Alexander Named to Outland Trophy Watch List

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Alexander Named to Outland Trophy Watch List

BATON ROUGE – LSU senior offensive tackle Vadal Alexander was one of 82 players selected to the Outland Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced Friday.

The Outland Trophy is presented to the nation’s top interior lineman in college football. Offensive tackles, guards and centers and defensive tackles are eligible to win the award.

The most experienced player on the offensive side of the ball, Alexander enters his fourth season as a starting lineman in 2015. He is expected to make the shift out to right tackle after starting at left guard in 2013 and 2014.

Alexander ranked second on the team last season with 75.5 knockdowns, and he was third in total snaps played at 757.

The Outland Trophy list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 19. Five days later three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 70th 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. 10 for the first time from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

About the Outland Trophy
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a 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 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 Nov. 19. Five days later three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 70th 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. 10 for the first time from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 14, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. This year, Maryland’s Randy White, the 1975 Outland Trophy winner, will be honored and presented an Outland Trophy, which was not given in the era in which he won the award.

LSU Football on Preseason Watch Lists:

July 6 – The Hornung Award: Fournette (full list)
July 7 – Bednarik Award: Beckwith, Mills (full list)
July 7 – The Maxwell Award: Fournette (full list)
July 8 – Rimington Trophy: Pocic (full list)
July 9 – Ray Guy Award: Keehn (full list)
July 10 – Bronko Nagurski: Beckwith, Mills (full list)
July 10 – Outland Trophy: Alexander (full list below)
July 13 – Jim Thorpe Award
July 14 – Butkus Award and Rotary Lombardi Award
July 15 – Biletnikoff Award and Wuerffel Trophy
July 16 – Davey O’Brien Award and Doak Walker Award
July 17 – Walter Camp Award and William V. Campbell Trophy

2015 Outland Trophy Watch List

Name, School, Position
Vadal Alexander, LSU, OT
Jack Allen, Michigan State, C
Adrian Bellard, Texas State, OT
Andrew Billings, Baylor, DT
Beau Blackshear, Baylor, DT
Austin Blythe, Iowa, C
Evan Boehm, Missouri, C
J.T. Boyd, East Carolina, C
Jake Brendel, UCLA, C
Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech, DT
Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech, OT
Kenny Clark, UCLA, DT
Maliek Collins, Nebraska, DT
Jack Conklin, Michigan State, OT
Austin Corbett, Nevada, OT
Joe Dahl, Washington State, OT
Ty Darlington, Oklahoma, C
Sheldon Day, Notre Dame, DT
Taylor Decker, Ohio State, OT
Spencer Drango, Baylor, OT
Parker Ehinger, Cincinnati, OG
Pat Elflein, Ohio State, OG
Dan Feeney, Indiana, OG
Joshua Garnett, Stanford, OG
Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech, DT
Darius Hamilton, Rutgers, DT
Ike Harris, East Carolina, OT
Marcus Henry, Boise State, C
Joey Hunt, TCU, C
Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M, OT
Roderick Johnson, Florida State, OT
Gerrand Johnson, ULM, DT
Tyler Johnstone, Oregon, OT
Chris Jones, Mississippi State, DT
Nick Kelly, Arizona State, C
Ryan Kelly, Alabama, C
Denver Kirkland, Arkansas, OT
Alex Kozan, Auburn, OG
Jimmy Kristof, Western Michigan, OG
Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, DT
Corey Marshall, Virginia Tech, DT
Nick Martin, Notre Dame, C
Ryker Mathews, BYU, OT
Kyle Murphy, Stanford, OT
Andrew Ness, Northern Illinois, C
Thomas Niles, Central Florida, DT
Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, DT
Rees Odhiambo, Boise State, OT
Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia, C
Joe Ostman, Central Michigan, DT
Davion Pierson, TCU, DT
Greg Pyke, Georgia, OG
Jarran Reed, Alabama, DT
Andrew Reue, Rice, OG
Hassan Ridgeway, Texas, DT
Cam Robinson, Alabama, OT
A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama, DT
Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, OG
Brandon Shell, South Carolina, OT
Matt Skura, Duke, C
Matt Sparks, UMass, C
Garrett Stafford, Tulsa, OT
Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame, OT
Freddie Tagaloa, Arizona, OT
Chris Taylor, Tulane, OG
Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech, OG
Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas, OG
Max Tuerk, USC, C
Travis Tuiloma, BYU, DT
Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss, OT
Landon Turner, North Carolina, OG
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, TCU, OT
Clint Van Horn, Marshall, OT
Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA, DT
Dan Voltz, Wisconsin, C
Adolphus Washington, Ohio State, DT
Christian Westerman, Arizona State, OG
Cody Whitehair, Kansas State, OT
Antwaun Woods, USC, DT
Connor Wujciak, Boston College, DT
Avery Young, Auburn, OT
Anthony Zettel, Penn State, DT