11 offensive linemen and 10 defensive lineman are up for the Frank Gaziano Award for Maine's best high school linemen.

Gaziano Award officials say the number of nominations is up over past years. A total of $14,000 in scholarships is awarded and that makes it the largest of its kind in the country.

Frank Gaziano was an All-American football player and pro player who founded National Distributors Company in South Portland. Frank had a life-long passion for football.

Check out the list of nominees below. The selection committee is working on the list of finalists and the winners will be announced January 26th, 2019. The committee considers leadership of players on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

92.9 The Ticket Photo / #56 Zach Steiger, Brewer HS

GAZIANO LINEMAN AWARD NOMINEES:  
Offensive linemen:
Elijah Bickford, Foxcroft Academy

Braxton Cassidy, Windham High School

Koa Farnsworth, Portland High School

Gilbert Isaacs, Mount Desert Island High School

Chase Lamontagne, Kennebunk High School

Aidan McGlone, Bonny Eagle High School

Connor Patten, Hermon High School

Zachary Reed, Scarborough High School

Noah Scanlon, John Bapst Memorial High School

Jarred Spencer, Old Town High School

Zachary Steiger, Brewer High School

92.9 The Ticket Photo / #56 Seth Buzzell, MCI Huskies

Defensive linemen:

James Boyd, Nokomis Regional High School

Seth Bussell, Maine Central Institute

Colin Hutchins, Mt. Blue High School

Nathan Kapongo, Portland High School

Caleb Ladd, Foxcroft Academy

Jacob McCluskey, Brewer High School

Cole Melanson, Leavitt Area High School

Nicholas Mills, Cony High School

Thomas Palmer, Thornton Academy

Morgan Welch-Thompson, Wells High School