Mississippi State’s Jaden Crumedy has been named to the watch list for the 2023 Outland Trophy, the Football Writers Association of America announced on Tuesday. The Outland Trophy is given annually to college football’s most outstanding interior lineman on offense or defense.
Crumedy, a graduate student from Hattiesburg, appeared in just five games last season but made his presence felt. Crumedy finished the year with 15 tackles, including five tackles for loss, and two sacks. He has earned 84 career tackles, six sacks, and a forced fumble across 41 career games. Crumedy has been getting praise from various national outlets leading into the season. Most recently, the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, Jim Nagy, praised Crumedy for his combination of quickness and explosion and sees him as a legit factor at the next level.
Representing the Outland Trophy watch list are 91 returning standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents. The 2023 season will close with the award’s 78th anniversary, and the watch list offers a talented field of players.
Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the season. For the first time, the FWAA will announce an Outland Trophy National Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time.
The recipient of the 2023 Outland Trophy will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards show live on ESPN in December. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner, sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 10, 2024.
The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major college football award, celebrating 78 years since its founding. Created in 1946, when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually practiced in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.