For the second time in three days, UCLA center Scott Quessenberry has been named to a preseason watch list. This time, he’s been named to the Outland Trophy watch list.
The Outland Trophy honors the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense. Overall, 81 interior linemen received the honor, but only 20 centers from across the country were included.
In the sixty-one years that the Outland Trophy has been awarded the only two winners from UCLA were Jonathan Ogden in 1995 and Kris Farris in 1998.
The Outland Trophy is named for John Outland, who was one of only a few players to have received All-America honors at different positions. In 1897, he garnered consensus All-America honors at tackle and while he earned consensus All-America honors at back in 1898.
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 list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Wed., Nov. 15. Six days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 72nd Outland Trophy will be announced live on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Decemeber 7.