PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior offensive tackle Jason Pinkston was named to the Outland Trophy watch list, while senior defensive end Greg Romeus earned recognition on the preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy list, it was announced today by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
Pinkston was one of 63 players named a candidate for the Outland Trophy, annually presented to the country's top interior lineman. Romeus was one of 74 players named to the watch list for the Nagurski honor, presented to the nation's best defensive player.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Pinkston (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) enters his third season as a starting offensive tackle at Pitt. As a junior, he was selected first team All-Big East and garnered second-team All-America accolades. The Panthers have produced a 1,000-yard rusher each year he has been a starter.
Romeus (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Glades) was the 2009 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year (shared with graduated teammate Mick Williams) after collecting 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and a team-high eight sacks. He additionally had three forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and blocked PAT.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Romeus was a finalist for the 2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award and additionally was selected to three different All-America teams last season.