WVU's Orlosky Adds Outland To Watch List

West Virginia offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky added another watch list to his preseason honors on Friday, earning a nod for the Outland Trophy, presented to the outstanding collegiate interior lineman in the country.

Orlosky is one of 81 players on the list for the award, which is presented by the Football Writers Association of America. The Big 12 conference has 11 players on the current watch list.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award.

The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 19. Five days later three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 70th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announcedon The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 10.

Previously, Orlosky was one of 63 centers named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Watch List, presented to the outstanding center in Division I college football.

Orlosky, an Academic All-Big 12 Second Team member from Cleveland, Oh., started all 13 games last season and saw action on 1,159 plays. He helped pave the way for the offense to average 499.8 yards per game of total offense, 33.5 points, 182.8 rushing yards and 317.0 passing yards. The offense ranked No. 9 nationally in passing offense, No. 11 in first down offense, No. 12 in total offense, No. 34 in scoring offense, No. 43 in rushing offense and No. 45 in third-down offense.

Orlosky began his career at West Virginia at guard before moving to center following a redshirt season in 2012. He played in 11 games in 2013, including three starts.

Of the 63 centers on the list, six hail from the Big 12 conference. The list features 17 return nominees. Finalists for the Award will be announced on December 7, 2015. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

West Virginia's Dan Mozes won the Trophy in 2006.


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