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NCAA Football: 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List, Projections

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) has announced its 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List. The Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. The award is named after John Outland who was selected as an All-American at two positions, tackle and halfback. The FWAA recognized 81 of the best interior linemen on the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List. This year’s watch list features 24 offensive tackles, 21 defensive tackles, 20 centers and 16 offensive guards. Check out the full list below.

2017 Outland Trophy Watch List:

Player School Position
Tony Adams N.C. State G
Trey Adams Washington OT
Brian Allen Michigan State C
Drew Bailey Louisville DT
Jake Bennett Colorado State C
Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin G
Kyle Bosch West Virginia G
Bradley Bozeman Alabama C
Parker Braun Georgia Tech G
Evan Brown SMU C
Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
Geron Christian Louisville OT
Will Clapp LSU C
Mason Cole Michigan C
Austin Corbett Nevada OT
Tyrell Crosby Oregon OT
Tyrone Crowder Clemson G
James Daniels Iowa C
Austin Davis Duke C
Michael Deiter Wisconsin C
O’Shea Dugas Louisiana Tech G
Alex Eberle Florida State C
Folorunso Fatukasi UCONN DT
Hjalte Froholdt Arkansas G
Greg Gaines Washington DT
Nick Gates Nebraska OT
Will Geary Kansas State DT
Colby Gossett Appalachian State G
Rasheem Green USC DT
Will Hernandez UTEP G
B.J. Hill N.C. State DT
Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
Mitch Hyatt Clemson OT
Martez Ivey Florida OT
Jamarco Jones Ohio State OT
John Keenoy Western Michigan C
Tejan Koroma BYU C
Gabe Kuhn Memphis G
Dexter Lawrence Clemson DT
Jimmy Leatiota Eastern Michigan G
Archie Lewis Boise State OT
Evan Lisle Duke OT
Greg Little Ole Miss OT
Lowell Lotulelei Utah DT
Evan Maring Navy G
Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
 Chandler Miller Tulsa C
David Moa Boise State DT
Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
Elijah Nkansah Toledo OT
Derrick Nnadi Florida State DT
Kendrick Norton Miami DT
Cody O’Connell Washington State G
Alex Officer Pitt C
Chukwuma  Okorafor Western Michigan OT
Ed Oliver Houston DT
Brian O’Neill Pitt OT
Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
Harrison Phillips Stanford DT
Jamiyus Pittman UCF DT
Evan Plagg Tulsa OT
Billy Price Ohio State C
Jake Pruehs Ohio C
Scott Quessenberry UCLA C
Frank Ragnow Arkansas C
Steven Richardson Minnesota DT
Dalton Risner Kansas State OT
Jashon Robertson Tennessee G
Max Scharping Northern Illinois OT
Austin Schlottmann TCU C
Deadrin Senat USF DT
Coleman Shelton Washington C
Braden Smith Auburn OT
Bentley Spain North Carolina OT
Trent Thompson Georgia DT
Brett Toth Army OT
Vita Vea Washington DT
Sean Welsh Iowa G
Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
Connor Williams Texas OT
Jonah Williams Alabama OT


The ACC (17) led all conferences with members on the Watch List, followed by the Big Ten and SEC (11 each), Pac-12 (10), American Athletic (9), Big 12 and Mid-American (6 each), Independents and Mountain West (4 each), Conference USA (2) and Sun Belt (1). Two of the three 2016 Outland Trophy finalists are on the 2017 watch list in Washington State guard Cody O’Connell and Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams. Look for both players to be on this year’s short list for the Outland Trophy again.

2017 Outland Trophy Projected Shortlist

The FWAA will announce the 2017 Outland Trophy semi-finalists on Nov. 15. Six Players (sometimes 7) will become semi-finalists and three players will go on to see who becomes the 72nd Outland Trophy winner. Here is a likely projected short list that we may see come November.

  1. DT Christian Wilkins – Clemson

    Christian Wilkins Clemson Tigers

    Christian Wilkins, Clemson Tigers

  2. OT Trey Adams – Washington

    Trey Adams Washington Huskies

    Trey Adams Washington Huskies

  3. OT Orlando Brown – Oklahoma

    Orlando Brown Oklahoma Sooners

    Orlando Brown, Oklahoma Sooners

  4. DT Ed Oliver- Houston

    Ed Oliver Houston Cougars

    Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars

  5. OG Cody O’Connell – Washington State

    Cody O'Connell Washington State Cougars

    Cody O’Connell Washington State Cougars

  6. DT Da’Ron Payne –  Alabama

    Da'Ron Payne Alabama Crimson Tide

    Da’Ron Payne, Alabama Crimson Tide

  7. OT Connor Williams – Texas
    Connor Williams Texas Longhorns

    Connor Williams, Texas Longhorns

    Let us know who you think (or are pulling for) to win the 2017 Outland Trophy.





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