WKU offensive tackle Forrest Lamp was the most recent Hilltopper to be recognized by a national award as he was named to the 2016 Outland Trophy Watch List on Friday, the Football Writers Association of America announced.
The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, who was an All-America lineman at Penn, and is awarded annually to the top interior lineman, with players on both sides of the ball eligible for the award. The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team.
The original list of 70 players will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Thursday, November 17. Five days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named. The winner of the 71st Outland Trophy will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8.
Lamp, who was one of four Conference USA players and 22 offensive tackles on the list, produced another stalwart seasons on the left side of WKU’s offensive line in 2015. He was named a Second Team All-American by ProFootballFocus.com and the top tackle from the Group of 5 leagues by the publication, while also earning a place on the All-C-USA first team.
As a junior, Lamp did not allow a tackle and just 11 quarterback pressures, while anchoring a line that finished the year No. 19 nationally in fewest sacks allowed with just 16. The team captain extended his consecutive start streak to 39 games last season, including 36-straight at left tackle for the Hilltoppers.