DALLAS — Arkansas junior left guard Hjalte Froholdt was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy on Thursday, an award presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
Froholdt is one of 60 offensive linemen and 17 guards on the list and is joined by Razorbacks senior center Frank Ragnow. Eleven schools had multiple offensive linemen named to the list, with Arkansas and Alabama being the only two from the Southeastern Conference. Only centers, guards and tackles on offense or defense are eligible for Outland Trophy consideration.
A native of Svendborg, Denmark, Froholdt started all 13 games at left guard as a sophomore last season. He was part of an offensive line that blocked for 428.4 yards of total offense per game and helped the offense log both 200 yards passing and rushing in the same game five times. He also opened lanes for running back Rawleigh Williams III, who captured the SEC regular-season rushing title and finished with 1,360 yards, and provided time for the SEC’s total passing yardage leader, Austin Allen.
Froholdt will enter his second season on the offensive line after playing defensive tackle as a freshman in 2015.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner.