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2013 Outland Trophy Watch List

75 players get consideration for nation's top interior lineman

July 12, 2013

(NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is a member of the nominating panel of the Outland Trophy.)

DALLAS (FWAA) – Florida State, USC, Stanford and Tennessee combined to put 13 players on the 2013 Outland Trophy Watch List, announced today by the Football Writers Association of America.

One lone, but important member of the FWAA’s 2012 All-America Team – Texas A&M senior offensive tackle Jake Matthews – also appears among 75 players on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football.

A year ago, Matthews was on the same Aggie offensive line that included 2012 Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, now prepping to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joeckel, also an offensive tackle, was Texas A&M’s first Outland Trophy finalist.

Florida State and Stanford have never had an Outland winner in the 67-year history of the award. USC has had one winner (Ron Yary, 1967), and Tennessee has had two interior linemen claim the prestigious bronzed trophy (Steve DeLong, 1964 and John Henderson, 2000). The Aggies could have two straight winners after being shut out in the first 66 years of the award, which is the third oldest in major-college football.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 25-man team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 20. Five days later three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12 from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 9, 2014 in Omaha, Neb. This year, North Carolina State center Jim Ritcher, the 1979 Outland Trophy winner, will be honored and presented an Outland Trophy, which was not given in the era in which he won the award.The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 10, 2013, in Omaha, Neb.

2013 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST (71)
Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, DT Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT
Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati, G Brandon Linder, Miami, G
Chris Burnette, Georgia, G Spencer Long, Nebraska, G
A.J. Cann, South Carolina, G Antwan Lowery, Rutgers, G
Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State, DT Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State, OT
Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech, OT Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU, DT
Deandre Coleman, California, DT Zack Martin, Notre Dame, OT
La’el Collins, LSU, OT John Martinez, USC, G
Kevin Danser, Stanford, G Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, OT
Anthony Dima, Massachusetts, OT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee, DT
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State, OT
Dominique Easley, Florida, DT Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech, C
Cameron Erving, Florida State, OT Morgan Moses, Virginia, OT
BJ Finney, Kansas State, C Louis Nix III, Notre Dame, DT
Cameron Fleming, Stanford, OT Roosevelt Nix, Kent State, DT
Kevin Graf, USC, OT Andrew Norwell, Ohio State, G
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, C Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina, DT
Ryan Groy, Wisconsin, OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, OT
Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DT Cyril Richardson, Baylor, G
Trey Hopkins, Texas, G Weston Richburg, Colorado State, C
Chucky Hunter, TCU, DT Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, C
James Hurst, North Carolina, OT Will Simmons, East Carolina, G
Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, DT Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska, OT
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, C Anthony Steen, Alabama, G
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, G Bryan Stork, Florida State, C
Tré Jackson, Florida State, G Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA, G
Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee, OT Will Sutton, Arizona State, DT
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DT Travis Swanson, Arkansas, C
Anthony Johnson, LSU, DT Brandon Thomas, Clemson, OT
Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers, OT Laken Tomlinson, Duke, G
Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt, OT John Urschel, Penn State, G
Tyler Johnstone, Oregon, OT Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern, C
DaQuan Jones, Penn State, DT Mason Walters, Texas, G
Zac Kerin, Toledo, C Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, OT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, DT
Tyler Larsen, Utah State, C Leonard Williams, USC, DT
Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati, OT David Yankey, Stanford, G
Charles Leno, Boise State, OT  
By conference:SEC (16), Pac-12 (12), ACC (11), Big Ten (10), Big 12 (10), American Athletic (4), Mountain West (4), Independents (3), Mid-American (3), Conference USA (1), Sun Belt (1).
Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration. Candidates may be added or removed during the season.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. For more information, visit the association's official website, ncfaa.org.

For more information on the Outland Trophy, go to the official website, www.outlandtrophy.com.