Nebraska tackle Nick Gates has been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman.
The junior from Las Vegas has anchored the offensive line the past two seasons and started all 13 games in 2016 in being named a third-team All-Big Ten performer. As a redshirt freshman in 2015 Gates started al 10 games he played.
Eight Husker players have combined for a nation-leading nine Outland Trophies over the years, including two-time winner Dave Rimington. Ndamukong Suh was the Huskers’ most recent Outland winner, bringing home the trophy in 2009.
The Outland Trophy finalists will be announced on Nov. 21, with the winner announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 7. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 10, 2018 in Omaha.