Anthony Dima Named To 2013 Outland Trophy Watch List
July 11, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
One of UMass football's top returning linemen, fifth-year senior Anthony Dima has been named to the 2013 Outland Trophy Award Preseason Watch List as announced on Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). The award is given annually to college football's top interior lineman (offensive & defensive lines). Dima is one of 25 offensive tackles named to the watch list.
He joins Colter Johnson who was named to the 2013 Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List which goes to the nation's top collegiate punter.
Dima is one of three players from the Mid-American Conference to be named to the Outland Trophy Watch List. Toledo center Zac Kerin and Kent State defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix were also members of the watch list.
The 6-foot-7, 302 pound native of Centereach, N.Y., was named earlier to Phil Steele's Preseason All Mid-American Conference Team this summer.
The versatile lineman enters 2013 as a two-year starter after transferring to UMass from Hofstra following his true freshman year where he redshirted with the Pride. He will be charged this year with leading a mostly young offensive line which lost three starters from last year in Stephan Milhim, Quinton Sales, and Nick Speller.
All told, Dima has played in 23 career games making 20 starts. He missed the first two games of 2012 due to a preseason injury, but returned to play in every remaining game of the season but one.
Dima has been a pivotal part of the Minutemen's run game with Jonathan Hernandez rushing for over 1,000 yards in 2011. Last season, Dima helped open holes for Michael Cox who was drafted by the New York Giants following his one year with UMass.
Prior to college, Dima played football and was a member of the track & field team at Centereach High School where he was named to All-Suffolk County and all-league teams as a senior.
Dima and the Minutemen will begin the 2013 season at Wisconsin on Aug. 31 in Madison, Wis. Kick-off is slated for 11:00 AM CST. The UMass Alumni Association is offering a special Ticket & Tailgate Packagefor the game.
Season tickets (Club Level & Lower Level) and individual game tickets (Lower Level) are on sale now for UMass' six home games at Gillette Stadium. Fans can order both online by visiting www.UMassAthletics.com/Ticketsor by calling 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784).
OFFICIAL 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST RELEASE:
One lone, but important member of the FWAA's 2012 All-America Team - Texas A&M senior offensive tackle Jake Matthews - also appears among 75 players on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football.
A year ago, Matthews was on the same Aggie offensive line that included 2012 Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, now prepping to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joeckel, also an offensive tackle, was Texas A&M's first Outland Trophy finalist.
Florida State and Stanford have never had an Outland winner in the 67-year history of the award. USC has had one winner (Ron Yary, 1967), and Tennessee has had two interior linemen claim the prestigious bronzed trophy (Steve DeLong, 1964 and John Henderson, 2000). The Aggies could have two straight winners after being shut out in the first 66 years of the award, which is the third oldest in major-college football.
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. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.
The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 20. Five days later three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12 from Disney's Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 9, 2014 in Omaha, Neb. This year, North Carolina State center Jim Ritcher, the 1979 Outland Trophy winner, will be honored and presented an Outland Trophy, which was not given in the era in which he won the award.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fifteen of the association's 21 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates.