West Valley graduate Shane Lemieux and fellow offensive linemen Calvin Throckmorton and Jake Hanson, as well as Ducks defensive tackle Jordon Scott are among the 83 players on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s best interior lineman.
Michigan is the only other school with four players on the watch list.
Pac-12 has 12 total, including Washington offensive tackle Trey Adams and center Nick Harris as well as Washington State offensive tackle Abraham Lucas.
Lemieux had a run blocking grade of 84.8 last season, best among Pac-12 interior linemen and third in the nation, according to Pro Football Focus.
The senior started all 13 games at left guard for the Ducks and was a first-team all-conference selection in 2018.
Lemieux ended any thoughts of declaring for the NFL draft before Oregon’s New Year’s Eve matchup against Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif.
“(I) couldn’t really turn down the opportunity that we have going forward, especially with this bowl game, that’s what I want the focus to be on,” Lemieux told The Oregonian a couple days before the Ducks defeated the Spartans 7-6.
He also cited a strong relationship with head coach Mario Cristobal, who was Oregon’s offensive line coach before taking the reins in 2018 when Willie Taggart left for Florida State after just one season in Eugene.
With quarterback Justin Herbert also returning, the Ducks figure to be a favorite in the Pac-12 North.
The Ducks open the season Aug. 31 against Auburn in Arlington, Texas.