The Football Writers Association of America, today, announced that West Virginia University football redshirt senior offensive lineman Quinton Spain was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy watch list.
The Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, is presented annually to the national’s outstanding collegiate interior lineman. The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are 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 Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible
“Quinton has proven that he is one of the best guards in not only the Big 12 but also in the nation,” says WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook. “He is a big guy who loves to play physical and works to give us an edge on the offensive line. We expect a big year from him once again.”
Spain, a preseason All-America Third Team selection by Athlon Sports, started all 12 games last season for the Mountaineers and 25 straight, most of any lineman. He was named to the 2013 All-Big 12 Conference Third Team by Phil Steele and earned All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention honors as voted on by the league’s coaches.
The list includes nine representatives from the Big 12 – the third most of any conference. The Southeastern Conference’s 19 recognitions were the most of any conference.
The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on . Four days later the FWAA will name three finalists. The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on from Disney's Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.