2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED
UMass OT Anthony Dima, Toledo C Zac Kerin and Kent State DT Roosevelt Nix Represent the MAC
DALLAS (FWAA) - The 2013 Outland Trophy Watch List was unveiled with 75 players named to the watch list, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football, announced today by the Football Writers Association of America.
Representing the MAC are UMass offensive tackle Anthony Dima, Toledo center Zac Kerin and Kent State defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix.
Dima started nine games at right tackle last season for UMass and helped the Minutemen in the first year with the MAC and in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Kerin is the leader of UT's veteran offensive line and has earned All-MAC honors the past two seasons. He also was named to the Academic All-MAC team in 2012.
Nix is a three-time All- Mid-American Conference First Team selection. Nix is among the nation's career active leaders in tackles for loss (52.0), sacks (20.5) and forced fumbles (10).
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.
2013 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST (75)
Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, DT
Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati, G
Chris Burnette, Georgia, G
A.J. Cann, South Carolina, G
Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State, DT
Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech, OT
Deandre Coleman, California, DT
La'el Collins, LSU, OT
Kevin Danser, Stanford, G
Anthony Dima, Massachusetts, OT
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DT
Dominique Easley, Florida, DT
Cameron Erving, Florida State, OT
BJ Finney, Kansas State, C
Cameron Fleming, Stanford, OT
Kevin Graf, USC, OT
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, C
Ryan Groy, Wisconsin, OT
Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota, DT
Trey Hopkins, Texas, G
Chucky Hunter, TCU, DT
James Hurst, North Carolina, OT
Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, DT
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, C
Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, G
Tré Jackson, Florida State, G
Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee, OT
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, DT
Anthony Johnson, LSU, DT
Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers, OT
Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt, OT
Tyler Johnstone, Oregon, OT
DaQuan Jones, Penn State, DT
Zac Kerin, Toledo, C
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, OT
Tyler Larsen, Utah State, C
Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati, OT
Charles Leno, Boise State, OT
Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT
Brandon Linder, Miami, G
Spencer Long, Nebraska, G
Antwan Lowery, Rutgers, G
Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State, OT
Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU, DT
Zack Martin, Notre Dame, OT
John Martinez, USC, G
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, OT
Daniel McCullers, Tennessee, DT
Jack Mewhort, Ohio State, OT
Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech, C
Morgan Moses, Virginia, OT
Louis Nix III, Notre Dame, DT
Roosevelt Nix, Kent State, DT
Andrew Norwell, Ohio State, G
Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina, DT
Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, OT
Cyril Richardson, Baylor, G
Weston Richburg, Colorado State, C
Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, C
Will Simmons, East Carolina, G
Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska, OT
Anthony Steen, Alabama, G
Bryan Stork, Florida State, C
Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA, G
Will Sutton, Arizona State, DT
Travis Swanson, Arkansas, C
Brandon Thomas, Clemson, OT
Laken Tomlinson, Duke, G
John Urschel, Penn State, G
Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern, C
Mason Walters, Texas, G
Austin Wentworth, Fresno State, OT
Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, DT
Leonard Williams, USC, DT
David Yankey, Stanford, G
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).
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.
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