Rice senior guard Andrew Reue is among 81 interior linemen who have been placed on the initial watch list for the Outland Trophy, which was released by the Football Writers Association of American on Friday.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It is the third oldest player award in major-college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
Reue heads into his senior year as one of the most experienced members of the squad, having played in 36 games including 26 starts. He has seen action all along the Owls offensive front but has made all 26 starts at right guard, including the last 13 consecutive games. He has been named to Phil Steel's 2015 preseason All- C-USA team.
He is one of three Conference USA players on the 2015 Outland Watch list, joining Louisiana Tech's Vernon Butler and Clint Van Horn of Marshall on the list of 81 linemen
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 26-man first 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.
Rice opens the 2015 season on September 5 when they host Wagner at Rice Stadium. The Owls will open training camp for the 2015 season on August 6. Season ticket and min season ticket plans are currently on sale at Rice Athletic Ticket Office at Tudor Fieldhouse, by phone at (173) 348-OWLS or online