DALLAS - For the third consecutive season, Texas Tech senior Le'Raven Clark (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale H.S.) has been named to the preseason watch list for the prestigious Outland Trophy, which honors the nation's top interior lineman. It is the fourth preseason individual All-America honor for Clark, who was previously recognized as a Third Team All-America by Athlon Sports, Second Team pick by The Sporting News and Fourth Team honor by Phil Steele.
Clark enters his final season as a Red Raider as one of the nation's top offensive linemen in the country after boosting a Tech offense that allowed just 13 sacks in 2014. Texas Tech also rushed for 1,836 yards, its highest team total since the 1998 season.
Clark, an All-Big 12 First Team honoree in each of the past two seasons, has started all 38 games of his Red Raider career, mainly at left tackle. He had been a member of watch lists for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy in each of the past two seasons.
Sponsored by the Football Writers Association, the Outland Trophy winner is chose 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 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.
Additional information about the Outland Trophy can be found at www.outlandtrophy.com.
Texas Tech defensive lineman Pete Robertson (Longview, Texas/Longview H.S.) was named to the preseason watch list for the prestigious Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which honors the nation’s top defensive player. Earlier this week, Robertson was announced as a candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
In 2014, Robertson earned All-Big 12 honors for the second consecutive season while leading the Red Raiders in five defensive statistical categories: sacks (12), total tackles (81), tackles for loss (14.5-74), forced fumbles (three) and quarterback hurries (seven). He ranked sixth nationally and led the Big 12 in sacks (12), the most by a Red Raider player since Brandon Sharpe registered 19.0 in 2009. His 12 sacks last year also ranked as the fourth highest season total in school history. He also became the first Texas Tech player since 1996 to register a sack in six consecutive games (Sept. 25-Nov. 1, 2014).
Over his three-year, 40-game and 25-start Red Raider career, Robertson has made 161 total tackles (101 solo) and totaled 16.0 sacks along with two interceptions. With his 16.0 career sacks, he enters his senior year ranked ninth among school leaders in career sacks. Robertson’s career highs include 12 tackles vs. Arizona State in 2013, three tackles for loss vs. Baylor in 2014 and two sacks three times.
Since 1995, the Football Writers Association of America has awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. A two-way player at the University of Minnesota, Nagurski went on to play with the Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Additional information about the Nagurski Trophy can be found at: http://www.touchdownclub.com/.
Clark, Robertson and Texas Tech open the 2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 5 by hosting Sam Houston State at Jones AT&T Stadium. Season tickets are still on sale and can be purchased by calling 806-742-TECH or by visiting www.texastech.com.