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Four Bulls on preseason watch lists

Veteran right tackle Marcus Norman makes the Outland Trophy preseason list
OCTAVIO JONES | Times USF offensive tackle Marcus Norman (77) during runs offensive drills during practice at the USF Frank Morsani Football Complex in Tampa, Florida on Monday, August 13, 2018.

USF senior right tackle Marcus Norman and walk-on kicker Coby Weiss on Wednesday were named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lou Groza Award, respectively.

They become the third and fourth Bulls players to earn watch-list recognition.

Weiss and Norman, who has made the Outland watch list two consecutive years, join fifth-year senior tight end Mitch Wilcox (Mackey Award) and fourth-year junior cornerback Mike Hampton (Jim Thorpe Award) as preseason honorees.

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Norman, who enters training camp listed at 6-foot-6, 316 pounds, has started 34 consecutive games at right tackle and has played in a total of 37. If he appears in 13 games this season (presuming the Bulls play 13 contests), he’ll become only the 15th player in program history to play in at least 50 games.

A second-team All-American Athletic Conference pick in 2018, Norman has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher each of the past three seasons. He graduated this past spring with a degree in information technology.

Weiss, who transferred from Tennessee State, didn’t win the Bulls’ place-kicking derby in the 2018 preseason, but took over in Game Two and made 15 of his last 16 field-goal attempts including his last nine (all from within 40 yards).

His season highlight occurred at Tulsa, where he hit a 22-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the Bulls a 25-24 triumph. Weiss wore a cast on his right hand during the game after fracturing a finger the week before.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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