Blalock Named to Outland 'Watch List'

Texas RT Justin Blalock is on the watch list for the 2006 Outland Trophy, honoring the nation's top lineman, it was announced Monday. The senior was one of 54 linemen from around the country have been nominated for consideration in the preseason.

The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best offensive or defensive lineman in college football since 1946. The winner is selected by the Football Writerss Association of America's All-America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man team and picks three Outland Trophy finalists.

A 2005 first-team All-Big 12 selection, Justin Blalock was earlier this season added to 'watch list' for the Lombardi Award recognizing college football's top lineman. He also garnered AP third-team All-American honors during his junior campaign.

Blalock has started all 38 games of his career at right tackle, during which time Texas has averaged 268.9 yards rushing and 471.9 yards of offense per game. The Horns have also rushed for at least 300 yards 12 times during that stretch. Blalock was named third-team All-America by The Associated Press in 2005, when he was a key part of a line that helped Texas rank first in the nation in scoring offense (50.2 ppg), second in rushing offense (274.9 ypg) and third in total offense (512.1 ypg), while setting school single-season records in both points scored (652) and total yards (6,657).

Additional Outland Trophy candidates may be added during the course of the season. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration.

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 is set for January 11, 2007, in Omaha, Nebraska.


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