RENO, Nev. – Senior offensive lineman Austin Corbett and junior defensive end Malik Reed have received preseason recognition for the second time this week.
Corbett was named to the Outland Trophy watch list Thursday morning, while Reed earned a spot on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Earlier this week Corbett received a nomination for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and Reed was added to the Bednarik Award watch list.
A local product from Sparks, Corbett is one of 81 offensive linemen from around the country, including four from the Mountain West, to earn a spot on the Outland Trophy preseason watch list. Corbett started in all 12 games last season and will take a streak of 36 consecutive starts into the 2017 campaign. Corbett was named second team All-Mountain West as a junior after he paved the way for former running back James Butler to run for more than 1,000 yards for a second consecutive season and average 111.3 rushing yards per game, which ranked in the top 20 in the nation. Corbett led the team in knockdown blocks and was second on the team in cut blocks.
The Outland Trophy is presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Six days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 72nd Outland Trophy, which is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced live on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Reed, a six-foot-one, 245-pound returning starter, is one of 103 defensive players from around the nation to be named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. He is also one of five to earn the preseason distinction from the Mountain West. He posted a breakout sophomore season on his way to earning
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thursday, Nov. 16. The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Nevada opens the 2017 season under first-year head coach Jay Norvell on Saturday, Sept. 2, when it travels to Evanston, Ill. to play at Northwestern with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. PT. Season tickets are on sale now by calling (775) 348-PACK or visiting NevadaWolfPack.com.