Andre Smith Named to 2007 Outland Trophy Watch List The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced its Outland Trophy preseason watch list on Tuesday with University of Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith one of 41 players selected.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced its Outland Trophy preseason watch list on Tuesday with University of Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith one of 41 players selected.
Smith, a sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., is the only player of the 41 named to the watch list who is not a junior or a senior. He is coming off an outstanding freshman season in which he was named a Freshman All-American by Rivals.com and The Sporting News. He was also a Freshman All-SEC selection by the conference's 12 coaches and The Sporting News.
He started all 13 games at left tackle and led the team with 62 knockdowns during the regular season. He showed his agility when he scored his first collegiate touchdown on a two-yard run against Oklahoma State in the PetroSun Independence Bowl. Smith led all Alabama players with 871 snaps.
Smith was one of five players from the SEC and one of 15 offensive tackles from around the country selected to the preseason watch list for the award given annually to the nation's best interior lineman.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946. It is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century.
The 2007 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 6 in Orlando, Fla. on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Additional candidates for the award may be added during the course of the season. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration.