July 10, 2014
Baylor junior offensive tackle Spencer Drango
was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy watch list, the Football Writers Association of America announced on Thursday. The Outland Trophy recognizes the nation's top collegiate interior linemen on offense or defense.
Drango was a consensus All-Big 12 first-team honoree in 2013 despite missing the last four games of the season due to a back injury. Before being forced to the sidelines, Drango served as a leader for Baylor's offensive line that powered the nation's No. 1 offense in total yards (618.8 ypg) and scoring (NCAA-record 52.4 ppg), and a rushing attack (259.7 ypg) that led the Big 12 and ranked 13th nationally. In his sophomore campaign, he averaged a team-high 89.2 percent coaches grade and totaled 43 knockdowns.
Off the field, Drango was named a first-team Academic All-District VII by Capital One/CoSIDA and was selected to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Entering 2014, he has a team-high 22 starts, after starting in both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. In his first year, Drango earned freshman All-American and freshman All-Big 12 recognition.
The list includes 64 players total, while Drango is one of nine players from the Big 12 Conference on the list.
Last season, BU offensive guard Cyril Richardson made the Outland watch list and went on to be a finalist for the award.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 26-man first team and eventually the Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner.
The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 20. Four days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 69th 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 ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11 from Disney's Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award last season.
The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 15, 2015, in Omaha, Neb.
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