Wilkins, Lawrence Make Outland, Nagurski Watch List

the preseason attention for two of Clemson's defensive linemen continues.

Defensive end Christian Wilkins and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence are both up for the Nagurski Award and the Outland Trophy as the watch lists for those two honors have been released.

The Nagurski goes to the best defensive player, while the Outland Trophy goes to college football's best interior lineman.

In 2016, Wilkins was named a first-team All-American by the AFCA, Football Writers Association and Phil Steele. He was named a second-team All-American by several publications including USA Today. The Springfield, Massachusetts native recorded 56 tackles, 13 for loss and 3.5 sacks. He has had 20 quarterback pressures and set a Clemson record for a defensive end with 10 passes broken up.

Wilkins, who is listed as 6-4, 310 pounds, proved his versatility by playing defensive tackle as a freshman, but moving to defensive end as a sophomore for Clemson's run to the national championship. Against Alabama, Wilkins posted two pass breakups and three pressures.

Wilkins was not the only Tiger to make the watch list for the Bednarik Award. Sophomore defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence is on the list after an outstanding freshman season saw him named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and earn Freshman All-America honors by USA Today and ESPN.

The 6-5, 340-pounder from Wake Forest, North Carolina broke the Clemson freshman record with seven sacks, while also recording 9.5 tackles for loss. He was also second on the team with 23 quarterback pressures. In the national championship game against Alabama, Lawrence had four tackles and two quarterback pressures.

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