LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. (FWAA) – LSU defensive tackle
Glenn Dorsey was named the winner of the 62nd Outland
Trophy on Thursday night, three days after collecting the Bronko
Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive player in the country.
winner of the Outland Trophy, which goes to the best interior lineman
on offense or defense in college football, was announced during
the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show from The Walt
Disney World Resort.
Dorsey became the second player to sweep the Bronko Nagurski
and Outland Awards, joining Arizona defensive tackle Rob Waldrop
in 1993. Dorsey also won the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's
Dorsey won the award over Kansas offensive tackle Anthony Collins
and Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, the other two Outland Trophy
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selects the
Nagurski and Outland winners from its 25-man All-America team which
will be announced on Saturday on ABC Television.
Dorsey anchored LSU's defense despite knee, lower back and hamstring
injuries suffered during the 2007 season. He has registered 11.5
tackles for 48 yards in losses for the twice-beaten Tigers and made
64 total tackles, 34 unassisted. The 6-2, 299-pound senior has broken
up three passes and been a major disruptive force for a defense
which held lead the Tigers to the BCS title game against Ohio State.
"Yes, it is an honor to see they realize what I put into the
game," Dorsey said after being presented with the Outland Trophy.
"I am excited about this break to get healed up. I've just been
relaxing. You know I'm going to be ready to go (against Ohio State)."
"He's a kid on the field you better design a way to block him,"
LSU coach Les Miles said. "As a person, he is humble and hard-working.
He enjoys his hometown; he's the pied piper. The entire town (of
Gonzales, La.) follows him around."
LSU's defense ranks third in total defense (283.85 yards allowed
per game), ninth in pass defense (180.77) and 14th in rushing defense
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA
since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania
at the turn of the century. The Outland Trophy is the third oldest
award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell
The official 2007 award presentation will be Jan. 10, 2008, in
Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports
Committee. Oklahoma's Lee Roy Selmon, the 1975 Outland Trophy winner,
will also receive his trophy there.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of nearly 1,000 men and women
across North America who cover college football for a living. The
membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as
well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The
FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major
awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information on the Outland Trophy, go to the official
or contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198