ORLANDO, FLA. (FWAA) – Washington State defensive tackle
Rien Long was named the winner of the 2002 Outland Trophy
during the ESPN College Football Awards Show on Thursday night.
A panel of writers from the Football Writers Association of America
(FWAA) selected the winner after naming three finalists in early
December. The other finalists were Miami center Brett Romberg and
Utah offensive tackle Jordan Gross.
Long, who is the second defensive tackle to win the award during
the last three years and first player from Washington State to win
the Outland, also will be presented his trophy at a banquet on Jan.
9 which is hosted by the Omaha Sports Committee and First Data Corp.
The FWAA has presented the Outland Trophy since 1946 to the best
interior linemen in college football. Tackles, guards and centers
are eligible for the award, which is named after the late John Outland,
an All-American lineman at the University of Pennsylvania.
Long, a 6-6, 286-pound junior from Anacortes, Wash., ranked third
nationally in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss during the 2002
season. He has made 27 career starts for the Cougars. In a showdown
game against Southern California, he had four tackles for losses.
His 19.5 tackles for 103 yards in losses this season ranks second
on Washington State's all-time list. At Ohio State, he made seven
tackles and shared in one sack. He had a season-high eight tackles
vs. Washington, including a sack.
• Outland Trophy
• Previous Outland Trophy