Football Writers Association of America July 10, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
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64 players get consideration for nation's top interior lineman
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DALLAS (FWAA) – The Southeastern Conference dominated the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch List with 19 players – at least eight more prospects than any of the seven other major-college conferences represented on the 64-man list released by the Football Writers Association of America.

Texas A&M and South Carolina, which open the 2014 season in the first game on the SEC Network on Aug. 28, each had three linemen on the list. Other SEC schools with three players were Alabama and Auburn. The only other schools with three players were defending national champion Florida State and Oregon.

There are no returning linemen from the first-team FWAA All-America group from 2013. But Oregon center Hroniss Grasu and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, second-teamers from last season, are on the list.

As might be expected, the five power NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences dominated. Following the SEC were the Pac-12 (11), Big Ten (9), ACC (9) and Big 12 (9). Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan State, Ole all placed teammates on the list.

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 26-man first team and eventually the 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.

Vadal Alexander, LSU, G Ryan Kelly, Alabama, C
Jack Allen, Michigan State, C Arie Kouandjio, Alabama, G
Henry Anderson, Stanford, DL Alex Kozan, Auburn, G
David Andrews, Georgia, C Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati, OT
Michael Bennett, Ohio State, DL Cyril Lemon, North Texas, G
Evan Boehm, Missouri, C Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, DL
Jake Brendel, UCLA, C Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech, G
Malcom Brown, Texas, DL Josue Matias, Florida State, G
A.J. Cann, South Carolina, G Mike Matthews, Texas A&M, C
Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech, OT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, DL
La'el Collins, LSU, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M, OT
Jack Conklin, Michigan State, OT Andrus Peat, Stanford, OT
Christian Covington, Rice, DL A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama, DL
Carl Davis, Iowa, DL Corey Robinson, South Carolina, OT
Sheldon Day, Notre Dame, DL Brandon Scherff, Iowa, OT
Reese Dismukes, Auburn, C Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, C
Jamil Douglas, Arizona State, OT Brandon Shell, South Carolina, OT
Spencer Drango, Baylor, OT Danny Shelton, Washington, DL
Cameron Erving, Florida State, OT Jake Smith, Louisville, C
Dominic Espinosa, Texas, C Donovan Smith, Penn State, OT
B.J. Finney, Kansas State, C Quinton Spain, West Virginia, G
Jake Fisher, Oregon, OT Laken Tomlinson, Duke, G
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, C Max Tuerk, USC, C
Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin, OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss, OT
Sean Hickey, Syracuse, OT Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern, C
D.J. Humphries, Florida, OT Cody Whitehair, Kansas State, G
Chucky Hunter, TCU, DL Cody Wichmann, Fresno State, G
Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M, OT Daryl Williams, Oklahoma, OT
Tré Jackson, Florida State, G Leonard Williams, USC, DL
Grady Jarrett, Clemson, DL Torrian Wilson, UCF, G
Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers, G Gabe Wright, Auburn, DL
Tyler Johnstone, Oregon, OT Michael Yeck, BYU, OT
By conference: SEC 19, ACC 9, Big 12 9, Big Ten 9, Pac-12 11, American Athletic 2, Conference USA 2, Independents 2, Mountain West 1.
By position: Offensive Tackles 22, Offensive Guards 14, Centers 14, Defensive Linemen/Tackles 14.
Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration
Candidates may be added or removed during the season

The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 20. Four days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 69th 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. 11 from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award last season.

The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 15, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. This year, Notre Dame’s Ross Browner, the 1976 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 Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. 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. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at or 214-870-6516.

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 nearly 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit to learn more about our story.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fifteen of the association’s 21 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the complete 2014 preseason watch list calendar:

July 7: Maxwell Award/Bednarik Award
July 8: Mackey Award/Riminigton Trophy
July 9: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award
July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy
July 11: Jim Thorpe Award
July 14: Butkus Award/Rotary Lombardi Award
July 15: Biletnikoff Award
July 16: Davey O'Brien Award
July 17: Doak Walker Award
July 18: Walter Camp Award

Related links:
All-time Outland Trophy winners
Outland Trophy official site (