LOS ANGELES — Mario Cristobal already has some solid foundation pieces in place entering his first season as Oregon’s coach.
Junior offensive linemen Jake Hanson and Calvin Throckmorton and sophomore defensive tackle Jordon Scott were named to the Outland Trophy watch list Tuesday. The award is given to the nation’s top interior lineman.
Three members of Jim Leavitt’s defense — linebacker Troy Dye, defensive end Jalen Jelks and Scott — were also named to the Nagurski Trophy watch list, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player.
Hanson was named all-Pac-12 honorable mention the past two seasons while making 25 consecutive starts. He is also a preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation’s top center.
Throckmorton, an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2017, has started 25 games during his career, mostly at right tackle.
Scott earned freshman all-American honors last year after making 11 starts and finishing with 34 tackles and two sacks.
Dye, the Ducks’ leading tackler the past two seasons, has also been named to the watch lists for the Butkus Award, the Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Jelks, who had a team-high 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, is also on the Bednarik Award watch list.
Other notable Oregon players on watch lists include quarterback Justin Herbert (Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award), running back Tony Brooks-James (Doak Walker Award) and tight end Jacob Breeland (Mackey Award).
Cristobal, Herbert and Jelks will represent the Ducks during Pac-12 media day Wednesday in Los Angeles. The trio will be interviewed live on the Pac-12 Networks between 8:30 a.m. and 8:47 a.m. before taking the main stage in front of gathered media at 11 a.m.