With the college football season fast approaching, three Virginia football players have been named to the watch lists of two prominent national awards.
Leading the way were offensive linemen Oday Aboushi and Morgan Moses, who became the first two Cavaliers players since 2008 to merit consideration for the Outland Trophy, given annually to the country’s top interior lineman on offense or defense.
Linebacker Steve Greer, meanwhile, was one of 84 players on the watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, which is given to the nation’s best defender. Virginia has had someone on the watch list every year since 2004.
Aboushi, a senior who is slated to be Virginia’s left tackle again this season, has started the past 25 games for the Cavaliers. He was named second team all-ACC last year and will serve as one of Virginia’s four captains in 2012.
Moses, a junior, came to Virginia as a highly touted recruit and came into his own last season when he started all 13 games for the Cavaliers at right tackle. As a freshman in 2010, Moses started seven games, six at right tackle and one at right guard.
Last year was the first time since 2004 Virginia had the same five players start every game along the offensive line.
Greer led Virginia with 103 tackles from his middle linebacker spot last year, and earned second team all-ACC honors. He started all 12 regular season games before missing the Chick fil-A Bowl after partially tearing his ACL.
Greer and running back Perry Jones will represent Virginia along with Coach Mike London at the ACC’s footbal media days in Greensboro, N.C. on July 22-23.