ORLANDO, Fla. (FWAA) – Iowa offensive tackle Robert
Gallery became the third Hawkeye to be named the winner of the
Outland Trophy on Thursday night.
Gallery, a 6-7, 320-pound senior from Masonville, Iowa, joins
Calvin Jones (1955) and Alex Karras (1957) as Iowa winners of the
Outland Trophy, which goes to the top interior lineman in college
The Outland has been presented by the FWAA since 1946.
Gallery was announced as the winner over Arkansas offensive tackle
Shawn Andrews and LSU defensive tackle Chad Lavalais on the ESPN
College Football Awards Show.
The annual presentation banquet, which is sponsored by the Omaha
Sports Committee and First Data, will be Jan. 8 in Omaha, Neb.
Gallery was the top talent on a Hawkeye offensive line that lost
four starters from 2002, but still produced a 1,000-yard rusher
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz calls Gallery the best offensive linemen
he has coached. "I haven't seen many offensive linemen with the
talents of Robert Gallery," said Gil Brandt, an NFL Draft expert.
"He's going to make some NFL team much better next year."
The Outland is the third oldest award in major college football
behind the Heisman and Maxwell awards. And it is named after the
late John Outland who created the award a year before his death.
An All-American lineman at the University of Pennsylvania at
the turn of the century, Dr. Outland created the award to recognize
linemen. He believed linemen needed more recognition.
The first Outland Award was presented to the late George Connor
of Notre Dame.