The Football Writers Association of America announced today that three Clemson players — defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, defensive tackle Tyler Davis and offensive tackle Jordan McFadden — have been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy. Additional information from award organizers is included below.
DALLAS (FWAA) — The Football Writers Association of America has announced the preseason watch list for the 2021 Outland Trophy, recognizing 80 returning standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents. The 2021 season continues a celebration of the award’s 75th anniversary and the watch list presents a talented field of players to accompany three returning FWAA All-Americans.
The recipient of the 2021 Outland Trophy will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live on ESPN in December. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 12, 2022.
Kenyon Green, a 2020 Outland semifinalist as a first-team FWAA All-American offensive guard at Texas A&M last year, tops the list as the only first-team interior lineman to return. The Aggies, who also have defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson on the list, are one of 18 teams to have at least two players on the watch list. Two other returning All-Americans, Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum and defensive tackle Dante Stills of West Virginia, also highlight the top returning interior linemen. Both were second-team All-Americans a year ago.
Five schools boast three selections each, including two of last year’s College Football Playoff qualifiers in Clemson and Ohio State. Two of Clemson’s are defensive tackles, Bryan Bresee and Tyler Davis, along with offensive tackle Jordan McFadden, are touted. Ohio State’s offensive line is bolstered by tackles Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere and its defense features tackle Haskell Garrett.
Boston College, which pairs with Clemson to give the Atlantic Coast Conference six of its national-best 14 players, has center Alec Lindstrom in between guard Zion Johnson and offensive tackle Tyler Vrabel. Oklahoma’s high-powered offense has guards Tyrese Robinson and Marquis Hayes and a third member, Perrion Winfrey at defensive tackle. Georgia is the only SEC school with a trio of players – guards Jamaree Salyer and Justin Shaffer, and defensive tackle Jordan Davis.
After the ACC, the Big Ten boasts 13 selections spread among nine different schools and the SEC has 11 total from seven schools. Defending national champion Alabama is represented by a tackle on each side of the ball, Evan Neal on offense and Phidarian Mathis on defense. Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood won the 2020 Outland Trophy before departing to the NFL as the 17th overall selection in the draft by the Las Vegas Raiders.
Two members of last season’s FWAA Freshman All-America team, Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski and Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith, are also on the watch list, which includes 26 offensive tackles, 26 guards, 16 centers and 13 defensive tackles.
2021 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST
G Henry Bainivalu, WashingtonOT Matthew Bedford, IndianaG Curtis Blackwell, Ball StateC Nick Brahms, AuburnDT Bryan Bresee, ClemsonDT C.J. Brewer, Coastal CarolinaOT Nick Broeker, Ole MissG Logan Bruss, WisconsinOT Spencer Burford, UTSAC Mike Caliendo, Western MichiganG Trey Carter, Coastal CarolinaDT Will Choloh, TroyDT Nolan Cockrill, ArmyC Keegan Cryder, WyomingDT Jordan Davis, GeorgiaDT Tyler Davis, ClemsonC Dawson Deaton, Texas TechG Corey Dublin, TulaneG Ikem Ekwonu, N.C. StateC Nathan Eldridge, Oregon StateC James Empey, BYUG Joshua Ezeudu, North CarolinaC Alex Forsyth, OregonOT Jake Fuzak, BuffaloDT Haskell Garrett, Ohio StateC Grant Gibson, N.C. StateG Shamarious Gilmore, Georgia StateOT Kenyon Green, Texas A&MC Bryce Harris, ToledoG Marquis Hayes, OklahomaC Brock Hoffman, Virginia TechOT Jarrett Horst, Michigan StateC Baer Hunter, App StateG Ed Ingram, LSUDT McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&MG Zion Johnson, Boston CollegeOT Darian Kinnard, KentuckyOT Jaxson Kirkland, WashingtonC Doug Kramer, IllinoisC Tyler Linderbaum, IowaC Alec Lindstrom, Boston CollegeDT Jermayne Lole, Arizona StateOT Vederian Lowe, IllinoisOT Abe Lucas, Washington StateG Cain Madden, Notre DameDT Phidarian Mathis, AlabamaOT Jordan McFadden, ClemsonC Mike Miranda, Penn StateOT Thayer Munford, Ohio StateOT Evan Neal, AlabamaOT Zion Nelson, MiamiC Colin Newell, Iowa StateG Conner Olson, MinnesotaG Dylan Parham, MemphisG Jarrett Patterson, Notre DameOT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio StateOT Colby Ragland, UABG Tyrese Robinson, OklahomaOT Walter Rouse, StanfordG Jamaree Salyer, GeorgiaG Cole Schneider, UCFG Derek Schweiger, Iowa StateG Justin Shaffer, GeorgiaG Josh Sills, Oklahoma StateOT Peter Skoronski, NorthwesternOT Tyler Smith, TulsaOT Jack Snyder, San Jose StateG Jake Stetz, Boise StateDT Dante Stills, West VirginiaG Jaylon Thomas, SMUOT Zachary Thomas, San Diego StateOT Zach Tom, Wake ForestG O’Cyrus Torrence, LouisianaDT Raymond Vohasek, North CarolinaOT Tyler Vrabel, Boston CollegeOT Rasheed Walker, Penn StateOT Sidney Wells, UABC Dohnovan West, Arizona StateOT Jarrid Williams, MiamiDT Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
By conference: ACC 14, Big Ten 13, SEC 11, Big 12 8, Pac-12 8, Sun Belt 6, American Athletic 5, Independents 4, Mid-American 4, Mountain West 4, Conference USA 3.By position: Offensive Tackles 26, Offensive Guards 26, Centers 16, Defensive Tackles 13.
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, celebrating 75 years since its founding, 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.
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 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org and @NCFAA on Twitter to learn more about the association.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,300 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 game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.