Texas junior Connor Williams was named to the 2017 Outland Trophy watch list released by the Football Writers Association of America on Thursday.
The award is presented annually to the top interior lineman in college football, including all offensive lineman and defensive tackles. Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson won the award in 2016, when Williams was a semifinalist.
The Longhorns stalwart could be considered a favorite for the honor this season, as his profile continues to rise. Williams has also been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the top player in college football, in addition to receiving preseason All-American recognition from Sporting News, Athlon Sports and College Football News.
Williams was one of five Longhorns placed on the Big 12’s preseason team Wednesday.
A consensus All-American in 2016, Williams could become the first Outland Trophy winner from Texas since Brad Shearer in 1977. Other Longhorns who won the award include Tommy Nobis (1965) and Scott Appleton (1963). Malcom Brown (2014) was the most recent finalist.
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) July 13, 2017
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