The honor is presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club to the outstanding defensive player in college football.

Jackson led the ACC in tackles with 117 last season, one year after finishing second in the league with 105 stops. His defensive prowess led to Second Team All-ACC accolades in 2021, the second-straight year he earned an All-ACC distinction. In his junior campaign last year, he compiled six tackles for loss, broke up two passes and was credited with six quarterback hurries. He recorded seven double-digit tackling efforts and his 9.8 tackles per game ranked 14th in the country.

Jackson, also included on the 2022 preseason Butkus Award Watch List, has been one of the ACC’s most consistent defensive players. He has started 23-straight games in the middle of the Cavalier defense, the most of any UVA returning player on either side of the ball. In three seasons, Jackson has appeared in 36 games for the Cavaliers and accumulated 250 tackles, 56 shy of cracking UVA’s all-time top-15. Jackson has the chance to join Charles McDaniel (1982-84), Jon Copper (2006-08) and Micah Kiser (2015-17) as the only Cavaliers to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1994 and is named in honor of Chuck “Concrete Charlie” Bednarik who was an All-American player at the University of Pennsylvania and later a multiple year All-Pro linebacker and center for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame and was the last NFL player to be a full-time player on both offense and defense.

Semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced November 1, 2022, while the three finalists for the Bednarik Award will be unveiled November 22, 2022. The winners of the 28th Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 8, 2022. The formal presentations of the award will be made at the 86th Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala live from Atlantic City, N.J. on March 10, 2023

July 28 – Chayce Chalmers – Wuerffel Trophy 

The Wuerffel Trophy, College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service, announced 115 players from college football’s FBS teams on Thursday (July 28). The trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service in the world.

Chalmers is recognized for the second time in the preseason for his work off the football field. Earlier this month he was nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Hands team. Last season he took home two of UVA highest honors at the annual Hoos Choice Awards. He was a recipient of the ACC Top VI award, annually given to student-athletes who have given the most in terms of service to the University and the Charlottesville communities. Additionally, Chalmers was presented with the UVA Distinguished Student-Athlete Scholarship Award which is given to a rising fourth year student-athlete who has distinguished themselves for their efforts within the athletics department and community.

Originally a member of the UVA Groundskeepers, Chalmers is now the leader of the group made up of student-athletes and coaches as they fight for social justice and equity. He has volunteered at The Equity Center as a mentor to middle school students in the Charlottesville area, is a weekly visitor at the Brooks YMCA Afterschool Program as a mentor and speaker, helped organize non-profit bake sales for Challah for Hunger and a volunteer at Camp Holiday Trails helping clear trails for campers all in his time at UVA.

Chalmers has seen action in 21 games for the Cavalier defense over the last two seasons and last year was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

July 25 – Nick Jackson – Butkus Award 

For the second-straight season, Virginia linebacker Nick Jackson is included on the Dick Butkus Award Watch List. A total of 51 student-athletes were included on the award annually presented to the nation’s top linebacker.

The 51 is a nod to the award’s namesake, Dick Butkus, who wore No. 51 during his professional career with the Chicago Bears and was recognized by NFL Films as the best defensive player in NFL history.

Jackson was the ACC’s top tackler in 2021, totaling 117 stops and was credited with 2.5 sacks in 12 games. He recorded six tackles for loss, broke up two passes and had six quarterback hurries. Jackson’s 9.8 tackles per game also led the ACC and were the 14th most in the country. The Atlanta, Ga. native went on to earn Second Team All-ACC honors for the second year in-a-row. Jackson has started 23-straight games on the Cavalier defense, the most of any returning UVA player on offense or defense.

In three seasons, Jackson has appeared in 36 games for the Cavaliers and accumulated 250 tackles, 56 shy of cracking UVA’s all-time top-15. Jackson has the chance to join Charles McDaniel (1982-84), Jon Copper (2006-08) and Micah Kiser (2015-17) as the only Cavaliers to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

The award semifinalists are expected to be named on Oct. 31 with finalists to follow Nov. 21. The winner will be named on or before Dec. 7. Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement to win the award.

All 2022 Butkus Award winners will be honored at a televised event on Jan. 21, 2023, at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. CBS Sports Network aired the event last season, featuring Butkus and numerous noted NFL Alumni.

July 21 – Dontayvion Wicks & Keytaon Thompson – Biletnikoff Award

The award, presented by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award.

Virginia is one of three schools (Penn State & Texas) with multiple student-athletes on the 43-player list.

Wicks, who was added to the Maxwell Award Watch list midseason last year, lands on his second watch list of the week. The Plaquemine, La. native was one of 14 receivers on the Maxwell Award Preseason watch list on Monday.

Wicks set the Virginia single-season receiving yardage record with 1,203 yards in 2021, surpassing Herman Moore’s record of 1,190 yards set in 1990. His 21.1 yards per catch last season led the ACC and was the fifth highest in the nation. He totaled six, 100-yard receiving efforts last year tied with Germane Crowell (1997) for the most in a season in UVA history. Against North Carolina he hauled in seven passes for 183 yards, the sixth-most yards in a single season in school history.

Wicks was a First Team All-ACC selection in 2021 and won the Richmond Touchdown Club Offensive End of the Year Award. He is a preseason Fourth Team All-American according to Phil Steele and a preseason All-ACC First Team offense by Athlon Sports.

Thompson led the Cavaliers with 78 receptions last season and totaled 990 yards, the sixth most in a single season in UVA history. He finished the 2021 season with five-straight games of five or more receptions and finished with three, 100-yard receiving efforts. From his position as a “FBP – Football Player”, he also rushed for 247 yards with four carries going for touchdowns. Thompson earned a spot on the ACC All-Academic team for his performance in the classroom and on the field.

July 20 – Chayce Chalmers – Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee

The award recognizes student-athletes with exemplary community service, academic dedication and impact on and off the field

Chalmers was rewarded for his extensive work off the gridiron when he was one of six UVA student-athletes presented the ACC Top VI award, annually given to student-athletes who have given the most in terms of service to the University and the Charlottesville communities. In addition, he took home the UVA Distinguished Student-Athlete Scholarship Award which is given to a rising fourth year student-athlete who has distinguished themselves for their efforts within the athletics department and community.

Originally a member of the UVA Groundskeepers, Chalmers is now the leader of the group made up of student-athletes and coaches as they fight for social justice and equity. He has volunteered at The Equity Center as a mentor to middle school students in the Charlottesville area, is a weekly visitor at the Brooks YMCA Afterschool Program as a mentor and speaker, helped organize non-profit bake sales for Challah for Hunger and a volunteer at Camp Holiday Trails helping clear trails for campers all in his time at UVA.

Chalmers has seen action in 21 games for the Cavalier defense over the last two seasons and last year was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

July 19 – Davey O’Brien Award – Brennan Armstrong

Armstrong is one of 35 quarterbacks on the 2022 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List. The award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award.

Armstrong is one of 12 semifinalists from last year to be featured on the preseason watch list. On Monday (July 18), the Cavalier quarterback was included on the Maxwell Award Watch List and has already garnered preseason All-ACC honors from Athlon Sports (third team) and by Phil Steele (fourth team).

The UVA signal caller is coming off a record-breaking year in which he broke UVA’s single season passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and total offense records. His 404.4 passing yards per game were the most ever by an ACC quarterback and he was only 145 yards shy of breaking the ACC’s all-time single season passing record in just 11 games played.

Armstrong owns seven of the top-10 passing performances in UVA history including his school-record 554-yard, four touchdown game against North Carolina last season. It was one of nine 550+ yard games against power-5 programs in all of college football since the 2015 season. He passed for 300 or more yards 10 times in 2021 and 400 yards on six different occasions. Prior to the season, only two UVA quarterbacks threw for 400 or more yards in a game.

Entering the 2022 season, Armstrong needs 679 yards to break UVA legend and 17-year NFL QB Matt Schaub’s career passing record and six touchdowns away from eclipsing his career touchdown record at Virginia. After a school record 4,700 yards of total offense last season, Armstrong is 191 total yards away from breaking Bryce Perkins’ career mark.

In addition to being a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Award last season, Armstrong was a top-10 finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a finalist for the Manning Award. He garnered Third Team All-ACC honors and was an honorable mention on both the Pro Football Focus and the Phil Steele All-America Teams.

July 18 – Maxwell Award – Brennan Armstrong & Dontayvion Wicks

Awarded to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

Armstrong is one of seven semifinalists for last year’s Maxwell Award to be featured on the 2022 watch list. The watch list is comprised of 85 players, including 42 quarterbacks from a broad spectrum of FBS programs. Wicks is one of 14 wideouts on the watch list. Virginia and Wake Forest are the only ACC schools with multiple players on the list.

In 2021, Armstrong established single-season program records for passing yards (4,449), passing touchdowns (31), completions (326) and total offense (4,700). His 404.4 passing yards per game were the most ever by an ACC quarterback and he was only 145 yards shy of breaking the ACC’s all-time single-season passing record in just 11 games played.

In addition to being a Maxwell Award semifinalist in 2021, Armstrong was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, a top-10 finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a finalist for the Manning Award. The dual-threat signal caller was a third-team All-ACC selection and received honorable mention All-America honors from Pro Football Focus and Phil Steele.

Entering the 2022 season, Armstrong needs 679 yards to break UVA legend Matt Schaub’s career passing record and six touchdowns away from eclipsing his career touchdown record. After a school record 4,700 yards of total offense last season, Armstrong is 191 total yards away from breaking Bryce Perkins’ career mark. Armstrong has garnered preseason All-ACC honors from Athlon Sports (third team) and by Phil Steele (fourth team).

Wicks emerged as one of the top receivers in college football last season and broke Herman Moore’s single season record for receiving yards with 1,203. He caught 57 passes and nine touchdowns for the high-flying Cavalier attack in 2021. His 21.1 yards per reception, was the highest the ACC and fifth highest in the nation. In his record-setting season, Wicks accumulated six, 100-yard games, tied for the most in a single-season in UVA history, including a seven catch, 183-yard performance against North Carolina.

Wicks earned First Team All-ACC honors and an All-America nod from Pro Football Network.