Max Starks, a senior from Orlando, Fla., returns to the squad this season with 24 starts to his credit, which is tops among returning linemen.
The winner of the 2003 Outland Trophy will be announced Dec. 11 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. Three finalists will be selected by the FWAA All-America Committee in late November and will appear on the show. The winner also will receive his trophy during a banquet on Jan. 8 in Omaha, Neb
The Outland Trophy annually goes to the nation's top interior lineman – tackles, centers, guards on offense or defense are eligible – in college football. The FWAA All-America Committee selects the winner with input from the membership.
Presented since 1946, the Outland is the third oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. The award is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the century. Dr. Outland established the award in 1946, a year before his death, with the help of the FWAA. He believed it was important for lineman to receive greater recognition.
2003 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST
Calvin Armstrong, OT, Washington St.
Rob Droege, OL, Missouri
Louis Gachelin, DT, Syracuse
Todd Ghilani, C, Northern Illinois
Joseph Hayes, OG, San Jose State
Jason Kaufusi, DL, Utah
Nick Leckey, OL, Kansas State
Matt Martinez, C, Idaho
Brady Poppinga, DL, BYU
Brian Rimpf, OT, East Carolina
Darrion Scott, DL, Ohio State
Isaac Sopoaga,, DT, Hawaii
Max Starks, OT, Florida
Ben Stephens, C, Rice
Claude Terrell, OL, New Mexico