When Tennessee offensive tackle Dallas Thomas starts his 26th consecutive game in the season opener against North Carolina State on Aug. 31, he'll do so as an Outland Trophy candidate.
Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior was one of 71 interior linemen included in the Outland Watch List released Thursday. The award, voted on by the Football Writers Association of America, goes to the top lineman.
In 12 starts last year, Thomas anchored a UT offensive line that allowed just 18 sacks, third-fewest in the SEC.
The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team.
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