Nearly three years ago, Carl Granderson committed to Wyoming as a lanky, sub-200-pound defensive end who spent time as a receiver in high school. Now, he's being nominated for an award jokingly named for its honorees' girth.
Granderson was named one of three finalists Friday for the Piesman Trophy, an award given by SB Nation to college football "linemen who do decidedly un-linemen things."
Granderson was nominated for his interception against New Mexico that he returned 37 yards, nearly scoring a touchdown. Fellow Wyoming defensive end Kevin Prosser was also nominated, but he was not a finalist. Prosser was nominated for his interception against Utah State that he returned for a touchdown. Granderson also had an interception that game.
St. Francis defensive lineman Louie Gartner and Heidelberg offensive lineman Brock Riggs are the other finalists.
SB Nation hosts a ceremony for the award Dec. 8 in New York. Wyoming athletics did not immediately respond when asked whether Granderson would be attending.
This will be the third year the trophy has been given, with Southeastern Louisiana's Ashton Henderson and Pittsburgh's Brian O'Neill winning the first two years.