BIG EAST Places Five On Outland Trophy Watch List
Lehr, Redding make the list
October 27, 2000

Dallas - The Football Writers Association of America All-America Committee has released the nominees for the 2000 Outland Trophy.

Five standout players, including three who were All-BIG EAST a year ago, represent the conference. Miami defensive tackle Damione Lewis, offensive guard Paul Zukauskas of Boston College and Virginia Tech's Matt Lehr were all second team choices in 1999. West Virginia center Rick Gilliam and Hokie offensive guard Josh Redding join the trio on the Outland list.

The Outland Trophy Watch List will be paired down in a series of conference calls in November. Three finalists will be announced in late November and the winner will be named on Dec. 7 at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla.

The Outland Trophy has been presented annually since 1946 to the best interior lineman in college football on either side of the ball. It is the third oldest award in college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award and is named after the late Dr. John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the century.

Miami defensive tackle Damione Lewis
Boston College offensive guard Paul Zukauskas
Virginia Tech offensive guard Matt Lehr
Virginia Tech offensive guard Josh Redding
West Virginia center Rick Gilliam

Oklahoma offensive guard Scott Kempenich
Clemson offensive guard Will Merritt
California defensive tackle Jacob Waasdorp
Georgia Tech offensive tackle Chris Brown
Florida State offensive tackle Tarlos Thomas
Minnesota center Ben Hamilton
Michigan guard Steve Hutchinson
Nebraska center Dominic Raiola
Nebraska offensive guard Russ Hochstein
Nebraska offensive guard Toniu Fonoti
Washington defensive tackle Larry Tripplett
Northern Illinois offensive tackle Ryan Diem
Miami (Ohio) defensive tackle Andy Aracri
Marshall nose tackle Jimmy Parker
Texas offensive tackle Leonard Davis
Texas defensive tackle Casey Hampton
Kansas State center Randall Cummins
Georgia offensive tackle Jonas Jennings
Tennessee defensive tackle John Henderson
Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour
Mississippi defensive tackle Willie Blade
Florida offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker
Wisconsin defensive tackle Wendell Bryant
Fresno State defensive tackle Alan Harper
Rice offensive tackle Rod Beavan
San Jose State offensive tackle Chris Fe'esago
TCU offensive tackle Michael Keithly
UTEP offensive tackle Carey Clayton
Tulsa center Steve Schiller
Colorado State center Justin Borvansky
Colorado State offensive guard Tim Stuber
Utah offensive tackle Doug Kaufusi
Air Force offensive guard David Hildebrand
Colorado State defensive tackle Jamie Bennett
BYU defensive tackle Chris Hoke