In January, Oregon defensive tackle Jordon Scott announced he would stay for his senior season instead of entering the NFL Draft.
By returning, the former Pinellas Park standout remained in contention for several awards as one of the top lineman — and defensive players — in college football.
On Monday, Scott was named a preseason candidate for the Outland and Nagurski trophies.
This is the third straight year Scott has been on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, presented annually to the top interior lineman in college football.
He also is a three-time watch list honoree for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the best defensive player in college football.
Inserted into the trenches as a freshman, Scott has started 37 of his last 38 games. He has 95 tackles and 37 sacks so far in his career and has been a Pac-12 All-Conference selection each of the last two seasons.
In the offseason, Scott spent time in St. Petersburg with his mother and other family members providing food for children and the homeless.