Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey has been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy.
The trophy, named after former Kansas and Penn All-American John H. Outland, is given annually to the best interior lineman in college football by the Football Writers Association of America.
It is the second preseason watch list this year for Morrissey, who was also named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given to the best center in college football.
Originally a walk-on at Pitt from La Salle College H.S. near Philadelphia, Morrissey started 23 straight games for the Panthers, beginning with the first game of his redshirt freshman season in 2017 and continuing through the Wake Forest game last season, when he was lost to a season-ending ankle injury.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound center is expected to be the anchor of Pitt’s 2019 offensive line as the lone returning starter of the unit.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded annually since 1946. Two Pitt players have won the trophy: Mark May in 1980 and Aaron Donald in 2013. Last year, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams won the award. A center has not won the award since Minnesota’s Greg Eslinger in 2005.
Pitt has had two other players named to preseason watch lists: safety Damar Hamlin (Bednarik Award) and wide receiver/kick returner Maurice Ffrench (Maxwell Award, All-ACC).