Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ruthers' Davis on Outland Trophy Watch List

DALLAS, Texas (April 18, 2008) – Rutgers sophomore left tackle Anthony Davis (Piscataway, N.J.) was one of 70 players named to the 2008 Outland Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced today. Davis is the only sophomore named to the prestigious list.

The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. With input from the entire FWAA membership, the winner is selected by the FWAA's All-America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man All-America team and picks the three Outland Trophy finalists and the winner.

In 2007 as a true freshman, Davis played in all 13 games, including eight starts at right guard. In his eight games starting at right guard, Rutgers averaged 213.6 rushing yards per game. RU averaged 173 rushing yards per game without Davis as a starter. The team also averaged 430.1 yards of total offense per game with Davis in the starting lineup.

He was named a Freshman All-America last season by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News,, College Football News and

Davis did not allow a sack last season for the Scarlet Knights. The entire RU offensive line allowed just 10 sacks on the year, the second-fewest total in the NCAA.

The 2008 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla., on the ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Three finalists will appear on the show. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be on Jan. 15, 2009 in Omaha, Neb.

The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. Senior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who played for the national champion LSU Tigers, won the 2007 Outland Trophy.

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

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