Sowell Distinguished As Outland Trophy Candidate

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM (Courtesy Matthew Sharpe)
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July 8, 2011

2011 Outland Trophy Watch List

DALLAS  – Another Ole Miss Rebel was named to a preseason watch list today, as senior Bradley Sowell was distinguished as a candidate for the 2011 Outland Trophy for the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

A native of Hernando, Miss., Sowell is a near consensus preseason first team All-SEC pick and received honorable mention preseason All-America honors from NationalChamps.net. He has started 24 of 25 games at left tackle and helped Ole Miss rank top-two in the SEC in fewest sacks allowed each of the last two seasons.

Sowell is the third Rebel to be named to a watch list already this preseason, joining Rimington Trophy candidate A.J. Hawkins and Groza Award nominee Bryson Rose.

The Outland Trophy watch list includes only tackles, guards and centers on both sides of the ball. Of the 65 players on this year's list, 16 defensive tackles occupied spots. The rest of the linemen were on offense.

The 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 25-man team and eventually the three Outland finalists to be named on Nov. 21. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner.

The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third oldest award in major college football. The winner of the 66th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the century, will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 8 on ESPN.

The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 12, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.

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