On Friday morning, Miami Hurricanes Offensive Linemen Danny Isidora and Nick Linder were named to the Outland Trophy Watchlist.
A 6'4", 310lb senior from Cypress Bay HS in Weston, FL, Isidora has been a mainstay on the Canes' OL for several years. He has continued to develop, and new OL Coach Stacy Searels called him the most consistent player at that position through the spring.
A standout from St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Ft. Lauderdale, the 6'3" 300lb Linder has worked at both Guard and Center, with the latter being his current and best position. Obviously, the relationship between C and QB is integral, and Linder's high level of play helps Brad Kaaya flourish.
The Outland Trophy is given annually to the top interior lineman, offensive or defensive, in America. Miami has had 2 players win this award previously: DT Russell Maryland in 1990, and LT Bryant McKinnie in 2001.
As Miami looks to improve with Mark Richt and a new staff in place, players like Isidora and Linder will need to play at a high level along the OL. Being among the 70 players named to the Outland Trophy Watchlist is narrative proof that they have the ability to do so, and Miami will need them to live up to this standard in 2016.