LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FWAA) – Alabama offensive tackle
Andre Smith was named the winner of the 63rd Outland Trophy
on Thursday night, becoming the second straight Southeastern Conference
player to win the award.
The winner of the Outland Trophy, which goes to the best interior
linemen on offense or defense in college football, was announced
during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show from The
Walt Disney World Resort.
Smith became the second Alabama player to win the Outland Trophy
after the Crimson Tide's Chris Samuels in 1999. LSU's Glenn Dorsey
claimed the award a year ago.
The Football Writers Association of America selects the Outland
winners from its 25-man All-America team, which will be announced
on Saturday afternoon on ABC television. Smith won the Outland over
Mississippi offensive tackle Michael Oher and Oklahoma offensive
guard Duke Robinson, the other two Outland Trophy finalists.
"I was surprised to hear my name called because either one of
those other two guys could have won the award," Smith said after
receiving the award. "I think it helped to play on a dominating
offensive line like we had, that opened up holes for our running
game. I am proud to win this award, though I'd still like to be
playing for a national championship."
Smith, a 6-5, 330-pound junior from Birmingham, Ala., has started
13 games at left tackle and has surrendered just one sack. He has
helped Alabama (12-1) rank among the Top 25 rushing teams in college
football. He was the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week when Alabama
rushed for 328 yards against Arkansas. Smith is also projected in
some circles, if he elects to come out, to be the No. 1 player to
be selected overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.
"There are a lot more guys who get the reputation than actually
live up to the billing," said Alabama coach Nick Saban. "He started
as a freshman and has improved every year. I don't see them all,
and I'm not saying he is better than anybody else, but it's hard
for me to think there is any other offensive lineman who has played
any better than him this season."
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 2008 award presentation to Smith will be Jan. 15,
2009, in Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha
Sports Committee. Oklahoma's J.D. Roberts, the 1953 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.
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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
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