DALLAS, Texas –– Tulsa Golden Hurricane sophomore offensive tackle Tyler Smith was one of 80 players named to the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List, as announced by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
The award, in its 75th year, is presented to college football’s best interior lineman on offense or defense. This year’s list includes 26 offensive tackles, 26 guards, 16 centers and 13 defensive tackles.
Smith, a 6’6′, 322-pound from Fort Worth, Texas, started all nine games in 2020 at left tackle for the Hurricane and earned Freshman All-America honors by the FWAA and The Athletic. He started all nine games and was an American Athletic Conference first team selection last season. Smith had perhaps his best game against the sixth-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats in the AAC Championship Game with a grade of 94 percent on 72 snaps.
He redshirted in the 2019 season but played in the final four games while starting two games at left tackle. Smith has played in 13 career games and has 11 starts.
The Outland Trophy is named after John H. Outland. He began his collegiate career at the University of Kansas in 1895, then transferred to Pennsylvania. He was one of only a few players ever to earn All-America accolades at two positions. Outland garnered consensus All-America honors in 1898 as a tackle and consensus honors as a halfback in 1899. Outland had always contended that football tackles and guards deserved greater recognition and conceived the Outland Trophy as a means of providing this recognition.
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