CLEMSON —Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas has been named to the preseason watch List for the Outland Trophy, which is presented to the best lineman in college football.
Thomas has been a guard and a tackle over his three previous seasons at Clemson. The native of Spartanburg, SC and Dorman High is a veteran of 36 games, 23 as a starter, and has played over 1900 career plays.
Last year he was named a first-team All-ACC offensive tackle by the ACC Media Association. He played a team high 987 snaps over 13 games, all starts. He was a big reason Clemson finished with an 11-2 record and a number-nine final national ranking by USA Today. The Tigers established 101 team and individual records last year. That includes a record 41 points an 512 yards of total offense per game.
Thomas, who already has his undergraduate degree in secondary education, is one of just two Clemson underclassmen to earn first-team All-ACC honors at offensive tackle since 1997 (The other is Barry Richardson, who just finished his fifth years in the NFL).
He is one of 11 conference players (offensive linemen or defensive linemen considered) on the list, one of four offensive tackles. The others are Cameron Ervin of Florida State, James Hurst of North Carolina and Morgan Moses of Virginia.
Clemson Players on 2013 Watch Lists Announced So Far
Player Yr Pos Award For Outstanding…
Tajh Boyd Sr QB Maxwell Player
Sammy Watkins Jr WR Maxwell Player
Jr. WR Hornung All-Purpose Player
Vic Beasley Jr. DE Bednarik Defensive Player
Brandon Thomas Gr. OT Outland Interior Lineman
Chandler Catanzaro Gr. PK Groza Kicker
Spencer Shuey Gr. LB Lott Defensive Player