USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas are both on the preseason watch list for the Lombardi Award. That honor is given each year to the top lineman in college football. Both of these guys are also on the watch list for the Outland Award that was released that week.
Here are their credentials:
*Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Last week, Clowney was named to the Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award watch lists.*
**Thomas has been a guard and a tackle over his three previous seasons at Clemson. The native of Spartanburg, SC and Dorman High is a veteran of 36 games, 23 as a starter, and has played over 1900 career plays. Last year he was named a first-team All-ACC offensive tackle by the ACC Media Association. He played a team high 987 snaps over 13 games, all starts. He was a big reason Clemson finished with an 11-2 record and a number-nine final national ranking by USA Today. The Tigers established 101 team and individual records last year. That includes a record 41 points an 512 yards of total offense per game.**
*Source: USC SID
**Source: Clemson SID