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Jake Matthews headlines Outland Trophy Watch list

Luke Joeckel

Given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on either side of the ball, the Outland Trophy Thursday morning became the latest in an ongoing line of awards to release their preseason watch list.

This year, 75 players make up the initial grouping of players to watch, including the lone Football Writers Association of America first-team All-American from last year to make the list — Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews.  Matthews’ teammate, Luke Joeckel, became the first Aggie to take home the Outland Trophy last year, a few months before being selected No. 2 overall in the April NFL draft.

All three finalists from a year ago — Joeckel, Alabama’s Barrett Jones and North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper — have gone on to the NFL.

Of the 75 players, 25 are offensive tackles; 20 are defensive tackles; 19 are guards; and 11 are centers.

Stanford was the only team with three players represented (Kevin DanserCameron Fleming and David Yankey).  11 other teams had two players each.

Conference-wise, the SEC leads the way with 16 players on the initial watch list.  The only conferences in double figures are the Pac-12 (12), ACC (11), Big Ten (10) and Big 12 (10).  All told, all 10 FBS conferences are represented, as well as three players from two different independent programs (two from Notre Dame, one from BYU).

Below is the complete 75-player watch list:

2013 Outland Trophy Watch List

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9 Responses to “Jake Matthews headlines Outland Trophy Watch list”
  1. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 11, 2013 9:12 PM

    Under rated award. This is where games are won/lost.

  2. mattypbillsmafia says: Jul 12, 2013 12:13 AM

    Dumb question, but how is an offensive tackle considered an interior lineman?

  3. mgmac says: Jul 12, 2013 12:39 AM

    @matty –
    An offensive tackle is an interior lineman because he is not on the “end” of the line., i.e. he is inside the ends as long as the ends are on the LOS (line of scrimmage). If the tackle were on the end of the line (for example an unbalanced line formation) he is no longer an interior lineman. Hope this helps!
    By the way, Jake Matthews is a beast.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 12, 2013 1:36 PM

    Would be awesome if the Aggies can pull back to back Outland trophies.

  5. truesportsjunkie says: Jul 12, 2013 2:02 PM

    Cannot wait until the latest player in the Matthews clan plays on Sundays…Hopefully he is half the player of his father

  6. trojan33sc says: Jul 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    Jake has great lineage, played with his uncle “Bruce Matthews” at USC. Damn proud of his nephew Clay Matthews as well. Great to see him keep up the tradition !!!

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 12, 2013 3:40 PM

    Yeah his dad may be the best OL of all time….

    Him and his brother both played in the league,
    All 3 of Bruce’s sons played O line for the Aggies. One of which is now in the NFL, and at least one more is not far off.

    Two of his nephews are in the NFL, one of which is a multi year probowler and DPOY. The other is currently at USC.

    The Matthews football lineage is impressive.

    Too bad the Aggies and Trojans broke off their home and home agreement. Would have been an interesting weekend in the Matthews household….

  8. viper10333 says: Jul 13, 2013 4:47 PM

    I believe the Vols have three listed. Go big orange

  9. truthb3t0ld says: Jul 14, 2013 3:12 AM

    FSU has four players listed…

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