The Football Writers Association of America selected University of Miami offensive linemen Danny Isidora and Nick Linder to the 2016 Outland Trophy Watch List on Friday.
Isidora and Linder were each selected to the watch list following a 2015 season in which both players established themselves among the Hurricanes’ most reliable offensive lineman.
Isidora and Linder were two of just four players on last year’s team to start in all 13 games. Isidora, a Weston, Fla., native enters his senior season having made starts in 26 straight games.
Both players also helped lead the team to a No. 29 national ranking in passing offense (277.4 yards per game). They also helped anchor an offensive line that was ranked eighth nationally in fewest tackles for loss allowed (4.31 average).
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 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 Thurs., Nov. 17. Five days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 71st 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 live on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thurs., Dec. 8