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Laken Tomlinson
Tomlinson Named to Outland Trophy Watch List
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/10/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior offensive guard Laken Tomlinson was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy watch list as one of the top interior linemen entering the 2014 season.

Tomlinson, a 6-3, 320-pound native of Chicago, Ill., was an All-ACC first team pick by the league’s head coaches in 2013 after anchoring a Duke offense that established school single-season records for total first downs (298), offensive yards (5,966) and points (459). Tomlinson, who was also named a preseason All-America second team selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, is entering his fourth season as Duke’s starter at right guard.

Tomlinson has started 39 consecutive games and has played 3,032 career snaps the second most among any active offensive lineman in the country. In 2013, he was named to the All-Bowl Team for his performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in which Duke’s offense posted 48 points in a 52-48 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M. Duke surrendered the second fewest sacks per pass attempt in the ACC this past season.

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.

The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 20. Four days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11 from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award last season.

2014 Outland Trophy Watch List
Arie Kouandjio, OG, Alabama
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
Jamil Douglas, OT, Arizona State
Alex Kozan, OG, Auburn
Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn
Gabe Wright, DL, Auburn
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
Michael Yeck, OT, BYU
Eric Lefeld, OT, Cincinnati
Grady Jarrett, DL, Clemson
Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
Tré Jackson, OG, Florida State
Josue Matias, OG, Florida State
Cody Wichmann, OG, Fresno State
David Andrews, C, Georgia
Shaquille Mason, OG, Georgia Tech
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
Carl Davis, DL, Iowa
Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
B.J. Finney, C, Kansas State
Jake Smith, C, Louisville
La’el Collins, OT, LSU
Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
Cyril Lemon, OG, North Texas
Brandon Vitabile, C, Northwestern
Sheldon Day, DL, Notre Dame
Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio State
Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon
Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
Christian Covington, DL, Rice
Kaleb Johnson, OG, Rutgers
Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford
Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse
Chucky Hunter, DL, TCU
Dominic Espinosa, C, Texas
Malcom Brown, DL, Texas
Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M
Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
Torrian Wilson, OG, UCF
Jake Brendel, C, UCLA
Max Tuerk, C, USC
Leonard Williams, DL, USC
Luther Maddy, DL, Virginia Tech
Danny Shelton, DL, Washington
Quinton Spain, OG, West Virginia
Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin