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USC’s Jay Tufele nominated for SB Nation’s Piesman Trophy

The redshirt freshman defensive lineman is in the running for unique “big guy” award.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Every year SB Nation holds a snazzy award for college football linemen who create, “un-lineman” plays during the season. To put it bluntly, the Piesman Trophy is awarded to the most impressive college offensive or defensive lineman who makes a play by either catching, throwing, or running with the football. This year, the USC Trojans have one of their own in the running for this fun honor.

Jay Tufele is a 6-foot-3, 310 pound redshirt freshman defensive lineman for USC, and my has he been impressive this season. From his clutch block of a Washington State field goal attempt that gave the Trojans what may be their most impressive win of the 2018 season, to his fumble recovery, “big man” touchdown against Utah that has earned him a spot in the Piesman running.

Tufele is up against fellow linemen such as Arizona State’s Shannon Forman, Clemson’s Christian Wilkins, Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones and many more. The winner is determined by a vote of SB Nation staffers, media members, and a general public voting section. For the entire catalogue of Piesman Trophy contenders and to feast your eyes on the best designed trophy in sports, check out SB Nation’s full list here.