The winners will be selected by a panel consisting of former members of the Good Works team and college football media members. Allen, the 2016 Bednarik Award victor, was also the first Alabama player to win the award.
Fitzgerald was twice named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week during the year, and capped his stellar sophomore season earning MVP honors in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
The star running back is a preseason first-team All-American for Athlon Sports, Sporting News and Lindy's.
A native of Arvada, Colorado, Wingard was one of 16 finalists last season for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back.
He is the seventh active leading rusher in FBS with 3,338 yards. His records include most rushing touchdowns in a game (4), most rushing yards by a freshman (1,091), most rushing touchdowns by a freshman (13), most total touchdowns by a freshman (13), most 100-yard rushing games (5) and most rushing yards by a freshman in a single game (192). The 2017 season debuts September 2 at Iowa. He also led the Cats in tackles for loss, easily making himself the star of the United Kingdom defense, while defining himself as one of the more dominant defenders in the nation. He was the No. 1-ranked quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class. He threw 20 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Allen was a first-round NFL Draft pick of the Washington Redskins, while Jackson returns for his junior season. The two-time first-team All-ACC honoree has led the league in tackles each of the past two seasons. He was also second on the team with 23 quarterback pressures. Miami, Georgia, and Stanford each have two players on the list as well.
Morgan's 2016 was solid, but also was still short on the kind of game changing negative plays that the Notre Dame defense as a whole struggled with the last few seasons.
Blanding has finished second in the ACC in total tackles in each of his three college seasons. At the end of spring practices, Haynes won the cherished Chucky Mullins Courage Award and will wear No. 38 in Mullins' honor. He ranks ninth in Baylor history with 12.0 career sacks. Coincidentally, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee will open the season against each other, September 2 at Murfreesboro.