ORLANDO, FLA. (FWAA) Miami offensive tackle Bryant
McKinnie was named the winner of the 2001 Outland Trophy
on Thursday night during the ESPN College Football Awards Show.
He beat out Nebraska's offensive guard Toniu Fonoti and 2000
Outland Trophy winner John Henderson of Tennessee for the award,
which has been presented annually since 1946 to be the best interior
lineman in college football by the Football Writers Association
McKinnie, a 6-foot-9, 336-pound senior from Woodbury, N.J., has
not allowed a sack during his college career and anchors a line
which averaged 5.5 yards each rushing attempt. The top-ranked Hurricanes
swept 11 opponents this fall and will meet an undetermined foe for
the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3.
McKinnie dominated Syracuse's All-America defensive end Dwight
Freeney in Miamis 59-0 victory. McKinnie held Freeney without a
sack in 52 plays. McKinnie's performance set the pace for an offense
that rushed for a season-best 331 yards and accumulated 566 yards
against the Orangemen.
McKinnie is the second player from Miami to win the Outland Trophy.
Defensive tackle Russell Maryland won the award in 1990.
Henderson, a 6-foot-7, 290-pound senior defensive tackle, was
seeking to become only the second player in the 56-year history
of the award to repeat as the Outland Trophy winner. Nebraska center
Dave Rimington won the award in 1981 and 1982.
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