April 18, 2008
DALLAS, Texas — The Football Writers Association of America has released its 2008 Outland Trophy Watch List, which includes two Georgia Tech seniors — offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and defensive tackle Vance Walker.
Gardner (6-6, 297) from Tyrone, Ga., and Walker (6-2, 293) from Fort Mill, S.C., are two of 70 candidates on the Outland preseason watch list.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. With input from the entire Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) membership, the winner is selected by the FWAA’s All-America Committee, which selects the association’s 25-man All-America team and picks the three Outland Trophy finalists and the winner.
Gardner, a first team All-ACC selection in 2007 and ACC honorable mention in 2006, is considered one of the top offensive tackles in college football. Owning a current streak of 39 consecutive games started, Gardner was key in Georgia Tech leading the ACC in rushing in 2007 and in Tashard Choice leading the ACC in individual rushing in 2006 and 2007.
Walker, first team All-ACC and third team All-American (AP and Rivals) in 2007, recorded 8.5 sacks last season. Walker teams with senior teammate Darryl Richard to give the Yellow Jackets an outstanding one-two punch at defensive tackle.
There are seven players from the ACC on the Outland watch list with Georgia Tech the only school represented by more than one player. Only LSU (four players), Mississippi (3) and Oklahoma (3) have more players on the list than Georgia Tech.
The 2008 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla., on the ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Three finalists will appear on the show. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be on Jan. 15, 2008 in Omaha, Neb.
The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. Senior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who played for the national champion LSU Tigers, won the 2007 Outland Trophy.
Additional Outland Trophy candidates may be added during the course of the season. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration.
Fore more information, go to: http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2008/outland070418.html.
2008 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Geno Atkins, Georgia DT Jr. Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ted Bentler, Army DT Jr. Davenport, Iowa
Ciron Black, LSU OT Jr. Tyler, Texas
Alex Boone, Ohio State OT Sr. Lakewood, Ohio
Ron Brace, Boston College DT Sr. Springfield, Mass.
Robert Brewster, Ball State OT Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
Eben Britton, Arizona OT Jr. Burbank, Calif.
George Bussey, Louisville OT Sr. Louisville, Ky.
Jeff Byers, USC G Sr. Fort Collins, Colo.
Terrill Byrd, Cincinnati DT Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
Gerald Cadogan, Penn State OT Sr. Portsmouth, Ohio
Antoine Caldwell, Alabama C Sr. Montgomery, Ala.
Anthony Davis, Rutgers OT So. Piscataway, N.J.
Cedric Dockery, Texas G Sr. Garland, Texas
John Estes, Hawaii C Jr. Stockton, Calif.
Ray Feinga, BYU G Sr. West Valley City, Utah
Alex Fletcher, Stanford C Sr. Old Brookville, N.Y.
John Fletcher, Wyoming DT Jr. Erie, Colo.
Xavier Fulton, Illinois OT Sr. Flossmoor, Ill.
Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech OT Sr. Tyrone. Ga.
John Gill, Northwestern DT Sr. Los Altos Hills, Calif.
DeMarcus Granger, Oklahoma DT Jr. Dallas, Texas
Brigham Harwell, UCLA DT Sr. Chino Hills, Calif.
Brett Helms, LSU C Sr. Stuttgart, Ark.
Ziggy Hood, Missouri DT Sr. Amarillo, Texas
George Hypolite, Colorado DT Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
Greg Isdaner, West Virginia G Jr. Gladwyne, Pa.
Ricky Jean-Francois, LSU DT Jr. Miami, Fla.
John Jerry, Mississippi OT Jr. Batesville, Miss.
Peria Jerry, Mississippi DT Sr. Batesville, Miss.
Herman Johnson, LSU G Sr. Olla, La.
Arthur Jones, Syracuse DT Jr. Endicott, N.Y.
Mitch King, Iowa DT Sr. Burlington, Iowa
Matt Kroul, Iowa DT Sr. Mount Vernon, Iowa
Andy Levitre, Oregon State OT Sr. Ben Lomond, Calif.
Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma OT Sr. Fountain, Colo.
Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas C Sr. Little Rock, Ark.
Alex Mack, California C Sr. Santa Barbara, Calif.
Matt Mandich, Arkansas State OT Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss.
Sen’Derrick Marks, Auburn DT Jr. Mobile, Ala.
Ryan McDonald, Illinois C Sr. Holland, Mich.
Josh McNeil, Tennessee C Jr. Collins, Miss.
Fili Moala, USC DT Sr. Buena Park, Calif.
Eugene Monroe, Virginia OT Sr. South Plainfield, N.J.
Gus Mustakas, Pittsburgh DT Sr. Cooper City, Fla.
Vince Oghobaase, Duke DT Jr. Houston Texas
Michael Oher, Mississippi OT Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
Jeff Owens, Georgia DT Sr. Sunrise, Fla.
Anthony Parker, Tennessee G Sr. Jonesboro, Ga.
Jeremy Perry, Oregon State G Sr. Hau’ula, Hawaii
Steve Rehring, Ohio State G Sr. West Chester, Ohio
Sergio Render, Virginia Tech G Jr. Newnan, Ga.
Dallas Reynolds, BYU OT Sr. Provo, Utah
Duke Robinson, Oklahoma G Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
Ryan Schmidt, USF G Sr. Boca Raton, Fla.
Dorell Scott, Clemson DT Sr. Columbia, S.C.
Sean Sester, Purdue OT Sr. Fort Thomas, Ky.
A.Q. Shipley, Penn State C Sr. Coraopolis, Pa.
Andre Smith, Alabama OT Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
Ryan Stanchek, West Virginia OT Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
Jim Tartt, Florida G Jr. Sopchoppy, Fla.
Terrance Taylor, Michigan DT Sr. Muskegon, Mich.
Fenuki Tupou, Oregon OT Sr. Elverta, Calif.
Max Unger, Oregon C Sr. Honaunau, Hawaii
Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin G Sr. Hudson, Wis.
Louis Vasquez, Texas Tech G Sr. Corsicana, Texas
Vance Walker, Georgia Tech DT Sr. Fort Mill, S.C.
Garry Williams, Kentucky OT Sr. Louisville, Ky.
Eric Wood, Louisville C Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
Sam Young, Notre Dame OT Jr. Coral Springs, Fla.
Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration Candidates may be added or removed during the season