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WSU guard Cody O’Connell named Outland Trophy semifinalist

Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Cody O'Connell was named a unanimous All-American on Wednesday. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Cody O'Connell was named a unanimous All-American on Wednesday. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – In his first year as a starter for Washington State, left guard Cody O’Connell has been recognized as one of the best linemen in the country.

On Tuesday, O’Connell was named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the best interior lineman on offense or defense. The redshirt junior from Wenatchee is one of just five semifinalists, all of whom play on offense.

Pro Football Focus rates the 6-foot-8, 350-pound O’Connell the second best guard in the country, and the best at pass blocking. He has been a key component of the WSU offense, which ranks No. 2 nationally in passing yards per game (385.5) and has rushed for more than 100 yards six times, as well.

“The Continent” has laready been named to Midseason All-America First Teams by CBSSports.com and FOX Sports, and to Sports Illustrated’s Midseason All-America Second Team.

The Outland Trophy will be presented on Jan. 11, 2017 at a banquet in Omaha, Nebraska.

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