Each year, the Outland Trophy is awarded to the best interior lineman in CFB, interior in this context meaning centers, guards, and tackles on the offensive side and just tackles on the defensive. Ends, both tight and defensive, have their own awards or are included in others. The award is named after John H. Outland, one of a very small number of players to be named an All-American at two different positions. Last year, the award went to Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, the first defensive player to win it since Ndamukong Suh in 2009. This year, Baylor OT Spencer Drango will look to return it to the offensive line.
In total, 64 players made the 2014 Preseason Watch List, 9 of them from the Big 12 as a whole. Joining Drango on the list are Texas' Malcom Brown and Dominic Espinosa, Kansas State's B.J. Finney and Cody Whitehair, Texas Tech's Le'Raven Clark, TCU's Chucky Hunter, West Virginia's Quinton Spain, and Oklahoma's Daryl Williams. Players can be added or removed from the Watch List at any time.