DALLAS (FWAA) Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher,
Oklahoma guard Duke Robinson and Alabama offensive tackle
Andre Smith have been named finalists for the 63nd Outland
Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in
college football by the Football Writers Association of America.
The winner of the Outland Trophy will be announced on the evening
of Dec. 11 during "The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards
Show" at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The show, hosted by ESPNs Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit,
airs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET.
Oher, a 6-5, 318-pound senior from Memphis, Tenn., has started
45 straight games for the Ole Miss Rebels (7-4), who defeated LSU,
31-13, last Saturday and could be in line for a bid to the AT&T
Cotton Bowl Classic. The subject of a book, "The Blind Side: The
Evolution of a Game," depicting his ascension from impoverished
beginnings, Oher was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive
Lineman of the Week after Ole Miss beat Louisiana-Monroe, 59-0,
this season. Ole Miss is third in the SEC in rushing, with Oher
helping pave the way. He is the first finalist for the award to
come from Ole Miss.
Robinson, a 6-5, 335-pound senior from Atlanta, Ga., anchors
the line for one of the most prolific offenses in college football
at Oklahoma. The Sooners (10-1) throttled Texas Tech, 65-21, last
Saturday and moved into serious contention for the national title.
Oklahoma is third in the country in total offense and passing offense.
Robinson, who is considered the Sooners' best offensive lineman,
is expected to be the first guard taken in the 2009 NFL Draft, but
he also can play tackle. He is also looking to become the Sooners'
sixth winner of the Outland.
Smith, a 6-4, 330-pound junior from Birmingham, Ala., probably
wont be around for his senior season. On the way to probably his
second straight Jacobs Blocking Trophy (best blocker in the SEC),
Smith anchors the offensive line for the top-ranked Crimson Tide
(11-0). He has allowed only one sack all season. From his left tackle
spot, Smith is projected to be the top player taken overall in the
2009 NFL Draft by at least one scouting service. Only once before
has an Alabama player won the Outland (Chris Samuels in 1999).
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA
since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America
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 Award.
The official 2008 award presentation will be Jan. 15, 2009, in
Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports
Committee. A past Outland Trophy winner will also receive his trophy
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.
The Outland Trophy is a proud member of the National College
Football Awards Association, which was founded in 1997 as a
coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve
and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's
predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the
highest standards for the administration of its member awards and
the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information
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For more information on the Outland Trophy, go to the official
or contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198
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All-time Outland winners
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