CONWAY, Ark. _ The University of Central Arkansas Bears have five football players on the College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists for the upcoming 2013 season.
Quarterback Wynrick Smothers, a senior from Destrehan, La., leads the way on the FCS Quarterback Award Watch list. Senior safety Jestin Love of West Memphis earned a spot on the Defensive Back Award list, while senior tight end Chase Dixon of Fort Smith is on the Tight End Award list.
Sophomore defensive end Jonathan Woodard made the Defensive Line Award list, while junior placekicker Eddie Camara earned a spot on the Placekicker Award list.
Smothers was the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, passing for 3,103 yards and 31 touchdowns. Love, the SLC Freshman of the Year in 2010, earned first-team All-SLC honors last season and has 12 career interceptions at UCA.
Woodard was the SLC Freshman of the Year at his defensive end position, making 36 tackles, including seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Camara has been UCA's starter for two seasons and was a first-team All-SLC selection last season after making 53 of 54 point-after attempts and 13 of 15 field goal attempts. Dixon, from Fort Smith Southside, caught eight passes a year ago, with four going for touchdowns.
The Bears, co-champions of the Southland last season and an FCS Playoff team for the second consecutive season, open the 2013 season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at home against Incarnate Word, one of four new schools in the SLC this year.