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      Thomas named to Outland Trophy Watch List

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      Clemson, SC Clemson All-ACC offensive tackle Brandon Thomashas been named to the Preseason Watch List for the Outland Trophy, the awardpresent each year to the best lineman in college football.

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Thomas isone of 11 ACC players (offensive linemen or defensive linemen considered) onthe list, one of four offensive tackles.{}The others are Cameron Ervin of Florida State, James Hurst of NorthCarolina and Morgan Moses of Virginia.

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Thomas hasbeen a guard and a tackle over his three previous seasons at Clemson.{} The native of Spartanburg, SC and Dorman Highis a veteran of 36 games, 23 as a starter, and has played over 1900 careerplays.{}

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Last yearhe was named a first-team All-ACC offensive tackle by the ACC MediaAssociation.{} He played a team high 987snaps{} over 13 games, all starts.{} He was a big reason Clemson finished with an11-2 record and a number-nine final national ranking by USA Today.{} The Tigers established 101 team andindividual records last year.{} Thatincludes a record 41 points an 512 yards of total offense per game.

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Thomas, whoalready has his undergraduate degree in secondary education, is one of just twoClemson underclassmen to earnfirst-team All-ACC honors at offensive tackle since 1997.{} The other is Barry Richardson, who justfinished his fifth years in the NFL.

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