Football Writers Association of America Dec. 9, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
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Tackle is fifth Sooner to win lineman honor
OKLAHOMA'S JAMMAL BROWN
WINS 2004 OUTLAND TROPHY

ORLANDO, Fla. (FWAA) Offensive tackle Jammal Brown on Thursday night became the fifth Oklahoma Sooner to win the Outland Trophy as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show from Disney World.

The Outland Trophy has been awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America since 1946. The award goes to the best interior lineman in the country on offense or defense.

2004 Outland Trophy winner Jammal Brown

Brown, a 6-6, 312-pound senior, has had the duties this season of protecting or opening holes for two Heisman Trophy candidates, freshman running back Adrian Peterson and senior quarterback Jason White.

Brown basically has been flawless in execution, allowing no sacks, no hurries and no quarterback hits. He leads the Sooners with more than 100 knockdown blocks.

"Jammal is as deserving of the Outland Trophy as any player we've had nominated for any award," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "His performance has been dominating. And there is no question in my mind that he deserves equal consideration with any of our offensive players for the way that unit has played this year. We sit in the film room and are amazed at what he does."

The other two 2004 Outland finalists were Michigan guard/center David Baas and Florida State offensive tackle Alex Barron.

Oklahoma has had four previous Outland Trophy winners, the most recent one being Greg Roberts in 1978. Other Oklahoma Outland Trophy winners are Lee Roy Selmon (1975), J.D. Roberts (1953) and Jim Weatherall (1951).

The only school with more Outland winners is Nebraska with seven different winners, including the only double winner, center Dave Rimington in 1981 and '82. Oklahoma was tied with Ohio State for second with four Outland Trophy winners in its history before Brown won.

Real Audio:
Jammal Brown with ESPN Radio's Todd Wright
1990 Outland Trophy winner and 2004 presenter Russell Maryland

The official award presentation will be Jan. 13 in Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Omaha Sports Committee and First Data Corporation. Former Army lineman Joe Steffy, the second Outland Trophy winner in 1947, is expected to receive his trophy there.

The FWAA presented plaques to the winners before 1989, although a succession of former winners such as Steffy have received their trophies in recent years.

The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at the University of Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. Outland garnered consensus All-America honors in 1898 at tackle and at back in 1899. Dr. Outland was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Last year's winner, Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery, was picked second overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

For more information about the FWAA and its awards, go to the association's official website, www.footballwriters.com.

Related links:
Outland Trophy official site (www.outlandtrophy.com)
FWAA names 2004 Outland Trophy finalists
Previous Outland Trophy Winners

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