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Former WPIAL stars dot Outland Trophy watch list

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Pitt's Jacobson and Nix join WVU's Barclay on preseason list for best interior lineman in college football

Three former WPIAL stars have been named to the prestigious 2011 Outland Trophy Watch List, released today by the Football Writers Association of America. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman in college football.

Pitt's Chris Jacobson, of Keystone Oaks, and Lucas Nix, of Thomas Jefferson, join West Virginia's Don Barclay (Seneca Valley) among a group of 65 honorees on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which has annually been presented to the nation’s top interior lineman since 1946.

Forming the nucleus of Pitt’s offensive line, both Jacobson and Nix are entering their senior seasons for the Panthers. Jacobson made the switch from guard to center this spring and Nix will play right tackle. Both are poised for successful senior seasons as they look to pave the way for junior running back Ray Graham.

Barclay, from Cranberry, PA, is a two-year starting left tackle who has played in 39 games and started 27 during his career for the Mountaineers. He is coming off offseason shoulder surgery.

The Outland Trophy is the third oldest award in major college football. The winner of the 66th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the century, will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 8 on ESPN.

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