The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl released the preseason watch list for the 2018 Dodd Trophy, and coming off a fifth national title in nine years, Alabama head coach Nick Saban managed to make the cut.

This year's list includes 20 of the nation's top college football head coaches, representing all Power 5 conferences, along with the Mountain West and Notre Dame.

The Dodd Trophy celebrates the head coach of a team who "enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd's coaching philosophy."

The watch list was created through a selection process by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, taking into consideration each program's graduation rate, commitment to service and charity in the community, projected success for the 2018 season and Academic Progress Rate (APR). Coaches in the first year with their current team are ineligible to receive The Dodd Trophy.

“The Dodd Trophy distinguishes itself from other coaching awards due to the high standards used to determine potential candidates,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, in a release. “This is the most-coveted coaching award because it looks beyond rankings, wins or losses, and measures the overall impact these coaches have on their players, universities and communities.”

“This list includes a renowned group of individuals who truly embody the principles Bobby Dodd adhered to, such as scholarship, leadership and integrity,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO & President Gary Stokan in a release. “We look forward to seeing which of these coaches set themselves apart from the rest of the pack as the 2018 season unfolds.”

The coaches on the 2018 Dodd Trophy Preseason Watch List include:

Coach

School

Conference

Paul Chryst

Wisconsin

Big Ten

James Franklin

Penn State

Big Ten

Justin Fuente

Virginia Tech

ACC

Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Jim Harbaugh

Michigan

Big Ten

Bryan Harsin

Boise State

Mountain West

Clay Helton

USC

Pac-12

Tom Herman

Texas

Big 12

Brian Kelly

Notre Dame

Independent

Gus Malzahn

Auburn

SEC

Urban Meyer

Ohio State

Big Ten

Will Muschamp

South Carolina

SEC

Gary Patterson

TCU

Big 12

Chris Petersen

Washington

Pac-12

Mark Richt

Miami

ACC

Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma

Big 12

Nick Saban

Alabama

SEC

David Shaw

Stanford

Pac-12

Kirby Smart

Georgia

SEC

Dabo Swinney

Clemson

ACC

Of the 20 coaches on the watch list, five are previous winners of the Dodd Trophy, including David Shaw (2017), Saban (2014), Dabo Swinney (2011), Chris Petersen (2010) and Gary Patterson (2009). Additionally, four of the coaches were finalists for last year’s award, including Swinney, Paul Chryst, Mark Richt and Kirby Smart.

The SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 all tied for the highest number of representatives on this year’s watch list with four coaches from each respective conference.

Additional watch lists – adding to or narrowing the field – will be released throughout the fall. A panel consisting of previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

Starting in September, the Dodd Coach of the Week Award will also be presented weekly to the coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

Saban to accept MacArthur Bowl trophy, too

Next week during SEC Media Days at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Saban will officially accept the NFF MacArthur Bowl national championship trophy in recognition of the Crimson Tide's win in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Fans are welcome to attend Wednesday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. CT as Saban accepts the coveted trophy at the Hall.

The ceremony will mark the official unveiling of the trophy with Alabama's name permanently etched on the fabled archways of the historic trophy, joining the previous 59 teams who have been recognized since the coveted honor was first bestowed in 1959.

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