The preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy was released Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America, with Wisconsin Badgers tackle Rob Havenstein among the 64 players named.
The Outland Trophy is awarded annually to the best interior lineman in college football and players on both offense and defense are eligible.
Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh was the 2013 winner.
Havenstein is one of 22 offensive tackles on the watch list and one of nine Big Ten players to be named.
A fifth-year senior, the 6-foot-8, 327-pounder from Mount Airy, Md., has started Wisconsin’s last 27 games at right tackle and has made 28 starts in his career.
Havenstein was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in the coaches voting last year and was an honorable mention in the media vote.
He bypassed the NFL draft after the 2013 season, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl:
“No. I don’t feel prepared. I don’t feel ready enough to take that next step. I want to refine my skills and get as much of a leg up on the competition as I can.
“I just feel like I need another year to get better. Plus, college is a lot of fun.”
Aaron Gibson (1998) and Chris McIntosh (1999) were finalists for the Outland.