FSU have Three Named to Outland Trophy Watch List


Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles offensive linesman Cameron Erving (75) runs off the field before a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida State Seminoles have had three players named to the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch List.

Offensive linemen Tré Jackson, Cameron Erving and Josue Matias have all been added to the watch list.

The Outland Trophy, presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America, is unique because it can be awarded to either an offensive or defensive lineman.

In last year’s national title winning season, Jackson was named to the All-ACC first team as well as the Coaches All-ACC first team.

Erving, who is one of the nation’s best left tackles, joined Jackson on the All-ACC first team among a handful of other awards. He also picked up the Jacobs Blocking Trophy given to the best blocker in each conference.

Matias was named to the All-ACC third team as well as the coaches All-ACC second team and started all 14 games for the Seminoles.

Also named to the watch was Florida tackle D.J. Humphries and UCF guard Torrian Wilson.

Humphries played in seven games last season, including six at left tackle, but had his season cut short by a knee injury.

Wilson started 11 games last season at left tackle for the Knights as UCF won the Fiesta Bowl in a wild shootout, 52-42 against the Baylor Bears.

The watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy was also announced today, awarded to nation’s most outstanding defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

It again features the four players, two each from FSU and Florida, that were named to the Bednarik Award watch list: Florida’s Dante Fowler and Vernon Hargreaves III, as well as P.J. Williams and Mario Edwards Jr. of FSU.

The winner of both the Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Award last year was Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald.