5 Michigan-based CFB linemen named to ‘Outland Trophy’ watch list

The preseason watch list for various college football awards continue to be released this week. On Friday, one of the trophy lists made public was the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman.

Among the 70 names making the cut on July 8 – two Michigan Wolverines, two Michigan State Spartans, and one offensive tackle from the Western Michigan Broncos.

Michigan junior center Mason Cole and senior right tackle Erik Magnuson will be anchoring down an experienced Wolverines’ offensive line that features four upperclassmen.

Michigan State junior center Brian Allen has already heard his name mentioned on a watch list this week. On Wednesday, Allen was named on the Rimington Trophy watch list, which is given to the nation’s best center. And for junior defensive lineman Malik McDowell, he is on his third award watch list. McDowell was also named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Tuesday and the Nagurski Trophy list earlier on Friday.

Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton is one of just three interior linemen from the Mid-American Conference and one of 22 offensive tackles to make the watch list. The two-time Academic All-MAC was named to the 2015 All-MAC team a season ago.

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