BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University's Billy Winn and Nate Potter were each named to the 2011 Outland Trophy Watch List, and Winn was also named to 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced Friday.
The Outland Trophy is awarded annually to the top interior lineman in college football, while the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is given annually to the best defensive player in college football. Winn and Potter were the only two student-athletes from the Mountain West Conference named to the 65-player Outland Trophy Watch List, and Winn was one of five from the MWC named to the 87-player Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
Winn, a redshirt senior defensive tackle from Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas HS), has already been named to both the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy and 2011 Bednarik Award Watch Lists, each of which is awarded annually to the nation's top defensive player. He has also been named first-team Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports and second-team Preseason All-America by both Lindy's Sports and Phil Steele.
He has been named second-team All-WAC each of the last two seasons. Winn's 9.5 tackles-for-loss in 2010 ranked third on the team, and his 12.5 TFLs in 2009 were the second-most for the Broncos. Winn has also combined for 10 sacks the past two seasons.
Potter, a graduate of Timberline High School in Boise, has already been named first-team Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports and Phil Steele. The redshirt senior has started 21-consecutive games at left tackle dating back to his sophomore season, garnering first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in each of the last two years.
He has also performed well in the classroom, recording a 3.92 grade-point average during the spring 2011 semester and earning CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors this past season. The three-time member of the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic Team graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in business, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree.
Boise State is slated to open the 2011 season against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Sept. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., and the game will be televised by ESPN.