The Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte (NC) Touchdown Club, while the Outland Trophy is given to the best interior lineman in college football.
It marks the second such preseason mention garnered by both Boyett and Jordan as they were previously named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award – also given to the top defensive player in the country since 1995.
The Nagurski Trophy recipient is chosen from five finalists who are all part of the FWAA All-America Team.
York started all 14 games for Oregon a year ago and enters his final season pacing all teammates with 37 career opening assignments. The second-team academic All-American and three-year starter was a mainstay along the offensive line that led the Pac-12 in rushing each of his three seasons, and was crucial to the Ducks ranking fifth in the country running the football in 2011.
The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho standout exited the Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin with a knee injury but is expected back for the start of the 2012 season.
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