On Thursday morning, Miami Hurricanes DT Kendrick Norton was named to the Outland Trophy watch list.
This award, given annually to the best interior lineman in college football, is one of the top awards for the college football season. Here’s more on this announcement from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Junior Kendrick Norton picked up his second honor of the preseason Thursday, earning a spot on the watch list for the 2017 Outland Trophy, honoring the nation’s best interior lineman.
Norton and sophomore linebacker Shaquille Quarterman were both named to the Bednark Award Watch List earlier this week, while senior kicker Michael Badgley (Lou Groza Award), senior tight end Christopher Herndon IV (Mackey Award) and running back Mark Walton (Maxwell Award) have also been recognized with preseason accolades.
As a sophomore in 2016, Norton received All-ACC third-team honors after starting every game on the defensive line. Norton posted 39 total tackles, tied for third on the team with 10.0 tackles for loss and registered a pair of sacks. A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Norton added one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
The ACC (17) led all conferences with members on the Watch List, followed by the Big Ten and SEC (11 each), Pac-12 (10), American Athletic (9), Big 12 and Mid-American (6 each), Independents and Mountain West (4 each), Conference USA (2) and Sun Belt (1).
The list includes 24 offensive tackles, 21 defensive tackles, 19 centers and 17 offensive guards.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America Team.
The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.
The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 10, 2018 in Omaha, Neb.
Norton will be one of the anchors for the Miami Hurricanes defensive line in 2017, and his inclusion on multiple award watch lists supports that point. “Big Thick” will be one of Miami’s best players this year, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for this season.