Nevada senior Matt Hines has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy, two of the most prestigious awards in college football, the Football Writers Association of America announced.
A 6-1, 285-pound defensive tackle from Modesto, Calif., Hines is one of 50 players on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is annually awarded to the best defensive player in college football and is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The FWAA All-America Committee will select the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association’s 11-man All-America defensive team in November. The FWAA will also select a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week beginning with games on Sept. 1 through mid-November, while the Charlotte Touchdown Club will host the 2007 presentation banquet on Monday, Dec. 3.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded in memory of Nagurski, an All-America lineman at Minnesota in 1927-29 and star for the Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the 2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Hines is also one of 41 linemen from around the country nominated for consideration for the Outland Trophy, which has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration for the award, and additional candidates can be added throughout the season.
The FWAA’s All-America Committee will select the Outland Trophy finalists and winner. The winner of the 2007 Outland Trophy will be announced on Dec. 6 at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. The presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held in January of 2008 in Omaha, Neb.
The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. Wisconsin offensive lineman Joe Thomas won the award in 2006.
A preseason all-league selection by several publications, Hines has emerged as one of the premier defensive tackles in the Western Athletic Conference. He was voted as a team captain as a junior in 2006 and won the team’s Nevadatude Award for being the best representative of the beliefs and ideals of the program. He was a second-team All-WAC selection in 2006 after starting all 13 games and tallying 33 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss. Hines also was Nevada's recipient of the Idaho Sports Medicine Institute Humanitarian Award at the MPC Computers Bowl.