DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior center Austin Davis and redshirt senior offensive tackle Evan Lisle have been named to the preseason Outland Trophy Watch List. The award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. The selection is the first for either Davis or Lisle.
Davis has already been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List as the honor is presented each year to the premier center in the nation. Davis is also a preseason All-ACC second team selection by Athlon Sports and a fourth team honoree by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.
The 6-4, 290-pound Mansfield, Texas, product has played in 25 career games with 12 starts and 996 total snaps. Davis earned Duke’s 2016 Dan “Tiger” Hill Award as the most outstanding offensive lineman after helping the Blue Devils finish the season as one of four ACC schools to complete at least 62 percent of its pass attempts along with a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio, joining Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Davis anchored the offensive front as it helped produce four 200-200 performances as the Blue Devils posted 200 or more rushing and 200 or more passing yards versus N.C.