Outland Trophy Watch List Announced

82 players get consideration for nation’s top interior lineman

DALLAS (FWAA) — The Football Writers Association of America has announced the preseason watch list for the 2018 Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The list is highlighted by returning winner defensive tackle Ed Oliver of the University of Houston among 82 standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents.

This is the first year of a partnership with the NFID to present the Outland Trophy as part of a public awareness campaign focused on the importance of influenza (flu) prevention during the 2018-19 flu season. The award honoring the top interior lineman in college football will continue to be selected by the FWAA membership and has been rebranded as the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases with a social media hashtag of #FightFlu.

Oliver, a junior from Houston, last year became the first sophomore to win the award since its inception in 1946. He is the lone member of the 2017 FWAA All-America Team on either interior line to return this season as he attempts to join former University of Nebraska center Dave Rimington (1981, 1982) as a two-time winner of the award.

University of Wisconsin All-American Joe Thomas, the 2006 Outland Trophy winner who retired earlier this year after a stellar 11-year career with NFL’s Cleveland Browns, will serve as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador. Thomas has been an avid supporter of annual flu vaccines. He will make media appearances on behalf of the #FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind people to get their annual flu shots.

Additionally, Thomas will announce the recipient of the 73rd Outland Trophy during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6, live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Werner Enterprises Outland Trophy Awards Dinner produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee on Jan. 9, 2019. Up to seven semifinalists will be named on Nov. 14 in Omaha and three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 19.

OT Paul Adams, Missouri
OT Trey Adams, Washington
OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
C Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest
G Alex Bars, Notre Dame
OT Ryan Bates, Penn State
DT Terry Beckner, Missouri
DT Ryan Bee, Marshall
G David Beedle, Michigan State
G Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
OT Lanard Bonner, Arkansas State
G Tyler Bowling, Tulsa
C Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
G Parker Braun, Georgia Tech
G Ben Bredeson, Michigan
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
C Jesse Burkett, Stanford
OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
DT Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati
C Deontae Crumitie, Troy
OT Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
G Tommy Doles, Northwestern
G O’Shea Dugas, Louisiana Tech
C Alex Eberle, Florida State
OT David Edwards, Wisconsin
OT Bobby Evans, Oklahoma
C Justin Falcinelli, Clemson
C Lo Falemaka, Utah
G Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas
C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
DT Greg Gaines, Washington
C Tyler Gauthier, Miami
DT Youhanna Ghaifan, Wyoming
C Jake Hanson, Oregon
G Phil Haynes, Wake Forest
G Nate Herbig, Stanford
DT Trysten Hill, UCF
OT Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
G Martez Ivey, Florida
C Jordan Johnson, UCF
DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
G Michael Jordan, Ohio State
G Luke Juriga, Western Michigan
C John Keenoy, Western Michigan
G Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma State
C Sean Krepsz, Nevada
DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
G Jimmy Leatiota, Eastern Michigan
DT Ira Lewis, Baylor
DT Ray Lima, Iowa State
OT Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
OT Greg Little, Ole Miss
OT Toa Lobendahn, USC
OT Joe Lowery, Ohio
OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
C Connor McGovern, Penn State
OT Patrick Mekari, California
C Chandler Miller, Tulsa
DT David Moa, Boise State
C Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame
C Will Noble, Houston
OT Marcus Norman, USF
DT Ed Oliver, Houston
C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
G Ben Powers, Oklahoma
OT Isaiah Prince, Ohio State
OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State
DT Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin
G Dru Samia, Oklahoma
OT Max Scharping, NIU
DT Jordon Scott, Oregon
NT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
OT Trey Smith, Tennessee
OT Trevon Tate, Memphis
G Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
G Patrick Vahe, Texas
DT Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
DT Daniel Wise, Kansas

By conference: Big Ten 13, ACC 12, Big 12 11, Pac-12 11, SEC 11, American Athletic 9, Mid-American 5, Independents 3, Mountain West 3, Conference USA 2 and Sun Belt 2.
By position: Offensive Tackles 22, Defensive Tackles 20, Centers 20, Offensive Guards 20.
Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration
Candidates may be added or removed during the season

The distribution of watch list candidates is spread well among the conferences, with the Big Ten (13) leading the way. The ACC (12) is just behind, followed by the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC (11 each) as well as the American Athletic (9), Mid-American (5), Mountain West and Independents (3), and Conference USA and Sun Belt (2). The list includes 22 offensive tackles, 20 defensive tackles, 20 centers and 20 guards.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first 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 Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 24 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the NCFAA.


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