WMU football's Juriga named to Outland Trophy watch list

Western Michigan senior offensive lineman Luke Juriga was named to the 2019 Outland Trophy watch list on Tuesday.

The award, presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, honors the nation’s top interior lineman.

Juriga earned First Team All-MAC honors last season. He started all 13 games at guard for WMU, and led the team in snaps played at 1,056. Juriga helped block for a rushing attack that ranked 33rd in the nation in 2018. 

He will move to center this season, filling the shoes of Jon Keenoy, who graduated last year and recently landed a deal with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. 

Juriga was also just recently named to the Rimington trophy watch list. He is one of four Broncos to earn spots on watch lists this offseason, joining teammates LeVante Bellamy (Maxwell, Doak Walker), Giovanni Ricci (Mackey), and D’Wayne Eskridge (Biletnikoff). 

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