DALLAS (FWAA) – Idaho guard Mike Iupati, Oklahoma
State tackle Russell Okung and Nebraska defensive tackle
Ndamukong Suh have been named finalists for the 64th Outland
Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college
football by the Football Writers Association of America.
winner of the Outland Trophy will be announced on the evening of
Dec. 10 during "The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show"
at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The show,
hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, airs
from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Iupati, a 6-6, 330-pound senior from Anaheim, Calif., is projected
as a high NFL draft pick and has been the anchor for the Vandals'
offensive line, which has helped produce more than 30 points a game
this season and the 17th best passing offense in college football.
Born in Samoa, Iupati, the former high school wrestler and track star has
been one of the major reasons the Vandals have compiled a 7-4 record
and are bowl-eligible heading into the regular-season finale again
Utah State on Saturday.
Okung, a 6-5, 300-pound senior from Houston, is often rated as
the top offensive tackle NFL prospect in college football. Heading
into the regular-season finale against Oklahoma on Saturday, the
durable Okung is slated for his 46th consecutive start for the Cowboys.
He's a big reason why the 9-2 Cowboys' offense produces 203.5 yards
a game on the ground. Twice during his career he has not allowed
a sack against the nation's leader at the time – the latest was
an effort against Texas A&M end Von Miller this season.
Suh, a 6-4, 300-pound senior defensive tackle from Portland,
Ore., leads Nebraska in tackles with 35 unassisted and 30 assisted.
He has 15 tackles for 52 yards in losses (6.5 sacks), 10 pass break-ups,
20 quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumble and
three blocked kicks. Nebraska ranks eighth in the country in total
defense and 14th in rush defense. A top NFL prospect, Suh heads
up the nation's third-ranked scoring defense that has propelled
the Cornhuskers to an 8-3 regular-season record heading into the
regular-season finale at Colorado on Friday.
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 2009 award presentation will be Jan. 14, 2010, in
Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports
Committee. Ohio State's John Hicks, the 1973 Outland Trophy winner,
will also receive his trophy there.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 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 member of the National College
Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA 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,
visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org.
For more information on the Outland Trophy, go to the official
or contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198
site (outlandtrophy.com) |
All-time Outland winners
• National College
Football Awards Association (ncfaa.org)
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