Defensive back Adarius Pickett and center Scott Quessenberry talk about rebounding from another loss and how the Bruins will stick together at the mid-point of the year.
Already on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, UCLA center Scott Quessenberry added another preseason watch list nomination Thursday as the redshirt senior was included on the 81-man Outland Trophy Watch List.
The Outland Trophy goes to the nation’s best interior lineman. Former UCLA offensive tackles Jonathan Ogden and Kris Farris won the award in 1995 and 1998, respectively.
One year after redshirting due to double shoulder surgeries, Quessenberry was named All-Pac-12 first team last season, as selected by the league’s head coaches. He started all 12 games at center.
A list of the Bruins included on watch lists so far:
- Josh Rosen (Maxwell — best college player)
- Kenny Young (Bednarik — best defensive player)
- Scott Quessenberry (Rimington — best center; Outland — best interior lineman)
- Austin Roberts (Mackey — best tight end)
Among a deep group of tight ends, it’s Austin Roberts that’s gained some national recognition as the junior was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List on Tuesday. The Mackey Award is given to the nation’s best tight end. Marcedes Lewis won the award in 2005, which is the only time a UCLA player was has won it.
Roberts had 15 receptions for 261 yards and a touchdown last year, close to fellow returning tight end Caleb Wilson‘s numbers. Wilson, a one-time USC walk-on, had 16 catches for 220 yards.
After he made it on to the Rimington Trophy’s summer watch list, redshirt senior Scott Quessenberry made the cut for the award’s fall list, which was released Tuesday. The Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top center, has a 70-man fall watch list, which includes candidates from all conferences. The Pac-12 had seven nominations.
Offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry and linebacker Kenny Young will be UCLA’s two player representatives at next month’s Pac-12 Media Days at Hollywood and Highland. The players will accompany head coach Jim Mora during the two-day event from July 26-27.
The Bruins are scheduled to take the main stage at 10:20 a.m. on July 26.
Quarterback Josh Rosen would have been the media’s first choice to represent the offense, especially with USC sending its star quarterback Sam Darnold. Sending Quessenberry follows Mora’s tendency to give seniors the opportunity to speak for the team, but there have been exceptions, like when Deon Hollins went in 2015 as a junior instead of Myles Jack, who was also a junior at that time. If you can make an exception for Hollins, bringing Rosen doesn’t seem too big of an ask. It’s likely that Quessenberry will spend most of the day just fielding questions about Rosen anyway. There is at least a little more star power this year than last when there was the same number of quarterbacks and punters (one each).
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