Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA;Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) takes the snap of the ball from offensive linesman Jack Allen (66) during the 2nd half of a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Outland Trophy puts two Michigan State players on watch list


The Outland Trophy named two Michigan State offensive linemen to its pre-season watch list Thursday, the award announced.

The trophy, given to the best interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America, picked junior Jack Allen, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound center from Hinsdale, Illinois (Hinsdale Central), and sophomore Jack Conklin, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive tackle from Plainwell (Plainwell).

Allen has played in 25 career games, including 24 starts (19 at center, five at left guard). He earned Freshman All-American honors in 2012 and enters his third season as a starter on the Spartans’ offensive line.

Conklin, a 2013 First-Team Freshman All-American, started 13 games (10 at left tackle, three at right tackle) last season as a redshirt freshman.

The two Spartans join sophomore kicker Michael Geiger (Lou Groza Award) and senior kicker Mike Sadler (Ray Guy Award) who were each named to a watch list Tuesday.

Also making the watch list, Notre Dame junior defensive lineman Sheldon Day, an Indianapolis (Warren Central) native who has played in 24 games and recorded 56 tackles (nine for loss) and 2.5 sacks in his first two seasons. He is 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, and he enrolled at Notre Dame as a top-100 recruit in 2012.

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the Outland Trophy last season, beating finalists Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson for the honor.

The trophy named the following 64 players to its watch list:

Vadal Alexander, LSU, G
Jack Allen, Michigan State, C
Henry Anderson, Stanford, DL
David Andrews, Georgia, C
Michael Bennett, Ohio State, DL
Evan Boehm, Missouri, C
Jake Brendel, UCLA, C
Malcom Brown, Texas, DL
A.J. Cann, South Carolina, G
Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech, OT
La’el Collins, LSU, OT
Jack Conklin, Michigan State, OT
Christian Covington, Rice, DL
Carl Davis, Iowa, DL
Sheldon Day, Notre Dame, DL
Reese Dismukes, Auburn, C
Jamil Douglas, Arizona State, OT
Spencer Drango, Baylor, OT
Cameron Erving, Florida State, OT
Dominic Espinosa, Texas, C
B.J. Finney, Kansas State, C
Jake Fisher, Oregon, OT
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, C
Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin, OT
Sean Hickey, Syracuse, OT
D.J. Humphries, Florida, OT
Chucky Hunter, TCU, DL
Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M, OT
Tré Jackson, Florida State, G
Grady Jarrett, Clemson, DL
Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers, G
Tyler Johnstone, Oregon, OT
Ryan Kelly, Alabama, C
Arie Kouandjio, Alabama, G
Alex Kozan, Auburn, G
Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati, OT
Cyril Lemon, North Texas, G
Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, DL
Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech, G
Josue Matias, Florida State, G
Mike Matthews, Texas A&M, C
Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, DL
Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M, OT
Andrus Peat, Stanford, OT
A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama, DL
Corey Robinson, South Carolina, OT
Brandon Scherff, Iowa, OT
Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, C
Brandon Shell, South Carolina, OT
Danny Shelton, Washington, DL
Jake Smith, Louisville, C
Donovan Smith, Penn State, OT
Quinton Spain, West Virginia, G
Laken Tomlinson, Duke, G
Max Tuerk, USC, C
Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss, OT
Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern, C
Cody Whitehair, Kansas State, G
Cody Wichmann, Fresno State, G
Daryl Williams, Oklahoma, OT
Leonard Williams, USC, DL
Torrian Wilson, UCF, G
Gabe Wright, Auburn, DL
Michael Yeck, BYU, OT

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