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2012 Outland Trophy Watch List

Every year the Outland Trophy is awarded to the most dominant interior lineman in all of college football. Today, the watch list for the 2012 Outland Trophy  was released and it features a total of 71 talented lineman. The list contains a large amount of offensive lineman but also contains 18 defensive tackles.

Here is the list by position:
OT Oday Aboushi, Virginia
OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado
OT Chris Faulk, LSU
OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
OT Caylin Hauptmann, FIU
OT Alex Hurst, LSU
OT James Hurst, North Carolina
OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OT Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
OT Mark Popek, USF
OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse
OT Matt Summers-Gavin, California
OT LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech
OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
C Mario Benavides, Louisville
C Braxston Cave, Notre Dame
C James Ferentz, Iowa
C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
C Dalton Freeman, Clemson
C Ben Habern, Oklahoma
C Khaled Holmes, USC
C T.J. Johnson, South Carolina
C Barrett Jones, Alabama
C Tyler Larsen, Utah State
C Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech
C Graham Pocic, Illinois
C Weston Richburg, Colorado State
C Travis Swanson, Arkansas
C Stephen Warner, Louisiana Tech
OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
OG Chris Barker, Nevada
OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OG Blaize Foltz, TCU
OG Theo Goins, UCF
OG Braden Hansen, BYU
OG Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
OG Spencer Long, Nebraska
OG Joe Kellogg, Boise State
OG Chris McDonald, Michigan State
OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor
OG Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State
OG Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
OG Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
OG Mason Walters, Texas
OG Larry Warford, Kentucky
OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
OG David Yankey, Stanford
OG Carson York, Oregon

DT Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
DT Everett Dawkins, Florida State
DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
DT Jordan Hill, Penn State
DT John Jenkins, Georgia
DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
DT Bennie Logan, LSU
DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
DT Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
DT Akeem Spence, Illinois
DT Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
DT Aaron Tipoti, California
DT Joe Vellano, Maryland
DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

As has been in seen in the NFL Draft over the years, the value of interior lineman is on the rise. This trend will allow the extraordinary lineman on this list to have a chance at a career in the NFL, with some being drafted in the first round of this year’s draft.

The SEC has 19 players on the list, more than any other conference, with the Big 12 and ACC close behind with 12 and 11 respectively.