CSU's Richburg named to Outland Trophy watch list

July 12, 2012

By Stuart Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations

DALLAS, Texas – Junior center Weston Richburg is having one of the most publicized offseasons an offensive lineman could have.

Across the nation offensive linemen will say that if anybody knows their names it is a bad thing. Usually their names will be published for a costly holding penalty or missing a block but Richburg is being talked about for all the right reasons.

He has already been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, given annually to the nation’s best center, and he has been named to a handful of preseason all-conference squads.

Now Richburg is one of the 71 lineman named to the Outland Trophy watch list, an award given to the nation’s top interior lineman, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced Thursday.

The 6-foot-4, 297-pound junior out of Bushland, Texas is coming off a strong sophomore campaign where he started in all 12 games for the Rams. That includes two starts at tackle with a broken hand.

After blocking for CSU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2008, Richburg earned second-team all-MW honors by MW coaches and media, and Phil Steele.

Richburg, who currently holds the team’s longest streak of consecutive starts at 24, is the first Ram to be named to the Outland Trophy watch list since Eric Pears in 2004.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America team. The FWAA All-America committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 25-man team and eventually the three Outland finalists to be named on Nov. 19. Finally, committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner who will be announced on Dec. 6.