The FWAA announced today that Clemson tackle Tremayne Anchrum and guard John Simpson have been named to the Outland Trophy watch list, while linebacker Isaiah Simmons and defensive end Xavier Thomas have been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Full watch lists and additional information from the FWAA are included below.
2019 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED
DALLAS (FWAA) — The Football Writers Association of America has announced the preseason watch list for the 2019 Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. This season’s list presents a rare wide-open field following the departure of all eight Outland Trophy semifinalists from a year ago and the return of only one FWAA All-American, offensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton of Oregon. The Ducks, along with Michigan, top the list with four selections among the 83 standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents.
This is the second 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 2019-20 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.
Throckmorton, a senior from Bellevue, Wash., was a second-team FWAA All-American and is the lone member of the 2018 FWAA All-America Team on either interior line to return this season. He is joined by three teammates, center Jake Hanson, guard Shane Lemieux and defensive tackle Jordon Scott. Michigan has four members of its offensive front on the list – center Cesar Ruiz, guards Michael Onwenu and Ben Bredeson, and tackle Jon Runyan. Georgia has three players and 15 other schools have two representatives on the list of standouts.
University of Pittsburgh All-American Mark May, the 1980 Outland Trophy winner, will serve as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador for the upcoming season. May will make media appearances on behalf of the #FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind people to get their annual flu shots.
The recipient of the 74th Outland Trophy will be announced during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12, live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the NFID Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee on Jan. 15, 2020. Up to eight semifinalists will be named on Nov. 20 in Omaha and three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 25.
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 and SEC leading the way with 13 each. The Big 12 and Pac-12 are just behind with 12 apiece, followed by the ACC with 10 as well as the American Athletic (6), Independents and Mountain West (4 each), and Conference USA, Mid-American and Sun Belt (3 each). The list includes 32 offensive tackles, 19 defensive tackles, 18 guards and 14 centers.
T Trey Adams, WashingtonT Hakeem Adeniji, KansasT Tremayne Anchrum, ClemsonG Jack Anderson, Texas TechT Mekhi Becton, LouisvilleC Tyler Biadasz, WisconsinDT Ross Blacklock, TCUDT Quinton Bohanna, KentuckyG Parker Braun, TexasG Ben Bredeson, MichiganDT Derrick Brown, AuburnT Jake Brown, UCFC Levi Brown, MarshallC Cohl Cabral, Arizona StateT Brady Christensen, BYUT Ezra Cleveland, Boise StateDT Doug Costin, MiamiT Coy Cronk, IndianaG Navaughn Donaldson, MiamiT Liam Eichenberg, Notre DameG Jovahn Fair, TempleDT Leki Fotu, UtahDT Neville Gallimore, OklahomaC Jake Hanson, OregonC Bryce Harris, ToledoC Nick Harris, WashingtonT Charlie Heck, North CarolinaT Justin Herron, Wake ForestC Creed Humphrey, OklahomaT Robert Hunt, LouisianaC Keith Ismael, San Diego StateT Alaric Jackson, IowaC Jordan Johnson, UCFT Victor Johnson, Appalachian StateT Josh Jones, HoustonG Luke Juriga, Western MichiganG Kirk Kelley, TroyG Solomon Kindley, GeorgiaDT Javon Kinlaw, South CarolinaG Tommy Kraemer, Notre DameG Gus Lavaka, Oregon StateG Alex Leatherwood, AlabamaG Shane Lemieux, OregonDT Ray Lima, Iowa StateT Walker Little, StanfordT Abraham Lucas, Washington StateDT James Lynch, BaylorDT Justin Madubuike, Texas A&MDT Garrett Marino, UABT Colton McKivitz, West VirginiaG John Molchon, Boise StateC Jimmy Morrissey, PittT Thayer Munford, Ohio StateDT Larrell Murchison, N.C. StateDT Lorenzo Neal, PurdueT Jake Nelson, NevadaT Lucas Niang, TCUT Marcus Norman, USFG Michael Onwenu, MichiganT Miles Pate, WKUDT John Penisini, UtahT Benjamin Petrula, Boston CollegeC Cesar Ruiz, MichiganT Jon Runyan, MichiganDT Jordon Scott, OregonC Zach Shackelford, TexasG Josh Sills, West VirginiaG John Simpson, ClemsonT Rashawn Slater, NorthwesternG Logan Stenberg, KentuckyT Prince Tega Wanogho, AuburnT Andrew Thomas, GeorgiaT Calvin Throckmorton, OregonDT Khyiris Tonga, BYUG Tre’Vour Wallace-Sims, MissouriC Darryl Williams, Mississippi StateDT Raequan Williams, Michigan StateT Jedrick Wills Jr., AlabamaT Isaiah Wilson, GeorgiaDT Marvin Wilson, Florida StateDT Robert Windsor, Penn StateT Tristan Wirfs, IowaC Dustin Woodard, Memphis
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, now in its 74th year, is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.
2019 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED
DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of America released its 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List today, selecting 92 defensive standouts from 65 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences plus independents on a roster that includes four returning players from last season’s FWAA All-America team.
Grant Delpit, a junior safety from LSU, tops the list as the lone returning Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist and FWAA first-team All-American from last season. Joining him on the list are three other returning 2018 FWAA second-team All-Americans in Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall, Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes, and Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.
Alabama leads the team count with four representatives – linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Dylan Moses, end Raekwon Davis and cornerback Trevon Diggs. In addition to Delpit, LSU boasts linebacker Jacob Phillips and cornerback Kristian Fulton on the list to tie Iowa State, Notre Dame and Penn State with three members each. There are 16 schools with two members on the list.
Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football.
This year’s watch list includes at least four players from eight of the 10 FBS conferences. The SEC (18) and Big Ten (15) have the most members and combine to make up more than one-third of the 92-man list. The ACC and Pac-12 (12 each) and Big 12 (11) also have double-digit representation, followed by the American Athletic (6), Independents (5), Conference USA (4), Mountain West (4), Mid-American (3) and Sun Belt (2). The list includes 36 linebackers, 28 backs, 21 ends and seven tackles.
DB DeMarkus Acy, MissouriDB Paulson Adebo, StanfordDE Bradlee Anae, UtahLB Rayshard Ashby, Virginia TechLB Joe Bachie, Michigan StateDE JaQuan Bailey, Iowa StateLB Markus Bailey, PurdueDB Essang Bassey, Wake ForestLB Shaun Bradley, TempleDB Antoine Brooks Jr., MarylandLB Jordyn Brooks, Texas TechDT Derrick Brown, AuburnDB Myles Bryant, WashingtonDB Andre Cisco, SyracuseDE Nick Coe, AuburnLB Carter Coughlin, MinnesotaDB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi StateDE Raekwon Davis, AlabamaDB Grant Delpit, LSUDB Trevon Diggs, AlabamaDE Victor Dimukeje, DukeLB Troy Dye, OregonLB Cooper Edmiston, TulsaDE A.J. Epenesa, IowaLB Jordan Fehr, Appalachian StateLB Paddy Fisher, NorthwesternDB Jordan Fuller, Ohio StateDB Kristian Fulton, LSULB Lawrence Garner, Old DominionLB Cale Garrett, MissouriDE Jonathan Garvin, MiamiDE Joe Gaziano, NorthwesternDB Alohi Gilman, Notre DameDB Jeff Gladney, TCUDB Richie Grant, UCFDB A.J. Green, Oklahoma StateDE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn StateDB Javon Hagan, OhioDB Bryce Hall, VirginiaLB Ky’el Hemby, Southern MissDB CJ Henderson, FloridaDB Lavert Hill, MichiganDE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas StateLB Bryce Huff, MemphisLB Anfernee Jennings, AlabamaDB Jaylon Johnson, UtahDE Mustafa Johnson, ColoradoDE Patrick Johnson, TulaneLB Clay Johnston, BaylorDB Brandon Jones, TexasLB Antonio Jones-Davis, NIUDE Khalid Kareem, Notre DameLB Nate Landman, ColoradoLB Sage Lewis, FIUDT Ray Lima, Iowa StateLB Bryan London II, Texas StateLB Jordan Mack, VirginiaDT Justin Madubuke, Texas A&MDB Kevin McGill, Eastern MichiganDB Josh Metellus, MichiganLB Dylan Moses, AlabamaLB Kenneth Murray, OklahomaDE Julian Okwara, Notre DameLB Micah Parsons, Penn StateLB Jacob Phillips, LSULB Shaquille Quarterman, MiamiDB J.R. Reed, GeorgiaDB Elijah Riley, ArmyDB Amik Robertson, Louisiana TechLB Merlin Robertson, Arizona StateDE Alton Robinson, SyracuseLB Colin Schooler, ArizonaDT Jordon Scott, OregonLB Isaiah Simmons, ClemsonLB Marcel Spears, Iowa StateDB Caden Sterns, TexasLB Darrell Taylor, TennesseeLB Kyahva Tezino, San Diego StateDE Xavier Thomas, ClemsonLB Erroll Thompson, Mississippi StateDT Khyiris Tonga, BYUDE Jay Tufele, USCLB Mykal Walker, Fresno StateDE Curtis Weaver, Boise StateLB Evan Weaver, CaliforniaDB James Wiggins, CincinnatiDE Kenny Willekes, Michigan StateDT Marvin Wilson, Florida StateDT Robert Windsor, Penn StateLB David Woodward, Utah StateDE Chase Young, Ohio StateDE Jabari Zuniga, Florida
The 25th Annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, will be held on Dec. 9 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate former UCLA All-American Jerry Robinson, the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is the keynote speaker.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football, then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.