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D.J. Humphries was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List.

Thursday July 10, 2014Hargreaves, Humphries and Fowler Named to National Award Watch Lists


D.J. Humphries was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List.

Three University of Florida football players were named to the preseason watch lists for two national awards on Thursday, as announced by the Football Writers Association of America. Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch List, while defensive lineman Dante Fowler, Jr. and defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III both were named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.

The Outland Trophy is awarded annually by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee to the best interior lineman in college football, while the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented each year by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club to the national defensive player of the year. The winners are chosen from finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. Semifinalists for the Outland Trophy will be named on Nov. 20 and narrowed to a list of three finalists four days later. The five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 20. 

The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11 from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 21st annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on Dec. 8 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet will be held on Jan. 15, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. 

Humphries, a junior from Union, N.C., participated in seven games in 2013, starting the first six at left tackle, before enduring a season-ending knee injury. As a freshman, Humphries appeared in all 12 games, starting three. He was named First Team Offense SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman (OL) and Sporting News Freshman All-America in 2012. 

A junior from St. Petersburg, Fla., Fowler has made appearances in 25 games with 13 starts in his career. He has totaled 80 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss and six sacks in his two seasons with the Gators. Last season, he led UF with 10.5 tackles-for-loss and ranked second on the squad with 3.5 sacks.

Hargreaves, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., appeared in every game during his debut season with the Orange and Blue, including 10 starts. The Freshman All-American led the team with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups in 2013, while his 26 tackles ranked seventh on the squad.

Fowler and Hargreaves both also were named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.

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