DALLAS, Texas – Three Stanford football players – Kevin Danser, Cameron Fleming and David Yankey – were named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy as announced by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Thursday morning.
Stanford has the most offensive lineman selections of any school, with a total of 56 players garnering preseason attention. Eleven other schools had two players selected on the offensive line. Additionally a total of 19 defensive tackles were named.
- COMPLETE OUTLAND WATCH LIST
The Outland Trophy has been presented annually since 1946 to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman as determined by the FWAA.
With Stanford boasting what many believe to be the nation’s top offensive line, Yankey headlines the group as a two-year Watch List member.
One of the most dominant and versatile offensive linemen in the nation, Yankey goes into his senior campaign as a preseason candidate for numerous awards. He will move to left guard in 2013 after starting 14 games at left tackle in 2012, where he was named Consensus All-America selection. Yankey earned first team honors by the American Football Coaches Association and Sporting News while garnering second-team honors by the Associated Press. He was the 2012 Morris Trophy winner as the outstanding offensive lineman in the Pac-12 and has started 27 career games and three-year contributor.
Yankey was earlier named to The Maxwell Award Watch List, given annually to America's College Player of the Year since 1937.
Danser, was an All-Pac-12 selection as well as a Pac-12 All-Academic pick in 2012 and is a 2013 preseason all-conference frontrunner from numerous publications. He started all 14 games at right guard, admirably filling the large shoes left by unanimous All-America David DeCastro, who went on to be drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. Danser quickly evolved into one of the conference’s top guards, paving the way for 174.3 yards per game rushing in 2012 in front of Stanford’s second-time all-time leading rusher, Stepfan Taylor .
Fleming enters his third season as a starter at right tackle having started all 14 games last year and 11 as a sophomore. A two-time All-Pac-12 selection, Fleming’s name has been on the national scene since 2011 when he was named to the Yahoo! Freshman All-America team. He joins Danser and Yankey as preseason honorees for 2013 Pac-12 honors in various publications.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, with voting input from its membership, selects the 25-man team and the three Outland finalists. Committee members then 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. 20. Five days later three Outland Trophy finalists will be named. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12 from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The presentation banquet will be held on Jan. 9, 2014 in Omaha, Neb.
One of only a few players in history ever to be named All-America at two positions, John Outland garnered consensus All-America honors in 1897 at tackle and consensus All-America honors at back in 1898. Outland had always contended that football tackles and guards deserved greater recognition and conceived the Outland Trophy as a means of providing this recognition. Today, the Outland Trophy is recognized as one of the nation's most prestigious awards, given to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman. Dr. Outland, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001, died March 24, 1947.
Stanford’s season opens Sept. 7 with an 8 p.m. (PT) home game against a San Jose State team that won 11 games a year ago. The game will be televised nationally on Pac-12 Networks.
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