The preseason awards keep piling up for the Indiana Football program as another Hoosier player appeared on a preseason watchlist for the upcoming season.

Senior offensive lineman Coy Cronk was added to the watchlist for the 2019 Outland Trophy, the Football Writers Association announced Tuesday afternoon. Cronk will be joining 82 other interior lineman representing all 10 Division 1 FBS conferences and independents as potential nominees for the award.

Since his arrival to Bloomington, the Lafayette, Ind., native has started in all 36 games he has played in at left tackle for the Hoosiers and has only missed one game during that time due to an injury. As a freshman he earned honors as an All-American, a two-time Indiana offensive player of the week, and and appearance on ESPN.com and BTN.com All-Freshman teams.

In 2018, Cronk did his part for and Indiana offense that ranked second in the Big Ten and tied for 24th in the nation for first downs per game. The offense also saw a third place finish in the conference and 36th place nationally in passing offense.

About the Outland Trophy

The Outland Trophy is entering its 74th year and is the third-oldest major college football award. The honor is given to the top interior lineman in college football and is presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Last season’s winner was Alabama defensive nose guard Quinnen Williams.

The trophy originated after former University of Pennsylvania All-American Dr. John Outland made a financial contribution to the FWAA to start the award. Outland believed lineman did not get the credit they deserved and wanted something to recognize them.

There will be up to eight semifinalists announced for the trophy on Nov. 20 and the three finalists will be announced on Nov. 25. The winner will be named during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec.12 at the College Football hall of Fame in Atlanta.

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