Outland Trophy names 71 interior linemen to 2012 watch list

Alabama center Barrett Jones looks to be the second player ever to win back-to-back Outland Trophies  (Getty Images)

Watch list has arrived in college football. The annual individual awards given at the end of the season will be rolling out their initial lists over the next couple weeks, and college football fans get their first round of debatable distinctions for 2012.

The Outland Trophy carries the distinction of one the few awards for both offensive and defensive players. Each year the Football Writers Association of America picks the best tackles, guards, and centers from both sides of the ball. However, of the 71 players named to the initial Outland Trophy Watch List only 18 are defensive tackles.

The list is headlined by Alabama Crimson Tide center Barrett Jones . Jones, who switched from offensive tackle to center, will have the opportunity to be only the second player to win back-to-back Outland Trophies. Nebraska Cornhuskers center Dave Rimington is the only other player to carry that honor.

Check out the full watch list below, as well as a breakdown by conference.

2012 Outland Trophy Watch List

OT Oday Aboushi , Virginia Cavaliers
G Alvin Bailey , Arkansas Razorbacks
OT David Bakhtiari , Colorado Buffaloes
G Chris Barker , Nevada Wolf Pack
C Mario Benavides, Louisville Cardinals
DT Josh Boyd , Ole Miss Rebels State
C Braxston Cave , Notre Dame Fighting Irish
G Jonathan Cooper , North Carolina Tar Heels
DT Everett Dawkins , Florida Gators State
DT Aaron Donald , Pittsburgh Panthers
OT Chris Faulk , LSU Tigers
C James Ferentz , Iowa Hawkeyes
DT Sharrif Floyd , Florida
OT D.J. Fluker , Alabama
G Blaize Foltz , TCU Horned Frogs
C Travis Frederick , Wisconsin Badgers
C Dalton Freeman , Clemson Tigers
G Theo Goins , UCF Knights
C Ben Habern , Oklahoma Sooners
DT Johnathan Hankins , Ohio State Buckeyes State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">
G Braden Hansen , BYU
OT Caylin Hauptmann , FIU
DT Jordan Hill , Penn State Nittany Lions
C Khaled Holmes , USC
OT Alex Hurst , LSU
OT James Hurst , North Carolina
G Gabe Ikard , Oklahoma
G Gabe Jackson , Mississippi State Bulldogs
DT John Jenkins , Georgia Bulldogs
DT Timmy Jernigan , Florida State Seminoles
OT Luke Joeckel , Texas Longhorns A&M
C T.J. Johnson , South Carolina Gamecocks
OT Wesley Johnson , Vanderbilt Commodores
C Barrett Jones, Alabama
G Joe Kellogg , Boise State Broncos
C Tyler Larsen , Utah Utes State
OT Taylor Lewan , Michigan Wolverines
DT Bennie Logan , LSU
G Spencer Long , Nebraska
DT Star Lotulelei , Utah
OT Zack Martin , Notre Dame
OT Jake Matthews , Texas A&M
G Chris McDonald , Michigan State Spartans
C Andrew Miller , Virginia Tech Hokies
OT Morgan Moses , Virginia
DT Roosevelt Nix , Kent State Golden Flashes
C Graham Pocic , Illinois Fighting Illini
OT Mark Popek , USF
OT Justin Pugh , Syracuse Orange
G Cyril Richardson , Baylor Bears
C Weston Richburg , Colorado State Rams
DT Kawann Short , Purdue Boilermakers
DT Akeem Spence , Illinois
DT Baker Steinkuhler , Nebraska
OT Matt Summers-Gavin , California Golden Bears
C Travis Swanson , Arkansas
G Lane Taylor , Oklahoma State Cowboys
G Dallas Thomas , Tennessee Volunteers
DT Aaron Tipoti , California
G Omoregie Uzzi , Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
DT Joe Vellano , Maryland Terrapins
OT LaAdrian Waddle , Texas Tech Red Raiders
OT Ricky Wagner , Wisconsin
G Mason Walters , Texas
G Larry Warford , Kentucky Wildcats
G Chance Warmack , Alabama
C Stephen Warner , Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
DT Jesse Williams , Alabama
DT Sylvester Williams , North Carolina
G David Yankey , Stanford Cardinal
G Carson York , Oregon Ducks

Outland Trophy Watch List by Conference
SEC - 19
Big Ten - 12
ACC - 11
Big 12 - 7
Pac-12 - 7
Big East - 4
Independents - 3
Mountain West - 3
WAC - 2
Conference USA - 1
MAC - 1
Sun Belt - 1
Remember, names can be added and will be taken off these award lists as the season progresses. But still feel free to let us know your feelings on the list in the comment section below.

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