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Patrick Mekari Named To Outland Trophy Watch List

Posted July 24, 2018 by in

DALLAS – Cal senior offensive tackle Patrick Mekari earned a spot Tuesday on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases the Football Writers Association of America announced. The award is given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on either side of the football.

Up to seven finalists will be named on Nov. 14 with three finalists selected by Nov. 19. Recently retired offensive lineman and 2006 Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas will announce the recipient of the 73rd annual Outland Trophy during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 6 live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Werner Enterprises Outland Trophy Awards Dinner produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee on Jan. 9, 2019.

Mekari is one of seven Cal players to have earned spots on preseason watch lists or be recognized as candidates for national awards in 2018 with the others senior tight end Ray Hudson (John Mackey Award Watch List), senior inside linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk (Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award®, Lott IMPACT Trophy), senior running back Patrick Laird (Maxwell Award Watch List, Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Nominee, Doak Walker Award Watch List), junior wide receiver Kanawai Noa (Biletnikoff Award), senior center Addison Ooms (Rimington Trophy) and senior wide receiver Vic Wharton III (Biletnikoff Award).

Below are notes on Mekari with an extended bio available by clicking on his name.

Patrick Mekari, OL, 6-4, 320, Sr., 3L, Westlake Village, CA (Westlake HS)
Pronunciation: muh-CARE-ee
• Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors after playing in and starting 10 games at left tackle as a 2017 junior to set career highs for both
• Has played in 24 career games with 14 starts during his first three seasons at Cal

The Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The members of the NCFAA are unveiling preseason watch lists for 17 of their 24 awards over a 12-day period from July 16-27. Following is the entire 2018 preseason watch list calendar.

2018 Preseason Watch List Calendar
Monday, July 16 – Bednarik Award, Maxwell Award
Tuesday, July 17 – Davey O’Brien Award
Wednesday, July 18 – Doak Walker Award
Thursday, July 19 – Biletnikoff Award
Friday, July 20 – John Mackey Award, Rimington Trophy
Monday, July 23 – Thorpe Award, Butkus Award®
Tuesday, July 24 – Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Wednesday, July 25 – Groza Award, Ray Guy Award
Thursday, July 26 – Hornung Award, Wuerffel Trophy
Friday, July 27 – Walter Camp Award


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