Thomas Named To Outland Trophy Watch List

DALLAS -- University of Florida senior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas was among the fifty-four standout linemen from around the country nominated for consideration in the preseason for the 2006 Outland Trophy Watch List as announced Monday by the Football Writers Association of America.

A three-year starter for the Gators, Thomas has seen action in 36 games with 26 starts at defensive tackle. In his career, he has made 131 tackles and has 10 sacks. He finished the 2005 season with 45 tackles including 10.5 for a net loss of 34 yards, as well as four quarterback sacks for a net loss of 20 yards. He also blocked an extra-point attempt at South Carolina and a field-goal attempt against Florida State. He was selected to the Honorable Mention All-SEC team by the Associated Press in 2005

The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best offensive or defensive lineman in college football since 1946. The winner is selected by the FWAA's All-America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man team and picks three Outland Trophy finalists. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration Candidates may be added or deleted during the season

The 2006 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 7 in Orlando, Fla., on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee and First Data Corporation, is set for Jan. 11, 2007, in Omaha, Neb.

The Outland Trophy has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946. It is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century.

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