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Friday, April 18, 2008

Oregon's Max Unger and Fenuki Tupou named to Outland Trophy Watch List

DALLAS – The Football Writers Association of America has released its 2008 Outland Trophy Watch List, which includes two linemen from the University of Oregon – senior center Max Unger and senior offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou. In all, seventy standout linemen from around the country have been nominated for consideration in the preseason.

The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. With input from the entire FWAA membership, the winner is selected by the FWAA's All-America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man All-America team and picks the three Outland Trophy finalists and the winner.

Unger, a three-year starter from Honaunau, Hawaii (Hawaii Preparatory Academy), earned All-America first team honors from SI.com (Sports Illustrated) in 2007. Tupou, a former junior college All-America honorable mention from Elverta, Calif., was a second-team All-Pac-10 choice last season and took home the Most Valuable Lineman award at the 2007 Brut Sun Bowl.

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