Alabama Crimson Tide linemen Cyrus Kouandjio and Anthony Steen have been named to the 2013 Outland Trophy watch list by the Football Writers Association of America.
The Outland Trophy is awarded annually by the FWAA to the best interior lineman in college football. From their release:
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 25-man team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.
Kouandjio, a junior from Hyattville, Md., allowed 3.5 sacks through 13 games last season after being limited in 2011 by a knee injury. He had offseason arthroscopic shoulder surgery after spring practice, but is expected to be good to go for the 2013 season.
Steen, a senior from Clarksdale, Miss., started all 13 games in 2012 at right guard and has started 24 games overall in his career at the Capstone.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to a Crimson Tide player on three occasions in its history; to Chris Samuels in 1999, Andre Smith in 2008, and Barrett Jones in 2011.