David Baas On Outland Trophy Watch List

The Football Writers Association of America announced that University of Michigan fifth-year senior left guard <b>David Baas</b> has been named to the 2004 Outland Trophy Award preseason watch list.

From MGoBlue.com.

The Outland Trophy Award is presented annually to the player judged to be college football's best interior lineman on either side of the ball. It is named after John Outland, an All-America lineman from the University of Pennsylvania.

A two-time All-Big Ten first team honoree and 2003 Associated Press second-team All-America, Baas enters his final year at Michigan as a candidate for many Big Ten and national awards. He has already been named a preseason All-America first team member by national publications The Sporting News, Lindy's Magazine, Athlon Sports Magazine, and Blue Ribbon Yearbook. He is an All-Big Ten preseason first team in The Sporting News, Athlon Sports Magazine, Street and Smith's and Lindy's Magazine.

Baas is a three-year letterman and two-year starter at left guard. He has played in 32 career games and made 27 consecutive starts.

The winner of the Outland Trophy will be announced Dec. 9 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. The actual trophy will be presented to the winner by the Omaha Sports Committee at the awards banquet on Jan. 13 in Omaha, Neb.

The Outland Trophy annually goes to the nation's top interior lineman -- tackles, centers and guards on offense or defense are eligible -- in college football. Presented since 1946, the Outland is the third oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.

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