July 8, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pat Elflein, who has already graduated, and fourth-year junior Billy Price were each named today to the watch list for the Outland Trophy. Presented by the Football Writers Association of America, the Outland Trophy is presented to the outstanding interior lineman in college football.
Elflein, a 6-3, 300-pounder from Pickerington, Ohio, and Pickerington North High School, is transitioning to center this year after being a two-time all-Big Ten Conference guard. Earlier this week the 29-game starter was named to the Rimington Award watch list, which goes to the top center in the nation.
Price is a rugged veteran of 28 games and 28 consecutive starts at guard. A fine athlete and widely regarded as one of the strongest players on the team, he is coming off a sophomore season in which he helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 yards per game. He was named third-team all-Big Ten by the league’s coaches. He was a freshman All-American in 2014.
Price, 6-4 and 315 pounds, is from Austintown, Ohio, and Fitch High School. He is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic all-Big Ten honoree who is majoring in operations management. He is currently in Beaverton, Ore., working on an operations internship with NIKE. Earlier this summer he travelled to Jamaica as part of the Athletic Department’s Soles4Souls program.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first 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 Thurs., Nov. 17. Five days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA.
Buckeyes on 2016 Watch Lists